The Many-Coloured Land
Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.
On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.
While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became ...more
The sad news has motivated to review this book, which I haven't read in 30 years.
I think it was Julian May who gave me the taste for mixing fantasy and science fiction. This, excellent, series is set mainly in the Pliocene era of Earth, where miscreants from our distant future are exiled via a time portal.
Back in this past, several million years before our time, these futuristic exiles try to make a life for themselves with th ...more
I had this odd assumption that it was all fantasy from the bookcovers I'd known and from the comments I'd heard, and that's true as far as most of the story elements are concerned, but at its core, it's Hard SF with a huge dash of space opera, a truly epic amount of world-building in both the future and 6 million years in the pa ...more
The Pliocene Epic was intriguing because it was a time travel science fiction story with psi powers thrown on top. It sometimes felt like fantasy, with what seemed like magic, but you knew it was really scienc ...more
The Many-Colored Land, a classic (1981) science fantasy novel by Julian May, wasn’t too high on my TBR list until I noticed that Blackstone Audio released it last month. I like science fantasy, so I gave it shot, and I sure am glad I did. I loved every moment of The Many-Colored Land and my only disappointment is that the rest of The Saga of Pliocene Exile is not available on audio.
The story begins on Earth and the rest of the Galactic Milieu in our 22nd c ...more
This is one of the possible starting points in an enormously complex epic covering four thick volumes set mostly in the Pliocene and four more set in something recognisably parallel to our present and near future.
Thick volumes! The paperbacks on my shelves are mostly around 500 pages, and all eight together take up just over a foot of shelf space!
The Many Coloured Land begins in our near future. Earth has been accepted into a galaxy including half a dozen alien races, all ...more
The book starts in the future when humans have populated various planets in the universe and come to peaceful unders ...more
* The Many-Coloured Land
* The Golden Torc
* The Nonborn King
* The Adversary
These can be read as a standalone series, but who wou ...more
Except... unbeknowst to the wary time travelers... an exotic race already exists in 6M B.C., is well aware of the time tunnel, and posts guards to enslave everyone coming through!
What a shocker. This first book in the series sets up for much intrigue to come, as we follow eight of the tim ...more
Ever since the ill-fated TV show Terra Nova hit the air, I have been bitterly reminded of Julian May's enjoyable Pliocene Exile series. Aspects of Terra Nova, ie. people being exiled into the distant past, reminded me of May and her excellent books. ...more
Das vielfarbene Land ist der erste von vier eng verbundenen Bänden aus dem sogenannten Pliozän-Zyklus von Julian May. Die Romane heißen: 1. Das vielfarbene Land; 2. Der goldene Ring; 3. Kein König von Geburt; 4. Der Widersacher.
Bei dem Zyklus handelt es sich um eine Zeitreisegeschichte ganz besonderen Ausmaßes. Den Ausgang nimmt die Saga im 22. Jahrhundert wo es einem Wissenschafter gelingt ein Zeitfenster ins Pliozän (Erdzeitalter vor rd. 7 Mio. ...more
The story started off with a great premise: People who have become disenchanted with life in 2030 elect to start a new life in 6000 B.C., thanks to a newly discovered portal. Actually, the portal is built by
some scientist based on a newly discovered phenomenon of magnetic conduits through the earth's crust.
Or someth ...more
The first little bit is good but trust me, it's all downhill after that. What does it say when the best part of this book was when they got their Pleistocene equiv ...more
Why I Read It: A long ...more
Writing Style: 4/5
This was a well-told story.
Before I proceed to lavish it with praise, I wish to detail what this was not and what it did not do. It was not speculative fiction: I tend to favor books that explore ideas - political systems, religion, social structures, technological progress - but this was not exploratory ideology, metaphysics, social criticism, or hard science fiction. This was not a thriller: May didn't rely on pumping the reader with adr ...more
Since this is the first book of the series, it takes a bit to set the plot up and get to know the characters. People are sent through the time travel portal in groups, so we get to know everyone in one group prior to going through the time portal so we can follow them all after they go through it. May spends the perfect amount of time familiarizing the reader with the future world, as well as ...more
The Many Coloured Land is the first of Julian May's Exiles series set in the Pleistocene, and was one of my favourite speculative fiction books in my teenage years. I've been putting off re-reading it for two reasons: firstly, I was waiting until I had copies of my own of the four books in the series, and secondly, I was rather apprehensive that I wouldn't think it so good this time round.
The book still seems original even fifteen years on. The p ...more
On arriving in the past, however, the humans ...more
I don't often read sci-fi, and reading Julian May's The Many-Coloured Land reminded me why. Some intriguing ideas (I like the idea of an uncertain, one-way time portal; a story about that doesn't need all of the alien politics cluttering it up), obscured by bland writing style, obnoxious characters, and inane dialogue. The writing seems to me about the same level as Stephen Lawhead (complete with torcs and moustaches), a little below C.J. Cherryh; and as for the quote on the back cover, I seriou...more
This first book of the first series needs to be an introduction to a very large cast of characters. However, May does this in such a way that it neve ...more
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