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InterWorld by Neil Gaiman
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May 14, 2011

really liked it
Read from May 14 to 15, 2011

As always, a Neil Gaiman-book is a must-read, even if this one ain't his best. There are lots of set-ups here, but few pay-offs, and I can't help but think that if Neil and Michael were able to make this into a television series, which was the original idea, this would've been something like the first "part" of the story. Because that's what it feels like - a beginning. It does have an ending, yes, but this story could easily be continued, (view spoiler) I was also quite saddened that there were few reveals; the story is pretty straight-forward, with few twists & turns. I have a feeling that those would've come too, if this had been a television series.

So, yeah. This is a pretty good book, and it reads like a high-paced, high-concept fun Hollywood-science-fiction-fantasy-movie. It is very entertaining, a few scenes very, VERY well written ((view spoiler)) but there are more set-ups than pay-offs, and the end of it kind of BEGS for some sequels. It essentially feels like the first in a trilogy, with an end much like the first Back to the Future-movie; there are more to tell, yes, but you ain't pulling your hair out because it ends.

If you're looking for an entertaining and fast read, this book is a killer. If you're looking for deep, AMERICAN GODS-type Neil Gaiman, then go read The Sandman-comics, because this isn't what you're looking for. A very fun read, but ultimately not more than that. The end will most likely have you grinning, while American Gods you're gob-smacked by how good it is. INTERWORLD feels like SKY HIGH, while American Gods and The Sandman is more like WATCHMEN. It makes for a cool, entertaining read, but not much more.
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Reading Progress

05/14/2011 page 56
05/14/2011 page 74
29.0% "Off to a GREAT start. Can't wait to read more."
05/14/2011 page 119
46.0% "Love the premise, and the book is enjoyable. Can't wait till mysteries gets revealed and plot-threads starts weaving into each other, then gets solved. Neil's a master at that."

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