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Outland by Dennis E. Taylor
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bookshelves: i-read-this-on-my-kindle, 2018-reads, published-201x

Minor disclaimer: I read the version of the book before the author went back and edited/re-wrote/cut sections for its audio book release. Some of the details might be a little outdated.

What a fun book! This is Dennis E. Taylor's first novel, apparently, and it's self-published, but it's a hell of a ride. It starts with college students creating a portal that leads to parallel worlds, and that leads to smilodons, which leads to... gold-panning of all things, which leads to LOTR references, and it goes on but I don't want to spoil things. Honestly, though, it's impressive how many times this book does a ninety-degree turn on the story and just plows ahead. By the time I got to the end, I smiled when I thought of the gold-panning--it felt almost like a different story!

The book is held together by over a dozen characters who, while bland by themselves, make up a great cast. Similar to his later books, the chapters are very short, so it's easy to get into a Super-Mario style just-one-more-level-before-I-turn-it-off zone.

Also, I was impressed by the rarity of typos. I think I found... four? A comma accidentally shoved one word out of place, an extra to, a comma at the end of a quote that should have been a period, and maybe one other thing. For a book of this size (KNP said almost 6K), that's amazing.

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Reading Progress

December 13, 2017 – Started Reading
December 13, 2017 – Shelved
December 28, 2017 –
January 3, 2018 –
45.0% "So far a hugely enjoyable read."
January 7, 2018 –
January 18, 2018 –
January 19, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 12, 2018 – Shelved as: i-read-this-on-my-kindle
March 4, 2021 – Shelved as: 2018-reads
March 7, 2021 – Shelved as: published-201x

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