The Dark Design Years have passed on Riverworld Entire nations have risen and savage wars have been fought all since the dead of Earth found themselves resurrected in their magnificent new homeworld Yet the truth ab

  • Title: The Dark Design
  • Author: Philip José Farmer
  • ISBN: 9780345419699
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • Years have passed on Riverworld Entire nations have risen, and savage wars have been fought all since the dead of Earth found themselves resurrected in their magnificent new homeworld Yet the truth about the Ethicals, the powerful engineers of this mysterious afterlife, remains unknown But a curious cross section of humanity is determined to change that situation Years have passed on Riverworld Entire nations have risen, and savage wars have been fought all since the dead of Earth found themselves resurrected in their magnificent new homeworld Yet the truth about the Ethicals, the powerful engineers of this mysterious afterlife, remains unknown But a curious cross section of humanity is determined to change that situation at any cost.Intrepid explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton leads the most remarkable voyage of discovery he has ever undertaken Hot on his heels are Samuel Clemens, King John of England, and Cyrano de Bergerac Spurred by the promise of ultimate answers, they chart a course across the vast polar sea and toward the awesome tower that looms above it But getting there will be than half the battle For death on Riverworld has become chillingly final .

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    1. And still the Weaver plies his loom, whose warp and woof is wretched ManWeaving th' unpattern'd dark design, so dark we doubt it owns a plan.--Richard Francis Burton 'The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî'Revisit 2015 via audio file 18:03:27Description: Years have passed on Riverworld. Entire nations have risen, and savage wars have been fought--all since the dead of Earth found themselves resurrected in their magnificent new homeworld. Yet the truth about the Ethicals, the powerful engineers o [...]

    2. (To the tune of Monty Python's "I like traffic lights". See for example this YouTube version)I like RiverworldI like RiverworldI like RiverworldThat you can bet your shirt onHe likes RiverworldHe likes RiverworldHe likes RiverworldAlthough he's Richard Burton(with somewhat less enthusiasm)I like RiverworldI like RiverworldI like RiverworldBut life can hand you lemonsHe likes RiverworldHe likes RiverworldHe likes RiverworldAlthough he's Samuel Clemens(very slowly, as we start on the third volume) [...]

    3. I'm pretty sure that this was the volume I read, it's hard to tell after reading the reviews. The problem is that it is a multi-volume science-fiction saga of which I only read one part. Not because it was badon the contrary it was fun.The story follows different point of view characters reincarnated or possibly resurrected or even reconstructed from human history as they journey along a great river trying to find out why humanity has been reincarnated (or resurrected etc) on this strange planet [...]

    4. Not nearly as difficult to get through as Fabulous Riverboat, mostly because of the introduction of a new narrator, Jill Gulbirra, which at least gets us away from the boring, embittered ranting that characterizes Farmer's Sam Clemens as a narrator. There are a number of terribly problematic things about Gulbirra, of course, just like there are incredibly problematic things about basically everything in the Riverworld books. I give Farmer credit for attempting to represent diversity in his books [...]

    5. Farmer is a very patchy writer. His Big Idea of Riverworld may have set the bar too high. There are some moments of real drama, but these are swamped by huge stretches of boring info-dump. He has far too many characters and only occassionally manages to speak in their voices authentically. A genius could have used this world to compare and contrast ideas and language across all human culture and history. Farmer is not a genius, and spends most of his time typing up entries for his favorite hist [...]

    6. This is the third book in the Riverworld saga. In the first book, we followed 19th century explorer Richard Burton and his band. In the second book, we followed the story of Mark Twain. in the third book, we read a little about these two, but also focus on several new characters, including Jill, an airship pilot, and a more in-depth focus on Peter Frigate, who appears in the first book but is not a viewpoint character until this one.Overall, this book is longer and more action-packed than the fi [...]

    7. The first three Riverworld books are To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Fabulous Riverboat and, this, The Dark Design, followed by a fourth, The Magic Labyrinth. I read all four, one right after another, carried on by being very much impressed by the premise of the first: the revivification of everyone along the banks of a single river. The device allowed Farmer to juxtapose the most various persons, many of them important personages. By this volume, however, my interest was beginning to flag.

    8. Storyline: 2/5Characters: 3/5Writing Style: 3/5World: 1/5I'm going to lead with the old "it's not you, it's me" introduction, but I'm not being facetious. I started out with unrealistic expectations. I know that now. In the founding book, I picked up on the Grand Idea and the concomitant possibilities. I value wonder and creativity above all else in my readings, and you, Farmer, delivered in To Your Scattered Bodies Go. I should have suspected something then; after all it was only the first few [...]

    9. Philip Jose Farmer initially wanted this series to be three part series, that became four part, that became five part in a way, this book merely gets us from part two to what is supposed to be the final part only here, Farmer dumps all the ideas he's running through the background on us through a series of expository dialogues. He explores too much of experiment without adding much to the story. In a way the fun and fascinating subjectivity of the first part (and then interesting politics of the [...]

    10. As the third book and one located in mid-sequence, I don't expect many plot resolutions or the main climax. Nevertheless, I was a bit underwhelmed by this addition to the Riverworld Saga. For one, I disliked the third party additions to the normal narrative such as the letters and the newspaper articles. I found them too long and often tedious. I appreciate the author's efforts to try something different but in these cases, I felt it interrupted the flow of the story.Character development was al [...]

    11. The Riverworld saga continues as various characters attempt the journey to the mysterious tower at the source of the river on whose shores all of humanity has been resurrected. Although this essential quest and the puzzle at the heart of the series still interests, this sprawling, messy novel often tested my patience. Burton and his crew make an appearance at the beginning, but then disappear from the novel altogether. There are numerous unnecessary digressions, including several dull chapters o [...]

    12. The two prior books were about somebody building a river boat, another person building a riverboat and then having it stolen and rebuilding the riverboat. This book is about somebody building a zeppelin, then somebody building a riverboat, then two more zeppelin building sections. Honestly, how many times can you tell the same exact story? Massively disappointing in light of the promising world and prospects developed in the first two books. I think this one put me off Philip Jose Farmer for goo [...]

    13. After 900 pages of Riverworld I'm calling it quits.The initial wonder of the setting became claustrophobic and monotonous.The author seemed to lack focus as the series went on, one moment preaching about sexism or racism, the next telling yet another tale of somebody trying to get upriver.The mystery of the creators and purpose of the world is revealed too slowly to keep me reading.It was fun while it lasted, I loved the first book, Its a pity the whole saga couldn't have been compressed a tad.

    14. Better than book 2 but some parts were boring. Too many people were introduces again. it got too complicated. I wasn't happy with the Frigate character for instance.

    15. Riverworld series (books 1-5) ReviewAn “IMO” review, if you’re looking for a description of the Riverworld or plot summary does the trick.I enjoyed Riverworld (1-4 at least), though its not the kind of series that left me scrambling for the next book. The premise is unique and very interesting, the author does a lot with it. However, as the series progresses the pacing and narrative quality declines with an almost geometric exactness. If the first book is “five stars” the last book is [...]

    16. Some authors can come up with brilliant ideas and plots, while others can take a rather plain and drab idea and use it to write a great story; the real geniuses are those authors who can do both. Alas, Philip José Farmer was not a genius—I would classify him in the first category. The idea of Riverworld has so much potential, which is then ruined by his storytelling. Over four or five books, Farmer tells a story which really could have been streamlined into one decently long novel, but he fil [...]

    17. I read the Riverworld books in sequence and To Your Scattered Bodies Go was a fantastic, fascinating romp as only Farmer could write them. However, about half way through The Dark Design (book 3 in the series) I began to wonder what was going on, if Farmer was still in control of the story or was just letting it happen, curious himself to see where and how it played out. Each book became more like a chapter in an unending novel than a complete story in itself. I'm sure these are enjoyable to mos [...]

    18. After a letdown in sense of wonder, exploration, and plot speed in "The Fabulous Riverboat", book #3 of Riverworld - "The Dark Design" does a lot to fix what was wrong and even brings back Richard Burton. A few other new historical characters also join the fun (Jack London, Tom Mix, etc).Absolutely stunning here is how the author manages to build a legend about an early group of Egyptian explorers who almost managed to reach the source, and how elements and versions of this legend show up in var [...]

    19. This was number 3 in the series so far and I am going to head right into number 4. I has kept my attention and I can't wait to find out what happens next! It is an older book and the somethings seem dated but if you keep this in mind it is a very enjoyable reading experience. Historical figures in fictional adventures seems to work although the chosen figures are kinda odd. I don't know much history but I don't feel when reading this that I have to. I am becoming a real fan of Philip Jose Farmer [...]

    20. This book seems the one where Farmer began to run out of steam. After two books of different narrators and narratives, he has begun to retrace steps, return to previously explored characters, and re-explore plot points. The writing is still of extremely good quality, but he's stopped innovating and so I'm less of a fan of this than the first two.

    21. Frankly a bit odd and difficult to follow until the ending sort of organises things to something approximating a conclusion. Confusing and full of digressions that don't really add much. A disappointing third part to a series that promised a lot.

    22. La trama diventa sempre più ingarbuglata e meno interessante!Continuo solo per sapere chi sono i creatori del Mondo fiume!

    23. The blatant sexism almost ruined the story. It's an interesting concept but damn it shouldn't have taken this long.

    24. The Dark Design, the second volume in Tor’s reissue of Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld series, is actually the third book in the saga, following To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat.We’re following four threads of narrative here. The first begins with Sir Richard Francis Burton, whose story began the saga. He’s aboard the Hadji II, a riverboat wending its way up the River toward the polar regions, where there is said to be a tower in the middle of a lake wherein all th [...]

    25. (Se si potesse, sarebbero due stelle e mezza)Non bisognerebbe accostarsi a una serie partendo da metà o giù di lì, e qui si tratta del terzo volume del Ciclo del Fiume, ma in casa questo c’era (un vecchio Urania di vent’anni fa) e non avevo tempo e voglia di andarmi a cercare le puntate precedenti (che poi mi sono arrivate a tiro quando avevo già cominciato la lettura, ma questo è un altro discorso). E’ anche vero, però, che ogni capitolo dovrebbe comunque saper camminare con le prop [...]

    26. Ah, now we're getting somewhere. The ships and blimps have been built, people are heading for the Tower, resurrection has been halted (stopped? who knows?), more magical technology has been recreated although again Farmer was limited by the technology present when the book was written, so many things we take for granted, like cell phones and laptops, are not used, even by people who lived past 1983. (Which, by the way, would have been an excellent way to limit technology used in the book. If no [...]

    27. capitolo centrale del ciclo del fiume: ritorna buona parte dei personaggi dei primi due libri, si scopre che alcuni non sono chi dicono di essere, l'azione si sposta soprattutto nei cieli e arriva il primo grande personaggio femminile di rilievo, miz jill gulbirra. spesso il tono è più filosofico -grazie a due new entry: piscator e nur- quasi che farmer stia cercando di costruire la logica dietro al mondo del fiume. o sta solo allungando il brodo? a sto punto vado avanti, ma il tutto comincia [...]

    28. The third book of the Riverworld series ups the ante considerably. It is nearly as long as the first two books put together and it introduces a number of new characters and plotlines. But the threads are now starting to weave together and overlap . . . We revisit Sir Richard Francis Burton, who still has the goal of reaching the headwaters of the River, but lacks the technology to do it quickly. His is going to be a long, slow trip. We meet Peter Jairus Frigate, a character who seems to be based [...]

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