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The Many-Coloured Land: Exiles 1 Kindle Edition
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Born in 1931, Julian May sold her first short story to John W. Campbell's Astounding magazine in 1951. But she didn't return to genre fiction until the 1980s. May then wrote the phenomenally successful Saga of the Exiles, followed by the Galactic Milieu series. The Many-Coloured Land won the Locus Best Novel Award and was shortlisted for numerous other high-profile genre awards.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00BIAR7PM
- Publisher : Tor UK; On Demand edition (30 November 1988)
- Language : English
- File size : 2173 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 578 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 88,102 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First read Julian May's brilliant Saga years and years ago and still have the paperbacks. Went on from the Pliocene exiles to Jack the Bodiless and Diamond Mask and all the rest of the Milieu stories. Fabulous stories of telepathically and psychokinetically operant humans and how they got there. Yes, it's nonsense by any normal, everyday standards but the story is a huge sweep of imagination with cleverness and wit woven right the way through it - Aiken Drum, the trickster and arch-manipulator being the spitting image of Machiavelli, for instance.
If you're an SF buff I highly recommend this series. Funnily enough, I was looking idly for it as e-books just a few months ago and there was nothing available from "official" channels - an unofficial copy I found and downloaded had no formatting. You'd be amazed how flat and boring a story becomes with no paragraphs! Then they appeared as "trade copies" - not quite sure what that means, but perhaps it's associated with one gripe I do have about the e-versions - that scanner misreads haven't been sub-edited out. For example, one of the Firvulag Great Heroes is called Sharn-Mes; usually abbreviated to Sharn. In the e-version it appears about 70% of the time as "Sham" which grates badly every time. There are other examples.
Nonetheless, I'm ploughing my way through the whole lot all over again and loving it. Give yourself a treat. Get at least the four "Saga" books and read them!
The characters are so colourful and complex, and it is a rollercoaster ride through both the history and future of our planet with mystery, politics, family, aliens, love, sex, good and evil all woven together in a fantastic story.
It may very well be heresy, but I think they are much better than Lord of the Rings. If I start reading the first book, I don't get anything else done for weeks because I have to finish all eight ! I have read the whole series many times over the years. I can't understand why they have never attracted greater attention and why they are out of print.
I hope they become available on the kindle soon, or I will be reduced to buying myself second hand backup copies to ensure that I am never without this brilliant series. If my son wants to read them (when he's a little older than 13), he might have to have his own set !! I will be guarding mine jealously ....
Grumbles aside Julian May creates a world like no other. It is a novel sci-fi theme that reverts to the past prehistory of the Earth from the future...roll on the Intervention!!
Quite brilliant and with very wide appeal - if you can deal with one spaceship (at the beginning) and plenty of swords (in the middle). If not, well there's always that biography of Clinton to get to....
Obviously this doesn't come to pass. Earth's past is dominated by a malign exotic alien species and the integration of the individual time-travellers into this society is problematic...