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Doorways In The Sand

Doorways In The Sand The novel is unusual in that each chapter ends with a cliffhanger while the next chapter starts in the middle of the action preceding the previous ending then moves back to resolve the cliffhanger a

  • Title: Doorways In The Sand
  • Author: Roger Zelazny
  • ISBN: 9780491020220
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The novel is unusual in that each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, while the next chapter starts in the middle of the action preceding the previous ending, then moves back to resolve the cliffhanger and continues forward This style of storytelling sets this work apart from many science fiction novels An example is at the end of Chapter Six In the last few sentences, FreThe novel is unusual in that each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, while the next chapter starts in the middle of the action preceding the previous ending, then moves back to resolve the cliffhanger and continues forward This style of storytelling sets this work apart from many science fiction novels An example is at the end of Chapter Six In the last few sentences, Fred Cassidy is talking to an alien telepath disguised as a donkey The chapter ends when he leaves the donkey alien In Chapter Seven, it does not start with him leaving the alien Instead, it begins with Fred back at the college receiving an unwanted graduation form from his latest advisor Dennis Wexworth After he leaves Dennis s office, the writer switches back to his departure from the alien s stakeout, and leads up to his meeting with the advisor Zelazny experimented with different styles in his various novels and stories, the effects being generally well received.

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    1. I had forgotten this gem until a question on a Zelazny recommendation sent me to my shelves to rediscover this blend of Alice in Wonderland and crime caper. Set in an Earth very similar to our own, aliens have made contact and invited us to join the galactic federation. As a token of sincerity, we're participating in an artifact exchange, lending them culturally significant objects such as the Crown Jewels and the Mona Lisa, and receiving ambiguous alien artifacts in return. Meanwhile, Fred, a p [...]

    2. You know, a part of me really wishes I could have pulled off the same trick the book's protagonist did for 13 years - remain a perpetual student supported by a cryogenically frozen uncle, free to expand my horizons, create Lobachevsky-worthy mathematical odes to beauty, and not ever having to graduate to the real adult world."'Let there be an end to thought. Thus do I refute Descartes.' I sprawled, not a cogito or a sum to my name."However, when the real adult world comes equipped with aliens un [...]

    3. 4.5 stars. In the 180 pages of this zany, funny and intelligent SF novel, Roger Zelazny tells the story of Fred Cassidy, an eternal college student doing his level best to never graduate, who gets caught up in a strange mystery of a missing alien artifact, the star-stone, which has no known purpose. Nevertheless, several players - both human and alien - are convinced that Fred knows more about the location of the star-stone than he does, and are willing to use deadly force to get an answer out o [...]

    4. Actual rating: 18 stars. More or less. This book is impossible to review. Okay, so my buddy reading colleagues seem to have managed it, but that's only because they sold their soul to the devil in exchange for inspiration are superiorly intelligent, while I am naught but a lowly, somewhat fishbrained crustacean. So if you want to read an actual review for this book, take a trip to Our Lord and Master's Canadian Sugar Shack, My Super Hot Dearest of Wives' Most Titillating Abode or The Obscure Bir [...]

    5. *** 5 +++ ***Yeah, we are the Roger Zelazny Newbies Group and I wonder what has taken me so long to read any of his stuff!!! ""Enter, pray.""In which order?"O bless this house, by all means, first. It could use a little grace.""Bless," I said, stepping in.”"I am not sure how to start this review, nor what to write really So, the blessing seemed like a good way to enter:) I loved every second of this book! Every page, every chapter and every sentence! I even loved the inconsistencies in logic f [...]

    6. Review updated on December, 5 2017.A group read with some of my greatest friends: Choko, Tadiana, and Sarah. I will add more people to the list when they finish their reading. Fred Cassidy is a normal student – as normal as Zelazny’s characters can be. His uncle provided him with good money for college until he graduates if he maintains a full-time status, so no wonder that guy does everything not to. He was successful avoiding finishing the college for eighteen years changing majors just in [...]

    7. What the heck! I'm not an acrophiliac perpetual-student with a penchant for pilfering sentient stones, but after re-reading this book, I kinda want to be. :)If managing to avoid getting a degree in 13 years while still maintaining a full course load can be considered a special kind of genius, then our MC has it, but wait! This is just the beginning. Zelazny writes beautifully, with curious and curiouser language, puns, poetry, and slight perfidy, if the last line in the novel is anything to judg [...]

    8. Where do I start?Fred Cassidy is a college student and has been for the past 17 years due to a loophole in his late uncle's will. Fred is a compulsive climber and a thorn in the side of the administration who would like nothing more than for him to graduate so they can get on with their lives. Long story short, an alien artifact goes missing and a lot of people think Fred has it. The rest of the book is the quest to find the star stone and stay alive. Thankfully, Fred has help in the form of a t [...]

    9. Reread Apr2011: Still a good, fun read. I was sick & needed something upbeat & relaxing. Zelazny to the rescue again. I don't know how many times I've read this, but each time his poetic prose & wry sense of humor have made it a treat.Dec2007: One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. It's an action packed mystery SF. Our hero, Fred, is as average as any Zelazny character - that is to say while he has no extraordinary powers, his sanity, habits & life philosophy are [...]

    10. or as I like to call it now that I'm finished:Romancing the Star Stone , for it reminds me of the Michael Douglas / Katleen Turner crime caper with its tongue-in-cheek approach and its lively pacing. A priceless alien artefact in the shape of a gemstone has been stolen and the last person to have seen it is Fred Cassidy - a perpetual student who has managed to avoid graduation for 13 years, and who suffers from a rare affliction called acrophilia. Meaning he likes to climb things , preferring to [...]

    11. 7/10What an interesting and bizarre novel packed tightly into 200 pages of peculiar fun! This is my first Zelazny and I don't think I was prepared for what I got but I went along with it and certainly enjoyed the ride.I've heard many things about the author and had wanted to give him a shot and this one fell onto my radar a number of years ago after some excellent reviews so I went with this one. The plot could be summed up simplistically but it wouldn't do justice to the layers added throughout [...]

    12. "I'm going to go down there first thing in the morning and punch him in the eye!""Will that solve anything?""No, but revenge fits in with the classic life-style."2015 is going to go down in my personal history as the year of awesome books. I am like a kid in a candy store here, running down the aisles with armfuls of treasure. I could tell you that I am giving this five stars (thinking about six) because I review things for what they are and this little beauty transcends all its genres to become [...]

    13. Permanent student and acrophiliac Fred Cassidy (he's managed to stay in college for 13 years so far, without getting kicked out despite climbing every building on campus) gets pulled into an intergalactic thriller when an artifact shared as part of a goodwill mission between aliens and humans goes missing.And in typical Zelazny fashion, Fred and the reader are off on a wild, twisting ride to the finish line. This story makes use of a sort of flash-forward-then-rewind narrative device which is pr [...]

    14. I just don’t get how he does it.No matter how many Zelazny stories I read, he still finds a way to surprise and amaze me. I simply cannot fathom how he keeps track of so many characters and creates plot twists that are entirely unpredictable yet still believable within the frame of the story. And then, just when you think you have everything figured out, more information is unveiled and your appreciation for the masterful storytelling increases a thousand fold.I really don’t know what else t [...]

    15. I have to say that this is only the second novel I read by Zelazny, but I found it funny and engaging, although often slightly surreal.The story is focused on Fred Cassidy, eternal university student, with the obsession to scale buildings at all hours of day and night and the innate ability to be able to avoid the degree. Suddenly, he finds himself in the middle of a mystery that revolves around a stone of alien origins, the State Department and two shady and not well identified bad guys.I liked [...]

    16. First a confession - I am one of the few that hasn't enjoyed the stylistic humour of the venerable Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. So when I encounter a talking wombat and kangaroo offering a peanut butter sandwich, I am on shaky ground. Fortunately, Roger Zelazny weaves together a wonderful narrative with insightful humour and wordplay that both provokes and entertains the reader in equal measure. Zelazny employs an unusual narrative device in the structuring of the story - each chapter jump [...]

    17. I first read this novel more than thirty years ago when I was a teenager and Zelazny was my science fiction hero. I never thought this to be among the best of his novels and did wonder if after such a gap of time I would still enjoy it. The answer is a resounding yes! Witty, inventive and intelligent at all times, the book has stood the test of time. Funny now, to read of a world where aliens have made contact but which still uses old fashioned telephones and the internet is unknown. Still, it i [...]

    18. 3.5 stars. The first 2/3 of the book are great fun, light science fiction with good solid science. Unfortunately, the last 1/3 is pretty contrived and over-the-top.Reminds me of a student friend of mine at MIT in the 1970s, Russ W who also managed to never quite graduate for many, many years!Nice quote"As a student of business administration, I know that there is a law of evolution for organizations as stringent and inevitable as anything in life. The longer one exists, the more it grinds out re [...]

    19. Zelazny in comedy mode! Unlike most tongue-in-cheek novels, this tale also delivers on cleverness. A series of mysteries and creative ideas interlock and eventually make sense in the end. There is suspense, and it is more of an adventure story than a comedy story, but only just. The typical Zelazny elements are here- clever allusions, laconic narration, and a lovable rogue protagonist. Each chapter begins by jumping forward into an exciting and confusing moment, then switching to flashback to ex [...]

    20. Loufoque est le qualificatif employé sur 4e de couverture pour ce roman de ZELAZNY Un auteur que je ne connais pas malgré le fort engouement en France pour sa série Les Princes d'Ambre Un one shot fort enlevé, bien écrit (un bon point pour la traductrice ) avec aliens et imbroglio à gogoUn ton qui m'a rappelé celui du Le prix du danger et autres nouvelles de Robert Sheckley La réflexion sur le temps et la perception que l'on en a, n'est pas anecdotique et sert de trame de fond à toute l [...]

    21. A wacky, playful,  sci-fi book that doesn't take itself too seriously.   Fred has been a perpetual student supported by funds from his cryogenic-frozen uncle.    An alien artefact "the starstone gem" goes missing and everyone thinks Fred has it, including the aliens.  What ensues is an adventure through multiple realities as we follow Fred's quest to find the starstone and stay alive.The main character Fred is amusingly eccentric and we are treated to the zany banter that goes on through h [...]

    22. 4.5 grinning starsThe hot sands had shouted them through me all afternoon, then night's frigid breezes had whispered the motto at the overdone lamb chop, my ear: “You are a living example of the absurdity of things.”Se dice que Zelazny escribió esto sin hacerle rectificaciones. Contiene aliens, referencias literarias varias, surrealismo bordeando en la sátira, prosa hermosa por momentos, visos de género detectivesco, y, claro está, fantasía. (O, bien podria decirse que es: Como Zelazny [...]

    23. Zelanzy was one of my all time favorite fantasy authors; I think I've read pretty much everything he ever did, plus re-reading all ten Amber novels about four or five years ago. Ol' Roger passed about fifteen years ago, so there haven't been any new Zelazny novels, and, as sadly happens when a writer dies, most of his stuff is out of print, except for the "Amber Omnibus," and that is, sporadically, hard to find.This was the first Zelazny novel I ever read, back in high school, when my mother gav [...]

    24. Aliens, government agents, & thugs are all after a mysterious alien McGuffin that the narrator might or might not have ever had in his possession. Put like that, it sounds like a thinly veiled Hitchcock movie with the serial numbers filed off, which it is. That's just the structure, though. In between pulp-thriller standard kidnappings, beatings, gunshots, double-crosses, and jeweled treasures, Roger Zelazny meditates variously on academia, knowledge, the joys of climbing the outside of tall [...]

    25. 4.5 starsThis is my first Roger Zelazny, and I wasn't sure what to expect, but boy was it fun. The main character, Fred Cassidy, had a charming, clever voice, and I laughed out loud a lot while reading this. As much as I loved Fred, the aliens are what delighted me the most about this book-their sometimes wobbly grasp of English and the telepathic doctor who practiced "assault therapy."There was a mystery too, and the solution was unpredictable and perfect. Zelazny lost me a couple of times with [...]

    26. I read this as an academic dean at Loyola University Chicago and loved the part with Fred Cassidy, the perpetual undergraduate, and Dennis Wexworth, his academic advisor, trying to outwit one another. I rarely laugh aloud when reading and don't find much humor humorous, but this little piece of silly sf fluff was an exception.

    27. You know those books you can only explain by saying something like, imagine a cross between Stephen King and Agatha Christie? Or, imagine Gone With the Wind mixed with Tess of the D'Ubervilles? This is that kind of book. Imagine a mixture between Dashiell Hammett and Lewis Carroll, with a dash of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens too. It’s a bit of this and a lot of that. It lies on a foundation of this other one. The distinct sources each stand out, drawing attention, lying beside other sour [...]

    28. A quick novel, but well worth re-reading. This is not Zelazny's best work; it is fast-paced, fun, and decorated with one or two thought-provoking moments. I appreciate Fred Cassidy the Eternal Student and his wealth of fun-facts collected in the process of never completing a major. Zelazny weaves these factoids well, so following up on the off-handed references can be rewarding.

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