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Doorways in the Sand

  • Au­thor: Roger Ze­lazny
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    This was a quick read. Then again, I was just fin­ish­ing "The great book of am­ber" which is about the size of a phone book and has al­­most as many char­ac­ter­s, so the Torah could have seemed a quick read, too.

    This is a gim­icky book, and al­­most ev­ery re­view men­­tions it: each chap­ter starts with the main char­ac­ter in Big Trou­ble (t­m) and then he has a flash­back that ex­­plains how he got there, then he gets away in­­­to a cliffhang­er, which is re­­solved in the fol­low­ing chap­ter's flash­back.

    Strange­­ly, that is not at all con­­fus­ing. I am a Ze­lazny fan, though, and most of his books have a gim­mick of some kind. For ex­am­­ple, in the first Am­ber book, the char­ac­ter is am­ne­si­ac, so his own past is news to him (as it is for us).

    An­oth­er nice touch is that while the main char­ac­ter is the clas­sic im­­pos­si­bly eru­dite sci­­fi hero, there is a rea­­son for that (and it's not "he's a freak"): he has had a 13-year ful­l­­time col­lege ed­u­­ca­­tion (no de­­grees yet!).

    The flash­back trick pro­­vides chance for some fun pieces. For ex­am­­ple, the pro­­tag­o­nist says he is hold­ing a "amolpid" in "y­­golo­­porht­­na". Why? Well, we find out about 20 pages lat­er.

    I re­al­­ly en­joyed it.