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  • Feb 23, 2011

Farmer wrote a lot of really great stuff, but his Riverworld series takes the cake.  Imagine a world where everyone who ever lived is resurrected - including yourself.  (Though you may not see yourself, you are still there!)

The Fabulous Riverboat (sequel to To Your Scattered Bodies Go) details Samuel Clemens (Twain) and Sir Richard Burtons quest to build a riverboat and travel to the source of the world-girdling eponymous river.

Farmer's character studies are marvelous, and his depiction of the clashes of culture that ensue are entirely absorbing.
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review by . October 08, 2002
I had a real hard time with getting past the first half of this book. Maybe because I hadn't read book 1 in the series. Or maybe because the pace is "painfully" slow. I was always a big fan of Mark Twain's work. However, as a main character he is not very interesting. I had a hard time figuring out if the characters were in Purgertory or a forth dimension or Heaven or what.I will try to look for the first book in the series and see if it helps.
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InTo Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip José Farmer introduces readers to the awesome Riverworld, a planet that had been carved into one large river on whose shores all of humanity throughout the ages has seemingly been resurrected. InThe Fabulous Riverboat, Farmer tells the tale of one person whose is uniquely suited to find the river's headwaters, riverboat captain and famous Earthly author Sam Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain). Clemens has been visited by "X," a mysterious being who claims to be a rebel among the group that created Riverworld. X tells Clemens where he can find a large deposit of iron and other materials that Clemens can use to build the greatest riverboat ever seen. Since there is virtually no metal on the planet, it will also give Clemens an unbeatable edge when it comes to battling the various warlike societies that dominate the Riverworld.

But Clemens is not alone in his quest for the iron, which arrives on the planet in the form of a giant meteorite. In fact, Clemens is besieged on all sides by forces determined to seize the precious ore, leading him to make a deadly pact with one of history's most notorious villains, John Lackland. Lackland's crimes during his reign as king of England were so hideous that no other English monarch will ever carry his name, and he's up to equally nefarious tricks on Riverworld. However, Clemens has a guardian angel in the form of Joe Miller, a giant subhuman with a big nose, a serious lisp, and a cutting wit. Miller has ...

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ISBN-10: 0345419685
ISBN-13: 978-0345419682
Author: Philip Jose Farmer
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
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