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We are being set up here for a sequel, I can feel it in my multidimensional bones. Well written, well read, there is a clean line between good and evil that makes this pleasant fiction, but not up to Gaiman's usual level of ingenuity. It would make a great animated movie. Would I listen to the sequel? Probably not. But keeping the attention of a 52 year old woman with this type of story is worth some kind of kudos.
Kudos to youdos Mr. Gaiman, Mr. Reaves
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this story. The plot and characters were interesting, and it shows a very interesting new take on the idea of multiple universes.
In some places the writing was a little bit awkward, not as polished as I've come to expect from Neil Gaiman. I don't know anything about the writing style of Michael Reaves, but I don't think he deserves the blame.
I think what's likely is that it's a result of this story not being intended to be distributed as a book. It was originally a pitch for a television show, I'm guessing they had to make a lot of hurried modifications when there was a demand for it in book form.
There's not much character development. I think that's also a result of the story being written for television where the development happens over multiple episodes.
One thing I wonder: If every important decision splits off a new universe, what happens when you make an important decision when you're outside of them?
Interworld is a nice, light read. I recommend it.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
I once had Neil Gaiman sign a copy of Temps for me he signed it 'Neil Not the Author of this book Gaiman' as he'd had little invovement in it but they'd used his name rather than his work. I suspect if I gave him a copy of this to sign he'd sign it the same way.
There are ideas and themes in this that seem like Neils (in fact many of them already appeared in Wheel of the Worlds which also used his name but he didn't actually write) but overall this doesn't feel or act like a Neil Gaiman Book.
On a good day these collaberation with Neils ideas and other authors give us gems like Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) here though we have a weird lackluster tale about a perpetually 'lost boy' who can find his way between realities more easily than across his street.
It very much feels like the start of a series (possibly meant as a tv or radio script that went nowhere) this doesn't even match Neils childrens stories (the Wolves in the Walls or The day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish both available as talking books please request Audible to stock them).
This has it's moments and it's I don't want to say it's without merit but as an adventure tale there's better out there and for someone who enjoys Neil Gaiman I'd recommend Fragile Things instead
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I do not know whether it is the reader or the content, but I did not enjoy this book too much. I am an enormous fan of Neil Gaiman, so I am not sure what his contribution to this story was. I feel it just does not compare to Coraline which did not feel like I needed to be juvenile to appreciate it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful