In the fall of 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, embarked on a series of high-energy experiments. No one knows exactly what went wrong, but in the blink of an eye, thousands of possible universes all condensed into a single reality....
Between a desert and a dried up sea lies the town of Watering Hole, the only oasis for miles and the home of our intrepid heroes Shaani and Xoota. After some rather harrowing adventures in the desert, they are followed home by a swarm of empathic earwigs. As if a psychic bug infestation weren't enough, the town's water supply has suddenly died up. Where there was once fresh water to spare, there is only a trickle of brackish sludge. Theorizing that the water came from a source beyond the desert, Shaani proposes an expedition to re-establish the town's water supply. Xoota, of course, is voted to go with her. Crossing the desert has never been done - and with water in short supply, the task seems impossible. But the ever-helpful Shanni appeals to the town patron Benek, and his love of cryogenically frozen brides, to back the project. What follows is the adventure of a thousand lifetimes.
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Rats and rodents where the rubber hits the road.
When, tongue in cheek, the main character's name the intelligent plant, Russel.
When the land shark gets attacked by the razorback pigs. The troupe losses it's water in the attack. Stranded in the desert with water gone the group gets blown off course only to end up in more danger when they crash their land sail into an oasis.
No I found coming bask to it after a few hours a good stint in the post apocalyptic world.
This is a romp with gamma irradiated rodents that have lots of character. It shows just how animalistic humans can be and how human evolved rodents, bugs and plants can be.
Wigwig is a real treat!
Worth the read.
- Kirk MacNeil
Universally Enjoyable Science Fantasy
Imaginative, Sometimes Humorous, and Incredibly Compelling.
I enjoyed each of the characters - aspects of the two main characters reminded me of my wife, actually. Though so far I haven't been able to appropriately describe the comparisons to her. As far as I know, my wife is not a mutant.
Amanda Carlin is one of the best readers I've heard. I'll be looking for more from her.
I was surprised by some of the emotional moments that occurred. I really don't want to spoil those. In fact, I'll lend a bit of perspective; I'm in my forties, and I've read hundreds of books during my life - an eclectic variety comprising multiple genres. On rare occasions, I've picked up something produced by Wizards Of The Coast, as I am an avid devotee of role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World. And I have to say that not only is this one of the most engaging, unique, and best-written sci-fi/fantasy books I've had the pleasure of listening to and reading, it's one of the best books I've read, on the whole. And unlike many of the books to which I've already referred, there's really no need to have any familiarity with the sort of characters or landscape reflected in Gamma World in order to enjoy it. Paul Kidd has written an incredibly entertaining adventure featuring characters that are as strange as they are familiar. The reader, Amanda Carlin, is well-suited to this story. She's absolutely one of the best readers I've heard - her mastery of conveying the book's tone, character accents, and overall brilliance is addictive. I genuinely hope readers far and wide who enjoy this sort of imaginative escapism will purchase this book
Please give this a try. And don't leave it sitting in your library for months, as I did. It is worth your time.
- Jeff Cote