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August 29th, 2011

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08:50 am
Hiding from the heat after work, yesterday, I finished reading a new Niven & Barnes novel, The Moon Maze Game.

This is the fourth novel about Dream Park. Dream Park, the original book of the series, I loved, but never expected a sequel. The Barsoom Project was a fair sequel, but not as good...not as fresh. Then, The California Voodoo Game, third novel in the series, really didn't live up to the first.

This latest book is the best sequel, IMHO. However, it's not flawless. It could have been edited better. There's several times in the book where the POV shifts without sufficient warning, and one place where a speaker contradicts himself in the space of two facing pages. I was surprised at that evidence of slipshod work.

OTOH, it's a page turner. I could only put it down to work...

If you haven't read Dream Park, go hunt it down. The other sequels aren't really necessary to enjoy this. Then, after you read this one, you can decide if you want to go back to the other sequels. Have fun!

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Date:August 29th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I love Dream Park! I remember thinking what a fun movie it would make, back when I first read it. I tried The Barsoom Project, but couldn't get into it.
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Date:August 30th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
It might. Heck, it might even make a TV show. It already makes a play...sort of...

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Date:August 29th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that makes me more interested. I've been wary of Niven's recent work. The previous sequels weren't great but I've gotten some re-reads out of them.
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Date:August 30th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
I do think this is better than the other two sequels. I wasn't pleased with the failures of POV, though. Disappointing.

Date:August 29th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I loved Dream Park. I did like Barsoom. Not nearly as much as Dream Park, but it was ok. California, I cannot even remember atm. I know I read it, but it most assuredly did not make an impression. I will have to get Moon Maze and check it out. I am down to 3 books on my to be read list, so I will be making a run to the bookstore soon.
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Date:August 30th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
That makes sense to me. I would have to describe the sequels to Dream Park as mental bubble gum. Fun for the moment, but no lasting impression. (As opposed to, say, Lucifer's Hammer, Ringworld, or The Mote in God's Eye, for example.)
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