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#1 2014-12-15 10:40:15

base10
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Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

For the last several years, I've been on a hunt for a book that's similar to Otherland in the fantasy/sci-fi genera, but not necessarily cyberpunk.  I love the suspense, the character development, and most of all the transitions from one world to another.  The closest I've found that I actually enjoyed were the Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny.  Do you guys have any other recommendations?  I haven't read any of Tad Williams' other books.

Thanks.

 

#2 2014-12-15 10:48:54

ylvs
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Re: Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

Tough one.

I cannot think of anything similar to Otherland by anyone.

Tad's stories are all very much different themewise although they all are similar in the quality of the writing (small surprise).
All very much worth a try.

And welcome to the boards base10!


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#3 2014-12-15 10:51:44

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

base10 wrote:

For the last several years, I've been on a hunt for a book that's similar to Otherland in the fantasy/sci-fi genera, but not necessarily cyberpunk.  I love the suspense, the character development, and most of all the transitions from one world to another.  The closest I've found that I actually enjoyed were the Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny.  Do you guys have any other recommendations?  I haven't read any of Tad Williams' other books.

Thanks.

Welcome, Base10! :)


Tad's "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" has some obvious Amber/Zelazny influences, including a now-iconic scene with a transition from one world to another. It also has a ton of suspense and a lot of character development (it would have to, with the third volume being one of the longest books written in the English language), and, like Otherland, a huge cast of characters in a large world. I highly recommend it.

I've heard (but haven't verified) that Yves Meynard’s Chrysanthe is much like Zelazny's Amber, including the shifting.


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#4 2014-12-15 11:08:13

Aan`allein
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Re: Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

Kind of an oddball recommendation: Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt. (It's an alternate history starting from the European plague years, weaving together a tale of rebirth from many individual 'short stories' set apart in time; thus kinda giving the same sensation of those transitions from world to world).

Most authors aren't crazy enough to spend all that effort world-building a dozen times in a row in the same book, though. ("Stupid Tad mistake number two", as Tad used to refer to it during readings).

Oh, John C. Wright also does something similar in The Hermetic Millennia (again journeying through time, but now thousands of years apart from setting to setting), but that's done as a framework story (told from a point of view set even later in history), and part two of a series...


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#5 2014-12-15 12:06:01

base10
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Re: Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

Thanks everyone.  Because it's been so long since I've read a Tad Williams' book, I'm going to give "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" a go.  It is likely the author that I enjoyed so much.

I like the suggestions.  And will most likely be reading those after I'm done, which may be a while -- I think it took me over a year to finish Otherland.

 

#6 2014-12-15 12:20:42

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

Happy reading, Base10! You can't go wrong with MS&T! :)


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#7 2014-12-15 12:27:51

Kenan
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Re: Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

Welcome Base10!

I hope you'll like MST as much as I (we) do!
As for stories similar to Otherland, sorry I got no idea if there are any like it :)


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#8 2014-12-21 11:01:39

Merenwen
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Re: Hunt for a book similar to Otherland

Welcome Base10!

I don't know any book that's similar to Otherland, either, but maybe you like The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons? I really enjoyed it.

Have fun with MS&T!

Last edited by Merenwen (2014-12-21 11:01:54)

 

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