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InterWorld | [Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves]

InterWorld

Joey Harker isn't a hero. In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension. Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces: armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.
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Publisher's Summary

Joey Harker isn't a hero.

In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. And one day Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension.

Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces: armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions. When he sees the evil those forces are capable of, Joey makes the only possible choice. He joins an army of his own, an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all share his amazing power and who are all determined to fight to save the worlds.

Master storyteller Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award-winning science-fiction writer Michael Reaves team up to create a dazzling tale of magic, science, honor, and the destiny of one very special boy and all the others like him.

©2007 Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Gurmukh London, ON, Canada 10-31-07
    Gurmukh London, ON, Canada 10-31-07 Member Since 2006
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    "A good listen"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ruy Wolfenbuettel, Germany 11-30-07
    Ruy Wolfenbuettel, Germany 11-30-07 Member Since 2006
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    "great entertainment"

    This book was an easy listen, catching me quite early and letting me listen trough in almost one single setting. The plot is quite straightforward but builds good momentum, and the end is quite fast paced. It is not the usual Gaiman writing, this is not so dark and more young-reader oriented, but very enjoyable anyhow.

    Recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marcie Guildford, United Kingdom 09-06-10
    Marcie Guildford, United Kingdom 09-06-10 Member Since 2006

    Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others.

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    "A pleasant kid's book"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Szilagyi Cleveland, Oh 07-15-07
    Steven Szilagyi Cleveland, Oh 07-15-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Multi-Dimensional Travel Adventure"

    Sliders meets Harry Potter. It's cool. It's light fare, but I enjoyed it even as an adult Sci-Fi Reader. The Narration is nicely done and well paced.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 06-10-13
    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 06-10-13 Member Since 2014

    a dedicated dilettante

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    "InterWorld: a fun romp through inter-space."

    Interworld is a really fun sci-fi adventure. I read this with one of my sons and while it fits its Juvenile category, we both enjoyed it. It contains a really interesting backdrop of a multidimensional universes where the sliver that contains versions with alternate Earth’s is the focus, the Alternative. It plays out well with interesting, if not deep characters. This book is a lot like a good sci-fi summer film; it’s a great, fun ride with quick moving narrative hitting all the right spots for what it’s trying to do for its target audience (and beyond). No Oscars but a lot of fun.

    I switched between the Kindle version of this and the Audible version read by Christopher Evan Welch (I do wish the Audible team would get Whispersync for Voice working on their Windows Phone 8 app). Mr. Welch does a fine job with the character’s voice. I think it was a good choice to have him also read the sequel, The Silver Dream.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-20-10
    Patrick Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-20-10
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    "Great Book and a great reader!"

    The story was good and moved great. The Narration was spot on (only Neil himself is better). It was a nice adult sci-fi read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James South Pasadena, CA, USA 10-17-07
    James South Pasadena, CA, USA 10-17-07 Member Since 2003
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    "The spirit of Heinlein"

    Gaiman and Reeves channel early Heinlein and AE Van Vogt in this updated pulp sci-fi adolescent fantasy. There is everything from the kid learning about special powers, steam punk scenes, a reluctant team turned loyal followers...you name it. Great for my 10 year old and it left us eagerly wanting the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Fresno, CA, United States 07-30-08
    Melinda Fresno, CA, United States 07-30-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Catching"

    Not bad in the end. It took several chapters to really get my attention, but bith the story and the characters grew as the book progressed and by the end I was hooked. A good book for teen fantasy fans.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-07-14
    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2008

    My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...

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    "A really bad kids book."

    It's a short read so kept saying I could make it all the way through it. Well I did, almost. With a huge sigh of relief I stopped with 35 minutes left and immediately deleted it. Now it will soon be forgotten. Thank goodness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 08-21-13
    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 08-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

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    "great entertainment!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of InterWorld to be better than the print version?

    because of the things that are complicated to explain on paper like sounds and bleeps


    What was one of the most memorable moments of InterWorld?

    HUE! loved Hue!


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    great job, good performance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I ate it up in 3 days


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  • Roy
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    9/3/07
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    "Not as much fun as you'd hope"

    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
  • Vincent
    EdenvalueSouth Africa
    1/23/08
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    "All the Josephs, give me a break"

    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
  • Denzil
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    "Great childrens story, Awful editing"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is quite very easy to settle into - its an excellent intro to sci-fi for kids.


    Any additional comments?

    There are randomly placed sound effects that sound like they are downloaded from a awful stock sound effects site as a free sample.
    The same sound effect is repeated repeated in several places - adding nothing to the story, makes NO SENSE in relation to what is happening AND it replaces the narration audio so you miss one or two words to hear a very annoying "beep beep wiz" sound effect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Ufland
    Herts UK
    7/16/13
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    "Instantly Forgettable!"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think that this book was to the author's usual standard. I find Niel Gaiman's books gripping, to the point where I resent having to put them down to do something else and then my mind is straying back to the book. This, however, didn't grip me at all. I found that I wasn't bothered about what happened and only finished it out of principle. Very disappointing! I am writing this review after a month or so of reading it and can only vaguely remember what it was about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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