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Inferno | [Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle]

Inferno

After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.
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Publisher's Summary

After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures. As he struggles to escape, he's taken through new, puzzling, and outlandish versions of sin recast for the present day.

©1976 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A dazzling tour de force." (Poul Anderson)
"A fast, amusing and vivid book, by a writing team noted for intelligence and imagination." (Roger Zelazny)

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    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 01-06-13
    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Scientist, artisan, anachronism

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    "this... is... terrible..."

    Inferno- This… is… terrible…

    I hated every minute of this flaming turd. It is a dumbed down remake of Dante's story of hell from the Divine Comedy. This remake version is pathetic. For example: during the first three quarters of the story the main character didn't realize that his companion in hell (a resident of hell) who’s name is Benito and is a large, sharp-faced Italian, is suppose to be Benito Mussolini. Geeeze.

    It is frustrating to even think of the story as I write this review. Just skip it. If it sounds interesting from the review, know that it is not.

    Just read the Divine Comedy, or at least the part of it that related to hell named Inferno (from the Divine comedy).

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 07-07-12
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 07-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dante, meet Piers anthony"
    Any additional comments?

    I did not immediately like this book. I had to start and stop three times before it finally got into gear. I was so reminded of the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony that i kept that in mind throughout. I loved Xanth when I was a kid, so this was a fun book for me. This is definitely not for everyone, but it's worth a listen (especially if you can get it in the bargain bin)
    Has the feel of a dream, Look into the peep hole of the hypno gourd, "we are on an adventure, you may join us if you wish"
    Narrator was good, but Benito Mussolini kind of sounds like Dracula.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 06-30-12
    Aaron 06-30-12
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    "A vain attempt to modernize a classic"

    I was surprised by how much I disliked this novel. Having read the 3 books written by Dante, and liking them very much, I found this book severely wanting.

    The idea of modernizing Dante's idea is not without merit, but I do not think the authors were up to the task.

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    E. schmitt United States 06-11-12
    E. schmitt United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Knowing Reality"
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Absolutely. Everytime I read or listen to this book I gain more knowledge and wisdom of the reality and finality of sin and gain hope.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    Benito


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Reality in Eternity


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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 04-27-09
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 04-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun"

    Fun creative writing

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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