For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.
With hunger and disease eliminated, Burton and the others appear to have everything they need - except an answer to the question "Why?"
Both swashbuckling adventure and insightful examination into mankind's constant search for answers to the unanswerable, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is voiced by narrator Paul Hecht to emphasize every thrilling moment of discovery.
©1971 Philip José Farmer; (P)2000 Recorded Books
"One of the most imaginative worlds in science fiction." (Booklist)
One of the most unique worlds conceived. A truly unique and engaging premise. I like the characters and the adventure is worth the read. It ends without a real resolution - but the story continues in the other books in the series. Hoping to get some kind of answers to all the mysteries at some point. Overall a real classic piece of SciFi!
History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Really very silly at times yet oddly interesting.
May have to continue onto the fabulous riverboat. Maybe.
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This was a interesting Sci-Fi story. It's a classic and ends in a very open way, however I'm not sure if I want to know the answer to the question posed at the end as to me it was more philosophical and rhetorical, however the journey to that point was well written.
The drugs and free love ideas of the book do date it a bit, but they are not too pronounced, so I can live with them.
I was pleased to make the acquaintance of this series. The audiobook made both the drama and the visual setting come to life.
Instead of focussing on the groups of humans and cultures who might have worked together to figure out why they were there and establish a safe society, this book mostly focusses on the very worst parts of humanity. I found it highly disturbing that the author took this fascinating idea of the afterlife and turned it into a world where rape and murder were the norm on such a huge scale. Earth has a very bloody history and the author explores human nature in this light, however I suppose I expected a little more development from people who woke up to find they had all been resurrected in the midst of all the cultures who had ever lived.
This book needed better character development all around. Billions of people all wake up at once to find that they have been resurrected from the dead and can now interact with everyone who ever lived, and there is surprisingly little internal development from most characters going through this.
Character of any kind is especially lacking with the book's female characters. I very strongly disliked how the women in this book only existed to have sex with the men, either consensual or (more often) as rape. For example, most if not all of the main female characters in this book join the group by becoming sex partners with one of the male characters as a form of protection, and do not really contribute in any other way except when they are fighting for their lives (to avoid being raped).
The narrator needs to distinguish between characters a little better. He was inconsistent with accents and I frequently got Burton and Frigate confused when there was dialog between them because the narrator would speak the same way with both.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain
If I had borrowed this book I would not have finished it. I paid for it, so I saw it through to the end. It was long winded, over detailed, and lacking in good character building. If condensed, I think it would make a good short story, given more work be applied to building the characters.
I loved this book at 15 and it is still great. Farmer's sociological and historical background gives a level of detail that I just love. To tell the truth I remember book #2 is the best of the lot, an opinion seconded in a recent conversation with an old friend with whom I discussed the book with 40 years ago. Neither of us is satisfied with Farmer's series ending, but the journey itself is so great that I don't really care about the ending all that much.
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