Book Reviews of The Black Tower (The Dungeon, Vol. 1)

The Black Tower (The Dungeon, Vol. 1)
The Black Tower - The Dungeon, Vol. 1
Author: Philip Jose Farmer, Richard A. Lupoff
ISBN-13: 9780553273465
ISBN-10: 0553273469
Publication Date: 7/1/1988
Pages: 339
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Black Tower (The Dungeon, Vol. 1) on + 75 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this one very much--an other-dimensional adventure drawing inspiration from Haggard, Burroughs, and Lovecraft among others. Clive, a 19th century Baron's second son, treks into Africa in search of his missing twin. He is suddenly transported the the vast realm of the Dungeon, where he meets strange creatures and humans who are almost as far beyond his comprehension. Beings from many planets and time periods are trapped in the Dungeon: petty tyrants carving out a portion of the Dungeon for themselves, some who despair of ever returning home, others who live unaware of their plight, and the few like our hero Clive and his companions who are quest-bound to escape. The result is rip-roaring, Clive's party careens from danger to danger, discovery after discovery, stimulating the reader's spirit of adventure on every page.
The writing style is not without its occasional flaws and fumbles, but all told this is one of the most enthralling books I've read in recent months and I've put the other volumes on my wishlist immediately.
reviewed The Black Tower (The Dungeon, Vol. 1) on + 58 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
An interesting start to what looks like an interesting experiment.
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Helpful Score: 1
Plunging into a vast prison that spans a planet, Clive Folliot faces a fantastic world of dwarves, cyborgs and aliens unlike anything he has ever imagined.
reviewed The Black Tower (The Dungeon, Vol. 1) on + 10 more book reviews
You probably will love it or hate it.

If you've read a lot and like nods to historical figures and times, this may be for you. Guy from the late 1800s England goes off to find his twin brother who is lost in Africa. He travels to get there encountering some interesting individuals along the way and then goes through a portal to get stuck in the "dungeon" (have you ever played dungeons & dragons or another role playing game?) and encounters all sorts of people and creatures from the past, from his future, our future, and alien creatures, too.

If you like to imagine how a British military person from the late 1800s might deal with Japanese WWII pilots or a cyber lady from the late 1900s, enjoy reading a book that has nods to many other books and times along the way, this may be for you.

I might have liked this when I was reading choose your own adventure books in junior high, but that was a long time ago and ultimately, this book seemed shallow and convoluted and wasn't for me. YMMV.
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Written in the "old style" of sci-fi. I couldn't get into it myself. To old fashioned.
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My husband did not enjoy this one all that much.
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I very much enjoyed this series.