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This is the sequel to Farmer's work To Your Scattered Bodies Go. The main character is Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain. In the Riverworld series, everyong who ever lived has been inexplicably reborn on the shores of a river which doubles back and forth over an entire planet. Food is automatically provided for them. Samuel Clemens' quest is to create a riverboat and go sailing down the river. The problem is, there really isn't that kind of technology around. However, he is determined.

Clemens founds a kingdom and begins focusing on advancing technology. With the aid of a mysterious stranger, he manages to find needed metal deposits. However, to get his kingdom off the ground, Clements had to make alliances with some very untrustworthy people. A lot of the plot ends up focusing on the conflicts with nearby kingdoms on the river and his wariness of a political powerplay from elements within his own kingdom. With all these troubles cropping up, he has a lot of difficulty getting the work on his riverboat finished, but that always remains his central goal.
The review of this Book prepared by Isaac Brown








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   method of transportation Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Water A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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