The Walls of the Universe

The Walls of the Universe

Book - 2009
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John Rayburn thought all of his problems were the mundane ones of an Ohio farm boy in his last year in high school. Then his doppelganger appeared, tempted him with a device that let him travel across worlds, and stole his life from him. John soon finds himself caroming through universes, unable to return home--the device is broken. John settles in a new universe to unravel its secrets and fix it.
Meanwhile, his doppelganger tries to exploit the commercial technology he's stolen from other Earths: the Rubik's Cube John's attempts to lie low in his new universe backfire when he inadvertently introduces pinball. It becomes a huge success. Both actions draw the notice of other, more dangerous travelers, who are exploiting worlds for ominous purposes. Fast-paced and exciting, this is SF adventure at its best from a rising star.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765319975
0765319977
Branch Call Number: SF MELKO 2009
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 22 cm

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Yavin
Apr 08, 2017

The Walls of the Universe is an engaging, quick-paced, and intriguing multi-dimensional travel novel. This is my third time reading it and its sequel "The Broken Universe". It's an easy read but does have language and a couple blink-and-you'll-miss-them sex scenes. When John Rayburn meets himself, he's sent on quite the adventure across universes. Well worth it despite the sections explaining science. The human interacting and character development is well done. Jumping back and forth between Johns is a little disorienting but easy enough to figure out where you are. A must read for sci-fi fans everywhere.

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HelloWorld77
Sep 26, 2010

Great book.

I highly recommend also checking out Charles Stross' Merchant Princes series if you like this book.

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Clyssandre
Jun 16, 2010

L'idée est intéressante et l'histoire commence très bien. Elle s'embrouille un peu par la suite jusqu'à devenir peu convaincante à la fin, à mes yeux. Mais ça reste tout de même divertissant. Ceux qui aimeront le thème de ce livre aimeront sans aucun doute la série de Northen Lights de Philip Pullman.

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Yavin
Apr 08, 2017

Sexual Content: There's a little bit of sex but you almost don't realize it and it's not graphic.

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Yavin
Apr 08, 2017

Coarse Language: Language including f-bombs scattered throughout.

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Apr 08, 2017

Yavin thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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