Hardcover, 239 pages

English language

Published April 6, 2007 by Eos.

ISBN:
978-0-06-123896-3
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3 stars (19 reviews)

InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.

Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the earths stable.

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Review of 'InterWorld' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

If this had just been written by an author I'd never heard of, I might've given it two stars, but since it has Gaiman's name on it I hold it to a higher standard. After reading this, I can only think of sketchy reasons for why Gaiman's name is on this piece of garbage.

It doesn't read like his collaboration with Terry Pratchett: "Good Omens". There is no mark of his hand at all. The writing is clunky and the similes are just so bad that they are like leftover school pizza (almost exactly like that). The protagonist is an idiot, and unfortunately it is only by his idiocy that the plot moves at all. Any good possible uses of the many-worlds setting are wasted in favor of paper villains and a war that fails to feel like it matters in any way.

Review of 'InterWorld' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I quick and captivating read, as it's actually a young adult book. The story is very Gaimanesque, the writing style not so much - it's obvious that Gaiman's partner in crime did most of the writing. I found the writing style a bit naive, it reads like someone's first book ever. Having read the bit about the authors in the back cover, it's obvious why; Michael Reaves is actually a television writer who wrote Emmy winning Star Trek episodes. Interworld was originally supposed to be a TV show, and it does seem a bit like a pilot - the big plot is solved in the end, but there are some lose ends left.

I like the concept of the book, it made me think that Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be a HEX show and Doctor Who would be a binary show, sort of...

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Subjects

  • Fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Space fiction
  • Magic
  • Parallel worlds
  • Alternative universes