When Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award winner Michael Reaves teamed up, they created the bestselling YA novel InterWorld. 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 ...
When Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award winner Michael Reaves teamed up, they created the bestselling YA novel InterWorld. 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. Teens--and tweens and adults--who obsessively read the His Dark Materials and Harry Potter series will be riveted by InterWorld and its sequel, The Silver Dream.
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Any new book by Neil Gaiman is a cause for celebration, even if it is a very minor work, and not even quite new, as it turns out. This 'book' was originally planned as a television show back in about 1995, when Neil was in London working on the Neverwhere series and Michael was making adventure serials at DreamWorks. Unable to sell the idea to 'the kinds of people who make television', they decided to write it as a novel, hoping that it would then be possible for even a television executive to understand it. However, they soon found out that television executives don't read books either, and so the project was abandoned. Fast forward to the present, and suddenly there was enough interest in the project, at least in the form of a novel, and Neil found himself getting the almost seven-year old MS ready for publication. (In fact, one of the people eager to read the story as a real book was Neil's son Michael.) This is Neil's second collaboration on a novel after the amazing ?Good Omens? with Terry Pratchett, but, truth be told, it is nowhere near as good. It is difficult to precisely pinpoint what is lacking, but something is, and the finished work feels more like the draft of a treatment meant to sway the aforementioned television executives than anything of the order that Gaiman's fans have come to expect and deserve. If you are already a Gaiman fan, go ahead; but don't let this be your introduction to his genius.
Sep 14, 2007
Good potential but somewhat thin
Another one of Gaiman's books that takes places in those blurry crevices where different realities come together. It's a common theme in many of his writings. The book is best where it explores these areas. There is a real potential creepiness in certain parts that I wish could've been further explored and been more of the book.
But Interworld was meant to serve as the first story arc for a serial adventure cartoon originally. They later decided to make a novel out of it which explains why the book feels a little thin and light and you get the usual expected themes and plot devices that've been done many times before.
It's a decent read for the creativity of the situations, but when it starts becoming more of an action sequence, I think the book struggles to be as creative and thoughtful as in the rest of the book. And unfortunately, the latter half of the book falls more under this category. But that's to be expected given the target audience, I suppose.
Sep 11, 2007
Intriguing Short Story?
Michael Reaves is a relative new author to me but Neil Gaiman has been a consistent read for me. The two authors combine their past talents - Gaiman with mythological background and Reaves with the sci-fi genre to create a story involving a character named, Joey Harker. The character is caught in a strange war between science and magic but decides to enlist the help of himself in multi-dimensions. The story was intriguing and well written but the only drawback was the shortness of the book. The potential for such a story could have been longer to engage the reader into the interworld. Perhaps, this book may be a teaser to readers in hopes to create a series?
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