A Dark Traveling

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A MILLENNIUM BOOK A DARK TRAVELING ROGER ZELAZNY "I'm normal fourteen-year-old boy, my name is James Wiley, and I live in a large building in a south-western state capital in the United States. My sister Becky is a witch, my older brother Dave lives in a castle, and our exchange student Barry is a trained assassin. I also have an uncle named George who is a werewolf. And my own palms get itchy whenever there's a full moon, so I guess I have the same genes. It must be the genes. I try to be scientific about these matters, because I'm going to be a scientist one of these days. "Unfortunately, there was a full moon for a while earlier that evening. That's when the trouble began. . ." An 'ordinary' fourteen year-old, James Wiley has lost his scientist father to a parallel world in the darkbands. With the help of Becky, his sister with magic powers, Barry the exchange student and Uncle George, the werewolf, James goes in search of his parent. But he must take care: for if there just happens to be a full moon at the wrong moment, James's itchy palms might lead him into trouble. . . The Millennium books are novels for older readers from the very best science fiction and fantasy writers. Also published in the series are the following titles: CHESS WITH A DRAGON by David Gerrold THE LEGACY OF LEHR by Katherine Kurtz PROJECT PENDULUM by Robert Silverberg Roger Zelazny was a three-time Nebula Award and six-time Hugo Award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy classics. Zelazny was the bestselling author of the ten-volume Chronicles of Amber series of fantasy novels, as well as Psychoshop (written by Alfred Bester). LEBBEUS WOODS is an internationally acclaimed visionary architect. After working on the design of the noted Ford Foundation building in New York, he established his own firm, where he won a Progressive Architecture citation for applied research in design. A collection of his architectural drawings, Origins, was published in 1986.

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Grade 6 Up Narrated by James Wiley, a self-described ``normal fourteen-year-old boy,'' this is vintage Zelazny. Jim's sister is a witch, there is an older brother who is living in a castle at the moment, a live-in exchange student who is a trained assassin, and an uncle who is a werewolf. Oh, and Jim takes after him. So much for normal. In Zelazny's deft hands, however, this all seems totally believable, even scientific. Jim's father is the keeper of a transcomp station, a portal to an almost infinite series of alternative universes. When he suddenly disappears under suspicious circumstances, Jim is determined to find him. With the help of his sister and their exchange-student friend, Mr. Wiley is located on a world facing a cosmic confrontation between the forces of light and dark. The narration moves briskly, and the story is economically told. The book is peopled with characters that readers will care about. There are touches of humor laced throughout the action of the plot, and just enough danger to keep readers on the edge of their chairs. A thoroughly satisfying addition to science fiction collections, this might even appeal to readers who think they don't like science fiction. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.
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