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The Barsoom Project by Larry Niven

The Barsoom Project (1989)

by Larry Niven, Steven Barnes

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Series: Dream Park (2)

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This books is a follow-on to Dream Park. In this, the Dream Park business is running a new simulation, an end-of-the world scenario with mythological connections. But things are going on behind the scenes. When a player dies before it should be possible, an investigation begins turning up murder and conspiracy - and a return character operating under an alias and with a hidden past.

The dream story is interesting. It was well-researched and involves some Inuit history and mythology, and we see the players drawn into an interesting culture.

However, I didn't feel the story was as good as the previous one. The characters are a bit shallow, which is moderately typical for Niven. But the story is very creative, which is also typical. In the end, I didn't feel as if everything was adequately explained, such as the code modifications which had to get around security and have a very good understanding of their technology. The mystery player seemed to be far to uninteresting in the end, she had a lot of potential and should have been more complex. With the weak ending and the lack of character development I can't recommend this book. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Jun 4, 2017 |
After the success of the first book, Dream Park, a sequel almost had to follow. Niven and Barnes make this one another murder mystery set in their near-future adventure/theme park. The technology changes a bit in this one, as the passing years showed they were either on the wrong track or ahead of their time in 'Dream Park'. An interesting near future mystery which will be of interest to any online gamer or fan of near future fiction. ( )
  Karlstar | Jan 8, 2012 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
A somewhat intriguing novel about Dream Park, where role playing games are incredibly real via computer enhancement, and are used for entertainment of the rich, training, and in this case, industrial sabotage and murder. Interesting adventure-survival story, filled with twists and turns. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 14, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Larry Nivenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barnes, Stevenmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Burleson,JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stawicki, MattCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Welcome to Dream Park-an amusement park where nothing is what it seems-except murder.

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Haunted by her past encounter in Dream Park, where the horrific special effects became real, Eviane returns to confront her nightmares but gets entangled in a vicious game where she is stalked by a killer.

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