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World Walker or 'TweenmanFenton was only a 'tweenman, without body or shadow; his body lay back in the laboratory where Dr. Garnock was experimenting with a new drug. Yet Fenton was in the fiary world of the Alfar, helplessly watching the Faerie Queen of the Alfar attacked and captured by the hideous, goblinlike ironfolk. And he was fading, irresitibly being drawn back toWorld Walker or 'TweenmanFenton was only a 'tweenman, without body or shadow; his body lay back in the laboratory where Dr. Garnock was experimenting with a new drug. Yet Fenton was in the fiary world of the Alfar, helplessly watching the Faerie Queen of the Alfar attacked and captured by the hideous, goblinlike ironfolk. And he was fading, irresitibly being drawn back to his obdy.He had to return to save the Faerie Queen - and to save his own world from the ironfolk. But not even Sally Lobeck would believe him. Garnock refused him more drug and confiscated the tailsman that would let hem return in his body as a worldwaker, free to move through the Gateways between worlds.His only hope lay in finding the mysterious House between the Worlds. but the House could only be found when and where it wanted. And apparently, it didn't want Fenton to find it!...

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The House Between the Worlds Reviews

  • Edwina Callan
    2019-04-04 05:50

    I did really enjoy the first 60 or so pages, but then the book just seemed to get bogged down in ... strangeness.Maybe if I knew anything at all about Dungeons and Dragons I would have enjoyed this book more, but I don't so I didn't. LOLAh well, on to the next.

  • Jerry
    2019-03-26 07:45

    This is basically a swords and planet story updated to the seventies. The world is slightly different than ours. Besides the Berkeley name change the author mentions in the preface, cars run on alcohol, and Dungeons and Dragons is played on a board.The researchers in The House Between the Worlds are the worst caricatures of the unscientific wishful parapsychologist. The ones who complain that you should only count the times they got it right, not believing statistics mean they will get a good run. The kind who complain that experiments are designed to stifle psychic powers. Who think that just because Einstein couldn’t see atoms, his formula are no better than their spotty statistics, so why won’t anyone believe them?Funnily, the parapsychologists Fenton knows decide that what he is doing is ESP and teleportation, and that this proves their theories. And refuse to believe Fenton when he tells them of other worlds. They are as closed-minded to supernatural ideas that contradict parapsychology as they are to scientific ideas that contradict parapsychology.Fenton himself is annoying as hell. He hoards information. In his travels he learns very important information about the Alfar enemy, and never bothers to say anything about it. He learns that the enemy’s minions travel through multiple worlds and dismisses it as “unimportant” when speaking with the Alfar—though at least one of the worlds contains a potentially powerful ally. He never tells his friend in the Alfar who she really is to him.That said, I always wanted to keep reading, and always wanted to know how each mess he got into cleared itself up. It’s worth reading, if you’re willing to put yourself back into the seventies mindset it was written in.

  • Esther
    2019-04-09 23:46

    What a thrilling ride! This is a real gem of paranormal fiction! As both a parapsychologist and a SCAdian, this was a treat to read - to see the fledgling view of both, the beginnings of a dream and a delightful fantasy blended together by an artist's hands is truly a wonderful thing, and the imagery and research put into this book were phenomenal. How wonderful it must have been to be a part of all these things, taking place at the epicenter of some of the most liberal ideas of the time!

  • Peter Cook
    2019-04-08 07:40

    This is the only novel by MZB that I found tolerable.

  • mlady_rebecca
    2019-04-04 03:34

    Copyright 1981. This has always been one of my favorite books, but it's illuminating to read it again with new eyes. Some of the messages there. Learned them at 10 as fiction. Learning them again at 45 as more than fiction.(Possible spoilers in the quotes.)The gnomes message in the rock world about all life being one. "Others having forgotten that all life is one, and meaning harm to dance-world, tree-world, light-world. So making them, in pain, one with self-substance, showing them once that all life is one."Cam's learning to let go and trust his instincts. He did not know if he was reading the old man's thoughts, or whether it was intuition or clairvoyance. Maybe, in the universe he was now inhabiting, there was no difference between them. He simply knew. Jennifer had somehow known that he was ready for that knowledge. Cameron Fenton had been a parapsychologist for ten years. And he knew, now, that he was only beginning to learn the very first thing about parapsychology. It was an opening door, a new world he was entering, a new universe.The dig at organized religion. How long had the Worldhouse been in operation? Probably, he thought, from time immemorial—if time had any meaning in the new picture of the cosmos which the very existence of the Worldhouse had given him. And somewhere along that line, control of the Gates had slipped. In Pentarn's world they had fallen under control of a power-mad dictator who was using them recklessly for his own purposes, without realizing what this might do to the Gates. And in Fenton's world, their existence had been forgotten, kept secret, eventually fallen into the hands of amateurs and volunteers because the scientific establishment was less and less ready to accept anything like that. The time could be measured in millennia here, too. Certainly the Worldgates had not been known in historical times. But historical time, according to some new theories, was only a fraction of the time man had lived on this planet... unless you wanted to stick to the exploded theory that history had begun in 4004 BC when God created the world in seven days, fossils and all, to confuse the ungodly.The observation that parapsychology is one of the few fields where no amount of evidence will change people's minds. What would it matter, then, if we did prove that some people can hear things believed to be out of earshot and see things out of the range of their eyes? Most of us have known all along that clairvoyance and clairaudience are facts; why should we spend all this effort trying to prove these things to ignoramuses who have told us they wouldn't believe them with ten times the evidence, anyhow? And having gone that far Fenton was forced to stop and wonder: what was a fact anyhow?The idea of risks and path and purpose."All the same," Fenton said, "I have the right to choose what risks I will take." He had been taking risks, knowingly, ever since he chose parapsychology as a field—first, the risk of abandoning a respectable psychologist's profession, then the risks of strange talents, experimentation with drugs that could loosen the inner girders of the mind. He wondered if all those risks had been run to prepare him for this moment of choice.The total sceptic and the true believer.Sally laughed and nodded. "I forget which scientist it was who said that the universe is not only queerer than we imagine, but queerer than we can imagine," she said. "That's so," Uncle Stan agreed. "In your business—Cam told me you were working in parapsychology too—you ought to know that, if anybody does. You must get awfully tired of skeptics who don't believe what's right under their noses. And almost as tired, I'd imagine, of people who believe all kinds of hogwash without a shred of proof. You folks really have to walk a chalk line, in that business, don't you? Skepticism on one side and credulity on the other, and both of them completely blind to logic and rational proof, either way." "Oh, you're so right," Sally said. "That's why we try to make sure the people we take in the department are fairly stable to start with. Accept an ignorant and logic-proof skeptic, breach his skepticism, and he turns into an equally ignorant and logic-proof True Believer." And this....He just didn't like the idea of being a Flat-Earther of the mind, the kind of person who didn't want facts muddling up his prejudices.

  • Christian, Kelanth, Scala
    2019-03-20 03:49

    La casa tra i mondi, in originale "The House Between the Worlds" è un romanzo fantasy del 1980 scritto da Marion Zimmer Bradley, famosissima in tutto il mondo per i noti cicli di "Avalon" a sfondo fantasy, e di "Darkover" a sfondo fantascienza e pubblicato per la prima volta in italia da Fanucci nel 1997.La trama è presto scritta: sono i giorni radiosi degli studenti e della contestazione, e ci troviamo all'Università di Berkeley, negli anni settanta. Cameron Fenton è uno studente che fa praticantato presso l'università, e decide di prendere parte a un nuovo esperimento, durante il quale vengono adoperate delle potenti droghe allucinogene di nuova progettazione... che però danno risultati piuttosto sconvolgenti, al di là di ogni immaginazione. Sarà così che Cameron si vedrà catapultato in un mondo fantastico quanto terribile, lucente quanto cupo, alla presenza di Kerridis, principessa degli elfi, rapita da un'orda di mostri senza cuore, gli Ironfolk, nemici mortali degli elfi, che la conduce nelle oscure caverne dove vive un umano, Pentarn, loro capo. L'equilibrio dei mondi ora è in mano a Cameron Fenton.Classico libro fantasy, dove si usa il pretesto dei mondi paralleli in cui il protagonista riesce a penetrare nel corso di esperimenti con l'uso della droga LSD; troviamo i soliti noti cliché con le popolazioni in perenne lotta tra di loro, la classica contrapposizione buoni/cattivi. La trama risulta essere troppo lunga, soprattutto la prima parte che è a tratti veramente pesante, dove l'autrice approfondisce troppo i "dubbi esistenziali" del suo protagonista, che si traducono in continui periodi interrogativi, retti da domande sopra domande, in merito agli eventi che stanno accadendo.Quando qualcosa comincia a muoversi in questa "casa dei mondi", la trama diventa più avvincente, ma praticamente tutto ciò avviene alla fine del libro, fuori tempo massimo. Sicuramente non il suo romanzo migliore, si fa leggere senza infamia e senza lode. Tipica lettura d'evasione senza alcun impegno. Presto dimenticato.

  • Pam Donato
    2019-04-18 01:51

    This science fiction/fantasy story has an interesting concept about alternate worlds and how they affect each other. The main character is able to cross through to another universe through the use of a drug involved in a parapsychology study. He faces personal difficulties as he comes to believe in the therory of alternate worlds and attempts to convince those involved with the study. He also becomes emotionally involved in an ongoing conflict in one of the worlds. As all the worlds start to overflow into each other, he must fight to protect all the universes and put to right the "gates" between the worlds.I found the concept good and liked how it was used to explain history and mythology. However, I sometimes felt that the writting style was rather junevile and simplistic. I would have enjoyed a bit more detail and depth.

  • Michele
    2019-03-20 00:34

    Typical Marion Zimmer Bradley, well crafted characters and a story well spun.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-22 01:58

    I'm a big fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley's work, so when I ran across this book in a bag of donations I was quite excited. A piece I'd never read before: hooray!Well, it just wasn't as good as some of her earlier (and later) work, in my opinion. "The House Between The Worlds" is the story of Cameron Fenton, a PhD researcher at UC Berkeley's fictitious Parapsychology Department. While conducting a supervised trial of Antaril, a drug that enhances ESP, Fenton finds himself in the land of the Alfar -- the Faerie Folk.From then on, it's like Thomas the Rhymer/Tam Lin suddenly has the ability to go back and forth between the realms -- and, of course, no one in his own time believes him about what is happening.Okay, but just not a favorite.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-19 07:45

    It was ok...the whole psychological fantasy/SF thing kind of drives me crazy. Mental powers and drugs and all that. Can't we just go to fairyland without taking illegal mind-altering substances? : ) At least it had a strong female character. But the political chitchat about marijuana being legal in CA and filling up cars with "alcohol" kept breaking my concentration. Instead of actual action, a lot of the plot was taken up by the main character's agonies, first over whether anything he experienced was real, and second over how to convince anyone else that it was real.

  • Aimee
    2019-04-03 06:45

    I am really enjoying this book! It's not, you know, Great Books or anything, but it's a fun ride.....Well, after actually reading the whole thing, I agree with someone else here who said this was a long, drawn-out short story. I hate it when authors repeat themselves.... when the character continually "remembers" and reflects on things that happened earlier in the narrative. FILLER! Yawn....

  • Nienke
    2019-04-17 00:35

    A nice read from MZB. I don't like it as much as her other books, the personal journey most of her characters depart on was less apparent here. Though it becomes more and more clear to me that the theme of the 'scientific rational person' who learns about paranormal and magical realities and learns to open his or her mind is a recurring one in all of her books on many levels. The character development in this book wasn't that strong, but it was still a nice holiday read

  • bardbooks
    2019-03-27 01:44

    Bought and read this many, many years ago and can't find it amongst my books, which means I either loaned it and never got it back OR it's buried in a box in the attic. Either way, I need to procure another copy.

  • Genevieve's Human
    2019-04-18 00:01

    Another insipid Bradley male running around after promising women about whom we never learn much. She builds interesting worlds and good plots, and I like her writing. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to give up for a while until I determine which of her books have more appealing characters.

  • Zsuzsanna
    2019-04-15 00:56

    A university professor during an experience with some drugs supposed to enhance ESP finds himself in another world, where "elves" and "monsters" exist. But when he wakes, how could he know whether all was real, and he should indeed save every world from destruction?

  • Alethea Hammer
    2019-03-21 03:01

    An experiment in parapsychology involving a new drug lands the test subject in an alternate reality. When he returns, his fellow researchers doubt the reality of his experience, but he is sure of it. A blend of mythology, psychology, philosophy and Dungeons & Dragons.

  • Dennis
    2019-04-11 04:33

    A little slow in the beginning.By the time I had only two chapters left I was totally into the book.I wanted more when it ended.

  • Dianne
    2019-04-19 04:50

    This is another book I have owned for a long time, I re-read it every few years. A good travel to different worlds theme.

  • Sarahanne
    2019-03-31 03:02

    My favorite MZB book. Before the Leaky Cauldron there was the house between the worlds. Really - great book. Great ideas. Love it.

  • Mia Morrison
    2019-03-23 01:34

    One of my favorite books by MZB, and cleverly written with very human characters and interesting connections.

  • Kalyn
    2019-03-22 01:56

    She's good at sticking to certain areas. I do rather like her contemporary fictions.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-10 00:32

    This is one of my favorite Fantasy books. I bought it as a teenager back in the 80s and I've read it multiple times over the years. I just reread it in 2011 and still really enjoyed it.

  • Julia
    2019-04-16 02:51

    Not one of MZB's better books. What starts out as a parapsychology experiment turns into a generic fantasy of fairyland being attacked by orc-like creatures.

  • Andi Houtsch
    2019-04-10 05:32

    While clearly written many years ago, this story stands the test of time and remains applicable and appealing today. I truly, truly enjoyed this read.

  • Chris
    2019-04-14 07:48

    There isn't much to the book. It's worth skimming, but it's not deep.

  • John
    2019-04-19 04:39

    Grade C-

  • Walkera
    2019-04-15 04:46

    This is one of the few books I have read multiple times. This book is complex and engaging.

  • Rebecca Whitten
    2019-04-05 07:36

    Another favorite which has been read and copies worn out over the decades...

  • Antje
    2019-03-19 00:48

    My favorite fantasy book EVER!!!!

  • Miriam
    2019-04-03 07:49

    This book is not a Darkover book. However, it makes a great read. As far as I know, there isn't another about these folks, but don't let that stop you.