The Amphora Project

The Amphora Project Deep in the bowels of Junk Moon the finest scientists of Planet Immortal are nearing completion of a project that will unlock the secret of immortality Project Amphora is run by the Consortium twelv

  • Title: The Amphora Project
  • Author: William Kotzwinkle
  • ISBN: 9780802118035
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Deep in the bowels of Junk Moon, the finest scientists of Planet Immortal are nearing completion of a project that will unlock the secret of immortality Project Amphora is run by the Consortium, twelve of the planet s most influential movers and shakers They aren t the only ones after immortality Commander Jockey Oldcastle, a wise cracking space pirate, has heard abouDeep in the bowels of Junk Moon, the finest scientists of Planet Immortal are nearing completion of a project that will unlock the secret of immortality Project Amphora is run by the Consortium, twelve of the planet s most influential movers and shakers They aren t the only ones after immortality Commander Jockey Oldcastle, a wise cracking space pirate, has heard about the Amphora Project from a banished scientist who is convinced it will lead to the end of the world Oldcastle sets off to find the project with Adrian Link, a timid botanist who wants only to tend to his plants on the Agricultural Plain, yet Oldcastle finds himself trying to unravel a strange mystery It seems the Amphora Project is turning the citizens of Planet Immortal into crystal As time runs out, it is up to Oldcastle and Link and Link s exotic, unlikely love interest to stop their mysterious extradimensional enemy before their world is lost forever Hilarious, wildly inventive, and featuring a fantastical cast of mutants, quasihuman robots, intergalactic mercenaries, and two thousand year old immortals, The Amphora Project is a novel that combines elements of science fiction and fantasy and transcends the boundaries of both.

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    1. Kotzwinkle these days is better know for his Walter the Farting Dog children's books. How could they not be a hit with a gaseous name like that? Yet in his day, Kotzwinkle pulled off a few big works - and I'm not talking about his novelization of ET. He was even backed by Kurt Vonnegut, who often prided himself in writing the forewords to a few Kotzwinkle novels. Kotzwinkle at his best - think The Fan Man, Dr Rat, and The Bear Went over the Mountain -is very good. The problem with Kotzwinkle is [...]

    2. It was compelling enough to keep me reading, but just barely. The story is very plot driven, and the plot is patched together pretty shabbily. There are myriad fascinating characters who from time to time make you smile but who you never really get to know, become particularly invested in, or care about.If you ever wondered what it would be like if every single animal eventually evolved into a humanoid species would be like, that is the world this is set in - sadly the characters are achetypal, [...]

    3. This book came with a few great cover blurbs, including one from Kurt Vonnegut praising the author. Looking inside the cover, it turned out the author also wrote E.T. The Extraterrestrial, so I figured I had to read it just to find out what kind of author writes E.T. and gets amazing praise from Vonnegut. As Michael Caine once said, "What a shock." After reading the first several chapters, I had decided this was either a badly cliche'd semi-comic space opera, or it was an extremely subtle parody [...]

    4. Well, I didn't really read the entire book. I got about 5 chapters in when I realized that there was nothing remotely interesting about the story.

    5. on the surface William Kotzwinkle's first novel since "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" seems like just another ironic space opera; the likely protagonists include a mercenary pilot named Jockey Oldcastle and his reptilian navigator Lizardo from the planet Serpentia. but like Philip K. Dick or John Varley, Kotzwinkle uses the outer space epic as a vehicle for ruminations on inner space. touching on themes as numerous and varied as mortality, bureaucracy, personal freedom, alternate realities, th [...]

    6. Is this book a parody of its own author's earlier work? Of other works in the past or present? Not being familiar enough with this author or this sub-genre of SciFi, I just don't know. Perhaps even the book is meant to be read straight, but wow that would be quite a feat.The basic story is compelling, if simplistic. A group of elites charter a massive, secret scientific project done for their own betterment which has the potential to destroy the world (or perhaps the universe). It is now up to a [...]

    7. I was looking forward to a Sci-Fi, something like Star-Trek, book, that would allow me to suspend my idea of reality while I read it. However, with names like "Planet Immortal" and "Lizardo" (a lizard) it was just too cheesy to even pretend it could be real. It took me forever to get through the book because there were so many characters and planets that I had to write them all down and go back to review them. I kept reading though, and finally, half-way through, when I knew who the main charact [...]

    8. When you can't tell the humour apart from the deep multifaceted societal commentary, because it's not funny, and doesn't seem like deep commentary either, well, then you've found this book. There's got to be more there than I found in this novel, but for me it wasn't worth the time spent looking for it.

    9. Kotzwinkle brings his signature later-period feel-good/morality/humor mix to a scifi setting with plenty of nod to Mos Eisley. Not one of his best, maybe not even one of his better, but still an enjoyable little read.

    10. Selten habe ich mich so sehr mühsam durch ein fictionales Buch gekämpft wie bei diesen. Im Ansatz tolle Ideen, aber dank der abstruzen Personen und schwer folgbaren Handlungsverläufe, nicht umbedingt ein Buch was man von Kotzwinkle gelesen haben muss. Sein E.T war definitiv besser.

    11. This isnt a good book. Ok story line, and a lot of work to learn about a whole "new world" that i'll never read anything about again. This is the same guy that wrote ET. really

    12. 6/10A definitive miss by a highly competent writer. Don't disregard the rest of his work because of this novel.

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