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After being thrown out the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of hell. As he struggles to escape, he's taken through new, puzzling, and outlandish versions of sin--recast for the present day.

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May 3, 2009


Niven and Pournelle recreate Dante?s Inferno for the 20th century. When science fiction author Allen Carpentier falls to his death, he doesn?t believe in Heaven or Hell. He acts as Infernoland is an amusement park, made by the Builders. But, he tries to discover the purpose of Hell, with his guide, Benito. The duo meets some interesting people on their journey through Hell discovering the sins and its punishments for eternity.


May 20, 2007

Madcap journey through Hell

Niven and Pournell have taken Dante's Inferno and given it a sci-fi twist. The basics of Inferno are there, the vestibule of Hell, the concentric circles of Hell, the woods of the suicides and so on. Each area is designed for a different 'sin'. Instead of Virgil journeying through Hell we have a dead science fiction writer who doesn't believe in an afterlife being guided by a well known historical figure...I won't give the name away and spoil the surprise.
The writers have produced a funny, fast paced romp of a book, albeit somewhat brief, that will have you laughing aloud at times, cringing at others, but also figuring out how many areas of Hell you could end up in. There is nothing high brow about this book and it makes no pretence at being a literary work of art. It is produced purely as a quick, fun read and this is a job it does admirably. It is an old book, long out of print but if you can grab a copy it is well worth the effort.

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