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The Stonehenge Gate

Copyright 2005 by Jack Williamson

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I first read this on the 7th June 2006.

Lupe, Derek, Ram and Will are four science lecturers at a small American college. They're having dinner together and Derek announces that he has discovered photographic traces of a hidden artefact in the Sahara. Ram recalls an extremely unlikely tale that, of course, relates to this artefact. Within mere months the four buddies are exploring a Stonehenge-like structure half buried in the Sahara desert.

It is of course a transdimensional gate. One of the four friends gets lost almost immediately. and the rest set off to explore and if it's not too much trouble, attempt a rescue.

I didn't finish this book. It was appallingly bad. Even if it's intended for ten year olds (and it must be) it's still appalling. There's no tension, no real mysteries, no characterisation, I gave up on page 101 so I don't know if there's a further connection to Stonehenge other than that both are rings of large stones. I don't want to know. I don't care.

It's currently fourth worst book in SF Reviews Worst Book rankings. And that is really low.

Loaded on the 15th July 2006.
    
Cover of The Stonehenge Gate
Cover by John Harris