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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 the SF Reviews worst books rankings. And that is really low.

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

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