The Free Lunch

The Free Lunch

Book - 2001 | 1st ed.
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What if the world was so terrible that your only hope for a happy life would be to hide away in the world's greatest amusement park... Dreamworld? In The Free Lunch, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Spider Robinson transports us to Dreamworld, a place where everybody has fun, dreams can come true, and the only sadness is when they close for the night.With his perceptive grasp of human emotions and his deft hand at humor, Robinson masterfully tells the take of Mike, a young teen who escapes our own dark, tormented near future into a dream - into Dreamworld. There he meets Annie, another refugee who has built a life in the underworld of this fantastic amusement park, perhaps the last vestige of innocence left in the world. But it is tainted by a dark secret - a ruthless competitor, who can't possibly create an attraction that's as much fun as Dreamworld, has decided that if he can't beat Dreamworld, he might as well destroy it. There's another threat to Dreamworld. Suddenly there are more trolls at the end of the day than were there in the morning... and nobody, not even Mike or Annie, knows where they're from. But it's up to them and their passion for preserving this last haven of joy in a world of horrors to save Dreamworld... and Earth's future.
Publisher: New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312865245
0312865244
Characteristics: 254 p.

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waltzingechidna
Oct 26, 2013

This is a classic Robinsonian romp through an alternate-universe future (but near-future) Disneyland on steroids. A couple of very gifted misfits find themselves, and each other, there, and when it becomes apparent that they not only have to save themselves but the theme park and, to top it off, the world, the sparks really start to fly. Warning: if the Callahan books were too silly for you, don't read this. But any fan of Robinson, or for that matter Heinlein or Douglas Adams, or any fan of the happiest place on Earth, should have a terrific time on this wild ride!

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