Doorways in the Sand

Author: Roger Zelazny773264

Publisher: Harper & Row

Publication Date: Marc 1976

Rating: 1./5. Stars

Summary: Humanity is not alone in the cosmos. The aliens have given a precious relic to the people of Earth: star-stone. The harmony of the galaxy is at stake when they discover the disappearance of their star-stone.
Likeable Fred Cassidy is an eternal undergraduate. All he thinks he knows about the star-stone is that it came to Earth in an interplanetary trade for the Mona Lisa and the British Crown jewels.
Then Fred is accused of stealing the cosmic artifact, and he is pursued from Australia to Greenwich Village and beyond, by telepathic psychologists, extraterrestrial hoodlums and galactic police in disguise; as he enters multiple realities, flipping in and out of alien perspectives, through doorways in the sand.


Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book was sadly a total miss for me. A plot that keeps jumping back and forth in time without any real pauses in between, flashbacks where we are told what happened in the time jumps, quite a lot of unremarkable characters, who I kept confusing. I also didn’t enjoy the writing style. I didn’t really enjoy most of the humor.

This book has a very interesting idea (because let’s be real, a student for 30 years? That’s really cool) and I absolutely adore the cover, but for me, this was a big miss sadly. I like my Sci-Fi a bit more straightforward and with a plot that makes sense and explains a bit.

We also only get one instance where we are shown that Fred has been a university student for 13+ years when he spouts some facts about wasps and mating rituals with flowers. In the place where it was, it disrupted the flow. And other than that, we have a drunk college student, who is in his 30, but acts like he’s much younger and who apparently has gained absolutely no knowledge in his 13 years of University.

There’s also a lot of plot twists, that could have been very interesting, but due to the plot changing all the time not even the big reveals felt like something special. Because of course, everything you believed would turn out to be wrong in the end. Just accept the weirdness and go with it. Ugh.

I didn’t enjoy this book at all.


One thought on “Doorways in the Sand

  1. I read this one a long time ago, but I honestly don’t remember what I thought of it. Zelazny’s fiction is certainly not for everybody, although his Amber books were certainly very popular.


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