Dream Park

Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
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Dream Park


I would disagree with readers who thought that this book was science-fantasy. The role-playing equipment is merely meant to enhance the experience of the people in the game. There is no implication that the role-players are actually "living the dream".

A few of the same characters turn up again in The Barsoom Project and California Voodoo Game.

This novel is good, and I found the second sequel - California Voodoo Game - good also. In my opinion, The Barsoom Project and The Moon Maze (the 4th in the series) were somewhat inferior.

My rating system: I begin with one star being equivalent to a rating of "C -". Progressing upwards, I add ½ star for each step, up to the maximum 5 stars, which is equivalent to a rating of "A"+. I reserve ½ star for BOMBS, there being no option of zero or negative stars.