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Posted March 30, 2014
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
If you'd like a truly thought-provoking science fiction read, you might try picking up a copy of Kenneth Tucker's The Player Gods. You have to follow all the characters in the beginning chapters in order to get the gist of the story, but it is worth the mental effort when you get into the book. Basically, the author has created various facets of Jungian theory and incorporated them into his characters. Chicago in the 1940s is chosen as a site in which people may go and become what they have seen in their dreams. People can pretend they are in various roles and enjoy the enrichment of a realistic replication of their wishes. One such character is Metzingergarstein and he is placed in Chicago as a private investigator. When he awakens to find himself in the role, he has no immediate comprehension of what or who he is. But he understands he has been hired to solve the mystery of the death of an important man in town. He is immediately attracted to the deceased man's widow, Blanca Danielle, and he has no idea that the widow harbors secrets which will open windows to the universe.
The Player Gods becomes even more complicated when author Tucker introduces the various Jungian facets of sensation, cognition, emotion, and the human psyche into the plot and we discover that a mastermind has been moving people about with reckless abandon and intriguing machinations. You'll have to concentrate with this book, but if you're a science fiction buff, you'll probably eat it up.