THE STONE GOD AWAKENS BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER

Standard

tarzan

Ulysses Singing Bear is a scientist in the far future year of 1985. He is working on a project that freezes the movement of atoms which petrify the object. One day he is sitting at his desk when an accident with the machine occurs. The next instant Ulysses finds himself in a burning temple. He was accidentally turned to stone and twenty million years later a lightning bolt unfreezes him.

This new world is populated with anthropomorphic people descended from animals. He was worshipped as a god and now the god as come alive. He is able to unite the Siamese cat people and two raccoon type people. He then sets out on an expedition to find other humans. His first obstacle is the giant tree Wurutana. Wurutana is a giant sentient tree that is growing all over the land and will soon cover the entire Earth.

Ulysses fights threw the dangers of Wurutana and his followers of leopard men, bear men and little bat winged people. He makes it to the other side and finds what appear to be humans enslaved to an elephantine people called the Neshgai. The Neshgai use advanced biological machines that they found in a ruined city. When Ulysses gets to access an ancient computer program he finds out the truth. Humans were killed millions of years ago by an alien race and the Tree was a giant sentient computer that was created by them. The people he thinks are humans are actually descended from monkeys.

Ulysses convinces the Neshgai to build a fleet of dirigibles to mount an expedition against Wurutana. The fleet attacks the main trunk in an epic battle.

This book is something that if you read the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon as either something you love or hate. I do count myself as one of the former. I really found to whole idea a captivating and unique story. I have read this many times and this last time I still found it an interesting story.

Some of my negatives is that this book has no chapters. I never read a book at close to three hundred pages with no chapters. I found that weird. I like chapters in books. Ulysses also seems to adapt a little too easily to being transported twenty million years into the future populated by cat people. He is obsessed with finding a mate to have children with right away. He has a relationship with his handmaiden cat woman Awina. Nothing sexual but he does spend a lot of time thinking about it.

The story ended open ended with the possibility of a sequel. Since the author died some years ago and this is over forty years old, its a safe bet that one is never coming. That is too bad since I always wondered on how it ended for Ulysses. I would definitely recommend this book.