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10 thoughts on “Descent from Xanadu

  1. says:

    UGH


  2. says:

    tl;dr review don't read this for the sex you'll be bored out of your mind trying to find 'the good bits' read it because it's funny and when you're done imagine how it would have been different had it been written by Michael Crichton long review This is how I imagine Harold Robbins outlined Descent from Xanadu on scrap paper book model on The Andromeda Strain but forget once in a while that you aren't writing erotica for personal use and shoehorn in some male fantasies and drug use plot the uest of one man to live forever via injectionstherapywithholding orgasm and or release of life force? mostly science but also some stuff about meditation and indian yogis the doctor who pioneered the research should be a sweet old lady with very very tenuous links to nazis and their experiments it should take place in the decadentextra decadent 1970's and be crammed full of cold war intrigue worry about the details later side story about a shifty asian guy who wants to deal in opium maybe some spies go down to cuba to sell some secret codes and almost see a donkey show but then someone gets shot?? it should have no bearing on the rest of the story and the opium and asian guy will be forgotten start the book with lots of humorously dated and misogynistic sex scenes but then have several chapters of dense faux hard science with no banging in sightat some point go new agey and talk about chakras and life force the main character should sleep under a glass pyramid and have a harem of teenage girls dressed in white note Howard Hughes fantasy stuff if he wasn't afraid of germs that won't last too long maybe at some point the main character will sneak into Hughes' bedroom and see him in a coma? oh well back to the spies and mercenaries hero Judd should be a mix of Bruce Wayneultra wealthy private jets etc head of a massive corporation his father left him James Bondstudly sophisticated but all action women women women with a dash of Howard Hughesgrowing eccentricities given free reign because of endless wealth Wants to live forever Favorite snackpastime is a snort of lab uality cocainea toot chased with a cherry coke Has this several times a day sidekick small black guy named Fast Eddie who is only referred to by his full nicknameFast Eddie and his appearanceblack guy ostensibly a right hand man but his sole function is to provide drugs and cherry coke to Judd and speculate about random women he wears a vial of cocaine on a gold chain around his neck Fast Eddie is old Roscoe's grandsonRoscoe was Judd's father's right hand man This whole relationship and history should embody an amusingly dated and vaguely racist view of white black picture Fast Eddie wearing a red leather jacket; a uiet Eddie Murphy main chick 30 year old woman Sofia Ivancich attractive eastern european blank slate establish early in the bookbefore page 10 that she is always wet and later explain that she has a psychological problem she wants to solve she gets turned on instantly all the time the result being multiple orgasms apparently this male fantasy is unwanted and it opens the door to lots of private jet sex with drugs between her and Judd also some sexy time with a female stewardess but who knows what lesbians do with each other so it will just get mentioned in passing she begins as a sex object and possible spy but gets less sexy and boring and matronly as the book progresses also this astoundingly bizarre scene Sofia needs to be snuck out of a Japanese hospital so they perform cosmetic procedures and apply makeup to make her look like a black woman a giggling Japanese nurse will recommend buying ass falsies at Frederick's of Hollywood because Black girls' asses have a bigger shelf that makes them move differently cut to Fast Eddie who approves Really the last few chapters should gel into a breakneck plot jumble about nuclear facilities and the kidnapping of a character who has only been mentioned twice also there's the indian yogi guy again and a secret document is recorded onto a reel from a supercomputer it's a race against the clockthis book is gonna be great All in all this was fun and occasionally weird when I wasn't faintly bored by the pages and pages of business talkempire building It's an odd time capsule of 80's beach reading that veers often into action and sexlike older brother The Pirate and even leads you to think it might dabble with sci fibut misfires Compared to The Pirate Descent seems cramped and almost sloppy not written as badly as it seems written hastily Harold Robbins clearly wrote with zeal and enthusiasm but I imagine him getting sidetracked by his own fantasies and tiring out after sating themonly to come raring back four chapters later Action Science Sex Administrative meetings Anticlimactic flashbacks Opulent lifestyle stuff Drugs Action Sex and so on I feel like I'm coming off as harsh but it's not exactly a good book It's a FUN book and I may even read it again in a few years Can you say that about many recent pulp paperbacks?


  3. says:

    Just read it you will enjoy


  4. says:

    The storyline and characters for this book would have been brilliant if not for Robbins' terribly cheesy erotic scenes He could have expanded upon Judd's search for immortality and taken us across the world He could have come up with some fascinating science fiction businesspolitical conspiracies and shown us of Judd's character development But no He did not While all of the above was present to an extent it was much weaker than it could have been The erotic scenes did not help the plot or the characters at all they were just there You could completely skip over them and not miss a beat of the main storyline which was skimpier than it could have been referring to the points made earlier But due to the great non erotic aspects it's worth at least 2 3 stars Probably 2 but I'm generous hence the 3


  5. says:

    A powerful man's search for inmortality


  6. says:

    embarrassingly trashy fun


  7. says:

    Tried to stay with it Read half way through and just couldn't finish it Had some very erotic parts but just did not have much of a storyline for me


  8. says:

    I didn't get it??


  9. says:

    The book was sizzling and very entertaining Looking forward to the pirates


  10. says:

    Judged on its own terms this book is awful It has no redeeming ualities not even as entertainment I expected a trashy thriller but I just got bored and disappointedThe author Harold Robbins was once one of the top bestsellers in the world with novels like THE CARPETBAGGERS lurid tales about money power and sex daydreams of wordly success and excessRobbins tried to live as excessively as his fictional characters and he used a lot of drugs Incidentally the rich protagonist in DESCENT FROM XANADU has two obsessions finding immortality and cocaineSounds like a thriller right? Only it isn'tTurns out the tycoon protagonist's drug habit is actually important than becoming immortal The plot literally stops in its tracks many times because he has to score cocaineThe only friend sort of he has is his dealer SeriouslyAfter a seemingly endless number of cocaine stops the novel dimly recalls that the plot was supposed to be about a guy who tries to become immortal It makes a mad rush for the ending stumbles and falls flat on its face on the final pageThis is what happens when a writer's personal hangups in this case drugs are allowed to completely take over the narrative without being uestioned or challengedReaders Avoid DESCENT FROM XANADUWriters Read and learn And stay away from cocaine If you do want a good trashy 80s read try Jackie Collins instead


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Descent from Xanadu

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Ons risk death outwit foreign agents lose his entire empire and the woman he lovesuntil at the moment of victory he discovers the most important secret of al I didn't get it

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Judd Crane is ruthless sexually irresistible the wealthiest man in the world and determined to conuer man's last frontier eternal life He pursues his dream o tl;dr review don't read this for the sex you'll be bored out of your mind trying to find 'the good bits' read it because it's funny and when you're done imagine how it would have been different had it been written by Michael Crichton long review This is how I imagine Harold Robbins outlined Descent from Xanadu on scrap paper book model on The Andromeda Strain but forget once in a while that you aren't writing erotica for personal use and shoehorn in some male fantasies and drug use plot the uest of one man to live forever via injectionstherapywithholding orgasm and or release of life force mostly science but also some stuff about meditation and indian yogis the doctor who pioneered the research should be a sweet old lady with very very tenuous links to nazis and their experiments it should take place in the decadentextra decadent 1970's and be crammed full of cold war intrigue worry about the details later side story about a shifty asian guy who wants to deal in opium maybe some spies go down to cuba to sell some secret codes and almost see a donkey show but then someone gets shot it should have no bearing on the rest of the story and the opium and asian guy will be forgotten start the book with lots of humorously dated and misogynistic sex scenes but then have several chapters of dense faux hard science with no banging in sightat some point go new agey and talk about chakras and life force the main character should sleep under a glass pyramid and have a harem of teenage girls dressed in white note Howard Hughes fantasy stuff if he wasn't afraid of germs that won't last too long maybe at some point the main character will sneak into Hughes' bedroom and see him in a coma oh well back to the spies and mercenaries hero Judd should be a mix of Bruce Wayneultra wealthy private jets etc head of a massive corporation his father left him James Bondstudly sophisticated but all action women women women with a dash of Howard Hughesgrowing eccentricities given free reign because of endless wealth Wants to live forever Favorite snackpastime is a snort of lab uality cocainea toot chased with a cherry coke Has this several times a day sidekick small black guy named Fast Eddie who is only referred to by his full nicknameFast Eddie and his appearanceblack guy ostensibly a right hand man but his sole function is to provide drugs and cherry coke to Judd and speculate about random women he wears a vial of cocaine on a gold chain around his neck Fast Eddie is old Roscoe's grandsonRoscoe was Judd's father's right hand man This whole relationship and history should embody an amusingly dated and vaguely racist view of white black picture Fast Eddie wearing a red leather jacket; a uiet Eddie Murphy main chick 30 year old woman Sofia Ivancich attractive eastern european blank slate establish early in the bookbefore page 10 that she is always wet and later explain that she has a psychological problem she wants to solve she gets turned on instantly all the time the result being multiple orgasms apparently this male fantasy is unwanted and it opens the door to lots of private jet sex with drugs between her and Judd also some sexy time with a female stewardess but who knows what lesbians do with each other so it will just get mentioned in passing she begins as a sex object and possible spy but gets less sexy and boring and matronly as the book progresses also this astoundingly bizarre scene Sofia needs to be snuck out of a Japanese hospital so they perform cosmetic procedures and apply makeup to make her look like a black woman a giggling Japanese nurse will recommend buying ass falsies at Frederick's of Hollywood because Black girls' asses have a bigger shelf that makes them move differently cut to Fast Eddie who approves Really the last few chapters should gel into a breakneck plot jumble about nuclear facilities and the kidnapping of a character who has only been mentioned twice also there's the indian yogi guy again and a secret document is recorded onto a reel from a supercomputer it's a race against the clockthis book is gonna be great All in all this was fun and occasionally weird when I wasn't faintly bored by the pages and pages of business talkempire building It's an odd time capsule of 80's beach reading that veers often into action and sexlike older brother The Pirate and even leads you to think it might dabble with sci fibut misfires Compared to The Pirate Descent seems cramped and almost sloppy not written as badly as it seems written hastily Harold Robbins clearly wrote with zeal and enthusiasm but I imagine him getting sidetracked by his own fantasies and tiring out after sating themonly to come raring back four chapters later Action Science Sex Administrative meetings Anticlimactic flashbacks Opulent lifestyle stuff Drugs Action Sex and so on I feel like I'm coming off as harsh but it's not exactly a good book It's a FUN book and I may even read it again in a few years Can you say that about many recent pulp paperbacks

Download Ü PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Harold Robbins

N a dangerous obsessive journey from Yugoslavia to China from his lush island to a secret atomic city in the Brazilian jungle Crane is willing to spend billi The storyline and characters for this book would have been brilliant if not for Robbins' terribly cheesy erotic scenes He could have expanded upon Judd's search for immortality and taken us across the world He could have come up with some fascinating science fiction businesspolitical conspiracies and shown us of Judd's character development But no He did not While all of the above was present to an extent it was much weaker than it could have been The erotic scenes did not help the plot or the characters at all they were just there You could completely skip over them and not miss a beat of the main storyline which was skimpier than it could have been referring to the points made earlier But due to the great non erotic aspects it's worth at least 2 3 stars Probably 2 but I'm generous hence the 3

  • Paperback
  • 407
  • Descent from Xanadu
  • Harold Robbins
  • English
  • 14 April 2018
  • 9780671874858

About the Author: Harold Robbins

Born as Harold Rubin in New York City he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home In reality he was the son of well educated Russian and Polish immigrants He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in BrooklynHis first book Never Love a Stranger 1948 caused controversy with its graphic sexuality Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never