The Path To Xanadu

Fiction - Science Fiction
122 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2022
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

The coma virus has come and gone. Those who survived it awaken to a world that is run by robots who tend to the humans, not as caregivers but rather enforcers with the sole aim of maintaining a balance in the system. Seymour and his partner Ruby have fared much better than the majority of the population and have their family around them. Seymour understands the dynamics of his relationship with robots and how his improved powers will benefit his family unit as a whole when Robyn suggests they take a trip to the Meta-World as a family. He believes that the answers to all their questions on the three forms of existence await them in Arthur Seymour's The Path To Xanadu.

The Path To Xanadu reads like a hybrid version of a science fiction novel and a theology textbook. Arthur Seymour uses a wide range of visual stimulants to keep a reader's attention focused on the storyline and I have to admit they are quite effective. The pictures with the barcodes on them and the intriguing poems that make up a reasonable part of the book create an unusual but pleasing experience. The storyline is simple enough to follow for all ages and the characters that make up the plot are just as interesting in their makeup. The Path To Xanadu by Arthur Seymour is a book like none other. It conveys an interesting message within its storyline that piques the curiosity of the reader and encourages us to question the very things we take for granted about our existence.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Path To Xanadu by Arthur Seymour is the third installment in the SiBoRE series of Eblox books. Complex and fast-paced, this science fiction novel is an exciting continuation of the adventures of Seymour and Robin Blox with their son, daughter, and twin boys. Years have passed since the lockdown caused by a pandemic that put everyone in a coma, but greedy power-seekers are still spreading hate to control the world. The agency REED, or Robots Encouraging Environment Development, is tasked with containing them. For now, Seymour and Robin are sitting on their favorite seat glider on the palace's balcony. Soon, however, they will be called on a mission to get people back on their path to the Creator's world. With family and friends, can they find their way from the physical and metaphysical to a world called Xanadu?

Arthur Seymour's The Path To Xanadu is a fascinating story with unique interactive features that allow readers to edit each chapter and a response code that transports the readers through a link to a description and colored versions of the pictures in the book, which enhances the reading experience. The author has created an intriguing world where humans may be able to communicate through telepathy, speak with animals and insects, and where robots are tasked to put love into a human heart. The switch between the physical and the metaphysical world is always an exciting journey, and the author's natural and vibrant writing style makes the narrative believable and hard to forget.

Pikasho Deka

A sequel to The Great Awakening, The Path to Xanadu is the third book in the SiBoRe series of Eblox books by Arthur Seymour. After helping save humanity from the Coma Pandemic, Seymour and Ruby live a humdrum life with grown kids whose paths have diverged. Wishing to unite the family again, Seymour and Ruby plan a metaphysical trip with their kids, robots, and pets. They arrive in 400 B.C. Athens, where they have a conversation with Plato, travel to Renaissance-era Italy where they encounter Leonardo Da Vinci and meet up with Seymour's robot Robyn's parents, Aaron and Zelma. They discuss the nature of the world and how it is divided into four planes of existence. But for now, they must prepare for an upcoming war with the Creature.

If you're a fan of sci-adventure stories, The Path to Xanadu will be just up your alley. Arthur Seymour displays his vivid imagination, creating a believable world with sentient robots, where humans have mastered metaphysical travel and are on the verge of planning their path to ascension. Seymour's writing style is unusual and it may take readers some time to get used to. Once you're past the first twenty pages or so, the narrative becomes a breeze to follow. There are QR code links provided in the book to help readers obtain additional information about the story. It makes for a much more engaging reading experience. This is an entertaining sci-fi odyssey I will recommend to readers who love experimental narrative styles.

Grace Ruhara

The Path To Xanadu by Arthur Seymour is a delightful novel full of adventure, magic, love, and quick-witted dialogue that make it enjoyable to read. The story is about the Blox family on an adventurous quest for answers. It's an experience that they will be physically nowhere but meta-physically back in time. Exciting, right? The family converges at the Portal Place, where they are required to close their eyes and clear their minds, and, just like that, they are at their desired destination. They visit Greece, where they meet Gorgidas, Socrates, Plato, and Leonardo in Italy, from whom they learn new things that make their trips worthwhile. Their last adventure was to visit the Great Hall, which posed more questions than answers and provided a mission to fulfill. What is the mission, and of what importance is it to them?

The story has a great plot. Its setting and narration teleported me into a different world, away from the mundane, yet still connected me with reality as depicted through each scene. I liked the many poems included in the novel as they helped break the narration. Not only did the poems add an aspect of intertextuality to the novel, but they also gave the book an authentic taste. I especially loved Martins's poem, "Cold Within". Reciting and memorizing the verses helped him to regain love and restrain his hateful nature. I also liked the way Arthur Seymour describes the adventures in The Path To Xanadu so vividly. He complemented his descriptions with graphic images that enhanced my ability to form mental pictures of his settings. I recommend this book to readers who love adventures full of mysteries and magic.

Diana Lopez

The Path To Xanadu is a fine combination of philosophy, science fiction, sound values, and the search for truth. It is the third book in Arthur F Seymour's SiBoRE series, but it is not necessary to have read the previous books to follow the plot. The story is about Seymour, his family, and his loved ones. They undertake spiritual journeys and through the Meta-World they learn more about significant periods in the history of humanity. The characters meet notable men such as Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci. Each time the journey becomes deeper and more philosophical in nature. The author discusses the relationship between the physical world and the metaphysical and seeks to explore it even further.

The Path To Xanadu has many fascinating aspects worth mentioning. There are QR codes in the book that create a very different reading dynamic. The illustrations are in black and white, but on one side, they have a QR code that allows you to see them in color and receive additional information. Despite being a work of fiction, the story has a lot of historical information, which adds credibility. Another creative aspect is the narrative, as Arthur F Seymour adds poems to share inspiring messages. In addition, all the characters try to understand the philosophical truths according to their ability and experience. The adults are humble because they are willing to learn from the younger ones. The younger ones are very polite and express interesting reservations. Seymour has created a work full of symbolism that is perfect to awaken a love of philosophy.