August 31st, 2008
Flynn, Michael. The January Dancer. Tor. Oct. 2008. c.352p. ISBN 0-978-0-7653-1817-6. $24.95. SF
On the distant planet of Jehovah, a harper meets a scar-faced man who offers to tell her a tale like no other, one about a prehuman artifact known as the Dancer. Once found, this artifact passes through many hands, from its discoverer, Capt. Amos January, to Little Hugh O'Carroll, assistant manager of New Eireann, and from them to a host of secret agents and counteragents from the numerous planets that make up the United League of the Periphery and the Confederation of Central Worlds. The author of Eifelheim recalls the intertwined structure of ancient Celtic music and storytelling in this series of connected vignettes about an object that always lies just beyond one's reach. Reminiscent of the tall tales and cautionary stories of Mike Resnick and revealing the talent of a master storyteller, this Sci Fi ESSENTIAL book belongs in most libraries and should appeal to fans of sf adventure and space opera.