August 4th, 2008

Captive Dreams

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Publisher's Weekly Gives The January Dancer a Starred Review SF/Fantasy/Horror
The January Dancer Michael Flynn. Tor, $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1817-6
Acclaimed SF writer Flynn (Eifelheim)delivers an epic tale of adventure, intrigue, suspense and mystery. Forced to land for repairs on an unnamed, remote planet, Captain Amos January and crew discover a cache of artifacts left by a cryptic alien race “long before humans went to space.” They soon retrieve the Dancer, a shape-changing stone that defies analysis. Possibly the scepter of a legendary prehuman king, certainly unique, the priceless trophy is desired by diverse governments, military powers, plutocrats and cabals throughout human-settled space. Flynn knits a richly detailed story of hunters, bandits and patriots that will keep even the most diligent readers on their toes. The plot evokes old-school space opera with its whirlwind pace, immense scope and twist ending, but cutting-edge extrapolation breathes vivid life into this universe of scoundrels, heroes and romantics. This multi-layered story demands much of the reader, but offers more than equivalent rewards. (Oct.)

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That "acclaimed" part was a nice touch, I thought. I'm not sure I've ever been acclaimed before. Acclimated, sure; but not acclaimed.

And "multi-layered, too!  Woo-hoo.