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Nina

Historical fiction, science fiction, mysteries -- we love them all.

Cupertino, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The January Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
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    (27)
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    Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized, interstellar human civilization that the artifact might save or destroy. Collectors want the Dancer, pirates take it, rulers crave it, and all will kill, if necessary, to get it. This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.

    Geoff says: "Excelent space opera"
    "The New Space Opera"
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    Space Opera had fallen on hard times in the 70s and 80s. The galaxy spanning empires didn't seem credible anymore -- how could a civilization with such technology not achieve (avoid) Transcendence? Even the Foundation series grew long in the tooth.

    Fortunately, a whole new generation of writers have revived the concept: Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge, Ken MacLeod, Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder, etc.

    Now, Michael Flynn has joined this group with their fresh ideas and good stories.

    The characters are indeed odd ball and the story goes all over the place, hiding the core mystery of both the characters and the story. What fun it is to have a good SF book combined with a mystery story.

    If you like any of the above SF writers, you'll probably enjoy this book.

    The January Dancer continues with Up Jim River, but is a stand-alone novel, not dependent on any other book in the series.

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Stephen Plunkett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
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    USA Today hails Steven Saylor as a “modern master of historical fiction.” Rich in intrigue and period detail, his novels set in ancient Rome have garnered acclaim the world over. A prequel to his epic Roma Sub Rosa series, The Seven Wonders follows series star Gordianus the Finder as an 18-year-old traveling the Mediterranean to witness the wonders of that fabled age. At each stop, the young investigator finds a beguiling mystery that pushes his powers of deduction to the limit.

    Mark says: "Interesting History, Not much of a story"
    "Young Gordianus Visits the 7 Wonders of the World"
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    First off, this is NOT the book to introduce you to Steven Saylor's Sub Rosa series starring Gordianus the Finder. For that, I'd suggest Roman Blood or The Arms of Nemesis -- wonderful books.

    However, for those us us who are familiar with Gordianus and his adventures during the Roman Revolution, this is a story of his travels through the Greek world as a young man, visiting each of the Seven Wonders and giving colorful details of the local customs as well as the history and description of each of the Wonders.

    And of course, there are mysteries to be solved at each site.

    Finally, we are introduced to the Mystery of Bethesda, which alone, is worth the price of admission.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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