The Geomancer


A Bevy of Reviews

Just back from Boskone to find a flurry of Pyr reviews in the in-box.

The Eternal Night is quite taken with the galactic yarn-spinning of Mike Resnick's Starship: Pirate:

"Resnick does have a very definite style...If you like your sf to be space opera, if you like your sf gadgets to just work without needing an explanation of how, and if you don't need to worry about the vast interstellar distances getting in the way of telling the tale - then Resnick is an author you should read."

Then Ryun Patterson of Bookgasm finds John Meaney's To Hold Infinity to be a "snapshot of a stunningly well-realized future that grabs hold and doesn’t let go...Meaney’s prose is tight and descriptive, and he avoids many of the pitfalls involved in getting ideas out of his head and into readers’. I’m no scientist, but the technology involved – though far-flung from today’s tech – never becomes so inexplicable that it might as well be magic, with a basis in networking and computer science. ...a rather stunning book of ideas and imagination." Despite liking the inside, Ryun is less than pleased with our cover and (to my amusement) offers this alternative.

The Cultural Gutter isn't quite sure what to make of Chris Roberson's
Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, which may stray too close to its pulp roots for their taste, though they note, "I give the book high marks for not compromising on its convictions. Chris Roberson clearly set out to tell an adventure story - a planetary romance, as the subtitle of the book would have it - and he always delivers." Thanks also for the love they give to this blog!

And finally, I can't tell you how happy I am to report that Publishers Weekly has given Kay Kenyon's forthcoming Bright of the Sky a starred review! And here it is, complete with star:

" At the start of this riveting launch of a new far-future SF series from Kenyon (Tropic of Creation), a disastrous mishap during interstellar space travel catapults pilot Titus Quinn with his wife, Johanna Arlis, and nine-year-old daughter, Sydney, into a parallel universe called the Entire. Titus makes it back to this dimension, his hair turned white, his memory gone, his family presumed dead and his reputation ruined with the corporation that employed him. The corporation (in search of radical space travel methods) sends Titus (in search of Johanna and Sydney) back through the space-time warp. There, he gradually, painfully regains knowledge of its rulers, the cruel, alien Tarig; its subordinate, Chinese-inspired humanoid population, the Chalin; and his daughter's enslavement. Titus's transformative odyssey to reclaim Sydney reveals a Tarig plan whose ramifications will be felt far beyond his immediate family. Kenyon's deft prose, high-stakes suspense and skilled, thorough world building will have readers anxious for the next installment."

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