The January Dancer
Publish date: October 14th 2008
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 350
Edition language: English
Series: Spiral Arm (#1)
Finished? Well, not quite.Giving up because no matter how hard I try, I can't get into this thing. Although it is billed as a "space opera," it's more like hard-as-diamonds SF with an abundance of purple prose. (Bailed at 48%.)I confess, I bought it because it passed the first page test:"Everything ...
High 3.5 stars_The January Dancer_ is a very good space opera…I wish it had tipped over into great. There is a lot going on here to love: a sufficiently deep future history created through the liberal use of allusion that references any number of existing earth cultures (heavily relying on Celtic an...
A good but challenging read. Uniquely structured but picks up once you get used to it. Took me about 100 pages to sort it out and once I did, the story was fascinating. Lots of intrigue, a lot of characters, a fascinating setting and artifact. Fun space opera with an old fashioned bent.
I'm torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars (for the moment, I've settled on 3). It's definitely more than 3 but I want a few more days to pass while I digest the book because I've read a few lackluster efforts recently and I want to be sure I'm just not overcompensating for finally finding something ...
Ripping yarn. I like writing that, but it's even more fun to say. Space opera with the emphasis on the operatic, with prose so purpled that I occasionally reached to twirl my non-existent moustache, settings so divergently and baroquely imagined as to suggest a good thirty or forty novels, and an ...