The usually witty and insightful Deford falls short with this unsavory and lackadaisical outing peopled by hollow characters...

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THE OTHER ADONIS

A NOVEL OF REINCARNATION

A sketchy thriller by sports journalist/novelist Deford (Love and Infamy, 1993, etc.) in which a psychiatrist starts to believe that one of her patients is in love with a woman he knew in a previous life.

After a short introduction set in early 17th-century Antwerp, where the painter Rubens broods over the murder of a prostitute who modeled for his nudes, the action moves on to modern-day New York, where psychiatrist Nina Winston is trying to crack the smirking shell of a middle-aged businessman client by the name of Floyd “Bucky” Buckingham. When Bucky finally lets down his façade, he tells Nina that although he’s married, with kids, he is ferociously in love with another woman—a beautiful Madonna figure he honestly believes was his lover in an earlier time. To prove it, he takes her on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Rubens’s Venus and Adonis, which Bucky believes depicts him and his love, Constance Rawlings, now a married Chicago stock analyst. Under hypnosis, the two both appear to confirm this story, speaking in old languages and taking on bizarre but historically accurate characteristics as a centuries-old murder mystery unfolds. Nina proves all too willing to believe their story of love across time and lets herself get drawn into the drama, even as she’s trying to mend fences with Hugh Venable, a former lover who also happens to be a Lutheran minister. The story has many failings, but its major one is Nina’s inability to explain her level of interest in this case; the fuzzy feeling she occasionally gets hardly serves as convincing motivation. For a psychiatrist, she’s painfully unscientific, just as Bucky is impossibly immature and stupid for a successful businessman, and Hugh seems carelessly amoral for a minister.

The usually witty and insightful Deford falls short with this unsavory and lackadaisical outing peopled by hollow characters relating a far-out story.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2001

ISBN: 1-57071-745-1

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2001

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A thrilling and satisfying sequel to the 1969 classic.

THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION

Over 50 years after an extraterrestrial microbe wiped out a small Arizona town, something very strange has appeared in the Amazon jungle in Wilson’s follow-up to Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain.

The microparticle's introduction to Earth in 1967 was the disastrous result of an American weapons research program. Before it could be contained, Andromeda killed all but two people in tiny Piedmont, Arizona; during testing after the disaster, AS-1 evolved and escaped into the atmosphere. Project Eternal Vigilance was quickly set up to scan for any possible new outbreaks of Andromeda. Now, an anomaly with “signature peaks” closely resembling the original Andromeda Strain has been spotted in the heart of the Amazon, and a Wildfire Alert is issued. A diverse team is assembled: Nidhi Vedala, an MIT nanotechnology expert born in a Mumbai slum; Harold Odhiambo, a Kenyan xenogeologist; Peng Wu, a Chinese doctor and taikonaut; Sophie Kline, a paraplegic astronaut and nanorobotics expert based on the International Space Station; and, a last-minute addition, roboticist James Stone, son of Dr. Jeremy Stone from The Andromeda Strain. They must journey into the deepest part of the jungle to study and hopefully contain the dire threat that the anomaly seemingly poses to humanity. But the jungle has its own dangers, and it’s not long before distrust and suspicion grip the team. They’ll need to come together to take on what waits for them inside a mysterious structure that may not be of this world. Setting the story over the course of five days, Wilson (Robopocalypse, 2011, etc.) combines the best elements of hard SF novels and techno-thrillers, using recovered video, audio, and interview transcripts to shape the narrative, with his own robotics expertise adding flavor and heft. Despite a bit of acronym overload, this is an atmospheric and often terrifying roller-coaster ride with (literally) sky-high stakes that pays plenty of homage to The Andromeda Strain while also echoing the spirit and mood of Crichton’s other works, such as Jurassic Park and Congo. Add more than a few twists and exciting set pieces (especially in the finale) to the mix, and you’ve got a winner.

A thrilling and satisfying sequel to the 1969 classic.

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06-247327-1

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Nov. 25, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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A kicky, kinky, wildly inventive 21st-century mashup with franker language and a higher body count than Hamlet.

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SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS

Manic parodist Moore, fresh off a season in 1947 San Francisco (Noir, 2018), returns with a rare gift for Shakespeare fans who think A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be perfect if only it were a little more madcap.

Cast adrift by pirates together with his apprentice, halfwit giant Drool, and Jeff, his barely less intelligent monkey, Pocket of Dog Snogging upon Ouze, jester to the late King Lear, washes ashore in Shakespeare’s Athens, where Cobweb, a squirrel by day and fairy by night, takes him under her wing and other parts. Soon after he encounters Robin Goodfellow (the Puck), jester to shadow king Oberon, and Nick Bottom and the other clueless mechanicals rehearsing Pyramus and Thisby in a nearby forest before they present it in celebration of the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the captive Amazon queen who’s captured his heart, Pocket (The Serpent of Venice, 2014, etc.) finds Robin fatally shot by an arrow. Suspected briefly of the murder himself, he’s commissioned, first by Hippolyta, then by the unwitting Theseus, to identify the Puck’s killer. Oh, and Egeus, the Duke’s steward, wants him to find and execute Lysander, who’s run off with Egeus’ daughter, Hermia, instead of marrying Helena, who’s in love with Demetrius. As English majors can attest, a remarkable amount of this madness can already be found in Shakespeare’s play. Moore’s contribution is to amp up the couplings, bawdy language, violence, and metatextual analogies between the royals, the fairies, the mechanicals, his own interloping hero, and any number of other plays by the Bard.

A kicky, kinky, wildly inventive 21st-century mashup with franker language and a higher body count than Hamlet.

Pub Date: May 12, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-243402-9

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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