Search Results: "Jr. Modesitt"


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THE MAGIC OF RECLUCE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 1991

"Modesitt also avoids the simple equation of order with good and chaos with evil—in Lerris's world, as in ours, a good balance is the best formula—and this more mature insight distinguishes his novel from the run-of-the-mill fantasies."
Modesitt's first venture into fantasy (and hard-cover) is an interesting variation on some traditional fantasy themes, with a touch of his own science-fictional outlook. Read full book review >

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THE PARAFAITH WAR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's The Forever War and Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers: dense, gritty, strong on technical detail if rather predictably plotted, and certainly worth a try for star-warrior types."
Far-future interstellar war yarn from the author of Of Tangible Ghosts (1994), etc. The planets of the Eco-Tech Coalition are under siege by the teeming, lower-tech, religious-fanatic Revenants of the Prophet. Read full book review >

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IMAGER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Slow to start and drearily didactic in places, but Modesitt's capacity to wring new surprises from stock ideas remains undiminished."
The prolific Modesitt (Mage-Guard of Hamor, 2008, etc.) kicks off a new fantasy series that boasts an early modern setting—think Victorian times without the pollution. Read full book review >

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THE SOPRANO SORCERESS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"Sequels are supererogatory; the publishers threaten them nonetheless."
A new fantasy from the versatile author of Adiamante (p. 1108), the Recluce series, etc. Here, blond, middle-aged soprano Anna Marshall finds herself whirled away from everyday Ames, Iowa, to another world in which the country of Defalk is threatened with invasion by evil Dark Monks from neighboring Ebra. Read full book review >

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ARCHFORM: BEAUTY by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2002

"Modesitt's always worth reading, but this may well be his best ever."
New SF from the versatile author of Ghost of the White Nights (2001), etc. By the 25th century, rising sea levels have drowned much of the eastern US. Read full book review >

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THE TOWERS OF THE SUNSET by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A ``prequel'' to The Magic of Recluse (1991), this sometimes engaging, more often frustrating novel details the founding of the island-kingdom of Recluce. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC ENGINEER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1994

"In sum, another uneven installment, sometimes engaging, often frustrating, with interesting inversions and sidelights; and, the worst distraction of all, set forth in an ultimately self-destructive present tense."
Third in Modesitt's series (The Magic of Recluce, 1991; The Towers of the Sunset, 1992) about the island kingdom of Recluce, and the incessant tensions between Chaos (white magic) and Order (black magic). Read full book review >

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THE OCTAGONAL RAVEN by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Dry and didactic, with frankly uninteresting characters: only the most patient, determined readers will follow through."
New science fiction from the author of the Recluce series, the Spellsong Cycle, Gravity Dreams (1999), etc. In the future, genetic enhancements and nanotechnology augmentations ("nanites") are available to anyone with the means to pay. Read full book review >

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VIEWPOINTS CRITICAL by Jr. Modesitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2008

First story collection from the prolific and versatile author of fantasy and science fiction (Natural Ordermage, 2007, etc.) comprising 19 entries, three previously unpublished. Read full book review >

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FLASH by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Modesitt's abundant novelistic virtues—great characters and plotting, impressive attention to detail—aside: this is smart, aware, provocative, and engrossing on several political, economic, and professional levels."
Another political SF yarn set in the future world of Modesitt's superior Archform: Beauty (2002). Read full book review >

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THE GREEN PROGRESSION by Jr. Modesitt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The truly ingenious plot and the clever effort to put bureaucratic Washington under harsh light are largely undone by a Consumer Reports writing style."
Consultants to a Washington law firm take on the Soviets who plan to sap America's military strength through the encouragement of excessive environmentalism—a first collaboration from Modesitt (The Magic of Recluce, p. 510) and newcomer Levinson, an environmental consultant. Read full book review >

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ADIAMANTE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Though the cybs and their lifestyle remain somewhat diffuse, this is thoughtful, persuasive, challenging, absorbing work: Modesitt's best so far."
Far-future clash-of-empires yarn from the author of the Recluce fantasy series (most recently, Fall of Angels, p. 496) and The Parafaith War (1995), etc. Thousands of years ago, three types of humans lived on Old Earth: the draffs, or common people; cybs with their machine-enhanced bodies and senses; and the demis, whose godlike mental powers derived from various computer and energy nets. Read full book review >