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 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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THE SHADOW SORCERESS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Soggy dialogue and paper-thin descriptive passages, hobbled further by Modesitt's annoying habit of noting little more about his characters than their all-too-numerous smiles, frowns, and facial grimaces."
A new triology extending, but not improving, Modesitt's well-regarded Spellsong Cycle (Darksong Rising, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SPELLSONG WAR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"If there has to be a series, then this is an agreeable and worthwhile addition—much fresher and more tempting than Modesitt's unending Magic of Recluce yarns."
The inevitable, if unnecessary, sequel to Modesitt's fine music-magic feminist fantasy, The Soprano Sorceress (1997), with its appropriately Wagnerian backdrop. Read full book review >

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GRAVITY DREAMS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 1999

"A persuasive alternate socioeconomic system, solid personal growth, and memorably weird hyperspace - along with a disappointing plot and a so-so chat with an uninteresting god."
Independent new SF venture from the author of Colors of Chaos (Jan. 1999) etc. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF THE REVELATOR by Jr. Modesitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"Appealing characters, agreeably labyrinthine plotting, a fascinatingly detailed backdrop—and, love ‘em or loathe ‘em, ghosts."
Sequel to Of Tangible Ghosts (1994), Modesitt's intriguing, flavorsome alternate-world yarn where ghosts are real and America doesn't exist; instead, the continent is split among Columbia, Quebec, Deseret, and New France (some maps would have been useful); Europe is dominated by the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Adolph Hitler (under his real name) is the Empire's Ambassador to Japan; cars run on steam; computers are "difference engines," and you don't telephone, you "wire." 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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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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GHOST OF THE WHITE NIGHTS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Another of Modesitt's alternate-world yarns where the US never cohered, and ghosts are not only real but the subject of scientific study (The Ghost of the Revelator, 1998, etc.). 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 >

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THE WHITE ORDER by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1998

"A quality series that's settled into a pleasantly understated, modestly involving groove."
Another episode—the eighth so far—in Modesitt's continuing battle between White (Chaos) magic and Dark (Order) magic (most recently, The Chaos Balance, 1997). 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 >