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 ELYSIUM COMMISSION by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2007

"Some brisk action closes the proceedings, but otherwise, mediocre problems and solutions—our hero has little idea how to Google for information and spends most of his time asking his friends for gossip."
Far-future Mr. Fix-it gets into hot water—a familiar Modesitt (The Eternity Artifact, 2005, etc.) scenario here given a trudging workout. 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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LEGACIES by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Solidly engrossing, if too dependent on luck and coincidence, with a robust and consistent backdrop: a satisfyingly self-contained inaugural volume that skillfully sets up the sequels."
Following his fine Archform: Beauty (p. 625), Modesitt kicks off a new series that, like the Recluce yarns, curiously but plausibly blends fantasy and SF. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF CHAOS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A rather maudlin installment, although by now fans should be familiar with Modesitt's constant, eccentric, and quite pointless switches in narrative voice and tense."
More than a century has passed since the action of The Order War (Jan. 1995), as Modesitt continues his struggle between Chaos (white magic) and Order (black magic). Read full book review >

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OF TANGIBLE GHOSTS by Jr. Modesitt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A fairly typical performance, then, alluring yet ultimately unsatisfying."
Modesitt switches back to science fiction after his fantasy trilogy about the kingdom of Recluce (The Magic Engineer, p. 103, etc.), introducing an initially intriguing alternate world that is comparable in development to ours but has a substantially different history—and where ghosts are real. Read full book review >

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SCION OF CYADOR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

The 11th in Modesitt's Saga of Recluce fantasy series, this one conceptually and chronologically hard on the heels of Magi'i of Cyador (p. 344). 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 ETERNITY ARTIFACT by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A must-read for Modesitt fans, as well as those of Jack McDevitt and Arthur C. Clarke."
Captivating far-future tale of life in space, from the author of Flash (2005). 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 CHAOS BALANCE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"A sturdy addition to a superior series, this time presented without narrative foibles."
Addition to Modesitt's independently intelligible fantasy series about planet Recluce and its warring Order and Chaos magic. Read full book review >

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FALL OF ANGELS by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

"The newcomers' story is recounted in the past tense, while the locals rejoice in a present-tense narrative: just one of the eccentricities in an often intriguing if fairly predictable installment."
A prequel to Modesitt's fantasy series about planet Recluce with its war between Order (black magic) and Chaos (white magic) Read full book review >