Up Jim River

A book by Michael Flynn

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An outstanding sequel . . .

  • May 17, 2010
Rating:
+5
. . . to "The January Dancer" -- and a terrific story in its own right. As I've indicated in other reviews of Michael Flynn's novels, he writes Story -- in the best possible sense of the word. His writing is intense and tightly written, and honestly, not for the faint of heart. If you're going to invest time in a Michael Flynn novel, you need to be prepared to "get into" his world.

"Up Jim River" picks up where "The January Dancer" leaves off, with the Harpist and the Scarred Man once again playing prominent roles -- only now, the story is in "real-time" and not told in the flashback of the previous book. The novel answers several questions deliberately left unanswered in "The January Dancer" only to ask several more (one of which being this: Will there be more volumes to follow?) One can only hope that the answer to that question is "YES"!

No spoilers -- but one teaser! Readers of "The January Dancer" have wondered if the novel was set in the same "Universe" as Flynn's four-volume "Firestar" series -- only thousands of years in the future. The answer is "yes" -- and the avid Flynn reader will appreciate discovering this fact.

A truly tremendously enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book.

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On the harper Mearana’s home planet, up Jim River is a saying indicating a journey ever further into danger and the unknown. Mearana’s mother, Bridget ban, has disappeared on mysterious business. Even the Kennel, her employer and one of the galaxy’s two sources of secret agents, didn’t know what she was looking for or where she went. Mearana is determined, though, to discover her mother’s fate. She manages to convince the scarred man, the Fudir, who was once Donovan but became six or seven personalities after a botched experiment by Those of Name, to join her out of a sense of nostalgia. The worlds inhabited by these people are sufficient reason to read the novel. The extrapolations of linguistic drift and remnants of ancient history that Flynn conjures constitute a fascinating story in themselves. Adding to them a tense and thrilling search from the bar on Jehovah to the very Wild itself, through strange cultures and dangerous ports, just makes the book all the more engaging. A future history with serious punch. --Regina Schroeder
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ISBN-10: 0765322846
ISBN-13: 978-0765322845
Author: Michael Flynn
Publisher: Tor Books

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