Review: Hellspark by Janet Kagan

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Hellspark by Janet Kagan
1988, Tor

Review Summary: Hellspark‘s characters are what I’ve come to expect from Kagan (Uhura’s Song and Mirabelle) – strong, unique, and embedded in a culture (or in this case cultures) which are real and interesting, and which give more life to the characters than what one would usually expect.

Full Review:

Hellspark‘s characters are what I’ve come to expect from Kagan (Uhura’s Song and Mirabelle) – strong, unique, and embedded in a culture (or in this case cultures) which are real and interesting, and which give more life to the characters than what one would usually expect.

While enjoyable, the plot did not cover any really new ideas, and it did wrap up a little too neatly and predictably. Still the situation, the environment, and the characters were enough to make this an entertaining novel.

Thematically speaking, the novel was a touch light, making a big to-do about the different body languages of the different human and non-human cultures, as well as a discussion of duty and obligation.

I did truly enjoy the novel – it could have been a little tougher in places, a little more challenging, but overall it was a pretty good read. Each of Kagan’s two other novels mentioned above are much solider efforts, however, and I would recommend reading either of those first.

05/04/08 CSL

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