Tag Archives: 1993

Review: The Cygnet and the Firebird by Patricia A. McKillip

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The Cygnet and the Firebird by Patricia A. McKillip
1993, Ace

Review Summary: This second novel in the sorceress series did a much better job of living up to my expectations, and the only regret is that so much of it took place outside of Ro Holding, which seems to have a storied history well worth exploring.

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Review: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1993, Bantam Spectra

Review Summary: An okay book, well reviewed by another site whose opinion I respect, but not one of the best stories I have read. The author needs to let go of some of the science and detail and make the fight to establish a new colony and culture worth reading.

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Review: The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter S. Beagle

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The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter S. Beagle
1993, Roc Hardcover

Review Summary: Overall the choices the author makes – characterization, plot, themes and ideas – are all very different from standard fare, and I enjoy the non-standard fantasy world he creates through these choices, but the purposefully blunted energy of the novel keeps it from being a stronger, must-read book.

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