Tag Archives: 2/5 Stars

Review: Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh

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Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh
2006, HarperCollins

Review Summary: I am very disappointed in Cherryh’s latest entry to the Fortress series. It is as though she has either forgotten or is trying to re-write what occurred in the first four books of the series, not just on minor details but on some telling and very important points. In addition, it appears that she has lost her feel for the characters – no matter that 16 years of world-time have passed, she seems to have trouble recapturing the characters she so wonderfully depicted in the first four novels.

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Review: Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear

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Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear
1992

Review Summary: Overall, the second half of the book makes it an interesting read, but the effect could have been reached much more efficiently by another author, I think. Too much of the novel – the characters’ relationships, the activities, and the ideas – are all very confused, half-finished and never quite dealt with in a satisfactory manner.

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Review: The Forge of God by Greg Bear

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The Forge of God by Greg Bear
1987, Tor

Review Summary: Overall an okay book, a little short on the science end as well as the human interaction, but showing a fondness for our planet. While it sets up some of the tone for the sequel, I don’t know that it is really necessary to read this one first. In fact, I would recommend skipping it and just going ahead with Anvil of Stars, which is worthwhile reading.

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Review: The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card

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The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
1990, Tor

Review Summary: I was surprised and disappointed by the execution of the story, actually. In reading the forward, I realize that the book is actually a collection of short stories and a novel Card wrote between 1978 and 1982, and that the idea is admittedly one of Card’s first attempts at science fiction, but it seemed very, very rough.

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Review: The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane

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The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane
1984, Bluejay Books

Review Summary: The Door Into Fire appears to be Duane’s first published work, and while I don’t believe I will be pursuing the rest of the series, I will continue to look for her works in other genres. In particular, I highly recommend her Star Trek works for their excellent plotlines and finely drawn characters.

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