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Product Details

  • Series: A Thunder and Lightning Novel
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425274071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425274071
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Dark Lightning

"Great fun."—Booklist

Praise for John Varley

“John Varley is the best writer in America.”—Tom Clancy

“One of science fiction’s most important writers.”—The Washington Post

“Inventive.”—The New York Times

“Science fiction doesn’t get much better than this.”—Spider Robinson

About the Author

John Varley is the author of Slow Apocalypse, the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, Mammoth, Red Lightning, and Rolling Thunder. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo awards for his work.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred Bals on August 14, 2014
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"Dark Lightning" is the fourth in Varley's self-described Heinlein Juvenile tribute novels and, according to Varley's website, probably the last of the series. Which is a shame, because the Thunder and Lightning books deserve a better finale than "Dark Lightning." Maybe Varley lost interest in the series or maybe "Dark Lightning" was written to fulfill a contractual obligation. Whatever happened, it's the weakest book of the series, and one of the weaker books of Varley's career.

There's very little good to say about the book. The plot is plodding, weak, and unbelievable. While it superficially parallels Heinlein's "Orphans of the Sky." the storyline has nothing of the excitement of that 70-year-old book. Similarly, while the two main characters are nods to the "unheavenly twins" from "The Rolling Stones," unlike Castor and Pollux, Cassie and Polly are superficial, wooden, and not even particularly likeable. While I would have always had one hand on my wallet around Cas and Pol, I would enjoy their company. Can't say the same about Polly or Cassie, who would seem to be most interested in whether I was giving the appropriate male attention to their butts.

If you haven't read the Thunder and Lightning series, please start with the first and best, "Red Thunder," which *is* a wonderful homage not only to Heinlein, but also to the works of John D. MacDonald. "Red Lightning" is almost as good and "Rolling Thunder," while having issues, is still a great read. "Dark Lightning" isn't. I wish it was, and, as I said at the beginning of this review, I really hope Varley reconsiders and writes the capstone book that the series deserves. Certainly the conclusion of "Dark Lightning," with its references to "Starship Troopers" and "Tunnel in the Sky" hint that Varley has the germ of a follow-up story in mind. If we're lucky, maybe we'll get to see it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2014
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I ordered this book in hard cover then, knowing I wouldn't get it until evening, I ordered it on kindle. Best move I ever made. I finished it as the mail was delivered.

A wonderful finish to a great story. I am sad that it is over but know I will enjoy it again and again. It was worth the wait.
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Well worth the wait and a great addition to the Heinlein homage series. Only nit (on my first read through) is that the motivations of the (spoiler) bad guys could have been expounded on a bit more. But then again RAH did similar more than once. Thanx for the honest book and a nice summer time read.
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John Varley is the new Robert Heinlein. In this latest version of Podkayne universe, he continues to advance the story in a space opera universe with compelling characters speaking in the first person...in this case the teenage twins, Pollyanna and Cassandra.
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