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Starred Review. Martin (Song of Ice and Fire series), Dozois (Strange Days) and Abraham (A Shadow in Summer) revisit classic themes of exploration, exploitation and what it means to be human in this gritty SF adventure. Humanity has finally reached the stars, only to find that all the best spots have been claimed by other races—the Silver Enye, Turu, Cian and others. Human colonists serve as world-building crash-test dummies, dropped onto empty planets deemed too dangerous or inconvenient for other races, to pave over whatever marvels and threats evolution had put there. On the misbegotten colony planet of São Paulo, ore prospector Ramon Espejo has no illusions, especially about how the Enye view humanity. Then Ramon murders the wrong man in a drunken fight and takes off into the wastelands to avoid the Enye authorities. Once in the outback, he discovers he's not the only one trying to hide from the Enye—and that the deadly cat-lizards called chupacabras are far from the worst dangers on São Paulo. This tightly written novel, with its memorable protagonist and intriguing extrapolation, delivers on all levels. (Jan.)
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In music, supergroups of established artists are rarely greater than the sum of their parts. The same often goes for science fiction, but critics agreed that these three authors beat the trend by producing a tight, consistent novel. Whether because of Martinâs decades of collaborative work, Dozoisâs long career as an editor, or Abrahamâs fresh prose style, every reviewer said the book seemed as if it were written by one person. The only complaint came from reviewers who had read an earlier, novella-length version of the story; they felt that expanding the story enriched it somewhat, but not by much. While it would be hard to match Hunterâs Run with any of these authorsâ previous works, it can certainly be called a successful experimentâ"and a compelling SF novel.
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Excellent read which I enjoyed immensely. Some very clever twists and plenty of quality food for thought. Definitely an engaging book which is a rarer and rarer find nowadays.Published 1 month ago by Thos StoneChaser
Great book, one of the best stand alone sci fi books on the marketPublished 5 months ago by Christina Michaelis
The story line was interesting but the ending was a bit abrupt, I could of used a little more detail into the meeting between the Allen and Ramon.Published 11 months ago by E. Hutson
A really interesting story with some very interesting characters twisted in. An attention grabbing (and holding! Read morePublished 12 months ago by silverfoot
This was a good flowing quick read. The story had enough original elements to keep things interesting while incorporating familiar classic themes and settings (I.e. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven m corwin