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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322852
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A marvelously heroic ancient legend reborn in humanity’s future days. Space opera fans will be swept away by the poetic rhythm and subtle plot construction."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Fascinating and intelligent."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
Praise for Michael Flynn:

"This story weaves love, mystery, music, action, and a change to create a mammoth of a read that will leave readers enraptured in its pages for generations to come.”
—Sacramento Book Review on The January Dancer

“Flavored like Celtic poetry, The January Dancer is the first effort in what promises to be a space opera of epic proportions…. Will leave readers both wide-eyed and breathless.”
—Starlog

The January Dancer is an innovative intellectual and stimulating take on the space opera in which, once again, Flynn demonstrates that he is a writer of the highest caliber.
—Interzone

"For fans of… Brainy first-contact tales (Carl Sagan meets Umberto Eco). Lowdown: bursting with pungent historical detail and Big Theme musings, this dense, provocative novel offers big rewards."
—Entertainment Weekly on Eifelheim

"A deeply researched and well-thought-out novel that moves us and makes us smarter just for having read it….  Excellent."
—Orson Scott Card on Eifelheim

"Firestar was a mighty hard act to follow, but Michael Flynn has done so, and brilliantly. Rogue Star continues the story, with the same imaginative realism, suspenseful narration, and vivid humanness, plus all sorts of new ideas and insights."
—Poul Anderson

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About the Author

Michael Flynn is the author of the Firestar series of novels, and is an Analog magazine alumnus whose fiction now appears regularly in all the major SF magazines. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. 

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The story line in this book is very fast paced.
Marcella
Being the 3rd book in the January Dancer series I was quite pleased to find it not only a worthy addition to the series, but one i quite enjoyed.
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It is a good story but nowhere near becoming a great one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liviu C. Suciu on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
INTRODUCTION: "In the Lion's Mouth" is the third *but not* final book in the series that started with "The January Dancer" and was followed by "Up Jim River". In my reviews linked above, I described these books as "Celtic space opera".

"The January Dancer" was both intriguing and well executed but "Up Jim River" had some structural issues that detracted from my full enjoyment, so "In The Lion's Mouth" was a book I planned to read but did not expect to engross me so much that I literally could not put it down one recent evening I started seriously reading it, until very late when I finished it. Besides how much I enjoyed it, the major surprise was that the series was not a trilogy as this novel ended on a (semi) cliffhanger and the direction of the fourth installment has now clearly been set.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: I will present a rough outline of the set-up - there is more in the above reviews - and of course the following has inevitable spoilers for the previous two books, though as I would say that a major part of the series' attraction is its execution - style, characters, world building - these spoilers are not that important in detracting from a new reader's enjoyment.

In the far future, humanity is split into two parts by the structure of space time, as ftl is possible only through special "hyperspace tubes" where somewhat different physical laws hold - eg the speed of light is still the supreme such but it is much higher than our c - while being still close enough to allow human ships to go. The originally settled core including the now downtrodden Earth is called The Commonwealth of Central Worlds and is dominated by a dictatorship of "Those of the Names", humans (?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Casey C. Jones on February 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Assume for a moment that Milton or Shakespeare lived yet in our day. If you've read much sci-fi, your mind can expand at least that far. Imagine further that their granddaughter married the granson of those great mabynnogyon authors lost in the dawn of our age. In one step of imagination more, consider what the son of those lines could pen if he were raised on Herbert, Heinlein, Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Ludlum? There is no need to imagine, you can see it and feel it and smell it and be blinded by it, here . . . In the Lion's Mouth.

Without offending my hard-science-fiction-senses, Flynn has wrought a miracle. I will read everything this master of both rhyme and prose ever writes about the tales, the worlds and the characters he first introduced in The January Dancer. Unlikely we'll meet, even in so small a universe as those who revere verse, but whether or not I can thank him personally, I do thank the universe that he took up writing. Please trust me when I tell you that here is a bard who sees science fiction as it can be, as a canvas upon which much can be painted that no other form of literature can own. I've read a thousand science fiction books. I've written one review, this one. I've written it so that you know that you absolutely must buy, read and treasure this book, it's two predecessors and any that come after it. I've read the first of what I hope will be a score of the books of Hounds and Shadows and Those of Name in Kindle versions. I'll be buying the hardbacks for this series for my shelves, and the shelves of my very best of friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Duke on August 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Michael F. Flynn's In the Lion's Mouth is a space opera of the new variety, which is to say that it takes a genre that once stood for oversimplified adventure, sometimes of the Campbellian mode and redolent of the pulps, and infuses it with political intrigue and sociological awareness. The planets that make up the novel's empire have ceased to be spaces only of conquest, adventure, and wonder, and become contained worlds connected by a common but divergent history. This is not to suggest that Flynn's novel has abandoned the tropes of the adventure story, but that it brings a rigorous examination of the conditions of the empire in which that adventure occurs. In the Lion's Mouth is compelling not because of its adventure elements, but because it is at once an exploration of the inner workings of its network of worlds and an almost satirical play on the conventions of the old, pulpy space opera.

In the Lion's Mouth alternates between two stages of Ravn Olafsdottr's journeys through the labyrinth of the Lion's Mouth, the bureau that oversees an exceedingly efficient class of assassins known as the Shadows, which has begun splintering into competing factions. The frame narrative concerns her attempts to convince a rival organization, the Hounds, to put their cards on the table of the civil war raging within the Lion's Mouth. This narrative also forms a clever stage upon which Ravn can demonstrate her manipulative talents as she relates another tale through flashback. That second strand concerns an intimate of the one Hounds: husband and father Donovan buigh. Donovan, a former Shadow who had his mind split into multiple personalities by an as-yet-unknown agent, was, we learn, kidnapped by Ravn to fulfill, willingly or otherwise, a purpose in the war.
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