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An outstanding sequel . . .
on May 17, 2010
. . . to "The January Dancer" -- and a terrific story in its own right. As I've indicated in other reviews of Michael Flynn's novels, he writes Story -- in the best possible sense of the word. His writing is intense and tightly written, and honestly, not for the faint of heart. If you're going to invest time in a Michael Flynn novel, you need to be prepared to "get into" his world.
"Up Jim River" picks up where "The January Dancer" leaves off, with the Harpist and the Scarred Man once again playing prominent roles -- only now, the story is in "real-time" and not told in the flashback of the previous book. The novel answers several questions deliberately left unanswered in "The January Dancer" only to ask several more (one of which being this: Will there be more volumes to follow?) One can only hope that the answer to that question is "YES"!
No spoilers -- but one teaser! Readers of "The January Dancer" have wondered if the novel was set in the same "Universe" as Flynn's four-volume "Firestar" series -- only thousands of years in the future. The answer is "yes" -- and the avid Flynn reader will appreciate discovering this fact.
A truly tremendously enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book.