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"Prolific author Modesitt has created a fully developed world with minimal words, focusing on the "ordinary" man as hero." ---Library Journal
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Praise for author L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
"Modesitt's abundant novelistic virtues -- great characters and plotting, impressive attention to detail -- aside: this is smart, aware, provocative, and engrossing on several political, economic, and professional levels."
--Kirkus, starred review on Flash
"Nonstop action, which . . . never sidelines good world-building and characterization. . . . A marvelous thriller that plausibly extrapolates from current possibilities in IT, AI, media, and crime, it also constitutes the way for newcomers to get acquainted with Modesitt-at his best."
--Booklist on Flash
"Thoughtful SF readers will appreciate this weighty tale of humanitarian intentions and social speculations."―Publishers Weekly on Ethos Effect
"If you're seeking space battles and diplomatic intrigue within a well though-out universe then Modesitt delivers in patches."
--Vector on Ethos Effect
"Modesitt has outdone himself . . . This brilliant novel is as thought provoking as it is entertaining."
--Publisher Weekly, starred review on Archform: Beauty
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I consider Modesitt to be the best F&SF author because he tends to maintain a great balance of an easy read, escapism (the protagonist is usually powerful in ways we normal human beings aren't), and speculation/exposition. His worlds, characters, nations and so-on may not be the most realistic, but they say interesting things, and they do exciting and/or satisfying things (his characters often build, or have things built, as well as destroying, and they also develop, as in coming-of-age).
I consider this book to be his best because it is both highly accessible and multi-leveled. As artwork, it may be more impressionist than some of his other works, so that different aspects of it must be enjoyed at different distances, but if you take the time, you will be rewarded over and over by this book. The first scene stands out as one of the best of all time, both for what it reveals and what it conceals, all in a brief span of words and action. This happens again and again throughout the book, and it is true that the pleasure only grows upon reading it a second, third, and fourth time, as the reader enjoys how Modesitt plays with perceptions, both the characters' and the readers'.
Interesting story, L.E. jr. sure has a deep mind when it comes to this style of writing. Some of the material had me scratching my head asking WTF? But all in all, cool story, as is all L.E. jr.'s work. Got me missing his style so I'm gonna grab the 3rd Imager book next and get back into his world. Can't go wrong with jr.
Hammer of Darkness delivers a good fun love story, yes, love story.
Although lack of character development characterizes his work, the book delivers less of the social cultural content that usually contributes significantly to Modesitt's value.