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Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy (Volume 1) Paperback – March 24, 2012
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
About the Author
STEPHEN GOLDIN was born in Philadelphia in 1947 and has lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life. He served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin, and as the organization's Western Regional Director. He has lived with cats all his adult life. Artistically, he enjoys Broadway musicals and surrealist art. MARY MASON was born in Bakersfield and has lived in California all her life. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from CSU Sacramento, and has worked counseling abused children. Her first husband was a member of "Hell Bent For Glory," a pre-Hell's Angels motorcycle gang, but she made the bikers check their weapons at the door and wash her dishes, in exchange for her fine cooking. Her philosophy regarding martial arts is, "My black belt beats your black belt, because my black belt's in Smith & Wesson." She is also a sound lady, mixing live music for bands--usually Chicago blues and S.F. rock, but also swing, folk, and both Country and Western. She has run several Nebula Award banquets for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as well as science fiction conventions, and founded the 1993 San Francisco WorldCon bid. In 2012 she co-authored Throwing Lead: A Writer's Guide to Firearms (and the People Who Use Them) with J. Daniel Sawyer.
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The scene is a planet so far away from Earth that Jade is the only human around. This is a far-future environment, with FTL travel, advanced weaponry and advanced computers (strong AI) that forms a backdrop to a very human story.
While I personally have a low tolerance for 'touchy-feely' novels, this one kept my attention by interspersing action, political intrigue, culture and biology of alien races, martial arts (Jade uses Tai Chi in her practice), as well as the personal interactions that reveal Jade's past.
And I like Jade, though I would be quite careful about fast moves near her...