- Series: Snow Queen (Book 1)
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (October 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076538177X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765381774
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 280 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
JOAN D. VINGE is the winner of two Hugo Awards, one for her novel The Snow Queen. She has written nearly twenty books, including her Cat novels, Psion, Catspaw, and Dreamfall, and the other Snow Queen cycle novels, World's End, The Summer Queen, and Tangled Up in Blue. She has had a number of bestselling film adaptations published, including the #1 bestselling The Return of the Jedi Storybook and novelizations of Return to Oz and Willow, among others. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Joan D. Vinge is an amazing author, who battled some serious traumatic head injury that put her career on hold. But I hope for and continue to wait for more books from this talented author (This series, of which this is the first book, has at least three other books to it). I make sure she is part of my personal library wherever I go.
This book was out of print for a while, and I am glad it is back on the shelves for another generation.
For those with tender children: the original scene with the robber-girl (with the knife and all) is either left out or altered till it is not all that scary, if at all. One of the pop-ups (this first one if I remember correctly) is of a scary-looking goblin and he is all over the page in his scariness. (Search for the video if this is a concern).
The main characters are likeable for the most part, although they do share their darker sides at one point or the other. The main villain is not cackling evil, but a puppeteer and control freak. Almost every character is human and relatable with only a few exceptions, to the point that this book can appeal to people that are more into fantasy than sci-fi like me. There will not be prolonged dialogues about reactors, core units or timeshifts and wormholes. Whatever alien technology the writer concocts, it is laid out simple enough as befits the main character, who is not tech-savvy. The plot is interesting and there are slight twists here and there. The reader will find no archaic or complicated vocabulary so despite the book's width, it should be a quick read.
What's it all mean? It means THE SNOW QUEEN is a very good book, easy to read, allowing full immersion into the universe. It is not hardcore sci-fi, so every reader will enjoy the literary journey. However, after reading it, I have no interest in continuing the saga with the sequels because this story goes full circle and everything is tied up nicely. Which by the way, it's a minor flaw to me because everything is easily solved towards the end of the book, and I mean everything. When the plots start to get resolved, the way the writer does it depletes any tension from the reader about what's left to be handled because you already know the way it is going to go. That doesn't mean is bad, it just feels a bit old-fashioned.
So, go ahead and check this book out and maybe you'll be interested in continuing the book cycle. For me, I was satisfied with just this one, and have no reason to delve deeper. It just worked out that way.
The only thing I found a little troublesome was the size and color of the story text - it's a bit small, in my opinion, and somewhat hard to see in places because it doesn't contrast enough with the background color. It might be difficult to read for some people.
Overall, though, I am very pleased with the product and I am excited to share this story with my friend.