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Time Dancers (The Meq) Paperback – May 30, 2006

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Meq Series

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Zianno Zezen ("Z" to his friends) and his fellow Meq—perpetually 12-year-old Basque immortals—embark on more world-spanning adventures in this enjoyable if not particularly memorable sequel to Cash's debut, The Meq (2005). Z and company seek the renegade Fleur-du-Mal and his accomplice, Zuriaa, the sister of Z's friend Ray. Their urgency increases when the renegades capture Susheela the Ninth, the oldest living Meq and the only person who knows the location of the mystical Sixth Stone. Like The Meq, the tale is a whirlwind of historical detail and name-dropping, mostly related to the 20th century, from Babe Ruth's home runs to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Though some of the coincidental connections are unlikely to the point of absurdity, they provide a good anchor for the times. Cash has smoothed out his writing style, improving the story's flow, but in the process has lost some of the original's sparkle. (May)
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“Vivid personages, a startling premise richly elaborated, and . . . derring-do and dastardly schemes.”
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“Mesmerizing.”
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Product Details

  • Series: The Meq (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345470931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345470935
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Time Dancers continues the quest started by Zianno Zezen--Z for short--and his companions in The Meq,the first book in the trilogy. During his quest, Z has learned much about being Meq, made many new friends, and found his Ameq or soulmate. Now the Meq are gathering, they have one hundred years or fewer to prepare for the Time of Remembering, when they will finally uncover their destiny.

Like the first book, this one begins with a train journey. This journey, however, is one of hope and renewal, reuniting lost loved ones and finally returning home. Unfortunately, this time of happiness doesn't last long as Z's archenemy, Xanti Otso or the Fleur de Mal, kills two of their number. The Meq are few and cannot afford to lose any of their people, especially to one of their own. So a plan is made to hunt down the Fleur de Mal and his accomplices and kill them, thereby ending their reign of terror.

Working in teams, the Meq scatter to the ends of the Earth and follow whispers, rumors, and sightings false and real.

They search far and wide, yet the Fleur de Mal is always one step ahead. He lures them into ambush after ambush, each time causing loss and confusion. During this quest, the Meq discover that they are changing--and not always for the good. Ray Ytuarte, one of Z's oldest friends, becomes deathly ill after being bitten by a mosquito, something that has never happened before in the Meq's known history.

The timeline extends from the end of World War I in 1919 all the way through the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. In contrast to The Meq, the action moves along at a fairly even speed, although there are sections where years pass with barely a mention. Author Cash has done his research, and a constant flow of historical figures and events litter the pages.
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"Time Dancers" is the second book in Steve Cash's sweeping fantasy trilogy called "The Meq" (also the title of the first book in the trilogy). When forced to explain the plot of "The Meq" in one sentence, my reply is this: the story is like the Highlander TV series/movies but the immortals here are twelve years old. To get more specific, the Meq stop aging when they turn twelve until they find their ameq (their soul mate). Once they are united, the two enter what is called "The Wait" until they decide to cross over, as it were, becoming mortal and able to have a child.

The telling of this story falls on the shoulders of Zianno Zezen, one of the youngest members of the Meq. In the first book, Zianno searches for others like him after the death of his parents. Along the way he learns the significance of the stone he carries--the stone of dreams--and that there are others like it. He finds friends, both Giza (human) and Meq alike, his ameq, and a mortal (or perhaps it would be more apt to say immortal?) foe in the form of a corrupt Meq assassin known as the Fleur-du-mal. In the midst of all that, Z and his friends try to prepare for a Meq event known as the remembering which will reveal their origins and their purpose, a scant hundred years away.

Okay, so if you didn't read the first book that was all probably a bit confusing. The reason for that is simple: this trilogy isn't comprised of what can be called stand-alone novels. The sad truth is that I read "The Meq" about six months before I had the chance to pick up "Time Dancers." It took about fifty pages for me to find my stride and maybe a bit longer to really get into the book. I suspect those difficulties would have lessened if I had read the books closer together.
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I picked up the first book of this series after stumbling across it, liking the coverart, liking the premise, and loving the beginning time frame (turn of the 19th to 20th century fascinates me to no ends). What I didn't expect was the creative and innovative use of place and history that Steve Cash uses so well to his advantage. I will say that names and various characters who come and go at the blink of an eye for years can make keeping the plot ordered in your mind a bit challenging. I'd love a list in the front (or back) of the books with a listing of the characters and their major relationships. I haven't finished this second volume yet, though I am thoroughly enjoying my own reunion with Z, Sailor, Ray, Opari, and the rest of the Giza and Meq gang. Steve Cash also gives special attention to St. Louis, a city that obviously means a great deal to him. In a heartbeat, I'd go to St. Louis to take a tour of St. Louis with him---whatcha' think Steve?
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In 1919 Zianno "Z" Zezen, a Meq-American, is about to turn twelve for the twentieth time since he has yet to meet his soul mate, Z remains a preteen. This is the norm for his Basque ancestry who never age past twelve until they meet the one. He feels pretty good about coming home to St. Louis, but soon learns that he cannot stay long as the Time of the Remembering is upon his people.

However, he and his associates are busy at the moment; lethal Meq Fleur-du-Mal feels the necessity to commit genocide of his immortal race. He has a compatriot Zuriaa who assists him by abducting the oldest known living Meq the matriarch Susheela the Ninth in order to force her to reveal to them location of the mystical Sixth Stone that could lead to a pandemic eradication. Z and his cronies must once again stop Fleur du-Mal.

The sequel to THE MEQ, TIME DANCERS is a wild zany science fiction thriller that uses real twentieth century historical points and persona as anchors though several of the choices seem to flakily fluky to fit the plot. The story line is all over the place. But smoothly moves forward. Z and his family and friends remain fascinating characters while the assassin Fleur du-Mal seems even more deranged this time around. Fans of zany way out science fiction thrillers will enjoy Steve Cash's latest entertaining madcap ride.

Harriet Klausner
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