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THE JANUARY DANCER
Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
This is a fast-moving space opera told from numerous perspectives. Flynn has a keen ear for dialect and a deft hand with characterization, but the worldbuilding is difficult to follow -- the characters and the idea of the Macguffin in this story are fascinating, but the pieces just don't fit.
Captain Amos January and crew are on a distant planet retrieving raw materials when they discover a cache of pre-human artifacts. Only one of them is portable -- a small stone statue that changes shape imperceptibly and may confer strange abilities on those who have it. The statue, which becomes known as the Dancer, leaves January's possession and becomes the focus of collectors, rulers and criminals. Pursuit of the Dancer is the impetus of this tale of revolution, romance and music. (Tor, Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: October 2008