Up Jim River (Spiral Arm #2)
Robert A. Heinlein Award-winning SF writer Michael Flynn returns to space opera and to the world of The January Dancer
The Hound Bridget ban has vanished and the Kennel (the mysterious superspy agency) has given up looking for her. But her daughter, the harper Mearana, has not, and she has convinced the scarred man, Donovan, to aid in her search.
But Donovan's mind has been...more
This one has all of the above, and for those who really enjoyed Bridget Ban and Donovan from the previous novel, you're in for a treat.
Not that you'll be seeing all that much of the missing Bridget, but you will see a lot of her daughter who's searching for her. Even the H ...more
In fact, there is so much going on and so ...more
We met the main characters in book 1 The January Dancer, an average space opera, IMO. Book 2 goes a long way into fleshing out these characters and expanding our knowledge of Flynn's universe. It is a combination of my ...more
Up Jim River is the sequel to Flynn’s 2008 novel The January Dancer (review), picking up almost immediately at where the first novel left off. Where The January Dancer was written as a story being told, sort of an extended flashback with brief interludes in the here and now, Up Jim River takes place entirely in the present. If you haven’t read The January Dancer you really ought to stop now and go a ...more
We reconnect with the main characters from the novel, but here the tale is simpler - Lucia the 19 year old daughter of "Hound" Bridget-ban (aka super agent for the League, one of the main powers of the novels and the "good guys") is looking for her disappeared mother; of the three men who were with Bridget on the January Dance ...more
Spoilers ahead for The January Dancer.
The harper is going to look for her mother, because the Kennel has given up. Donovan, knowing something of what it would take to keep Bridget ban away and make the Kennel gives up, a ...more
I really do enjoy Michael Flynn's style of writing. He has the ability to put you into the conversations of the characters. His descriptions of the worlds you visit make you think you are looking out the portal of the ship. The characters are alive and real; flawed yet they reach a level of nobility.
It seems a rare thing in trilogies to like the second better than the first , but it is the case here .
In January Dancer we are introduced to a complex system of worlds in the far future, there is ...more
THE PLOT: Basically it’s about a young woman looking for her missing mother. As we learned in the first book, the Harper is the daughter of super-cop Bridg ...more
Flynn is quite the storyteller. I was fully involved in the search for the Harper's mother, even though I didn't care all that much whether or not they found her. I'd ...more
Flynn writes in d ...more
My review of the first book “ January Dancer” still applies. That is, that this series is only very superficially science fiction. It’s more of a purple prosed,‘sword-and-sorcery’ road-trip story, with the tech substituting for magic.
In this story, the author does develop the protagonist ‘De ...more
The story of tracking Bridget Ban ended up being more of a tour of worlds than a story in its own right, as well.
The best part of the story dealt with the fractured personality of Donovan, another cha ...more
This is a sequel to THE JANUARY DANCER, and clarifies what was actually going on there, while opening up more picaresque settings of the Periphery and the Wild.
There are more enigmas which gnaw at the reader. How ...more
For around half the book I wanted to scream at the characters that (view spoiler)[Billy was totally a spy (hide spoiler)].
I was confused by the chapter where (view spoiler)[Donovan gets drugged and left behind. It was like, whoa, they drugged him and took off, and then he recovered and he's commandeering some other ship to chase after them, bu ...more
While this is just me speaking, (Spoiler), i do find it intresting that they take thes story from the point of veiw of a space faring civilization that collapsed thousands of years ago, and formed these remnants of culture that became the modern spiral arm. Since i know several languages, i was able to pick up a decent amount of the mixed cultures, ...more
This time the Harper is off to find her missing mother who disappeared on a mission so across the universe they go seeking clues later involving something like an old African adventure. As always Flynn is a great writer okf dialog and solid plots. I expect another in the series as the ending left ...more
And the space opera continues ... it looks like there will be a third novel.
Through the story Flynn weaves story of the human diaspora. This is story of what happens after a war is lost.and human toll of being on the wrong side of history.
The author spends a lot of effort on dialect and linguistic drift. There are many hints and jokes hidden in the wordplay, but I mostly found it annoying. It actually would have been easier if there was a great deal more dialect, so you could become accustomed to it.
Michael Francis Flynn (born 1947) is an American statistician and science fiction author. Nearly all of Flynn's work falls under the category of hard science fiction, although his treatment of it can be unusual since he has applied the rigor of hard science fiction to "softe ...more