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The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future (Birthright #13)

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The Dark Lady remains forever young, an enigma of the eternal night. She calls men to great deeds--and to their deaths. But to the alien art historian Leonardo, she's much more--she's the key to his salvation.
Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published November 1987 by Tor
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I have long declared Mike Resnick to be my very favorite author, not because his are the best books I've ever read, but because they are the most consistently good. There are plenty of novels that are better than anything he's written, but I know that when I sit down to read a Resnick novel, I am in for a really good time. This book is no exception. Leonardo, an alien working at a human art gallery through an exchange program, is hired by a wealthy old man to help him track down portraits of The ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Ian rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Another entertaining Resnick, set in his far future history. A couple of interesting characters, including an alien alien, hunt down the "Dark Lady". She is an immortal, who appears and consorts only with heroic, danger loving men, shortly before their death. Her likeness has been recorded by artists down through the ages.

There is no real resolution in this novel, we don't get a bio of the DL, and the ending is ambiguous, however, as always with Resnick, a seemingly simple story, packed with en
Enoch Root
A mysterious sad woman appears on many portraits throughout mankind's history. This is the premise for Resnick's novel about a non-human art appraiser who is employed by a rich patron with the goal of finding out more about the "The Dark Lady". A long and arduous quest through the inhabited universe starts...and at the end, we are left with more questions than answers.
This one was a good, fun, fast read, but it didn't grab me quite as much as most of Resnick's other works. It's a far-future mystery, but I didn't think it fit too well with the rest of the Birthright stories in tone, and the ending left me a little dissatisfied. Some of my friends maintain it's among his best, so who's to say...
Aaron Coleman
Fun book, fairly quick read. Nothing about the book really strikes me as brilliant, but the plot and characters were creative enough to make this a refreshing read.
A good book, with a likeable alien character.
I read this book after Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, hoping for similar qualities about the two books. There weren't as many larger-than-life characters in The Dark Lady, but there was an intriguing storyline. I particularly liked the character development that occurred in the main character. Having the story narrated by a nonhuman, and dealing with the cultural differences accordingly added an interesting layer of depth to the story. Still, after as much as I loved Santiago, I found mysel ...more
Lora Allen
I read this when I was younger and it is a great book. The dark lady is very elusive and mysterious and you never quite get who she really is but I would whole heartedly recommend it to anyone, young or old.
Laura Madsen
The ending didn't grab me, but a good read overall, with an intriguing mystery and an interesting protagonist (an art historian of an alien species descended from vegetarian herd animals).
Eva Whitley
Pretty good adventure, as told by a member of an alien race.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick (born Chicago, March 5, 1942), better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Pola ...more
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