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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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Nov 30, 2015 Bryan rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, sf
A highly entertaining and quick read, this book is yet another example of why Mike Resnick is one of the finest writers in SF.
- highly memorable characters
- quick pace
- effective dialogue

Resnick focuses on the important details when it comes to story-telling, and leaves the clutter out. Thus, if you're wondering what type of FTL travel this universe has, you won't find the details in this book.

(By the way, this book fits within the Birthright Universe, but is a totally stand-alone novel. No w
Pat Cummings
May 14, 2016 Pat Cummings rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Michael Resnick’s “romance of the far future,” The Dark Lady, is an exploration of man’s attraction to the myth of glorious death. Told from the point of view of the alien “Leonardo,” the story examines heroism, self-sacrifice and the submission of artists to their art.

Leonardo himself is a a non-human male Bjornn, a kind of remittance-man from a species whose males are always sent away from the nest. His assignment to the service of art gallery owner Tai Chong (whom he refers to as “Great Lady”
Mar 25, 2013 melydia rated it really liked it
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
Jul 01, 2013 Fiscassia rated it really liked it
Shelves: myth-fairy-tale
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
Enoch Root
Apr 16, 2015 Enoch Root rated it really liked it
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.
Lora Allen
Jan 29, 2013 Lora Allen rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2012 Laura Madsen rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2012
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).
Aaron Coleman
May 20, 2015 Aaron Coleman rated it really liked it
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.
Shawn Mcvay
Oct 23, 2015 Shawn Mcvay rated it liked it
Well written, pulled me in, but a bit drawn out for a story that didn't truly resolve.
Oct 11, 2016 Libicni rated it liked it
Una historia futurista donde se conocen todas las galaxias y planetas , donde todos los seres que en ellos habitan están interconectados, y que a pesar de la interculturalidad siguen existiendo prejuicios como el racismo y clasismo. inmerso en las galerías de arte este libro cuenta la extraña aparición consecutiva en todas las eras y planetas de una extraña mujer vestida de negro con una triste mirada. Su principal protagonista un alienígena experto en arte que cambia de color según como se sien ...more
James Taylor
Jul 14, 2016 James Taylor rated it really liked it
An alien, art enthusiast “Leonardo” is employed by Claiborne Gallery. At an auction, he takes interest in a painting of a mysterious woman by an unknown artist. The auction has two extremely interested bidders, Abercrombie and Venzia. Abercrombie wins the auction, and after hearing Leonardo claim that he has seen instances of this mysterious woman, employs Leonardo to locate more of the said artworks. Abercrombie has plenty of money to spare and his obsession makes him determined to complete the ...more
May 13, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story. I appreciated the perspective of how he told it from the perspective of Leonardo, an alien, and his interactions and cultural challenges in living among and working with various members of the human race. I loved the mystery and uniqueness of the story, even at the end when some of the mystery is solved there are still questions left unanswered yet they are the type of questions that I don't mind having to sit and think about and wonder about, as opposed to the type o ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
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
Apr 17, 2015 Craig rated it liked it
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...
Durval Menezes
Dec 31, 2015 Durval Menezes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book many (over 15) years ago, and I still remember parts of it, and more important, I still remember the "sense of wonder" from reading it. Recommended!
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, 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 Poland. and has been short-listed ...more
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