The January Dancer #2020

The January Dancer By Michael F. Flynn The January Dancer A triumph of the New Space Opera fast complicated wonder filled Hugo Award finalist and Robert A Heinlein Award winning SF writer Michael Flynn now turns to space opera with stunningly successful re
  • Title: The January Dancer
  • Author: Michael F. Flynn
  • ISBN: 9781429983358
  • Page: 484
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  • The January Dancer By Michael F. Flynn A triumph of the New Space Opera fast, complicated, wonder filled Hugo Award finalist and Robert A Heinlein Award winning SF writer Michael Flynn now turns to space opera with stunningly successful results Full of rich echoes of space opera classics from Doc Smith to Cordwainer Smith, The January Dancer tells the fateful story of an ancient pre human artifact of great pA triumph of the New Space Opera fast, complicated, wonder filled Hugo Award finalist and Robert A Heinlein Award winning SF writer Michael Flynn now turns to space opera with stunningly successful results Full of rich echoes of space opera classics from Doc Smith to Cordwainer Smith, The January Dancer tells the fateful story of an ancient pre human artifact of great power, and the people who found it.Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized interstellar human civilization the artifact might save or destroy Collectors want the Dancer pirates take it, rulers crave it, and they ll all kill if necessary to get it This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.
    The January Dancer By Michael F. Flynn The January Dancer Spiral Arm Michael Flynn Dec , The January Dancer is a highly interesting blend of space opera, mystery, thriller, and old Irish tunes Although it starts with a bold opening scene of the discovery of a pre human artifact, it takes a while to unfold completely and there are many characters which only gradually evolve into protagonists or not. The January Dancer Spiral Arm, by Michael Flynn Sep , The January Dancer is a pre human artifact that moves slowly and constantly, without being seen to move It is the Mcguffin that bring all the characters in this sprawling novel together, eventually The first scene, where the Dancer is found, is a great peek into an alien culture. The January Dancer by Michael Flynn, Paperback Barnes Jun , Full of rich echoes of space opera classics from Doc Smith to Cordwainer Smith, The January Dancer tells the fateful story of an ancient pre human artifact of The SF Site Featured Review The January Dancer The January Dancer is, first and foremost, an entertaining Science Fiction novel of the old sort nearly a Space Opera, with mysterious aliens including legendary prehumans , desperate planets, people searching for a way back to Old Earth, an enigmatic object, travel through warp space that makes sense and the nature of which matters, and plenty of color Perhaps appropriately, Michael Flynn THE JANUARY DANCER by Michael Flynn Kirkus Reviews Discovered deep within a nameless planet and subsequently lost by freighter captain Amos January, the mysterious pre human statue known as the Dancer soon surfaces on New Eireann, a future Ireland in the midst of its own troubles. Michael Flynn The January Dancer Mervi s Book reviews Jun , The January Dancer begins with a frame story a nameless female harper in the Bar talks with a scarred man who tells her the story of the Dancer or Twisting Stone They are on Jehovah, a planet which seems to be populated by religious humans who are Title The January Dancer The January Dancer Michael Flynn Tor . xvi Michael Flynn writer Michael Flynn was the first author winner of the Robert A Heinlein Medal, a lifetime achievement award given by the Heinlein Society on the advice of its Awards Committee Dr Yoji Kondo, Chairman Other Heinlein Medal winners include Greg Bear , Larry Niven, and Jerry Pournelle. Academy of Arts at January s West Virginia s Premier Dance Performance Training Since Providing a nurturing and creative atmosphere where students and their parents fall in love with da nce Two convenient locations in Charleston Teays Valley.
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    1. Michael F. Flynn

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.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 softer sciences such as sociology in works such as In the Country of the Blind Much of his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact Flynn was born in Easton, Pennsylvania He earned a B.A in Mathematics from LaSalle University and an M.S in topology from Marquette University He has been employed as an industrial quality engineer and statistician.

    880 thoughts on “The January Dancer”

    1. I don t know about this one I mean, it feels pretty awesome on so many levels, and yet the characters kinda fell a bit flat for me.I totally recommend this novel for the wild and weird adventure of the Immovable Force, aka the Dancer as it bends the wills and minds of entire civilizations, the world building of the Rift, a lawless portion of space and it s civil war and so oddly Irish characters, and the sense that so much is going on that it s really hard to follow the enormity of it Drunks, sc [...]


    2. High 3.5 stars_The January Dancer_ is a very good space opera I wish it had tipped over into great There is a lot going on here to love a sufficiently deep future history created through the liberal use of allusion that references any number of existing earth cultures heavily relying on Celtic and cultures from the Indian subcontinent along with some pretty swell creations of Flynn s own the Hounds, those of Name , the Terran Corners, the Rift, the People of Sand Iron, etc in which the diaspora [...]


    3. I m torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars for the moment, I ve settled on 3 It s definitely than 3 but I want a few days to pass while I digest the book because I ve read a few lackluster efforts recently and I want to be sure I m just not overcompensating for finally finding something worth reading and fun.As you may have surmised, I very much enjoyed this space opera It reminded me a bit of Iain Banks Culture books in the irreverent style of writing and the variety of worlds Flynn can just b [...]


    4. This is the second book I ve read by Michael Flynn, the first being Eifelheim Both Eifelheim and The January Dancer have beautifully written, well crafted, and practically self propelling stories taking place in vivid settings at once alien and familiar, with characters you believe and characters you don t, and you re not always sure which is which.And in both books Flynn feels the need to interrupt those gorgeous main stories multiple times with secondary plotlines It seems apparent that the se [...]


    5. 4.5 to 5.0 stars A superb and original space opera that is incredibly well written The world building is excellent, the characters are dynamic and very well drawn and the plot is intelligent, complex and terrific If you are looking for smart, original space opera than you have found it Highly Recommended


    6. I feel like there are very few moments when it is not a mistake to have a character or the narrator declaim about the intrinsic difference between men and women, particularly when it s used lazily to limit women s emotional range When it s off the cuff, that s annoying When it then goes on to shape the women characters in the book because apparently that s really what the author thinks about women, then the irritation grows.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in pol [...]


    7. 3 Stars The January Dancer by Michael Flynn is a high style literary science fiction I wish that I could have gotten into it than I did I know that I missed a great deal The writing is the center point of the whole story It is quite flowery in an old literary school fashion I wanted to love it butI should have loved this one but didn t Maybe another day.


    8. Michael Flynn s Eifelheim is one of my favorite science fiction novels It takes SF in a direction I d never seen SF go before So, when I heard about The January Dancer, I was very anxious to read it and delighted when I found it on the shelves at my library I thought The January Dancer was a beautifully written, very creative story I really enjoyed the way Flynn created a future that involved humans from different planets talking in different dialects I like how he brought the different planets [...]


    9. I m a fan of Michael Flynn I ve enjoyed six of his novels and I expect to read many This particular book is well written, and I wouldn t discourage other science fiction fans from giving it a try, but it didn t suit me at all My one star rating means I didn t like it , not It s a terrible book I ll forgive a lot if the writing is good, but with this book there seemed to be style than substance At the halfway point I realized that I didn t care about any of the characters, I didn t find the uni [...]


    10. A fable set in mythical Ireland in the far future, only it s a spy story I can t make that sound any less ridiculous, but it s played perfectly straight and it works great Humanity s first interstellar civilization was forcibly diaspora d a millennium later, the fragments have rebuilt an uneasy cluster of stellar nations while clinging to their mish mash of half remembered Terran history Result people with names like Ringbao della Costa think it s perfectly natural to write Little Hugh O Carroll [...]


    11. As I said about Joe Abercrombie after reading THE HEROES not to long ago, where has THIS guy been all this time I want With that encouraging start, The January Dancer henceforth TJD is the first story in a Space Opera series called The Spiral Arm I ve seen reference to Michael Flynn in relation to what is being called the New Space Opera , which, I suppose lumps him in with the late great Iain Banks and other writers There was not that much new about this Space Opera, it was a classic MacGuffin [...]


    12. Finished Well, not quite.Giving up because no matter how hard I try, I can t get into this thing Although it is billed as a space opera, it s like hard as diamonds SF with an abundance of purple prose Bailed at 48% I confess, I bought it because it passed the first page test Everything in the universe is older than it seems Blame Einstein for that We see what a thing was when the light left it, and that was long ago Nothing in the night sky is contemporary, not to us, not to one another Ancient [...]


    13. I m not going to attribute my enjoyment of this novel to a definite craving for good space opera science fiction, because aside from that fact, it s simply an excellent piece of story telling set in an intriguing and original far future universe that could host many good novels in the future I hope Flynn will decide to write them.The novel s framing story is mostly set in an inn A mysterious harper has tracked down a man for a story As he tells the story about the Dancer, an alien artifact acci [...]


    14. I don t think I ever labelled a book pretentious before, so this will be a first But that is precisely what this story is pretentious It is filled with self righteous characters strutting about and emoting about their own importance imagined or otherwise quite a bit, but when all was said and done, I felt that this was a story filled with sound and fury that signified nothing Now, it was NOT a tale told by an idiot the basic story is a good one an alien artifact that can bend the will of others [...]


    15. In the tradition of MJ Harrison Light and told with the detached ironical tone of the author s The Wreck of the River of Stars this is a superb literary space opera novel.Written in a Celtic laden language which gives it an archaic feel that complements its far future, space opera setting, The January Dancer tells the story of how the Universe went insane once an obscure crew member of a down on luck tramp freighter stopping on a nameless world for repairs, shifts a backhoe and touches a stone l [...]


    16. Almost five stars.A well told story of galactic proportions Interesting main characters, though almost clich s A junior partner s crush on a senior rings false Science as a near myth worse a religion losing out to technology go figure is a nice touch Historic figures as gods to far distant future was well played Earth itself as an almost forgotten myth is good Loved the Anycloth with embedded technology.The framing story was a good way to maintain interest and introduce uncertainty Yeah, it s be [...]


    17. This is my second book by Michael Flynn and he does not disappoint I have come to appreciate his style of writting It is true that he takes longer to tell a story than neccesary, but I enjoy the process There are several characters to keep up with, but they are well developed enjoyable to read He builds a universe that is vast and complex This makes it a little hard to follow the geography, but he has a map in the front of the book.The plot is interesting and he even suprized me a little in the [...]


    18. Gave up after the first few paragraphs couldn t get past the precious, cliche ridden prose used to just set the scene at a bar Gah.


    19. A space opera tale of intrigue, mystery, adventure, and romance, all revolving about the Dancer, or the Twisting Rock, a prehuman artifact of strange abilities, and spanning wondrously detailed star systems, with a detailed back story.It opens with a harper coming into a bar the only bar on the planet Jehovah and seeking out the scarred man there for the story, so that she can make songs of it Or so she says.So he weaves her the tale, with no less than three beginnings a tramp spaceship that fou [...]


    20. 3.5 stars, if I could give it that.I experienced this as an audiobook and my mind wandered a bit, though it s no fault of the novel I was just in a distracted state early on and missed some key points I tended to lose track of the characters and the story however I kept listening in spite of this because of the language and the ambiance In many ways that is why we read space opera, is it not This work is chock full of everything one could want in a space opera It seems to be paying a loving homa [...]


    21. I m thinking this is one for the science fiction book club to discuss The January Dancer is a pre human artifact that moves slowly and constantly, without being seen to move It is the Mcguffin that bring all the characters in this sprawling novel together, eventually The first scene, where the Dancer is found, is a great peek into an alien culture The idea of Immovable Objects vs Irresistable Force was eerie and horrifying The novel contains several points of view, although it is really a story [...]


    22. Everything in the universe is older than it seems Blame Einstein for that We see what a thing was when the light left it, and that was long ago Nothing in the night sky is contemporary, not to us, not to one another Ancient stars exploded into ruin before their sparkle ever caught our eyes those glimpsed in glowing nurseries were crones before we witnessed their birth Everything we marvel at is already gone.So begins The January Dancer a modern space opera full of the action, politics, and myste [...]


    23. Although there are flashes of greatness, there were several barriers to complete immersion into the story there are dialects, argots and slang riddling the story add to that the fact that each character seems to use several names and it becomes a muddle to pick the thread of the tale out of the mire There is a listing of characters, which helps, but inexplicably the map of space is missing places in the story Finally, the story is told by a man with scars sitting in a bar This person was somehow [...]


    24. This was hard for me to get in to largely because, like Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles, it s framed as a flashback story with frequent interludes that return to the storyteller s present and are developed enough to become an auxiliary plotline In this case, though, the secondary story was too sketchy to be than a distraction The main tale, about the re discovery of a purported alien artifact that compels obedience to anyone who holds it and the subsequent wild scramble by several partie [...]


    25. Not bad, but not my favorite book either I can t put my finger on what it was, I enjoyed most of the characters in the story there was lots of action even the way the story was told was interesting enough Maybe it was that a couple of the plot thickeners were added to late for my taste In fact I felt the story was lacking until most of the way through the book and then it was as if it lacked what it needed to keep that level of intrigue and information going I know, vague reasons, yet I found my [...]


    26. The main story is space opera in a setting where humanity has dispersed from Earth far enough to have lost contact but no so far that there s no continuity of cultures Bonus space opera subversion points are awarded for ships that are hampered by the lack of port facilities Some points might be subtracted for racism, but it might be legitimate social commentary.The frame story, however, turns it into almost a mystery, as one character recounts the events to another, subtly telegraphing future ev [...]


    27. I haven t had a piece of science fiction do than just entertain me since I read Kim Stanley Robinson s Mars Trilogy In this case, Flynn has written a very futuristic story in one of the ancient story telling forms that of the Medieval minstrel set Each chapter of the story accomplishes a certain mood and force, which are explained and defended by those telling it a scarred man and a harp player in a Mos Eisley style spaceport bar The extra dimension of revealed narrators gives the story a rich [...]


    28. This review is really 3.5 stars Some parts of this book felt messy, as if the author wasn t sure where he was going next But overall it was an enjoyable experience in a very interesting universe Having set up this vast universe full of barely introduced worlds and tomes of unexplored history, as well as only doing a minimal amount of tying things up in the end, I look forward to much to come.


    29. Dit boek is voor de fijnproever, de denker, de science fictionliefhebber Ik kon zien dat het prachtig is, maar bleef er zelf een beetje buiten Het is een boek als een symfonie neem er de tijd voor en het betaalt zich terug Maar ik zal eerst nog wat eenvoudigere science fiction lezen voor ik bij dit soort boeken terugkeer.


    30. Becoming one of my favorite books The audio book by Stephen Rudniki is superb I wish he had narrated all four in the series.


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