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Up Jim River by Michael Flynn

01/03/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Up Jim River in the USA - or Buy Up Jim River in the UK

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pub: TOR/Forge. 462 page paperback. Price: $ 7.99 (US), $ 9.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-6282-7).

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I swear writer Michael Flynn sells his books purely by their titles. Like the first book in this series, ‘The January Dancer’, ‘the second one, ‘Up Jim River’, certainly sounds interesting. On page 337, the term is explained as being in real trouble. Although this story is set in the far future, Flynn gives references to 20th century terran terms that you would think would be pretty obscure by then and even a modern reader might question. I mean, would you think California would be a place remembered a millennia into the future and on a far-off world? The only reassurance you would have is that particular state in the USA would have survived all its earthquakes.

If you like stories that depend on word texture more than plot then this book is for you. You learn more about the plot from back cover than having to wade through three-quarters of the book to discover that the characters are seeking one of their mothers trapped on an alien ship, although they don’t know that until they get there.

This doesn’t necessarily mean the book isn’t readable. You might be like me, reading on to find out what is going on but it requires a different kind of mindset cos the personalities of the characters don’t particulary gel and if you read for that, then this book isn’t for you.

There must be readers out there who enjoy Science Fiction for word texture because Flynn apparently does have a fan base, it’s just that I don’t think this will appeal to the majority of you reading this website.

GF Willmetts

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