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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday - The One-Eyed Man by L. E. Modesitt

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment by L. E. Modesitt
Sept 17, 2013 (Tor Books)

The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human life span. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted, even if it means uprooting the human settlements.

Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara, freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for: Stittara’s atmosphere is populated with skytubes—gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes’ role in the planet’s ecology—if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn.


While I'm woefully behind on a pair of his fantasy sagas, Modesitt is an author I always enjoy settling down with for a read. This one sounds like a 'big idea' kind of novel, which is precisely what I look for in Fall reading - something to contemplate and consider after all the summer blockbusters.

6 comments:

  1. OOh sounds intriguing!

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  2. Interesting pick. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I read Modesitt a few years ago (the Imager series) but I always found his style difficult to get into. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I remember thinking certain elements of the story were too vague. I'll be on the lookout for your review to see what you think.

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  4. Now that sounds interesting. I've never heard of it before but I love the premise! Great pick.

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