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Kristine Smith (1)

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Works by Kristine Smith

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Misspelled (2008) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity (2012) — Contributor — 106 copies
Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar (2018) — Contributor — 21 copies

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Other names
Gordon, Alex
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
Illinois, USA
Occupations
Writer
Awards and honors
John W. Campbell Award (2001)

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Well written, interesting plot, protagonist well developed. Humanity has met an alien race and the start of a kind of melding of the two species has begun through a process of 'augmentation'. However some missteps have taken place and the process is not generally known by the public. Who is augmented is also not easily identifiable.
The book plays off of multiple themes of intrigue which plays well in today's atmosphere where numerous conspiracy theories are held by a significant number of people. Smith was somewhat prescient as she wrote/published this in 2015...well before the latest onslaught of conspiracies which have flowered in the days of covid, vaccine mandates, and the shut down of society. (Of course the Trumpian era was on the verge of exploding, so there was that.)
I did not find the story to my taste and thus have only given 3 stars...others may well think far more highly of it as it is really very well written.
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thedenathome | 9 other reviews | Jul 25, 2022 |
Quite a dense prose to work through, does not make for easy reading and takes a long time (if any) to start getting interesting.
 
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kantr | 3 other reviews | Aug 26, 2020 |
Tougher than nails Jani Kilian is hardly herself, being cyborg and disguised and caught in a political/personal situation of utmost complexity without the alien idomeni, and their priest who sees her as his successor. The only standout here is the flavor of the alien connection, and really Jani isn't all that.
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quondame | 9 other reviews | Nov 10, 2019 |
Didn't quite work for, but was engaging throughout.

Jani, is currently living in disguise having fled from one of huamn's rare battles with the aliens. Up until that point she'd been one of the privileged few who understood their viewpoint. But after her transport was bombed she was repaired in secret, and escaped to make peace with the universe. Hence she's more than a little disquieted when her former boss's son /lover turns up at her hideaway, asking her to investigate his late wife's past.

Essentially there's too much thrown together without quite enough explanation or leavening. Jani is supposed ot be an augmented kick-ass independent heroine. Which would probably be enough for a story on it's own. Instead we get an alien species in some detail - and plenty of hints at other species but no details, some weird document based technology, the implications of which are not described but merely used as plot devices, all sorts of human politicking - again more than enough for a story of it's own - and a few other loose ends thrown in as well. None of it quite gels together. Jani stutters a bit as well, form being kick-ass, to just not managing to cope.

The series continues but doesn't interest me to pursue it.
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reading_fox | 9 other reviews | Nov 4, 2016 |

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