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Up Jim River (2010)

by Michael Flynn

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Series: January Dancer (2)

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There is a river on Dangchao Waypoint, a small world out beyond Die Bold. It is a longish river as such things go, with a multitude of bayous and rapids and waterfalls, and it runs through many a strange and hostile country. Going up it, you can lose everything. Going up it, you can find anything. The Hound Bridget ban has vanished, and her employer, the Kennel (the mysterious superspy agency of the League), has given up the search. But her daughter, the harper Mearana, has not. She enlists the scarred man, Donovan, to aid her in her search. With the reluctant assent and financial aid of the Kennel, they set forth. Bridget ban was following hints of an artifact that would "protect the League from the Confederacy for aye." Mearana is eager to follow that trail, but Donovan is reluctant, because whatever is at the end of it made a Hound disappear. What it would do to a harper and a drunk is far too easy to imagine. Donovan's mind had been shattered by Those of Name, the rulers of the Confederacy, and no fewer than seven quarreling personalities now inhabit his skull. How can he hope to see Mearana through safely? Together, they follow Bridget ban's trail to the raw worlds of the frontier, edging ever closer to the uncivilized and barbarian planets of the Wild.… (more)
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The novel begins and ends with the Hound and a question. Still, as such novels go, whether they're adventures or Space-Operas or many-vista'd hues of gorgeous untamed planets, they're full of stories and stories within stories.

This one has all of the above, and for those who really enjoyed Bridget Ban and Donovan from the previous novel, you're in for a treat.

Not that you'll be seeing all that much of the missing Bridget, but you will see a lot of her daughter who's searching for her. Even the Hound has given up.

My reaction to the novel? It was decent. I liked it more than the first, strangely enough, and there was plenty of interesting language stuff in this one, too. After all, the Holy Search for the Grail is ACTUALLY Coriander. Both are lost in deep time and have joined each other as mythical legends of the greatest of all quest items.

Coriander. Alas. Coriander. :)

Fun stuff. The action is good, too, and so was Donovan. Gotta love split personalities. :)

I hope to enjoy the next with as much fun in it. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
A thoroughly enjoyable book. The world building is excellent, the writing is good, and the characters are fun and engaging. ( )
  Sandra_Ruiz | Nov 24, 2018 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3065653.html

Got this because I have enjoyed a lot of Flynn’s other work, but I bounced hard off it and gave up after 70 pages. Discovered only afterwards that it is the second in a series; maybe I would have done better to start at the beginning. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 23, 2018 |
A difficult but worthwhile book to read. On it's simplest level this is the story of a quest to reunite a daughter with her mother, separated by time and a secret mission But the story is much much more. Flynn weaves into this quest the search for a powerful weapon that can reverse the fortunes of the once powerful Terran empire.
Through the story Flynn weaves story of the human diaspora. This is story of what happens after a war is lost.and human toll of being on the wrong side of history. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
This novel picks up sometime after The January Dancer and carries on in the same wild vein of a mythical quest element crossed with a sometimes madcap universe, where nearly everything is so old that the real meanings have been forgotten but which the astute reader can sometimes unpick.

"Up Jim River" is a phrase that Mearana the Harper, daughter of the 'Hound' known as Bridget Ban uses, and it means as it sounds, 'up the swanee', as we would say. Bridget is missing. The Hounds, a sort of Sherlockian space detective agency, have tried and failed to find their lost operative ,so they encourage her daughter, and the Scarred Man, to try and find her. The Scarred Man is now internally split into seven different personalities,
and while the quest is Mearana's, the Scarred Man is also on a quest of sorts for inner peace.

As with the previous volume, the yarn is deep and its threads are complex. The serious side is offset by plenty of comedy. There are betrayals and acts of bravery. While a resolution is reached, there seems to be plenty more stories left in this universe. ( )
  AlanPoulter | Sep 10, 2011 |
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This is her song, but she will not sing it, and so that task must fall to lesser lips.
There is a river on Dangchao Waypoint, a small world appertaining to Die Bold. It is a longish river as such things go, with a multitude of bayous and rapids and waterfalls, and it runs through many a strange and hostile country. Going up it, you can lose everything. Going up it, you can find anything.
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There is a river on Dangchao Waypoint, a small world out beyond Die Bold. It is a longish river as such things go, with a multitude of bayous and rapids and waterfalls, and it runs through many a strange and hostile country. Going up it, you can lose everything. Going up it, you can find anything. The Hound Bridget ban has vanished, and her employer, the Kennel (the mysterious superspy agency of the League), has given up the search. But her daughter, the harper Mearana, has not. She enlists the scarred man, Donovan, to aid her in her search. With the reluctant assent and financial aid of the Kennel, they set forth. Bridget ban was following hints of an artifact that would "protect the League from the Confederacy for aye." Mearana is eager to follow that trail, but Donovan is reluctant, because whatever is at the end of it made a Hound disappear. What it would do to a harper and a drunk is far too easy to imagine. Donovan's mind had been shattered by Those of Name, the rulers of the Confederacy, and no fewer than seven quarreling personalities now inhabit his skull. How can he hope to see Mearana through safely? Together, they follow Bridget ban's trail to the raw worlds of the frontier, edging ever closer to the uncivilized and barbarian planets of the Wild.

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