Finished Encrypted a few weeks ago, enjoyed it a lot. I liked the way the author created a great story with interesting characters building on her world from the Emperor's Edge series. Both Tikaya and Rias came across as full fleshed living people who you could imagine easily from their descriptions. And the young Sicarius just sounded sad. I fully recommend this book.
I found the premise of this story intriguing, other worlds that used Earth as a waystop and learing laboratory, who chose not to pursue our technology, but engaged in war using medieval weapons. I got caught up in the characters and their stories, so I was very disappointed in the way it ended. It was like the author decided to just quit, and I felt abandoned on the side of the road with no answers about what happened to my fellow travelers. The writing was well done till then, the author did a great job in creating a culture and describing it and the environment. I would not discourage someone from reading this story, just know you might be upset in how it ends.
Reading these novels have been like a turn back into time with Edgar Rice Burroughs or early Robert Heinlein, space opera supreme. Hero's, villains, voluptuous, curvaceous, gorgeous women who can fight and make love equally well. Family dramas, love triangles, seething members and juicy tunnels. The prose reads like one of those early 50's stories also, so formal, so wordy. But it has hooked me in and kept me reading, and boy do I wish I could meet this "Ron" and have some serious private time with him.
on Sep. 02, 2013
I found this to be a well written short story that scared me as to how accurate it might become. Roger's struggle to come up with the funscreen credits to be in the big quiz resonates with how I anxiously try to accrue enough harvests to create a part. And it is all made up, it isn't real, but the stress and anxiety and pleasure are. Mr. Falconer could be the next Robert Heinlein.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it brought back an excitement that I hadn't felt in a while when reading science fiction. When I was 10, I discovered science fiction in the school library, an author named Andre Norton, who was really Mary Alice Norton, a librarian and so much more. She wrote of space adventurers, cops, rangers, and animals that were our equals and partners. Telepathy, cultures, love, hate, anger, politics, but told simply and clearly. Strong women and men, who I could look up to and want to emulate, want to be, especially the telepaths who could communicate with animals. I found that excitement again with Ms Reason's characters, her cultures, worlds, galaxies. Our search for love, and purpose. Her explanations and descriptions rang true to me. I look forward to more of her writings.