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JANUARY FEATURE #1: The Explorer by James Smythe

The Explorer

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky
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Re: JANUARY FEATURE #1: The Explorer by James Smythe

It's been a long tim since a science fiction novel has received this much prepress hype. In my experience, that means one of two things – it's either really good or really bad.

 

The Explorer – about a journalist all alone in deep space – is being called genre transcendent.

 

Tor.com called it "essentially exemplary: a short, sharp shock of a story from an author who deserves to do as well for himself as he does by us. It’s perfectly plotted, smartly characterised and rife with insight and excitement."

 

But the Kirkus review concluded with: "Readers looking for character-driven fiction and prepared to forgive the ridiculous setting will be gratified; science fiction fans will not."

 

I'm intrigued and will be reading this within the week.

 

Paul

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky
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Re: JANUARY FEATURE #1: The Explorer by James Smythe

Sadly, this was an underwhelming read. (My full review is below.) What made it so frustrating was that it could've been sooooo much better. The science fiction elements were just too weak for me – but I loved the cynical undertone. I wish that the author had racheted that up more...

 

 

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Explorations-The-BN-SciFi-and/James-Smythe-s-Latest-Novel-Off...

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky