Viewpoints Critical: Selected Stories

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Author
L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Author . Tor $25.95 (350p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1857-2
Reviewed on: 01/28/2008
Release date: 03/01/2008
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This impressive collection of reprints dating back to 1973 and a handful of new stories displays Modesitt's breadth of experience and knowledge to great effect. “The Great American Economy” mocks those who micromanage the national economy for political advantage. “Rule of Law” elegantly revives the age-old topic of computerized justice. “Iron Man, Plastic Ships” draws powerfully on Modesitt's experience as a navy helicopter pilot in Vietnam, as does “The Swan Pilot,” a modernized fairy tale with a twist. “Beyond the Obvious Wind” connects with the Corean Chronicles as “Black Ordermage” and “Sisters of Sarronnyn, Sisters of Westwind” do with the Recluce saga. As in Modesitt's novels, eloquent prose and skilled characterization are evident, only slightly diminished by occasional outbreaks of slow pacing. Readers will find this an excellent showcase of a very fine writer's highest quality work. (Mar.)

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