Tuesday, August 22, 2006

CSFF Blog Tour, Day Two: Kathy Tyers

Most of the blog tour-ists are focusing on the praised FIREBIRD trilogy.

Today, I'm gonna take you down a different spacing lane, one that leads to a SHIVERING WORLD.

Shivering World made the preliminary list of Nebula best novel nominees in 1992. Connie Willis won that year for her DOOMSDAY BOOK. Kathy, nonetheless, joined a distinguished fellowship on the list of preliminary nominees who didn't make the final ballot, a list that included Ben Bova, Kathe Koja, Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey, Lucius Shepherd, Robert Sawyer, and--pay attention, Elliot--Tim Powers, among others.

If you want to read an excerpt, drop by CBD. Their blurb says:

"Dr. Graysha Brady-Phillips is suffering from a disease that causes weakness and early death. When she's offered a position on planet Goddard, where the average life span exceeds 150 years, she leaps at the chance. The colonists' radical---and illegal---science might be her only hope for a cure. Can Graysha convince the rebels to trust her, even though her mother is their worst enemy?"

I bought this book a while ago and promptly misplaced it in my chaos. I have found it and plan to read it soon. I am persuaded to do so VERY soon by reviews such as the following:

At Edenstar:

"Author Kathy Tyers has done an outstanding job of attending to the details of world-building in this novel. In a world where wood is scarce, desks and beds are made of concrete. Though the science involved in terraforming and in the cooling trend does get a bit heavy, Tyers handles it well by providing Graysha with a student in her lab, the troubled teenage stowaway who arrived on the shuttle with her. For those who enjoy hard science fiction, Shivering World is an excellent addition to the literature.

But be warned: If you're the sort who abhors mixing hard science fiction with a romantic subplot, this is not the novel for you. I'm not, and I loved it."

At Book Loons:

Kathy Tyers is in her element, combining world building, expertise in microbiology and suspenseful tension in another splendid read. I enjoyed her uniquely named creatures - in a world where wood is scarce, desks and beds are made of concrete and animals are known as 'halfers', 'yabuts', 'gribiens', and 'Dutchers' (weasel-crossed lynxes). Readers will find themselves so immersed in the action that they will attempt to finish this book in one sitting - and everyone should have a pet gribien named Emmer, and at least one yabut or two! The conclusion is open-ended with indications for a sequel. I hope so!

At Rambles:

Shivering World has a LOT to offer. There's a murder-mystery (along with several murder attempts), a planet-wide scientific conspiracy, two parent-child relationship dramas, gender-role reversal, bio-religious ethical dilemmas, corporate bureaucratic commentary AND a love story. What else do you need?

After those recommendations, perhaps you want to join me in soon hitting the pages of SHIVERING WORLD?

Please visit the blogs and sites of the following Blog Tourmates and gleefully, fearlessly, wackily, or agreeably comment on the tour's topic:

Jim Black
Beth Goddard
Rebecca Grabill
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Elliot Hanowski
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Jason Joyner
Tina Kulesa
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Cheryl Russel
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith


Elliot said...

Hey, you had my attention with "Connie Willis!" :-)

Elliot said...

But yes, Shivering World is quite good.