Monday, November 30, 2015


Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt
Idgie Says:
I call this a "gentle" sci-fi story.  Everyone in general acts very moderately toward what I would expect to be an earth-shattering, chaos causing event in the world.  

To find space portals on our earth that take us to other worlds and not have the government immediately take over or for us to enthusiastically and hurriedly explore every single door we could open as we move through the universe... unheard of.  

At times the pace made me insane as I couldn't believe they weren't hurtling through those doors to see what's out there.  

But at the same time, Jack's writing remained true to what I enjoy about it - which is heavily character driven, each person a living being you can relate to.  This is fairly rare in Sci-fi where often the science tends to overshadow the people. 

I found the final chapter far too calm of an outcome for such a large discovery on earth.   The ending made it very clear it was the end - no where to go for a sequel. 
I wish the story had a bit more push and desire to explore in it, but enjoyed it nonetheless.  

 Click HERE to read an excerpt.

About Thunderbird
Penguin Random House
December 1, 2015

The Nebula Award–winning author of the Alex Benedict novels and the Priscilla Hutchins novels returns to the world of Ancient Shores in a startling and majestic epic.

A working stargate dating back more than ten thousand years has been discovered in North Dakota, on a Sioux reservation near Devils Lake. Travel through the gate currently leads to three equally mysterious destinations: (1) an apparently empty garden world, quickly dubbed Eden; (2) a strange maze of underground passageways; or (3) a space station with a view of a galaxy that appears to be the Milky Way.

The race to explore and claim the stargate quickly escalates, and those involved divide into opposing camps who view the teleportation technology either as an unprecedented opportunity for scientific research or a disastrous threat to national—if not planetary—security. In the middle of the maelstrom stands Sioux chairman James Walker. One thing is for certain: Questions about what the stargate means for humanity’s role in the galaxy cannot be ignored.

Especially since travel through the stargate isn’t necessarily only one way…