by: Nancy Kress
by: Tina Morgan
Nancy Kress' novel Probability Moon
attention from the very first page. The novel moved at a
steady pace and made for a very entertaining read.
As primarily a fantasy reader, this novel did not
overwhelm me with hard terminology. There are a few
places where Ms. Kress delves into the field of physics
and most hard sf readers should be entertained as well.
It is a very nice blend of fantasy and science fiction.
The setting is a rich, vivid world filled with
interesting characters. However, the characters could
have been stronger. The POV jumps between approximately 7
to 9 different characters. I would have preferred to have
seen that narrowed down a bit. In my opinion, the story
should have either stayed with David Allen and chronicled
his downward spiral a little closer, or gone with Ahmed
Bazargan and allowed David's story to unfold through his
eyes. The jumps between Anne, Gruber, Bazargan, David and
Enli should have been narrowed down more.
I would also have like to have had a better idea what
happened before the humans arrived to cause Enli to be
declared 'unreal'. At first Enli is thinking that she had
to be tough to kill her beloved brother, but later in the
story, it is implied that he committed suicide. I
finished the book still unsure what had happened though I
did have a good idea as to why.
Bazargan was well rounded and I enjoyed reading about him.
His penchant for Persian poetry softened his politician's
facade and made him a very interesting character. The
novel maintained its pace and quality throughout and keep
me wanting more until the very end.
An entertaining read, I give Probability Moon
* * * * 1/2 stars.
* * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* = Slow, difficult to read, could have been
* = Imminently