Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Rynemonn: Leopard Dreaming - Terry Dowling

Rynemonn overall is probably most similar in tone to the first book of the series, Rynosseros, as Tom's story comes to end, with the growing inevitability of conflict. Here he is not as focused on what is going on inside his head, having gained some answers, but instead is undertaking a journey with more of a focus on his physical environment.

This book collects some earlier stories, and adds several new stories and nine short pieces between each of the other stories, until the final three that appeared in Forever Shores are left, uninterrupted, to close the book.

The tribal attacks on the Coloured Captains are increasing, and a final confrontation is what this is all leading to as his allies try and give Tom time to work out what he is and what is going on.

Again, this book, while not quite as good as Rynosseros or Blue Tyson is still an outstanding piece of work, with a story average over 4.

This is the conclusion to the best and most ambitious Australian science fiction series ever written, and one of the best, ever, period.

While unashamedly Australian, if you enjoy Cordwainer Smith, for example, this should be your sort of thing - someone else who used an Australian setting, too.

Get it while you can, there are never many of these books printed it seems.


Rynemonn : Doing the Line One - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : A Woman Sent Through Time - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Two - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : The Maiden Death - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Three - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : No Hearts to Be Broken - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Four - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Fear-Me-Now - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Five - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Ships for the Sundance Sea - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Six - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Swordplay - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Seven - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Tesserina and the Target Man - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Eight - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : The Bull of September - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Doing the Line Nine - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Coyote Struck by Lightning - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Coming Down - Terry Dowling
Rynemonn : Sewing Whole Cloth - Terry Dowling


Tom goes to talk to Khoumy the Belltree to tell him a story, and get him to talk to and be included by the other trees.

4 out of 5


A Clever Man asks for Tom's aid in helping an artificial woman.

3.5 out of 5


Tom tells Khoumy what to ask about.

3.5 out of 5


Tom gets involved in the plot of a clever belltree and a family of deathworkers, and is caught in a confilct with a strange lifeform, running desperately before the wind.

4.5 out of 5


A Belltree overhears Ab'O conversation with an agent to be sent after the Blue Captain after the past failures.

4 out of 5


Tom finds out something he doesn't like about the Bird Club, and talks to Pilot the belltree.

3.5 out of 5


Tom names the Rogue Belltree that named the Coloured Captains.

4 out of 5


Tom helps the mayor of Indian Beach investigate a rash of strange deaths where people's eyes turn blue.

4 out of 5


The Yellow and Red Captains meet for drinks to discuss the overall situation the Coloured Captains find themselves in, and enjoy a pleasant interlude.

4 out of 5


Tom is hitching a ride with an Italian captain, who carries some archaeologists and a National haldane researcher, as well as an Ab'O construct woman.

4 out of 5


The Yellow and Red Captain again have their monthly meeting, but a tribal assassin is in place.

4 out of 5


Desperately weak after participating in mindwar for real, an AI sword that has lost its owner wants to use the last of its lifeforce to kill Tom, as he tries to reason with it.

3.5 out of 5


With Tom still out on the Line, the Five Captains meet at Balin, knowing they must choose a successor. With a list of possibilities, the Gold Captain throws out a name, and the others agree with the choice and that their opposition will be mightily not pleased.

4.5 out of 5


A heavily pregnant woman, abandoned, alone, is found by Tom.

3 out of 5


An old Twilister belltree overhears more tribal discussion of the Blue Captain and what will be done about him.

3.5 out of 5


Tom and a friend and many others are coereced into attending a bizarre entertainment.

4 out of 5


The Coloured Captains gather at Balin and get word that they have been formally called to the Air, 500 ships to their 7, as they discuss what to do.

4 out of 5


A rebel faction cell arranges to get information to Tom under cover of a different indigenous project.

5 out of 5


Old fashioned travel forms, as a Princess' subterfuge gets Tom to yet more unexpected help from another famous Captain, as the world watches.

5 out of 5


The Coloured Captains gather, called to the air to battle, outnumbered over 140/1, as they do what they can to save the Rogue, Rynemonn. However, the tree has a protector still at work, and Tom's enemies make a flaming serious mistake with Rynemonn alive.

5 out of 5





5 out of 5

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