Author: Pat Murphy
Length: 320 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
3.5 Stars out of 4
Review by Suzdal
3½ Stars out of 4
Pat Murphy has been a favorite author of mine ever since I read The City,
Not Long After (sadly out of print). Each of her books so far has been
quite different from the last. A post-apocaliptic novel, a werewolf
"western", a fantasy (Falling Woman) and now, with There and Back Again a
Space Opera retelling of The Hobbit.
Obviously she's not predictable. And that's a good quality when you're
retelling a well-known story in a new setting. And here she pulls it off
beautifully. She doesn't just replace 'hobbit' with 'norbit' and
leave it at that. At the same time that she keeps the story true to the
original *and* stay within the stablished conventions of the good old
fashioned Space Opera she manages keep it fresh and come up with dazzling
new ideas and concepts. All that and good old story-telling, you want to
know what happens next and are rewarded for your interest.
If you've read the Hobbit and you like spacefaring science fiction this is
probably for you. Think Heinlen or Van Vogt with a good-humored
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