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Soothsayer (Oracle Trilogy Book 1)

Soothsayer (Oracle Trilogy Book 1)

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by Mike Resnick

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Readers of Santiago and Mike Resnick's other exciting and evocative novels know that the galaxy's Inner Frontier is filled with some mighty dangerous characters, such as the Iceman, the Mouse, Merlin, the Yankee Clipper, the Mock Turtle, and more.

But we'll bet you didn't know that the most dangerous person on the Frontier, perhaps the most dangerous human or alien

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Soothsayer (Penelope Bailey Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wmichael More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of the Oracle trilogy. It's about a woman named Mouse (which is not her true name) stumbled a girl called Penelope Bailey, who had extra-ordinary ability to see different outcomes of the future and acted upon the "best" outcome. As a well known trope, they need ed to evaded plenty of bounty hunters and experienced plenty of adventures. This is an easy read, similar to a Hollywood blockbuster, with lots of action sequences, cross-and-double cross, and peculiar death(death by slipping). The universe is both bizarre and beautiful. The action is complete and wonderful. Mike Resnick is a gifted writer who can write so real that we read as if we are experiencing the events through the characters' eyes. This serves as a good intro for the trilogy. However, I think the characters are somehow flat. Mouse, Merlin, Iceman. Yankee Clipper, etc. They are wonderful people. But there are not enough screen time for them to shine. Mouse was just like a nanny after "rescuing" Penelope. Her reason and motivation for rescuing Penelope was not shown clearly. That makes her "betrayal" of Penelope and her death by Penelope seem abrupt. The ending rushes, too. I don't think the resolution is good though the Mexican standoff seems awesome but unbelievable. Anyway the story requires build-up in the first book and I'm looking forward to the second the third books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Rescuing a little girl in trouble sets the thief, Mouse's, life on wild ride. Penelope is a seer, able to see all possible outcomes resulting from the choices that lie a few seconds ahead of her. This makes her valuable, dangerous and in danger. Leaving behind her mentor, Merlin, Mouse takes the girl on an intergalactic quest for safety from the bounty hunters who want her dead or imprisoned. With the help of the Forever Kid, an Immortal who seeks to either die or see others to their deaths, the young woman and child stay one step ahead of danger, until a desperate gamble takes a bad turn that forces Mouse to make a choice she never anticipated. ...............*** With surprising twists, Mr. Resnick presents his readers with a true moral dilema that will make them think. More in depth characterization would have made this a more fascinating novel; nonetheless, it is thought provoking and disturbing. ***
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first ever e-book I have bought and I intend to now buy every e-book Mike Resnick has written. I am not a fan of sci-fi but found myself somehow drawn to this book. A warning; you will not be able to stop reading this novel. Soothsayer is incredibly fast paced, wonderfully original, intelligently written, and extremely easy to read. The story and characters are the result of a true craftsman. Buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit to being a big Resnick fan, but this trilogy, I believe, represents works by an author at the height of his powers. When you finish, you will not believe the story arc when you look back. Resnick's writing style is very unique and entertaining. I read these on my PocketPC on long train rides. Perfect!