Originally posted by: @RUTGERS.ARPA:LAURENCE@SU-CSLI.ARPA
Date: Thu, 24-Jan-85 16:32:38 EST
Posted: Thu Jan 24 16:32:38 1985
Date-Received: Mon, 28-Jan-85 07:12:55 EST
Organization: Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.
From: Laurence R Brothers
I just read KNIGHT MOVES, by, I think, Walter Jon Riddell (whom I have
never heard of). It reminds me very much of CALL ME CONRAD by Zelazny.
The style is very close to Zelazny's, though somewhat inferior, as I
see it, or at least extremely variable. There are some very good
spots, but there are a few stretches where a bit of tedium sets in.
I won't include any material which might be considered a spoiler, but
the main theme is that of change in society, along lines previously
explored to some degree by Dickson in his Childe Cycle and others
with Future Histories that concern themselves with periods in between
the development of slowboat interstellar travel and FTL (Niven comes
to mind immediately). Add to that a dash of the zany ultra-dimensional
weirdness to be found in some of the books by Rudy Rucker and you
pretty much have a stylistic description of the book. I recommend it
though, as, so far, the best of the month's crop of paperbacks.