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If you could sum up The Dark Lady in three words, what would they be?
Creative, entertaining, memorable.
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I read this book about 30 years ago and still remeber enjoying reading it. The main character is a very non-humanoid alien which makes it a creative and intriguing read/listen. The performance is well done!
An alien art expert tracks paintings of a mysterious woman, made over millennia by various men. Isn't that a great start for a novel?
Like the typical Santiago novel, Resnick takes us for a ride across the stars, meeting the most improbable characters in the most unreasonable locations and who just do not want to do what we expected them to do. The reading is amazing and takes us all the way from the beginning to the end of the book.
But the "good idea" does get old very fast as the book tends to fuel the intrigue through artificial new meetings in the story. This is the style that made Santiago great but it feels less worked out here. About half-way in the book, the story runs out of ideas is a forced-in with a new character which, in my opinion, is not well-constructed. The worst part is perhaps the ending, or is it just a summary of the entire book, with an attempt at poetry that simply ends up as seeming pointless with no real closure.
I would not recommend this book except for those who are true Resnick fans.
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