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The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment

The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment [Kindle Edition]

L. E. Modesitt Jr.
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A provocative, enthralling story. --Booklist on Empress of Eternity --Modesitt presents three very different civilizations confronted with relevant problems, and interweaves their fate with some seriously challenging and intriguing speculations on the nature of time itself.... [Modesitt] approaches his best when combining practicalities with new ideas.--Kirkus Reviews on Empress of Eternity--Action-packed space opera-cum-hard-boiled detective story. Modesitt cleverly weaves together disparate threads of information to form a complete tapestry.--Publishers Weekly on The Elysium Commission--This psychological sf thriller by the prolific author of the multivolume Recluce fantasy series incorporates carefully delineated characters with believable far-future scenarios. Modesitt's fans as well as readers of hard sf should appreciate this story of imminent interstellar war.--Library Journal on Haze--Independent science-fiction consciousness-raiser, from the versatile and dependable Modesitt.--Kirkus Reviews on Haze--Superior science-fiction adventure writing. The plot moves compellingly, the characters are distinct and identifiable.Science Fiction Weekly on The Eternity Artifact --Various

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The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human life span. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted, even if it means uprooting the human settlements.

Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara, freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for: Stittara’s atmosphere is populated with skytubes—gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes’ role in the planet’s ecology—if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn.
The One-Eyed Man is a thrilling new far-future science fiction novel from New York Times bestseller L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765335441
  • Publisher: Tor Books (17 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQY7U6A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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No matter what anyone claims, writers are made, not born, and what and how they write is the result of just how they were made... or how they made themselves. I began by writing poetry, which was published only in small magazines, and then went on to write administrative reports while I was a U.S. Naval aviator, followed by research papers, speeches, economic and technical studies, and policy and briefing papers. Along the way, I've been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for U.S. Congressmen; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association.

As a result, my writing tends to incorporate all of the above, in addition to the science fiction I read from a very early age. After close to sixty published novels, and perhaps a score of short stories, it's fairly clear to me that "what kind of writer" I am for readers tends to depend on which of my books each reader has read.

Along the way, I've weathered eight children, a fondness for three-piece suits [which has deteriorated into a love of vests], a brown Labrador, a white cockapoo, an energetic Shih-tzu, two scheming dachshunds, a capricious spaniel, a crazy Saluki-Aussie, and various assorted pet rodents. Finally, in 1989, to escape nearly twenty years of occupational captivity in Washington, D.C., I escaped to New Hampshire. There I was fortunate enough to find and marry a lovely lyric soprano, and we moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 1993, where she directs the voice and opera program at Southern Utah University and where I attempt to create and manage chaos in the process of writing.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disaponting book 3 April 2014
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Disaponting book by L. E. Modesitt jr not at the same top level as other books from him. (As "Imager Portfolio" or "Saga of Recluse").
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 22 Jan 2014
By C. Gale
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I always enjoy L E Modesitt's stories and The One Eyed Man was no exception.
Just wish that it had been a usual full length book rather than a short novelette.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A typical Modesitt Science Fiction novel 30 Dec 2013
If you have read more than one of Modesitt's science fiction novels then you could almost predict his hero. Intelligent and much more perceptive than most of those around him, physically active and with combat skills. This time he isn't a pilot or ex-pilot but given that the story mainly takes place on one planet and with little flying that doesn't matter. This is a typical book in other ways, a complicated series of events are happening and it is up to us the reader as well as the protagonist to pick up the clues that are hidden throughout the book and solve the issue of what is going on before disaster occurs.

It is hard to really like the protagonist and aspects of his character don't always ring true e.g. if he is so perceptive then how comes he and his wife were divorced in the manner it happened. This isn't one of his truly classic books but it is still much better than many of the other science fiction books written as it requires an intelligent reader to appreciate it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars present 23 Oct 2013
By Sue
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Book ordered as agift for reader of this author but had not appreciated that the author writes in several genres and the recipient was not a fan of this particular genre - rather he prefers the sagas - book unread
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern sci-fi classic 18 Sep 2013
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One thing you can always count on L.E. Modesitt Jr. to give you is a real morality tale. He asks the tough questions about how far we are willing to go to and what we are willing to sacrifice, pointing out as always, that there WILL be sacrifices. Deciding what the sacrifices will be is never easy, but that tension makes for a great tale.

In a move that is a bit unusual, L.E. Modesitt Jr. begins this sci-fi fantasy in a divorce court. Dr. Paulo Verano is left wondering what to do with his share of the nothing, wondering if he will even be able to keep his business alive. Also, most unusually, one of the supporting characters speak in cryptic rhymes. The subtle use of short snippets of poetry at the beginning of some chapters serves to create an image of a wealth of culture in the mind of the reader, building the world without resorting a boring infodump.

Paulo, as a protagonist, is a real departure for Modesitt, in that he is not the naïve likeable young man usually found at the beginning of a Modesitt tale. Instead we meet a bitter, cynical and paranoid man. Paulo jumps at the opportunity his job offers him, glad to leave his selfish, ungrateful daughter and exwife behind, both in terms of distance and time. His reasoning is, during the short (to him) time he is gone, 145 years will have passed on his home world. They will have grown old and forgotten him, and his financial holdings will have recouped his losses.

Paulo's cynicism and inability to trust affects each of his relationships. Of the passengers he travels with on the ship, none are what or who they appear to be. Several are lying as to their identities. Once on Stittara, he can't be sure who is lying, and he is not sure who will harm him. He is not sure what his investigation will uncover, or how far those affected will go to protect their empires.

The world is vividly drawn in small strokes, emerging gradually as the tale progresses. The plot never stalls, and the action is both believable and engrossing. As always in Modesitt's work, music and the quest for love are a large part of the tale.The events that unfold, taking Paulo to the final crisis had me obsessively clicking to the next page, unable to put my Kindle down. A wonderful read for true sci-fi lovers.

My only issue with this book is the incredibly high price the publisher set for the Kindle download. $10.99 in today's market is highway robbery and may well keep the eBook sales down, which may be the publisher's misguided intention.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This novel should be titled 'The Sleepy-Eyed Man'... 1 Nov 2013
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This novel should be titled, 'The Sleepy-Eyed Man', because that’s what happened to me every time I sat down to read this semi-monotonous work. I liken this novel to watching grass grow. How exciting can this statement be?(to paraphrase): “He packed his monitors back into the equipment case and headed back to Passova (for the seemingly hundredth time).” How intoxicating can a doctor of ecology be looking for possible environmental problems on a planet 73 light years away from his home planet? Yes, there are interesting skytubes in the sky, but with only a few pages left we still don’t know what they are. We do know that our hero, Dr. Paulo Verano, likes a pale lager with dinner. Whoopsy daisy! Even Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, as a symbolist, has a more stimulating endeavor. When Dr. Verano visits the Outie communities of planet Stittara to check on the environmental conditions, the response he gets is, “You want to monitor the crops first?” Doesn’t that get your blood pulsing? Okay, maybe I’m a little too hard on this veteran author’s latest work. I know that he has written 56 sci-fi and fantasy novels. That’s why I am so disappointed. I expected this stand alone novel to be a near classic, instead da book stay cold (Hawaiian pidgin). I’m trying to be nice.

The exciting part of the novel was thinking about the trip Paulo Verano, a Doctor of Ecology, made from his home planet of Bachman to the planet of Stittara.The novel starts off with Paulo Verano going through a nasty divorce on the planet Bachman. Since he lost most of his monies via the settlement, he jumps at the chance to go to a new planet and examine it’s ecological status. Considering Bachman gets it’s life doubling anagathics from Stittara, it’s in their best interest that everything is okay ecologically. Paulo wins the contract to check out Stittara’s environmental balance and report his findings to Unity’s Systems Survey Service on the planet Bachman. This is the fun part, Paulo figures that a round trip to Stittara and one month on the job will take about three months, even though the planet is 73 light years away. Some fast spaceship, right? Well, remember Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, E=MC2? The C being the speed of light. Although Paulo will only be gone three months on his round trip (if he stays there a month),146 years would pass by on Bachman by the time he got back. His monies would have recovered, his wife would be dead or very old and most likely she would have lost interest in Paulo. What a plan!

Once he gets to Stittara, the novel really drags. There are way too many characters and I found it hard to remember who they were and what they did. Then the reader meets the 400 or 500 year old, Ilsabet (she is the one on the book’s cover), who only talks in rhymes. Paulo must deal with countless Multis (corporations?) and staff. His investigations bring him to another boring group called the Outies. And does anybody really know what those skytubes are? Why is the sky a purple/gray, the grass a brownish/purple/gray? We never find out. And what distance does a ‘kay’ represent? It can’t be a mile, or a meter since the author uses those terms in the novel. What time measurement is a ‘stan’, a minute, an hour? Who knows since it’s never explained. Okay, I do get ‘duhlar’ as a substitute for a dollar. And do we have to say oneday, twoday, threeday, etcetera; in lieu of, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etcetera. I’m not even going to get into the characters names, there are way too many with odd names and innuendos. There is actually a conclusion to this novel, since it’s a rare stand alone novel by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., who normally writes a series of books. If you want to know how Paulo’s investigation of Stittara ends, you will have to scuffle through your own copy.

Now, what did I like about this book, besides all the shuteye I got? Well, it was nice to read a book where the characters ate. Yea, they had breakfast, lunch and dinner. Paulo even exercised some mornings. No, they didn’t go to the bathroom, or have sexual contact. I also thought that Mr. Modesitt’s writing skills were superb, he just wrote a tediously dull novel. He had what could have been an interesting plot-line, but he left out all the gusto and gingerbread. Oh well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looser Wrapped, which is a Good Thing 17 Dec 2013
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Notes and genesis/predecessor short story included - I love that kind of thing!

As to the story, it is absolutely standard Modesitt... but with the intensity dialed back to a lower level - say to 4/11 - so the textures can be appreciated. The protagonist does a workmanlike job, is not the toughest super-powered SOB around, and doesn't kick over the chessboard when crossed or threatened. Fans of the usual Modesitt product may find it too mild; I thought it made the most of its finer points.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very slow with little action. 1 Nov 2013
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This is an exceedingly slow to develop story. Very little happens even after 150+ pages. It feels like a short story streached into a novel with endless descriptions of meals, room descriptions, descriptions of setting schedules etc.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I did it! 7 May 2014
By Chuck Moran - Published on
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What did I do? I made it through this book. It was a mighty struggle. I read two other books while reading this one, but I kept coming back to it because I thought Modesitt was going to suddenly surprise me. The only surprise was that I was bored right to the end. I am a huge fan of the Recluse series, the Imager portfolio and the Spellsong series. There are many great stand-alone books as well. This was not one of them.
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