Don't be fooled by the B Grade movie made from this novel. And don't be fooled by whatever strange stories you might hear about the author. This is a GREAT science fiction book. I didn't expect to love it, but I did.
It's always wonderful to find a new author you really like. This book could be just another first contact book, but it manages to break the mold. For once, mankind is not shown as some kind of weak race, easily overcome by aliens. Instead, we are portrayed as actually stronger in many ways (not all of them positive) than our newfound allies and enemies. The main character is likeable, if almost a parody of pacifism. My favorite character is Caldaq, the Massood with a conscience, who is torn between the need for any alliance that might help defeat the Amplitur and his fears that the violence of mankind might tear the Weave apart.
The start of the Deryni series. I wanted to love them. I read 9 books from the series. They were quite good in some places and not that great in others. The author spends far too much time relating every small detail of the religious beliefs of the characters and it slows the story down in places to a crawl.
This prequel is a must-read for anyone who loves the Deathlands series. With that said, it is a bit disappointing in comparison to some of the other books in the series. It's just not in the same league with the better volumes.
I wanted to love this book. I didn't. I liked it in some places and was bored in others. I found myself skimming (and even wanting to skip) some portions. It would have been a better story without the 'instructions' on how to actually make a quilt.
Most times, the movie isn't as good as the book. I think, in this instance, the movie is better. However, the book is quite good. My favorite character, by far, is the incredible, slightly-deranged, outspoken Libby Holden. Even though I knew the storyline, it held my interest and was just the right mix of funny, sad and disturbing. This is not my usual choice of genre, but I'm really glad I read it.