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Soothsayer (Penelope Bailey series) [Paperback]

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Mouse, a hard-bitten, cynical woman and professional thief, finds herself in deep trouble when her attempt to rescue a seemingly helpless little girl has potentially deadly consequences in this brilliant and haunting installment of Santiago-inspired adventure. Young Penelope has long had a price on her head, and Carlos Mendoza now knows how she has outwitted her captors---and the awesome powers behind her success. As Carlos moves in for the kill, Mouse is hard-pressed to preserve her life, defend Penelope, and in so doing, save humanity. For Carlos "Iceman" Mendoza, only one thing becomes clear: in a universe of giant men, ruthless bounty hunters, and interstellar war, his greatest fear is this one girl.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100512  
ISBN13  9781932100518  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Janis Ian began her career as a singer-songwriter in the 1960s with "Society's Child." In 1975, she won her first Grammy Award for the self-penned song, "At Seventeen" . Since then she has had #1 hits all over the world, sold more than 10 million albums, and had her songs recorded by such diverse artists as Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, and John Mellencamp. She shows no signs of slowing down, recently beginning yet another career as an audio book narrator (which earned her a ninth nomination and second Grammy in 2013 for Society's Child: My Autobiography). Among her current projects are The Tiny Mouse, her first children's book; a series of master classes with the Stella Adler School; tours of Europe, the United Kingdom, and Japan, a young adult novel, and a series of new recordings.

Mike Resnick currently resides in Cincinnati, in the state of Ohio.

Mike Resnick has published or released items in the following series...
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Super Reader  Aug 31, 2007
Penelope is a young girl with a superhuman ability, she can see a short distance into the future. She is no Fafhrd, so runs into Mouse, who becomes her protector.

A bounty hunter has been tracking Penelope for a long time, as she is seen as a threat to plans of the powerful.

Mouse the thief has probably gotten in over her head.
Good read.  Jul 1, 2005
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. ***

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
sorry, didn't work  Feb 18, 2003
The story itself didn't work for me.

Yes, the characterization was pretty good.

Yes, the precog element was well thought through.

No, that's not enough.

The story was told from the Mouse's viewpoint the whole way through -- right up to the very end, and then there was an abrupt switch. It added, I suppose, to the surprise, but I thought it was a fundamentally dishonest way to deal with the reader. Come on, play fair! Anyone can think through precog and throw around intriguing characters. It's not enough. Bring it together and make it work.
Thumbs down.

Resnick creates living words.  Aug 22, 2000
I was a fan of Mick Resnick well before I picked up Soothsayer, but this was one I just couldn't put down. His style reminds me very much or Heinlein because neither the topics, nor the situations are forced. Even as far fetched as sci-fi is by it's nature Resnick paints such a vivid scene with every word that I found myself falling into the plot.
Grand space opera!  Jan 4, 1999
I had never heard of Mr. Resnick until I found five of his books in a library sale. Now he is one of my favorite authors. Penelope Bailey is one of the most intriguing characters I have encountered in all of fiction. I loved the colorful characters: The Forever Kid, the Iceman, the Mock Turtle, etc. The only problem with the book , is it is to short, and the characters could have stayed around longer.

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