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Friday, August 31, 2007

Reviews for The Longevity Thesis - Reactions so Far . . .

"This beautifully written, action-packed story is full of mystery, suspense and pathos. Jennifer Rahn weaves an intricate tale about a young boy who is an outsider. He loses his mother at an early age and this profound loss shapes his entire destiny, by leading him into the field of medicine where he becomes fascinated with prolonging life.

Our protagonist faces much adversity and many obstacles in his quest for answers to the search for immortality and longevity. A classic tale of good versus evil that keeps us on the edge of our seat, rooting for Antronos to succeed."

Sigrid Macdonald
Author of D'Amour Road

"Who knew that the hallowed halls of academia were actually dark tunnels rife with intrigue, racism, murder and magic? The Longevity Thesis is Approved and Dr. Rahn graduates summa cum laude as the new face on the speculative fiction's Dean's List."

Timothy Reynolds
Author of Stand Up & Succeed

"In the desert, magic swirls through reality, as death spirals through life. Antronos is desert-born, transformed by it from human to a half-reptilian outcast. After his mother's death, he seeks the vast underground human community, free of the desert's uncanny influence. Despite his pariah status, he rises through the university, becoming the high prince Jait's personal physician and an associate of Sen Vernus, lead researcher in causes of mortality. Danger lurks behind such knowledge. In the deep pit of power and intrigue, friends turn enemies, and enemies become allies, some reverting, others not, through twists and turns of intrigue and terror. Antronos must come to terms with the desert he escaped if he is to understand the true meaning of longevity.

The Longevity Thesis is a curious tale, told in smoothly flowing prose. Often moody, sometimes touched with affectionate tolerance, Ms. Rahn's prose shifts easily between poetic expression and down-to-earth characterization. Like Peter Beagle's work, the story carries you along in a river of thought, only to let you emerge wondering how you got there. On occasion, I felt disoriented, wondering if the entire story was an extended metaphor that I didn't quite grasp. It probably is. But as with Beagle's work, one can read for surface story or for deeper meaning and be satisfied with either.

I found The Longevity Thesis to be both intriguing and unsettling. Fantasy novels often do not require great thought of a reader�one simply goes along with the ride. For Thesis, however, a reader can't just ride the waves of a story. Instead, you dip your feet into philosophy and moral thinking without quite realizing you've done it until afterwards, when your mind doesn't quite settle down again.

If you enjoy intrigue and magic, as well as delving into the delicious terror between life and death, you'll quite probably enjoy this book as much as I did."

Jeanette Cottrell
Author of The Shadebinder's Oath

"The Longevity Thesis is at turns darkly primeval and disconcertingly modern, grimly macabre and life-afirming: compounded together, these ingredients create a powerful and unsettling tale. The Temlochti State University is the centre of scholarship in an underground land, where the inhabitants have so long avoided the desert above them that many now regard the stories of its magic as mere superstition. Antronos, who has been touched by that magic, knows better. But even he does not suspect what ancient and unnatural beings are at work within the University itself, until his desire to study longevity places him in their power. Jennifer Rahn is a daring new voice in dark fantasy, and I hope that she will give readers a chance to explore this world further."

Jennifer Kennedy
Author of Dominion

"This book sucks. The villian was too hard done by. All copies should be destroyed by fire."

Sen Vernus
Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Temlochti University


Melanie Faith said...

That is so great and so inspiring to read about your great reviews. I think one of the most fulfilling things in this world is writing a novel--followed up only by finishing one. As I have been slaving away for nearly a decade on one story, I wouldn't know what that feels like... must be awesome. ^_^ Congrats on all the exciting, adventurous elements in your writing career.

Jennifer Rahn said...

Thanks Melanie! Yeah, it took me over ten years to figure out how to write properly, or at least in a manner acceptable to an editor. (Who was Sigrid BTW, and she's awesome.) The best advice I ever got for pulling a book together was to "storyboard" it. Each major event was written on a separate card, and these were arranged like a movie storyboard. Every scene had to have a cause and consequence, or it was removed. As for how it feels, it starts off as deeply satisfying, like your birth was just validated, then it gets exciting as the book comes together in final format, and now with the release date less than two weeks away, I'm just plain scared in an OMG-what-have-I-done kinda way. Despite that, there's no way I'd turn back now!

sfgirl said...

Cool, Jen! Awesome reviews and very deserved. And good advice on pulling a book together. I was never one for outlines/storyboarding (claiming to be a purist who followed the muse of her characters) but it was only when I went that route that I finally started publishing my stuff...