Over the course of the novels, Sagan’s writing has developed and matured; he handles the complicated plot of Everfree with seemingly effortless dexterity, and opts for a wide-open canvas and an almost conversational approach, rather than allowing the book to be boxed in and drowned in details. This keeps the story moving along at a brisk, fresh pace without sacrificing anything in the way of tension or character.
It's a very nice compliment--I certainly like to think that I'm evolving as a writer. Self-improvement is important to me. You can read the complete review here.
SPOILER WARNING: If you've yet to read Idlewild, you might want to finish it before clicking on the link.
We're capable of so many wonderful things, and at the same time we're a dangerous and shortsighted species that may carry the seeds of our own destruction in our DNA," [Nick] said.
That tone may remind some folks of Nick Sagan's father, who sounded the alarm over the potential for nuclear winter more than 20 years ago.
Today, the Cold War is history — but in this post-9/11, post-anthrax age, there's still enough paranoia to go around. And Nick Sagan's prescription isn't all that much different from what his father would have prescribed.
"I would say that there are skills that are needed to live in a society, and take advantage of the positive and avoid the negative. The most useful tool is a combination of science and skepticism, to be critical of the motives of people who are trying to play on other people's fears," he said.
Good stuff. You can read the complete article here.
SPOILER WARNING: This article touches on some key plot points in the book, so you might want to delay clicking on the link until after you've read Everfree.