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Reviews for The Tales of the Continuing Time ““Ambitious, successful... the stuff of high drama – achievement, tragedy, love, heroism, loyalty, dreams – handled easily ... If Moran can keep this up, he will gift us with one of the greatest series in memory. Don't miss.” – Tom Easton, Analog “A fine, fast ride.” – Locus “Full of intrigue, excitingly presented against an origin Reviews for The Tales of the Continuing Time ““Ambitious, successful... the stuff of high drama – achievement, tragedy, love, heroism, loyalty, dreams – handled easily ... If Moran can keep this up, he will gift us with one of the greatest series in memory. Don't miss.” – Tom Easton, Analog “A fine, fast ride.” – Locus “Full of intrigue, excitingly presented against an original and well-thought out background.” – Asimov’s The Last Dancer is the third volume in the science fiction epic Tales of the Continuing Time. The year is 2076. Three survivors of the Castanaveras genie massacre will help Occupied America celebrate her tricentennial in renewed revolution. For Trent the Uncatchable and twin telepaths, David and Denice, nothing is certain – not the future, not 60,000 years of human history, not even their loyalty to each other. Although Daniel Keys Moran’s 5-star rated paperbacks have long been out of print, hardbound limited editions are listed as high as $400. All four books in the series, Emerald Eyes, The Long Run, The Last Dancer, and the long-awaited newest installment, The AI War: The Big Boost are now on sale as e-books.


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Reviews for The Tales of the Continuing Time ““Ambitious, successful... the stuff of high drama – achievement, tragedy, love, heroism, loyalty, dreams – handled easily ... If Moran can keep this up, he will gift us with one of the greatest series in memory. Don't miss.” – Tom Easton, Analog “A fine, fast ride.” – Locus “Full of intrigue, excitingly presented against an origin Reviews for The Tales of the Continuing Time ““Ambitious, successful... the stuff of high drama – achievement, tragedy, love, heroism, loyalty, dreams – handled easily ... If Moran can keep this up, he will gift us with one of the greatest series in memory. Don't miss.” – Tom Easton, Analog “A fine, fast ride.” – Locus “Full of intrigue, excitingly presented against an original and well-thought out background.” – Asimov’s The Last Dancer is the third volume in the science fiction epic Tales of the Continuing Time. The year is 2076. Three survivors of the Castanaveras genie massacre will help Occupied America celebrate her tricentennial in renewed revolution. For Trent the Uncatchable and twin telepaths, David and Denice, nothing is certain – not the future, not 60,000 years of human history, not even their loyalty to each other. Although Daniel Keys Moran’s 5-star rated paperbacks have long been out of print, hardbound limited editions are listed as high as $400. All four books in the series, Emerald Eyes, The Long Run, The Last Dancer, and the long-awaited newest installment, The AI War: The Big Boost are now on sale as e-books.

30 review for The Last Dancer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ric

    This is a hard enough book to understand without at least some idea of what the previous books in the series are about. Here is quick summary: Book 1 - Emerald Eyes, pub. 1988. 5 stars. Introduces the genegineered humans, or genies, characterized by green eyes. They win emancipation from the government but are subsequently nuked by the Peacekeepers, or PKF. Several manage to escape. Book 2 - The Long Run, pub. 1989. 5 stars. Features the genie, Trent. The PKF continue their search for the survivor This is a hard enough book to understand without at least some idea of what the previous books in the series are about. Here is quick summary: Book 1 - Emerald Eyes, pub. 1988. 5 stars. Introduces the genegineered humans, or genies, characterized by green eyes. They win emancipation from the government but are subsequently nuked by the Peacekeepers, or PKF. Several manage to escape. Book 2 - The Long Run, pub. 1989. 5 stars. Features the genie, Trent. The PKF continue their search for the survivors and get on the track of Trent. But Trent takes them on a long, perhaps unlikely chase through Occupied America, the Lagrangians and Luna. Book 3 - (this review), pub. 1993. Book 4 - The A.I. War: The Big Boost, pub. 2010. About a big boost, perhaps? Book 5 - Lord November, only the first 2 chapters are published and available on the author's blog page. In total the supposed plan was for a 30-book series. DKM became a little more ambitious with Book 3, broadening his canvas with more focal characters and expanding the Continuing Time universe back by about 50,000 years. Also, there's quite a few obscure segments which appear to be setups for some future aspect of the story but do not have direct bearing on what takes place in this book. The first part of the book centered on Denice Castanaveras, one of the surviving genies. Her back story is engaging and filled with quirky turns that recalls the story of Trent from Book 2. Next, book 3 introduces Sedon/Obodi, and his hunter Dvan. Both are imbued with some special abilities that allow them to survive through the prehistoric period. There are several other focal characters, and if you are familiar with DKM's style, he constantly switches POV throughout the narrative, making it tough to follow the individual threads. But he does conclude with a monster mash-up similar to that of Book 1, where various forces come into play at the same time and place. While I enjoyed following the experiences of Denice, none of the other characters were interesting or sympathetic enough to engage. This much I can say about DKM's style, he seldom telegraphs his punches and the story can turn dynamic and consequential at unexpected points. That's probably the most enjoyable part of the reading experience for Book 3, the surprise twists. I think if this book had stayed more on Denice that it may have worked a lot better for me. As it is, it is still a good 4 star read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Fennig

    This book makes me reluctant to read any forthcoming Continuing Time books. After devouring Emerald Eyes, The Long Run, and The Last Dancer in the course of a week or so, I found myself at the end of the series, wondering what on earth I had just read. So I restarted it. Emerald Eyes was good, of course, and The Long Run is a delightful romp. The Last Dancer is unparalleled. If you're willing to take the time and think about the metaphysics that are hinted at in the story, and consider the impli This book makes me reluctant to read any forthcoming Continuing Time books. After devouring Emerald Eyes, The Long Run, and The Last Dancer in the course of a week or so, I found myself at the end of the series, wondering what on earth I had just read. So I restarted it. Emerald Eyes was good, of course, and The Long Run is a delightful romp. The Last Dancer is unparalleled. If you're willing to take the time and think about the metaphysics that are hinted at in the story, and consider the implications of what's going on you'll suddenly see a massive vista questioning the nature of good and evil, truth, and how we define ourselves in a universe that doesn't seem to care. Okay, perhaps I have a tendency to wax rhapsodic about this series, but it certainly deserves higher accolades than it has ever received. For one thing, given the time it was written, it's one of the more original stories out there. For another, it manages to tell a complete story without feeling like it ties every thread off (it doesn't). After reading these three books, you have a fairly complete picture of the story of the Castanaveras family, and that can be enough. I almost want the story to be over, because to tell more would feel like an add-on. DKM has often claimed that he has the entire story arc of the Continuing Time roughed out in his head (and I rather believe him), but the arc of these three books is so well crafted, so finely balanced between telling enough and telling too much, that I'm quite satisfied. I will read The AI War eventually, I'm sure, but for now, I'm happy imagining that the series consists of these three books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    This has been on my "want to reread" list for a long while. But I was always aware it was a long book and I kept putting it off. Clearly that wasn't necessary as I read it in about 3 days. I was kind of surprised at just how much I loved it and ended up giving it a 10/10 because the reading experience was so good. There are some things about it that had dated a little, but as a whole the story is surprisingly good in 2018. There's one more after this, written much more recently. I'm not sure if I' This has been on my "want to reread" list for a long while. But I was always aware it was a long book and I kept putting it off. Clearly that wasn't necessary as I read it in about 3 days. I was kind of surprised at just how much I loved it and ended up giving it a 10/10 because the reading experience was so good. There are some things about it that had dated a little, but as a whole the story is surprisingly good in 2018. There's one more after this, written much more recently. I'm not sure if I'm going to go on to that, or if I'll wait and see if any further books are forthcoming.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott James

    Fantastic continuation of a wonderful story This book was written long ago, about a future that's yet to come. Morgan's prose is masterful, and sweeps you up j to that world with effortless grace. I could go on, but there are more books in this series on my kindle, and I have got to k kw how the story ends.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Great characters, interesting ideas, but it jumps around a lot with unclear writing at times.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arthur

    In the 80's, everyone and their brother seemed to recommend that I should read Daniel Moran's "Continuing Time" series. It took me over 20 years to find all the books (yes, they were THAT rare for a long time), but Amazon finally published The Last Dancer in ebook format and I was able to read one more book - I read Emerald Eyes about 10 years ago, and The Long Run a few years after that, but haven't been able to find The Last Dancer until now. While I freely admit that DKM was relatively good a In the 80's, everyone and their brother seemed to recommend that I should read Daniel Moran's "Continuing Time" series. It took me over 20 years to find all the books (yes, they were THAT rare for a long time), but Amazon finally published The Last Dancer in ebook format and I was able to read one more book - I read Emerald Eyes about 10 years ago, and The Long Run a few years after that, but haven't been able to find The Last Dancer until now. While I freely admit that DKM was relatively good at predicting some technological trends (esp. regarding the internet (still in its infancy compared to what DKM imagines it becoming) - he was certainly very accurate about his prediction that governments would end up being very heavy-handed and draconian in their attempts to control the internet and that it would be a large controversial issue in society!), his ability to write convincing characters is a bit lacking, I think. This book was especially bad in that respect - the main heroine, Denice Castanaveras, is...well, the best way to describe her, imo, is "chaotic". For most of the book, I had a pretty clear idea of WHAT she was doing, but no idea WHY. Some of this is certainly attributable to her young age, and part of the theme of the book is about her finding herself - I get that. Her actions, even given that premise, seemed contradictory and inconsistent and her motivations were always inscrutable. Even after she supposedly "finds" herself near the end of the book and chooses a path that seems to be the life-affirming goody-two-shoes, the last line of the book has her doing an action that just seemed VERY contradictory to that path and, from my viewpoint, seemed to come out of left field. Most of the other characters in the book are the same way - inconsistent and unpredictable. Maybe DKM is trying to make a point that people are unpredictable and he's being more subtle than I'm giving him credit for, but .. I don't think so. In any case, I'm glad I finally read the book because it's been a LONG quest to find it, but I have to admit to feeling somewhat let down. For all the hype, I expected better. Oh well - it was certainly far from the WORST book I've read, and there were parts of the book that I genuinely enjoyed (the Dvan/Sedon background subplot and Dvan's telling of his history, for example), so looking at it objectively, it's worth reading. I just don't think it was worth waiting 20 years for.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ryan McCormack

    A fantastic book in many ways, though frustrating in some. In particular, I didn't feel like the ending worked here. It was a bit too Star Trek, where everything wraps up in a neat little bow quickly at the end. Even so, this book finally digs into the weird future-bending narratives that the first two books only alluded to. Keys-Moran manages to create a rich cast of harassers and explore lots of interesting ideas. Another great read in the Continuing Time series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wm Pope

    Re-reading this book after many years. Moving, repacking, trying to decide what books stay and what books go. This one will stay. The Last Dancer is well written and presents some interesting moral and philosophical questions. It ties physicality to spirituality and questions how physical attainment (perfection?) is tied to morality. It examines the quality of selfishness and contrasts it to duty and service.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I like Denice Castanaveras so much, that I'd gladly be her. Robert Dazai Yo is the teacher I always wished I had. Trent is the lover/best friend that makes me wish someone wrote me letters like that. And then there are the rest of the people whose stories are told in this book...they too are remarkable, well-crafted, seem real. One gets the sense that DKMoran is truly one of the most inventive, wise, startlingly likeable thinkers of our time. Bloody good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    jackie

    wow!! lei wang recommended this book to me, and it took me awhile to get down to finding it (not in libraries, not available on kindle, i ended up buying it second-hand on amazon), but really glad i did. an epic sci-fi story that spans tens of thousands of years and isn't totally philosophically depressing... i think i may have started from the end of this series, but i'll be checking out the rest of them. =)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Will Wesson

    I picked this up because it was a staff recommendation at an indie bookstore in Portland, despite the caveat that the other books in the series were out of print. It's a ripping good read, and that was fifteen years ago, when you had to make the rounds of used book stores and dig for things. Brilliantly encompasses everything the far future was supposed to hold back then, it's pretty perfect.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    It is important to read the first two books in this series before tackling this one. The plot is teasingly, pleasingly tangled, and your thought process is just as important as the written words. Over all, a rewarding read, albeit difficult.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Althia

    Awesome book, Denise and Trent and all the others. This was science fiction in the most literal sense back when I first read it. I wanted to be in this world! It was scary as hell but seemed worth it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiaret

    this was a great book, it really influenced the way I looked at things. The whole thing with dancing and killing, it made a lot of sense. If you are going to be good at something give it all kinds of rituals and meanings.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Steendam

    I picked up this book a few years ago at a second hand store just by chance and was immediately hooked. Upon finding out it was the third in a series I quickly went in search of the other two. My only complaint is that there are only 3 books in the series. I wasn't ready for the story to end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    I liked it. Not quite Weber or Ringo quality but worth a read. After buying the first three books from Amazon i realized you can download them for free in DKM mirror website. Go to the wiki for him for a link.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jefree

    A far reaching drama of the somewhat near future with a large array of memorable characters and a thick plot. Great action scenes and practical philosophy. The story is told from all sides. Stands alone in the series as far as I'm concerned.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Just reread this book by once promising and now little known author. "Hard" science fiction, near future, well executed preview of the emerging new web from a late 'eighties vantage point. All that with strong of off-beat anti-authoritarian anarchist politics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Hull

    This book got panned in Publisher's Weekly but I enjoyed the hell out of it years ago. I wonder if it's still any good or if that was the opinion of a younger version of me....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Nicolai

    What an ending!!! I won't spoil it for you... but wow. As for the rest - lots of drama, a bit too much infodump. Overall a very good story and well worth reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jimm779

    One of the best science fiction book I have every read and I've been reading for 40 years.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luis

    Frustrating - I love what the author is trying to do, but just can't help but think he bit off more than he could chew. Still, a fun read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Last Dancer (Limited Edition) by Daniel Keys Moran (2002)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Free from ManyBooks.net

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Armstrong

  26. 5 out of 5

    Postironical

  27. 4 out of 5

    J. Morgyn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Weaver

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  30. 4 out of 5

    bkwurm

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