A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz

Word Lily review

A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz, The Dark Trench Saga book 1 (Marcher Lord Press, October 1, 2009), 308 pages

Sandfly is a debugger, in a future ruled by sharia law. Debuggers manage machines and are owned by masters. Sandfly is sent into orbit to figure out what went wrong on an experimental, highly classified deep space voyage.

Before I read A Star Curiously Singing, I couldn’t keep the name of this book straight. After reading it, I doubt I’ll forget the title.

    My initial impressions were overwhelmed by nit-picky details:

  • It took me a few pages to get up to speed on the sci-fi tech speak.
  • A lack of editing; the wrong word was used on a number of occasions.
  • The bad (crooked) trim job on the pages
  • The first-person was a bit awkward at times, it took me awhile to get used to it.

But as time has passed (I read it several months ago), I’ve come to love this book. This is one of those books I’ve been talking about every chance I get. The story is brilliant, and very well done.

I didn’t (and still don’t) love Nietz’s use and representation of the Muslim world, but I also can’t see a way around it, given the story.

One of my favorites of the year, for sure. This book deserves so much more attention.

This book was shortlisted for an INSPY award in speculative fiction.

The second book in Nietz’s Dark Trench Saga, The Superlative Stream, was released in April.

About the author
Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits — first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. He has one previously published book, a memoir (FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software).

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6 responses to “A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz

  1. Sometimes some of those external things can be so hard to get around. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Those nit-picky things can really bug me too. You’ve made me very curious about this book.

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  4. Hey, Hannah. I reviewed this one shortly after it released, actually:


    Also ran an interview with Mr. Nietz after his second book came out, discussing various viewpoints on religion from feminism and atheism to highly conservative Christian subgroups.


    Just flipped through my ASCS–the bad trim job is not a standard feature. Hope that makes you feel a bit better about the production part of the book! 🙂


  5. Thanks for the kind review, Word Lily. I’d like to find out more about these printing errors and misused words. It would be nice to get them addressed if possible.

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