Skeen's Leap

Skeen s Leap This fast paced gritty space adventure introduces the unforgettable Skeen a hard edged heroine and intergalactic thief trapped in an unknown universe Jo Clayton creator of the popular Diadem Saga

  • Title: Skeen's Leap
  • Author: Jo Clayton
  • ISBN: 9781504038454
  • Page: 182
  • Format: ebook
  • This fast paced, gritty space adventure introduces the unforgettable Skeen, a hard edged heroine and intergalactic thief trapped in an unknown universe Jo Clayton, creator of the popular Diadem Saga, introduces a delightfully unforgettable new character a tough, sexy, futuristic tomb raider Lara Croft with issues and sets her loose in a wild and woolly galaxy of dastardThis fast paced, gritty space adventure introduces the unforgettable Skeen, a hard edged heroine and intergalactic thief trapped in an unknown universe Jo Clayton, creator of the popular Diadem Saga, introduces a delightfully unforgettable new character a tough, sexy, futuristic tomb raider Lara Croft with issues and sets her loose in a wild and woolly galaxy of dastardly villains, alien shape shifters, and all manner of strange sentient life forms Skeen is a bandit and a rogue, a master thief wanted throughout myriad solar systems for plundering the rare antiquities of countless alien civilizations while always keeping one rocket ship length ahead of the intergalactic law A rooner with a dark past, she now finds herself penniless and abandoned on a miserable backwater planet, at the tail end of a string of very bad luck, with no option except to follow unreliable rumors to a supposed fortune in gems hidden among ancient ruins What she finds instead is a gateway into another world and a universe of trouble Now, trapped in a strange new reality with no way out, Skeen must find the key to reopening the portal, and that will entail making contact with the mysterious aliens who created the interdimensional passageway But the enigmatic Ykx vanished eons ago, and finding representatives of a highly advanced and possibly extinct extraterrestrial race is not going to be easy for the silver tongued lone wolf outlaw It doesn t help that Skeen s entourage keeps expanding by leaps and bounds with unwanted hangers on whose interference could end up damning her to an eternity in nowhere The first book in a thrilling trilogy featuring the inimitable Skeen, Skeen s Leap cements Clayton s well deserved reputation as one of the premier purveyors of science fantasy, alongside Andre Norton, C J Cherryh, and Marion Zimmer Bradley Wry, witty, and wondrously inventive, featuring a colorful cast of delightful and deliciously weird alien types, it is a space opera romp guaranteed to transport genre aficionados to new and wondrous worlds.

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    About "Jo Clayton"

    1. Jo Clayton

      Jo Clayton, whose parents named her after Jo in Little Women, was born and raised in Modesto, California She and her three sisters shared a room and took turns telling each other bedtime stories One of her sisters noted that Jo s stories were the best, and often contained science fiction and fantasy elements.Clayton graduated from the University of California in 1963, Summa Cum Laude, and started teaching near Los Angeles.In 1969, after a religious experience, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, joining the teaching order Sisters of Mount Carmel as a novice She left three years later, before taking final orders.During her time in New Orleans, Clayton sold sketches and paintings in Pioneer Square to supplement her income After being robbed several times, Clayton moved to Portland, Oregon in 1983 She remained there for the rest of her life.Clayton was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1996 Jo continued to write during her year and a half in the hospital She finished Drum Calls, the second book of the Drums of Chaos series, and was halfway through the third and final book when she lost her struggle with multiple myeloma in February, 1998.Literary executor Katherine Kerr made arrangements with established author Kevin Andrew Murphy to finish the third book of the Drums of Chaos series It is now completed.

    126 thoughts on “Skeen's Leap”

    1. This is a reprint of a high science fiction novel from several decades ago. By high science fiction, I mean world-building with lots of made up aspects such as language, aliens, culture, etc. I kept getting lost trying to keep track of the world's parameters which was often integral to the story. I decided to stop after about 20%. It's not badly written. It's not a bad story. It's not a lackluster world. It's simply a flavor of science fiction that I've not read in a long time and frankly haven' [...]


    2. Tried to read this book but it just throws you in with no explanation and a lot of made up terms and it is really hard to make head or tail of it, and I just couldn't make myself try for very long.


    3. Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .Okay as usual, the cover with a bad-ass woman led me to take a closer look at the novel and read the blurb.The main character, Skeen, is described as a tough thief of artifacts - in space. So, yes, I was interested. I like to think of her as sort of an Indiana Jones and space pirate combined. Arrrr! She gets stranded on a planet with no money and no ship. [...]


    4. Some time ago I read and very much enjoyed another series by Jo Clayton, so when this one came available on NetGalley I was pleased to get it. The book is a rerelease of a story first published in the mid-1980s, but doesn't feel dated at all. The heroine is a strong woman who is a survivor and treasure hunter (thief). She is smart but finds herself betrayed and stranded on a world that could be very bad for her, yet seems to be full of opportunity. Taking a risk on the rumor of a special find, s [...]


    5. koeur.wordpress/2016/07/2Publisher: DAW (Open Road Media- 2016)Publishing Date: 1986ISBN: 9780886771690Genre: SciFiRating: 4.0/5Publishers Description: Skeen is a bandit and a rogue, a master thief wanted throughout myriad solar systems for plundering the rare antiquities of countless alien civilizations while always keeping one rocket ship–length ahead of the intergalactic law. A “rooner” with a dark past, she now finds herself penniless and abandoned on a miserable backwater planet, at t [...]


    6. I have the original paperback of Skeen's Leap and many other books by Jo Clayton. I loved the books when they were first published. Now years later the print is a little small and the books are old so I have not done any re-reading. There were not that many strong female characters then and not many who were the main character in the story. That made Skeen's Leap special. I received a free copy of Skeen's Leap in ebook form in return for an honest review. Skeen and her story still hold up. This [...]


    7. One of my favorite trilogies. It was written way back when, but the world still holds up today, and the author just throws you into the middle of it and lets you find your way around. She has a very distinct writing style, with chapter headings almost like asides to the reader. She doesn't rely so much on the format & font changeups here, just great storytelling.


    8. Jo Clayton's story in Sisters in Fantasy was intriguing enough that I'm going to try out her novels. I hope they're good!


    9. I found Skeen's Leap vaguely reminiscent of Jack Vance's dying earth novels with less magic and more interstellar wandering. With a huge cast of aliens from different species, Jo Clayton does a great job of showing and not telling without confusing the hell out of the reader. The narrative wanders a bit, bit given the wandering proclivities of it's (awesome) protagonist, that just seems apt. I remember thinking at one point that Skeen was an awesome progressive, but still flawed heroine and a gr [...]


    10. Just couldn't get into this one, even with my usual I-can-survive-anything-for-100-pages attempt to get into something that's starting off slow. The story couldn't make up its mind what it was (sci-fi thriller? portal fantasy?) and the voice of the narrator/main character never clicked for me.


    11. I would have given it 5 stars but it doesn't end so much as just stop. I also wouldn't have called it fast-paced. I found it a highly enjoyable and intriguing journey but not a speedy one.



    12. A FavoriteI cannot recommend this author highly enough! I love this series and the characters I go back and re-read periodically just because it's so fun.


    13. Skeen's Leap (The Skeen Trilogy Book 1) by Jo Clayton Jo Clayton is one of the historical science fiction authors that began a new era of storytelling. The 80’s had a great flourish of authors using science fiction exploring the roles of women in books. Looking a Skeen’s Leap you see the renewed strength of the female characters in this changing genre. Skeen is a Pass-through, a separate culture and people from those she will travel among. The People were varied coming from the waves of colo [...]


    14. Skeen's Leap follows the intergalactic thief Skeen after she has been betrayed by her lover and lost her ship. Stranded and close to penniless in a trade city, she follows a space gremlin and learns the location of a mythic city rumored to hold a vast treasure. Once she reaches the city, Skeen becomes embroiled in an ethnic conflict between the Min and Nemin. She strikes a bargain with a Min politician to extract her sister from the clutches of a wealthy Nemin poet. However, not all is as it see [...]


    15. "Skeen's Leap" eBook was published in 2016 (the original paper edition was published in 1986) and was written by Jo Clayton (joclaytonepgenre). Ms. Clayton published 35 novels and numerous short stories. I received a galley of this novel for review through netgalley. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set on another world. The primary character is Skeen, a young woman who has done many things, most outsid [...]


    16. Recieved an a copy from Netgalley for an honest review. DNF. I really tried to like this book. Skeen, left abandoned by her crew on an unfriendly world. On the run from hunters, she steps through a gate to another world, dimension? Using an advanced weapon not seen on this world, she rescues a woman from a group of men. Shapeshifters, magic, a journey across the country to find a way back through the gate. I read 50%. Too much storytelling that didn't advance the story. I started skimming hoping [...]


    17. ***** I received this ARC for free from Netgalley in return for an honest review *****I give this book 4.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it has a timeless attraction to it that will keep people enthralled for many, many more years to come! I loved how the thief is the heart of the story, with a huge heart, questionable morals, and an endearing mix of stubborn strength and vulnerability. By the end of this story the ragtag group has become so enmeshed that they only function best together. [...]


    18. ***** I received this ARC for free from Netgalley in return for an honest review *****I give this book 4.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it has a timeless attraction to it that will keep people enthralled for many, many more years to come! I loved how the thief is the heart of the story, with a huge heart, questionable morals, and an endearing mix of stubborn strength and vulnerability. By the end of this story the ragtag group has become so enmeshed that they only function best together. [...]


    19. This had been sitting on my shelf for some time before I decided to give it another go.First chapter is basically a prologue with some confusing flashbacks. Once that is out of the way, the pace of the story picks up


    20. This book has stayed in my thoughts over the years. I loved the world's that were portrayed and was able to lose myself within the main character, Skeen. Jo Clayton pulled off an engaging storyline, with a fun hero that wasn't always so heroic. Loved it.


    21. I had never heard of this author but the premise checked off almost all of my favorite boxes. Enjoyed it completely, read it for the curses alone. If you also love badass space thieves, check out this book.


    22. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This just confused me from the start with to many names.The story also seemed to drag and I just did not like the characters.Not for me.


    23. A decent mix of fantasy and science fiction. Skeen, a typical Clayton, character leaps before looking to get away from trouble and lands in more then she bargained for.



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