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The View from the Imperium (Imperium #1)

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A Paperback Original. Science Fiction Adventure with a Generous Dash of Humor by the Co-Author of the Best-Selling The Planet Pirates. P. G. Wodehouse meets space opera, as Ensign Thomas Innes Loche Kinago, fresh from the Academy is given his first command. A crumb from the upper crust, he’s eager to uphold the traditions of his family, and in particular, his mother, a dis...more
Paperback, 566 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Baen
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Jeeves of the Space Ways – fun & thrilling

Ensign Thomas Kinago starts by making a fool of himself the first day by pimping out his uniform in admiral stripes and arriving late to his first dinner with an Admiral known for adhering strictly to punctuality. The dressing-down he gets afterwards is a beauty I enjoyed greatly as a reader and it sets the tone for the rest of the book. I laughed out loud for a long time when the Admiral asked if he had trouble keeping inside the lines with crayons...more
A bit disappointing novel that starts great but fizzles after the first third since the premise is thin and wears fast. For a similar but better novel - or at least one that holds its own for the full novel though even there i got tired by mid-second installment and stopped reading - I recomend Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost which is the UK take on space opera humor
Ensign Thomas Innes Loche Kinago is on his first space navy cruise and making a lot of mistakes as he goes. Not unusual for a brand new officer in the Imperium Navy, but Thomas's mistakes come from a far different place then the average ensign in the Emperor's navy. Thomas is a member of the royal family. Sure he's a cousin and pretty far removed from actually inheriting the throne, but he grew up in the rarefied confines of court and had no clue what life is like for the average naval officer....more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
Nice light science fiction romp in the spirit of P.G. Wodehouse. Imperial heir goes on a military ship, flusters and charms people he meets, while his jeeves gets work done. To his surprise, he might actually become useful after all. Meanwhile the Trade Union is trying to take over a nearby confederacy of worlds. Will snob win against villain?

I would have ranked it higher, except the whole trade union aspect felt tacked on. What's worse is that there is an explanation for how certain things work...more
I like Jody Lynn Nye and I was thrilled to see a new book by her on the shelves at Barnes and Noble.

I was disappointed. the characters are two-dimensional. The plot was confused by the multiple storylines.

I kept comparing the protagonist to Prince Roger of David Weber's March Upcountry. Both are of the space nobility. Both are fops. Both are thrown into adventures which they were not prepared for. Prince Roger, though, grows as a character and becomes a hero. This guy doesn't.
I mostly enjoyed this fun little romp. Really the only thing which bugged me about it is that too much time was spent on the build-up to the actual confrontation, which made the first 400+ pages a little thin on plot (they were mostly back story to the actual plot).

I don't regret reading the book, though, and I think people would generally enjoy it.
Patrick Doris
A very slow book... slow reading... slow action....slow character development it featured a very preposterous social milieu that was populated by stock characters the ending was predictable the foreshadowing was more like forespotlighting but I did finish it
This novel proved to be far more interesting and fun than I had thought it would be, so much so that I was sorely disappointed to see that there is no sequel! A great light hearted romp!
Scott McNulty
Wacky fun space opera. It drags a little when the focus shifts to politics... oh, and you'll probably want to smack the main character a couple times.
I really didn't want to spend much time with the idiot snob, so I tossed the book aside after about 100 pages in front and 10 pages in back. That was enough.
Kris Sellgren
Very silly, but fun to read. Imagine what a Miles Vorkosigan novel would be like, if Miles was truly clueless.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Cute book. The hero is part of the Royal Family and everything he does is wrong but turns out right.
A little slow at the beginning but ultimately a satisfying entertainment.
Susan Sizemore
Jeeves and Wooster in space!! Loved this book. More, please.
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Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.

Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker.

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