City of Pearl (The Wess'har Wars #1)
Three separate alien societies have claims on Cavanagh's Star. But the new arrivals -- the gethes from Earth -- now threaten the tenuous balance of a coveted world.
Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to lead a mission to Cavanagh's Star, knowing that 150 years would elapse before she could finally return home. But her landing, with a small group...more
The novel takes place in the years between 2198-2374 and involves an earth mission to a planet called (by Earth) Cavanagh's Star. The planet is already claimed by three alien races: (1) The Bezeri (squid-like water dwellers) who are the planet's natural inhabitants, (2) the Isenj (invaders there to take advantage of un...more
Fun read. Well created worlds, though she didn't reveal why the "moon" has a higher gravity than it's "planet." Lots of conflict and confrontations. Nice to see the earthlings at the bottom of the technology pyramid.
I like novels which explore issues. Traviss looks at the effects licensing and patenting genetic-engineered food stuffs. It's sort of the back story, but critical to some people's motives.
Cover Art: don't you hate it when t...more
One government minister has other plans for her, though. She is sent to the far reaches of space, a trip that takes 75 years, on a mission that she knows nothing about because it is submerged in her brain, waiting to be released gradually once triggered. She joins a grou...more
There were some small things I didn't quite like about the book, I'll admit--but they were fairly minor nitpicks. I'll get those out of the way first. The flow of time in the story...more
That said, I disliked the fact that all of...more
The first hundred or so pages were slow going—not because the book is poorly written, but because this isn't the kind of science fiction I usually go for.
I had expected the story to be pretty straight military sci-fi and was at first mildly annoyed that it wasn't. Also, I tend to avoid books that feature weird alien beings with hard-to-pronounce names, and this book has several different alien...more
Traviss excels at subtle worldbuilding, especially in the hints of a falling apart Earth that we never actually see in the book. She often threw in random bits like the fact that opium poppies were driven to extinction by a genetically engineered virus. That's an idea that could probably carry a novel by itself, but here it's background info that lets readers fill in th...more
But the worst is the ideological messages that are forced on you. No doubt the author is a fan of veganism. In the book the character Aras (the alien) say that he can't smell the meat on Shan (the female lead character) to which she replies something like "no of course not, we don't really need to eat meat some people just like it" What a...more
O mundo criado é muito interessante, diferente e complexo sem no entanto sermos...more
Not without it's peculiarities, of course. And I still like it.
For one thing - it's new. The first book in this series was written in 2004. Second - the book is written by a British author - a novelty for me in the SciFi. The language is very good - not too simplistic and not too crammed with complex constructions. The author uses a sensible amount of synonyms and keeps...more
I've read many reviews of this book on different sites and I noticed that many readers seemed uncomfortable with the ideas at the core of it, which is not surprising. The first thing I would say about this book is to acknowledge that the ideas within are extreme.
I don't agree with every principle suggested in this book and I doubt mos...more
Just a note about the alien culture, I think Karen Traviss has developed a truly alien culture yet was able to make it accessible. The alien protagonist is one of the most interesting characters in science...more
Some people might say that the characters do not show enough emotions, but to me it was really refreshing to read a story where the female protagonist does not have any kind of romantic sub-plot going on. It had a kind of Ellen Ripley felling going.
On the other hand, I can already see that there could be some romance evolving between Shan and Aras in the n...more
Why I Read It: This was calico_reaction's Dare for the month of December as well as the selection for The Women of Science Fiction book club.
When I first cracked open this book, I think it's worth mentioning that I had little to no idea what it was actually about. I had even avoided reading the summary for the book. I had reasonably high expectations for it because of calico_reaction's original review f...more
This year I seem to be reading a lot of alien contact books, and I think Traviss has done the best in that particular sub-genre so far. It's difficult to imagine what other species in the universe might be
like, and even harder to make them real to us as readers. I mean, think about it. You have to be able to relate...more
This ended up being an excellent space opera book, with some interesting things going on in some of the choices the author made. Three things stood out for me, re...more
This novel stars Shan Frankland, a police officer in the European Union's environmental hazards division, who is sent along with some scientists and marines to track down...more
Oh wow. I can't rightly give a review without giving much away - but I now very highly recommend this book to pretty much everyone I meet regardless of whether or not they are fans of science fiction/fantasy. The themes throughout this book a...more
Issues of environmental ethics, what does it mean to be "people," the ways different cultures handle conflict, space exploration, several different sentient alien races, and great, compelling characters, it's all here. Some of the best SF I've read lately.
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