Singularity (Star Carrier #3)
The third book in the epic saga of humankind's war of transcendence
There is an unseen power in the universe—a terrible force that was dominating the galaxy tens of thousands of years before the warlike Sh'daar were even aware of the existence of Sol and its planets.
As humankind approaches the Singularity, when transcendence will be achieved through technology, contact will...more
One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to writers is the "sausage stuffing" methodology of descriptive info dumps. Science fiction being one of my favorite genres, I have learned to deal with the fact that authors sometimes need to do this in order to explain a particular point in the universe they have created.
A necessary evil of the genre, Mr. Douglas turns this into a dis-art form. D ...more
I was disappointed with the last book in the trilogy. The action is still good, but it is upstaged by the exploration of the enigma that is the Sh’daar. Wormholes, discussions about transcendence and the evolution of civilizations abound. Douglas has tho ...more
The rest of this review has spoilers, so read at your own risk.
"Singularity" does an excellent job of portraying the desperation of Koenig to bring an end to the Sha'dar war, and his own deteriorating mental state, with him grappling with having to decide the fates of everyone in his rag-tag fleet, and with the loss of his lover Admiral Karyn ...more
-It has neat space battles based around actual physics
-An intriging universe populated by interesting aliens
-A very engaging plot arc and a very fast paced narrative.
It also has its share of deficiencies as well:
-Absurdly thin, and comcially "evil" politicaian characters. Basically if a character is from North America they are good/righteous/"just want to get the job done and sav ...more
The one thing I thought I should mention specifically though is the changes Gray goes through ...more
Despite this large complaint, the action is exciting and complex. The characters are fairly strong and the events leading up to the conclusion are satisfying.
I didn't know that Ian Douglas can write so well. This series was my first exposure to his writing style and I am really impressed! Sci-Fi fans will love all the science stuff in this series from Alcubierre warp drives, to nanotech fighter skin ...more
I couldn't wait for the release of Singularity and the conclusion of the Star Carrier Trilogy. Mr. Douglas has done a fine job building up the breadth and excitement throughout the previous two books and Singularity promised to continue that trend.
Sadly Singularity seems to have gotten distracted along the way. The opening chapters of the book are a plotline that does little more than distract from the main story. The conflict at the beginning of ...more
The ending was also predicable - as soon as they found the cylinder, I knew how the author was going to resolve the main plot (though I didn't think about having it hollow!). Again, he gets mo ...more
Earth has been fighting the Sh’daar, or more accurately their representative warriors, for 37 years now and we are losing. The Sh’daar forces keep on getting closer and closer to Earth. As is usual the politicians are locked in partisan rhetoric with some wanting to negotiate a peace with the superior race who have told Earth to stop their technological progress. On the other side are those like Rear Admiral ...more
The characters aren't as clearly drawn as, like, James Joyce or something, but they were real enough that I rooted for the main character and I disliked his ex-wife and some of his a**hole squadron mates. For me, that's enough.
The tech stuff was wayyyy more believable than Star Wars, Trek, Galactica, etc. It was almost realistic.
The society he draws isn't quite as transformed as one with the advances he describ ...more
Some reviewers complained there was too much "catch up" material. I didn't feel it was excessive.
The implications of the technology in the book universe aren't explored until book three. It took me a couple of minutes to figure them out.
There are interesting plots and characters but the book could use some more breadth of character types.
If a technology or technique is used in the book to save Earth the ...more
“Singularity” (Star Carrier Book Three) is one of the better examples of military space opera science fiction I have read lately. As entertainment and as writing, it surpasses David Weber’s latest “Honor Harrington” novels with regards to literary quality; he also has in Rear Admiral Alexander Koenig, a vividly realized character as memorable as Honor Harrington. I also have to commend William H. Keith (writing here as Ian Douglas) for having a firm ...more
I cant help but think if this series was one book rather than 3 it could have been really good
Ian Douglas does it again with the incredible series drawing to a close you start to get the feel of just how isolated these people are; so far from home and up against incredible odds its a last stand for the Star Carrier America and the remnants of her Battle Group. Augmented by the Captains of the ships sent to bring her home; the America makes ...more
All in all, I've been reasonably happy with this series of books. It's a bit heavy on the maths, but the characters are well thought out, and the story flows steadily. At first.
In the second half of this book, the story starts to feel fragmented.. As if the author wanted us to experience a bit of a rollecoaster, but being in too much of a hurry to pace it properly.
And when the book was over, it was over too suddenly. One moment we're in the thick of it, then I'm in the e ...more
Dougles's aliens are also quite 'ridiculous' - worms or gas-bags without hands who build space ships? Sure, they can use telepathy to control the as-built ship ... but I just cannot accept the notion that a civilization unable to use tools could become not only space-faring, b ...more
Plotline: Intricate and far reaching (literally). Some of the battles don't quite work for me, but amazing action.
Premise: A really interesting universe, but there are a few flaws, best not to analyse too deeply.
Writing: Gripping descriptions of space battles, and good characterisations.
Ending: Oh yes and more.
Pace: Never a dull moment
Slower, with less action and how many times do we have to hear about monogamy? I don't think the author gets the idea that the opposite of everyone being forced to have a single type of relationship, is choice. Not everyone being forced to have another type of relationship.
Also the plot, of the series,depends on magic. So that is disappointing.