Crystal Soldier (Liaden Universe #1)
Crystal Soldier is set at the chronological beginning of the Liaden Universe series, but written long after the series began. I recommend the series for its mix of characterization, romance, cultural and linguistic insights, humor, battl ...more
Review updated: Feb. 23/12
4.5/5; 5 stars;
I enjoyed the adventuring and excitement of this tale. Having read Liaden Universe books set in the future, I found it helpful to read this book and learn some of the history of the great wars in the universe, the 'designed' humans, DNA manipulation, psychic po ...more
It begins with a sure, deceptively gentle pace. M. Jela Granthor’s Guard (there is a reason for the odd name) is alone on a planet after a crash landing, with enough supplies to survive a short time.
As he follows a line of dead trees down toward what once was an ocean, he reviews his situation: shot down in the on-going war aga ...more
The Shereika want to wipe out all life in the universe, and humanity is fighting a losing war against them. Humankind ha ...more
This time I listened to the audiobook from Audible. Kevin T. Collins was the narrator and he did a fantastic job. I put off listening to this book because I had a bad experience with this narrator and, in fact, hated his narration of Trade Secret so much that I returned the book.
He did a great job on this book. I love the expansive world building and the interesting back story in this duology. As much as I loved reading about Val Con and company from later books, its so much fun ...more
Like learning how to swim, it is somewhat daunting to start on a long-running series, with all its built-in history and side stories, and rabid fans. But after sitting by the planks for a while, there comes a point where the only thing left to do is jump in. So I did. And was pleasantly surprised.
I was looking for space opera, and found it in this book. I was also looking for scientific extrapolation, and there was some of that, though the focus is more on the adventures of the main characters,...more
Jela crash lands on a planet that's been stripped and comes across a tree that's barely alive. He's on his last leg and somehow the tree not only communicates to him with images it helps to save him. Jela promises he'll take the tree with him to help it survive. He's rescued with the tree, given a super secret assignment, ...more
It started out fair...but it had to strain apparently to remain fair and at last it just got to be too much for it. It then collapsed into poor and finally into boring.
The best way I can come up with is to describe this one is "airy-fairy". What opens as a military survival story descends into a long running weak look at a philosophical situation/problem...
It got to be more than I ...more
Cantra yos'Phelium is a jump pilot with a surprisingly well-armed ship, and a murky ...more
Events are always moving forward, and enough time is spent in space to keep me happy. I love (love!) seeing the origin of the Clan Korval tree. This is a fun, easy to read series.
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A few hundred years ago humanity fought a great war against an implacable Enemy. That Enemy then withdrew and most believed they were gone. Unfortunately, this is not true; they were only biding their time and building their strength and plans. Now they are returning.
Jela is a soldier, specifically bred and trained to fight the Enemy. As the book begins, he is forced down during a space battle and finds himself stranded on a harsh, desert planet. H ...more
Although I am decidedly on the internal chronology side of the Reading Order Spectrum, I’d recommend reading these dead last. They deal with Jela, Cantra, and the tree, in the most part, but they also contain a dizzying array of cameos which will only be recogniseable if you’ve read the rest of the Liaden books first (I'd recommend starting with either Local Custom or Conflict of ...more
I read these two books back to back and they easily combine to form one large story. I’ll review them together. These books (the “Migration Duology”) form an origin story to the entire Liaden Universe. They literally explain how the universe came into being.
The story starts in the misty depths of history when a group of humans began genetically modifying themselves. They continually modified themselves until they no longer remotely resembled humanity or co ...more
I've found this book and it's sequel Crystal Dragon important to getting all the nuances in the rest of the series.
I really liked the beginning. The idea of these unbeatable enemies killing everything, and destroying this planet of trees because the trees might be important in some unforeseen way. And the main character trying to protect the tree? Loved that.
The parts where the author focused o ...more
Short summary: In the long past Earth learned how to modify and grow organisms. Some of these modified organisms decided that normal humans are not perfect enough to live and try to kill them off. The humans pushed the bad guys out of the Galaxy. They're back.
The hero (I'm really bad about names) is a person that is a soldier. He is shot down on a plant that has been destroyed by the enemy. Whi ...more
Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there. In fact, she likes it so much that she ...more