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Dogs of War

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Military authors have entered the mainstream science fiction genre and continue to leave their mark. David Drake pays homage to his own sub-genre by collecting ten classic stories of men-at-arms by top writers including himself.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Aspect
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A mostly-good mixed bag. Some of the stories in this anthology are very dated and haven't aged well, because of aspects like Cold War demonization of the "reds", obsolete scientific speculation (oceans on Venus?), or characterization that's crude by today's standards. Most, though, are more timeless. I thought that the editor's brief commentaries at the stories' ends about the tales and the authors were a good addition, and was disappointed that he didn't cover them all in the section about the ...more
Interesting stories. Some were good, some were okay, and some I didn't like at all, mostly because they showed their age. All but one of the authors were men--which is understandable, since these are stories about war and the people who fight it. But in the older stories, those written from 1940 to 1960 or so, the archaic attitudes really showed. The 1943 story talked about the end of war altogether, which I doubt, though large-scale war between nations seems to be diminished. It also knew nothi ...more
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Feb 15, 2013 Dan Hughes rated it liked it
Some of the stories in this anthology were very enjoyable, but unfortunately there were too many that it felt like a slog to get through to bring the rating up anywhere past mediocre.
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Dec 01, 2013 Alex Rogers rated it liked it
Mixed bag, as with most sci fi anthologies. Some absolute crackers, some unreadable. Worthwhile for the most part.
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.
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