March Upcountry (Empire of Man #1)
The Royal Brat is in Trouble
Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock didn't understand.
He was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man...so why wouldn't anyone at Court trust him?
Why wouldn't even his own mother, the Empress, explain why they didn't trust him? Or why the very mention of his father's name was forbidden at...more
Spoiled Prince Roger, third in line for the throne of the human empire, is sent off on a minor diplomatic mission, but then his ship is sabotaged. His regiment of marines are stranded on an out-of-the-way planet, where they decide to struggle across the harsh terrain, fighitng through hostile f...more
Not only is he a spoiled rich brat, he is the son of a nobleman...more
In addition, I really dislike the whole "interstellar empire" subgenre. I can't imagine a scenario in which interstellar civilization, even with faster-than-light travel, can work with hereditary nobility - and if it...more
The transformation of our Protagonist, lets call him "Mr. Fancy Pants" into "Awesome scary military dude" is of course quite predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless.
The writing isnt anything extraordinary but its functional and up to the task.
As a worldbuilding exercise however is succeeds admirably, and the entire world with its many different faccets just seems al...more
I cannot say the same for John Ringo. His books are very one dimensional and so are his characters, but without the panache that I like in CS Forester or even the Flashman novels. He has taken the military scifi community by storm, but it just doesnt do it for me.
All that said, I liked this ser...more
The thing that stands out the most was the writing itself. Most of the time when I'm reading a book I don't notice the words at all. That wasn't the case here. There were many points in the book where I could not suspend my disbelief. There were sequences, statements and...more
In a complete out of character thing for me this is one of the few books that I have read multiple times. Here you have a book written by my two favorite authors, combining Science Fiction with a smattering of fantasy and just plain gritty writing.
The book is a lot of plain old fun. Starting with the SF standard of an intergalactic empire engaged in a long term dispute with the significant opponents. That is where Prince Roger MacClintock comes into the scene. Spoiled, petulant and whiny, a clo...more
That's military science fiction for you, although in this case it also is the slogan of the Bronze Battalion of the Empress' Own Regiment.
After terrorist sabotage, Prince Roger MacClintock and the Bronze Battalion space marines are stranded in the wilderness of the planet Marduk, noted for high mountains, high temperatures, low technology and the short tempers of its nine-foot, four-armed, slime-covered natives. The...more
Note: This series is also known as the Prince Roger Series or simply the March Upcountry series.
Weber and Ringo make a good team for this first of four books in the Empire of Man series.
March Upcountry could have some potential as a fun pulp sci-fi book. However, I think its major flaw is that this first in a series did not have enough of a substantial plot arc or character development to justify ending where it did. I understand it's a serial, but really I have no desire to continue reading it. The only way I would continue would be if I was really bored with everything I was reading and it was sitting there very convenient to grab.
As it is, Mar...more
The supporting cast is rather large and quite diverse, but generally lacked depth. I was quite interested in most of them, and disappointed with what (little) I learned about them.
I still intend to read the sequel(s?).
The 4-book story follows Prince Roger's transformation from a spoiled dandy to a rugged war leader as he and a group of marines battle their way across an unknown planet. The series' first couple of books serve as...more
This book (and the following series) is a perfect example: it combines fantastic settings, believable (and interesting) characters, and a realistic grasp of the human condition that adds a subtle romantic thread to a not-so-subtle humorous look at the ridiculous side of life.
I'll be reading many more of these bo...more
|What's The Name o...: Sci Fi: Spoiled prince leads exploration on new planet. Befriends native alien. [s]||4||37||Jul 12, 2012 10:38pm|
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name...more