Slow Train to Arcturus
The biggest detractor was their unfortunate tendency to preac ...more
I went looking for another Freer book and actually hadn't realized that I'd read this one before. Philosophically it's really interesting.
"The Brethren believe that all people have a better nature to appeal to. But I have decided it is not always possible to reach it." - said by Howard
I think it's really similar to my own philosophy of "Everyone can be saved, but *you* can't save everybody." Maybe they're not ready yet, or maybe I'm just not the right person, ...more
Flint and Freer's latest collaboration (after 2007's Pyramid Power) doesn't bring anything original to space opera, but its fast pace and pulpy premise make for an engaging if shallow adventure. When a vast relic made up of massive bubbles approaches a star system inhabited by sentient space-faring aliens, a team of researchers is sent to investigate. Soon after the inquisitive aliens enter one of the bubbles, they're attacked by its murderously insane human inhabitants.
This combination adventure and pilgrimage t ...more
Good science fiction is so hard to find these days. While I love urban fantasy, have mixed feelings about steampunk and read as much as I can, Slow Train is the type of can do fiction I adore most. The main characters come together to beat not some loopy villain, but a lot of the very human handicaps we all wish we didn't have, and of course their battle against time itself. Their is a living breathing baddy or two in the book, but the story is about so much more than that.
It's fluff, and a bit too fond of the "Frontier Theory" of history, but fun all the same.
Very well done, and a very good read.