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The Wooden Spaceships (Land and Overland Series #2)

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Twenty-three years ago, the inhabitants of Overland left Land to escape the Plague. In this sequel to The Ragged Astronaut, the survivors of Land bring an ultimatum-- submit or die of the Plague.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published July 1989 by Baen (first published 1988)
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Jul 21, 2011 Derek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is in the unfortunate position of being the rather ordinary middle child bookended by exceptional siblings.

Part of the fun of The Ragged Astronauts was the notion of a pre-Newtonian culture coming to grips with the reality of weightlessness, and that theme carried forward is a major strength of this book (as the astronauts realize that a weightless object still hits you really hard, and so forth). The author finds several ways to explore it here.

Unfortunately he also made some strange
Jun 23, 2012 Gaurav rated it really liked it
I picked up this quite by chance from a discarded 20-year old lot at my local bookstore, and while I'd not read anything by Bob Shaw earlier, I still found the plot a rather intriguing concept - twin planets sharing a common atmosphere/ interstellar rivalry and war/ planetary exploration. Also very nice was the simple narrative technique used by Shaw throughout the book.

I rank the book a 4 on 5 because the end of the story seems hurried, almost as if Shaw reached the assigned word limit. Consequ
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series book PT2
Jan 31, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
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The sequel to The Ragged Astronauts. If you liked the first one, you can't go wrong here. Shaw has a writing style that really holds your interest.
Since it's a sequel I can't really go into much detail without spoiling the first book.
Sep 14, 2012 Nina rated it did not like it
I started this and just could not finish it, not good read at all.
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Aug 29, 2015 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
I love Bob Shaw's books. This one was my first of his that I read.
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Sep 15, 2011 Ryan McArthur rated it really liked it
I really liked the weightless combat parts.
Feb 01, 2013 Keith rated it liked it
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Sequel to "The Ragged Astronauts"
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Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Rag
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