One day, I was checking out the Firstreads giveaways when I saw this book....more
It's by Dan Abnett, one of my favourite authors and the man who's work got me writing, so you can see why I may have had preconceived notions about the quality. Before reading, however, I made a concerted effort not to go into the book determined to worship it no matter its flaws.
So what is Embedded? It's a book about a burnt out journalist who gets his consciousness implanted into the mind of a soldier so...more
It doesn't take long for the story of war journali...more
I listened to the audiobook. The narrator read way too fast, but I adjusted to it quickl...more
Lex Falk is a journalist, who has seen it all. He travels to Planet 86 in search of a good story, but he is shown the usual set up pieces that all of the young journalists are shown. He meets up with Cleesh, a fellow journalist, who has an interesting...more
Seeing a signed limited edition (200 copies) copy of this in Forbidden Planet was too much for me to resist. This is a lovely looking book, and I particularly like the little trill at the bottom of the font. Is it worth the £20 price? Maybe not, but it w...more
Embedded is a military sci-fi novel set in a slightly alternate universe sometime in the near future. Humanity has spread beyond the Solar system and begun settling other planets. Two of the largest superpowers - the United Status (America) and the Central Bloc (Russia) continue their long cold war while the distrubution of land is governed by th...more
This is my first story by Dan Abnett. I took the book out of...more
It's hard for me to say why I liked a book, I have a hard time expressing the positives for some reason. While reading the book I did like it and wanted to continue reading it.
What kept me from really liking this book was that I was looking for more. The ending left me wanting more, not as in wanting a sequel more, but in a "what happened to this person, or that person more."
The plot of Embedded is solid (if somewhat predictable) and there's plenty of action of the 'heads exploding; gore everywhere' variety. Abnett takes an interesting concept and manages to spin an interesting yarn out of it.
What really let this book down for me was the writing. So many sentences come...more
Embedded is military sci-fi with a couple of innovative twists. It is told through the eyes of a reporter, Lex Falk. Falk is a successful, jaded reporter who has bounced around from planet to planet. He becomes convinced there is a story at his latest stop, a big story. When he gets the run-around from the military auth...more
Embedded was extremely hard for me to get into. Obviously, I never really did get into it. It seemed to me that all the characters were doing was talking... and quite frankly, I was bored. Knowing that this was a military sci-fi I expected lots of action. I had not reached the point where he takes over the soldier's body, but I just couldn't take any more of it. I found myself skipping parts and, to my knowledge, not really mis...more
I came to this book through a roundabout path. ClarkesWorld Magazine had an interview with Lauren Beukes, in Issue #56 (May 2011). Jeremy L. C. Jones was talking with Ms. Beukes about her new novel Zoo City. I got intrigued and checked out the publisher, Angry Robot.
As I browsed their catalog, I stumbled on Embedded. The description intrigued me right away.
When journalist Lex Falk gets himself chipped into the brain of a combat soldier, he thinks he has the ultimate scoop - a report from the f
That's an oversimplification, but getting into the details would take too long for a review. That's also one of the only problems with Embedded: the book takes just a little too much time introducing us to Lex Falk, the journalist protagonist, and it's all too easy...more
It's certainly possible to see Abnett's roots in the genre of military scifi, but while there is a lot of that present it's not necessarily the focus. The background created though certainly has a lot of depth, and...more
We are on Eighty-Six, a planet with a peace-keeping operation that might be the first real war in an interstellar cold war. Falk is an acclaimed and seasoned war correspondent and he sees straight through the stonewalling from the military. Determined to find out the truth he allows himself to become embedded in the mind of one of the soldiers fighting the insurgency. But the soldier takes a bullet under the eye that scrambles his brain and the only thing keepin...more
The first casualty of war is the truth... But come on, this is the future, if you were a reporter how far would you go to get the story you wanted? Would you embed your consciousness into the mind of a front line soldier? Hell yeh!
But what happens what that soldier gets injured and you have to take control of his actions. The war on the telly becomes a...more
His greatest virtue to me was his ability to shit out books. The long list of books attributed to him attest to this. I appreciated this because when the time came for a gift for my husband I was never at a standstill, I could always get him the next Dan Abnetts (please note the plural).
I must now admit that I enjoyed Embedded very much. Falk became very very real for me and I felt several pangs...more
I thought the idea of taking the old cold war off planet and into sci-fi was great, mixing it up with some modern political statement. I also liked the subtle language references and the idea of being able to get a ling patch that basically bleeped you as you spoke. Inspired.
The main thing I like about the pace and style of Abnett's books is that they are very visually punchy...more
Dan Abnett is well known within gaming and comics subcultures. Abnett worked for some years on the iconic 2000AD comic from whence the Judge Dread character originates. He also worked for Marvel on several lines including The Punisher and X-Men.
He is also the evil genius behind some of Games Workshops/Black Library's best selling and most highly acclaimed...more