The idea of this book intrigued me greatly. You don’t often have stories about what happens to the people left behind when someone goes traveling in sThe idea of this book intrigued me greatly. You don’t often have stories about what happens to the people left behind when someone goes traveling in space. And you don’t often have stories about what happens when the traveller comes back, and time has taken its toll. That’s a really great idea to explore. This just didn’t work well for me, but not because it was a bad book. It was interesting to see how the characters dealt with the age and experience gap. It just didn’t hold my attention. I would have liked to have read more about the aliens that Earth is at war with, but then this is more about human relationships than anything else. Which is fine, but it’s also why I don’t read literary fiction. Examination of the human condition and of human relationships just doesn’t interest me. I’d rather read about aliens. Oh, well. If you’re a fan of literary fiction, or literary sci-fi, then this would be right up your alley....more
Sci-fi with an evironmental twist? Hmm…It’s not exactly space opera, since most of the story takes place on another planet. It’s not exactly militarySci-fi with an evironmental twist? Hmm…It’s not exactly space opera, since most of the story takes place on another planet. It’s not exactly military sci-fi, because the military presence makes up a small part of the cast of characters. It’s a mixture of a little bit of everything. The book touches on everything from religion, environmental policy, the scary possible future of the corporation, family values, ethics in journalism, and human/alien relations. It sounds like a lot, but all of these subjects are integral to the story and Traviss covers them all without seeming disjointed or being preachy. The issue that stood out most to me was the conflict between interference and non-interference. How do you make scientists get along with a society that believes in not interfering with any form of life? It was really interesting. The main character, Shan, is also kick ass. She’s a tough, no B.S. cop with a mysterious past. I liked her. If you enjoy strong, female leads, and sci-fi with something more than just action, then you should check this out....more
I enjoyed this. Well, not that it made me happy, but I’m happy that I read it. It’s heartbreakingly sad, but that’s a good thing. It can’t all be sunsI enjoyed this. Well, not that it made me happy, but I’m happy that I read it. It’s heartbreakingly sad, but that’s a good thing. It can’t all be sunshine and roses, can it? The author created characters that you care about and root for during all the trials they go through. The writing style is very different from what I’m used to reading. I tend to normally gravitate toward action and military sci-fi, but this is most definitely nothing like that. I’m not familiar with the lit terms, but I’ll try to do my best to describe it. It’s more lyrical. The descriptions produce vivid images in the mind’s eye, and evoke a sense of beauty, even when describing something unpleasant. It felt…dreamy. Ugh, I should have taken at least one lit class. The pace of the book was slower, but that’s understandable because the emphasis isn’t solely on action. I really enjoyed this, and I look forward to reading other books by this author....more
I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed this more if I were a Star Trek fan. Despite my ignorance of the Star Trek Universe, I found this book to be pretI'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed this more if I were a Star Trek fan. Despite my ignorance of the Star Trek Universe, I found this book to be pretty ok. I enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek humor, the nerdiness, and the con references. I didn't find this that scary. I was surprised quite a few times, but not in a fearful way, more in a "Huh. Didn't see that coming" sort of way. This is definitely more of a spoof zombie novel than a hardcore horror one. The Trekkies, Trekkers, and congoers weren't portrayed in a derogatory light at all. In fact, I think this was written specifically for these communities. They're definitely in the best position to fully appreciate it. If you know nothing about Star Trek or sci-fi conventions, this probably won't work for you. If, on the other hand, you're into either or both of these, you may want to check it out....more
Fast, fun, and action packed. I enjoyed this. The actions scenes were exciting, and I did end up liking the characters, well, as much as you can likeFast, fun, and action packed. I enjoyed this. The actions scenes were exciting, and I did end up liking the characters, well, as much as you can like the bad guys. The use of expletives was almost too much for my personal liking, but it eased up later in the book. The violence was usually quite graphic. If you're the type of person that can't handle blood and violence, then this may not be for you. But, if you love action movies (like I do), then you may want to check this out. I wish I were able to compare this to others works of cyberpunk, but since they are sitting in my pile of books to read, I can't help with that aspect. Will I be reading the next one? Yes, I'm definitely looking forward to it....more
I enjoyed this. It was exciting, adventurous, sarcastic, and fun. I enjoy Scalzi’s sense of humor, and the dialogue between his characters is great. II enjoyed this. It was exciting, adventurous, sarcastic, and fun. I enjoy Scalzi’s sense of humor, and the dialogue between his characters is great. If you’ve read Old Man’s War, then I think you’ll enjoy this. I took me a bit to get over the fact that this isn’t set in the same world as OMW, especially since the main character’s name is Harry. If you haven’t read Old Man’s War, then this is a great introduction to Scalzi’s writing style. This is more of a sci-fi thriller, where Old Man’s War is definitely military sci-fi. There are some explanations of scientific topics, but not at the “hard sci-fi” level, which is great because that usually goes right over my head. There were some political explanations that went on a little too long for me, but there weren’t many so I was okay with that. ...more
After seeing the Vaginal Fantasy episode on YouTube that discussed this book as their alternate pick, I deci2013:
Wow, what a difference 3 years makes.
After seeing the Vaginal Fantasy episode on YouTube that discussed this book as their alternate pick, I decided to give this another try. It's possible that I've become more open to having some form of romance in my sci-fi. Back then, it was a deal-breaker to have any sort of romance in the plot line. I enjoyed this book this time around. I'll definitely go on to read the rest of the series, and I'm glad I gave this another chance. The romance plot-line didn't take away from the overall plot line, like I had thought it had years ago. It kind of reminded me of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate as far as how the romance and overall story line are handled.
The back of the book sounded interesting and I’m a big fan of space opera but this one didn’t work for me. It wasn’t that it was horribly written, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. The main problem I had was that the ratio of action to romance was about 30:70. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional romantic subplot, but not when it feels like the romantic plot overrides the story. It also may have something to do with the misleading blurb on the back of the book. A little warning would have been nice. It reminded me of Urban Fantasy since alot of the books in that genre have a very strong romantic element (not all of them, which is why I enjoy the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, but that’s for another post.) If you enjoy Urban Fantasy and you want to take the leap to more space oriented sci-fi, then I would definitely recommend this for you. If you like your space opera to have more action than anything, then this may not be for you. There were instances where the character kicked butt, but they were rare occasions. I can see why other people may enjoy this, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to want to read the rest of the series. ...more
This is the second book I’ve read by Connie Willis. To Say Nothing of the Dog was the first and it was absolutely fantastic. I still loved this one, bThis is the second book I’ve read by Connie Willis. To Say Nothing of the Dog was the first and it was absolutely fantastic. I still loved this one, but for a different reason. The story sets out with an ominous tone, and the paranoid feeling that something bad is going to happen never really lets up. While it sounds bad, it’s actually a good thing because Willis has a way of getting you to care about her characters early on in the story, and I know it worked on me because I was fretting about what could happen to the characters. That, to me, is one measure of a really great story. If I find myself adding commentary about the characters in my head (“No, no don’t do that!”, “Yes!”, “Oh drats”), then I know the author and the story has won me over.
And what a story. There’s mystery, plot twists, drama, and humor. I love the snappy remarks, and the witty banter between the characters. There were a number of slow points in the story, but not enough to make me want to quit reading altogether. I found it to be one of those books that feel like they’re long and are just going to go on forever. Trust me. Stick with it because the last 100 pages or so fly by and are just amazing. I’m really glad that I read it....more