For an abridged, YA version of the classical old germanic sagas, it was a wonderful experience as a teenager and young adult alike. Maybe not the greaFor an abridged, YA version of the classical old germanic sagas, it was a wonderful experience as a teenager and young adult alike. Maybe not the greatest stories of all times, the flaws and exaggerations especially in the Gudrun bit are obvious, but it's great entertainment non the less... how else would it have survived 2000+ years by recollection and renarration?...more
**spoiler alert** Wieso nur muss jeder NEO Roman in diesen kleinen Steckenpferdchen ersaufen die jeder Autor des Teams zur Zeit mit sich herumzutragen**spoiler alert** Wieso nur muss jeder NEO Roman in diesen kleinen Steckenpferdchen ersaufen die jeder Autor des Teams zur Zeit mit sich herumzutragen scheint? War es wirklich notwendig dass jetzt auch noch Rugby in dieser SCIENCE FICTION Serie berücksichtigt wurde? So bekannt und beliebt wie dieser Sport im deutschsprachigen Raum (dem klassischen Perry Rhodan Verbreitungsgebiet) ist, haben 99% der leser 25% der Handlung nicht nachvollziehen können und sind zudem noch vom Autoren mit hochgerecktem Zeigefinger belehrt worden wie nobel und sportlich dieser Zeitvertreib von Rowdies doch sei, würde er doch vor allem von Gentlemen ausgeübt.
Sorry aber wir haben nur 12 Romane um den derzeitigen Handlungsbogen abzuschliessen und während ich gelegentliches Lokalkolorit durchaus schätze, hat es in PR NEO weit überhand genommen. Jeder Urlaubsort muss zwangsläufig irgendwann näher beschriebenzum Handlungsort werdenund jedes heutige Problem muss um ein wenig "dunkel, düster und hoffnungslos" Pflichtverzweiflung ergänzt auch in 20 Jähriger Zukunft noch aktuell sein. Vom Seriensterben der Akteure und dem gewohnheitsmässigen Entsorgen von allem was auch nur halbwegs nach brauchbarer technischer Ausrüstung aussieht ganz zu schweigen.
In der Form ist NEO nicht Scifi und auch nicht Perry Rhodan - der Neuanfang, sondern allenfalls Urban contemporary Fantasy die verzweifelt versucht, sich als Zukunftsroman zu verkaufen und doch im Hobbyhandwerk der Autorenriege ersäuft. Und so vieles davon wäre mit einer vernünftigen Redaktion / anständigem Lektorat durchaus vermeidbar, weil eben Amis und Australier nicht der Pflkege traditionellem österreichischen Dialekts fröhnen. Uigurische Spitzenköche mit französischer Ausbildung kehren sich nicht darum dass es im Lande der Wiener und Salzburger "Powidel" heissen mag und ein Texaner läuft seinen Morgenjoggingversuch nicht in Kilometern sondern in Meilen. Leider bekümmert so etwas zur Zeit aber anscheinend niemanden im Team und die Individualität und persönliche Note steht über inhaltlicher Geschlossenheit und kontextueller Sinnhaftigkeit....more
**spoiler alert** Ich habe schon immer die "millionenjahrebände" bei PR geliebt, diese Stories alter Schlachten, untergegangener Imperien oder des Sch**spoiler alert** Ich habe schon immer die "millionenjahrebände" bei PR geliebt, diese Stories alter Schlachten, untergegangener Imperien oder des Scheiterns von unglaublich großangelegten Projekten übermächtiger Wesen und Organisationen. Dementsprechend "heiss" war ich auf den Roman von dem angekündigt war, dass er einen 50.000 Jahre zurückliegenden Krieg beschreiben würde.
Ich hätte es mir ersparen sollen darüber aufgeregt zu sein. Die letztendlich erhaltene Beschreibung war nicht nur esotherisch bis zum fast schon Erbrechen sondern auch noch historisch komplett nutzlos. Wir erhielten lediglich eine persönlich gefärbte und durch Wahrnehmungsmängel höchst verzerrte "Beschreibung" des gefühlten Geschehens aus der Sicht eines maximal am Rande beteiligten Akteurs der nichts verstanden hat und wenig erzählt/erklärt bekam... Zusammen mit dem mittlerweile in NEO schon unvermeidlichen "Beseitigen" von Technologie und Nebenfiguren bot das Ganze für mich kein sehr erfreuliches Leseerlebnis, zumal Huiskes Schreibstil nicht einmal besonders geniessbar wirkte. So gesehen nur ein Pflichtroman damit man die "Fakten" später wiedererkennen kann... Spaß oder Enthusiasmus sehen anders aus....more
**spoiler alert** Okay, there is little flawed in this novella, the writing is solid and both main protagonists are pretty nice guys... (that's Harry**spoiler alert** Okay, there is little flawed in this novella, the writing is solid and both main protagonists are pretty nice guys... (that's Harry Windsor and Ivanov the Spetsnaz from the future), still it does not really compare to the origina trilogy as onne - it is an espionage story that does not try too hard to go into details about the future tech or showcases any warfare actions... two it is not the most inspired or original plot... and three .. it's awffully short and has no real place to spread out its wings and soar about as the acxis of time boooks could and did.
and i'm a bit concerned why the announced follow up "Cairo" has not yet reached Goodreads... could this have sold so poorly that the sequel was cancelled...more
**spoiler alert** Mr Turtledove is undoubtedly one of the masters of military storytelling in our days. So it shows also in this book, the experiences**spoiler alert** Mr Turtledove is undoubtedly one of the masters of military storytelling in our days. So it shows also in this book, the experiences and opinions as seen through the eyes of the G.I.s, poilous, Landser and whatever else the "boots on the ground" may call themselves feel absolutely authentic and could have happened in any war around the middle of last century. Maybe even up to vietnam. This is his strength, here the novel shines brilliant like the light of the sun!
Still, having an authentic atmosphere and a realistic cast is not everything in writing about an imaginary variation of the Great War... Using exclusively small figures without any kind of overview (even those characters that are officers are low down in the food chain and so "theirs is not to question why") leaves it woefully obvious in this meanwhile fifth volume of the (otherweise excellent series) that Turtledove has no real way to show the bigger context of it all, the real troop movements and advantages or disadvantages of the various armies... And why there's still so much emphasize on the front in Spain between the marionette governements for fashists and communists i really don't know. In short... it's becoming more and more muddled what's really going on and a lot of things are shily hinted at that in another novel or series would have ended up as major points of the action (e.g. they seem to have stopped the Manhattan project due to the cost projections early in 1943, the North African Front seems to tend towards an Axis victory or that civil unrest is spreading in the Reich with Wehrmacht and Party/SS allegedly on different sides...)
A lot of lowly soldiers showing how much hell war really is, has it's good points, but this series still lacks some serious general staff input and overview, not just because the jumpy dates are tough enough to follow when whole povs are going away for months, e.g. due to a wound that first needs hospitalization for a long time, then followed up by coming back to the unit without any hint how much time really has passed... the more than one year this book spans does not feel the least bit like it.
The writing is excellent and the characters are not without merits, but still this could have ended up better with a bit less obfuscation and a little bit more of greater view in it....more
What can i say? I just love this book. While it stays mostly Navy-shipsides kind of clean it just feels like your authentic bootcamp and career reportWhat can i say? I just love this book. While it stays mostly Navy-shipsides kind of clean it just feels like your authentic bootcamp and career report by actual soldiers. And it's absolutely fun to watch this weird stuck up rule stickling guy go from bootcamp to changing tracks from enlisted over NCO to Officer Candidate all the while praying to keep everything as regulations want it to be kept while showing his true mettle and earning his true laurels whenever he does or suggest something far out the box :D Yet he's basically a normal guy, no superhero, no Rambo, not good with arms or a computer hack like no other... just somebody who gets creative under pressure.
The thing that captured me the most about the book though is the pacing, it always feels as if something important is right about to happen and you do not want to miss it. And while you can see in retrospect where this book lays the foundation for the whole trilogy it is the starting volume of, it does not shout into your face while you're reading it - and it is far from the oppressive, suffocating blanket of Manpower that lies so heavily over the whole "main series" and has long ago started to smother those fun bits i've enjoyed in this book so much. The first 2 or 3 Honors, the first Saganami and this novel probably are the best in "personal experience space combat" you'll find in this whole series and while i'm sure that this personal factor is not everything that there is to root for in Space Opera (and of course the "general leads on epic scale" moments are also a fine thing), it's still one of the best parts about the whole series and one that got hooked lots of the fans to the Honorverse!...more
As story per se it wasn't that bad. Sure i was appalled at what casual racism a character like Bond could get away with in the sixties and the datedneAs story per se it wasn't that bad. Sure i was appalled at what casual racism a character like Bond could get away with in the sixties and the datedness clearly shows in the massive mentions of smoking and drinking for entertainment as well in anything technical that appeared, but that put aside it worked out as a criminal procedural crossing state's borders and thus falling under the responsibility of the Secret Service/MI6... And while some of the characters ended up rather sketchy and stereotypical, taken together it felt like the average citizens impression about bad gang members from that time (or like TV gangsters anyway) if not quite like a real mafia-esque outfit of those days... So it ended up mainly as an entertaining crime novel of the late fifties/early sixties... Which i can be very happy with.
Still itÄs a bit disappointing to find that all the glamour and gimmicks that have enheartened the flashy movies to me is sorely lacking from the original novels, making them a bit bland in direct comparison and leaving Bond as ultimately just a cheap thug assassinating Britains enemies whereever they might live... a killer employed by the government with little if any ameliorating factors to the personality even in the bits playing out in his inner voice directly in Bond's head.
I guess that i'll rather prefer to not return for a second read for quite some time... maybe never....more
**spoiler alert** When i started reading i soon found out that this novel is one of the more experimental Bond texts. It's wholly narrated in first pe**spoiler alert** When i started reading i soon found out that this novel is one of the more experimental Bond texts. It's wholly narrated in first person perspective through the eyes of Vivienne Michel, a Franco-Canadian woman who has an irritating habit of floating aimlessly in between school and real life. She spent some time in Europe, mainly having disappointing sexual experiences with men she could not have guessed worse if she'd tried personality wise. Then she returns to Canada only to find a reason to go on a Vespa travel down into the States where she runs into the creepiest motel since Psycho only to get caught with two hard boiled criminals during a vile thunderstorm and the promise to not see the light of the next day alive... Somehow Bond stumbles over this crime scene in training and gets rid of the problem and ends her series of bad sex only to vanish again the next morning with a goodbye note on the pillow.
Well what should i say... a Bond novel without James Bond until two thirds in and then completely seen through the rosy glasses of the beat up girl caught in a crime in progress and naively glorifying her "savior", that surely needs some getting used to it. Luckily the writing is not bad and although Viv is pretty gullible and awfully undecided as to what she wants to achieve in life, the narration itself ends up full of moments where suspense, thrill or erotic tension really give a vibe to the text. If only Ms Michel would sound as if she wanted to make it suspenseful, thrilling or erotically tense while she drones down her life's miserable recollection. The plot itself is not much to show off... some mafia style guys hired to commit insurance fraud and gratuitously killing the girl that accidentally booked in at the motel that's going to be "hot remodeled" as main suspect and judas goat in this little business of theirs, once Bond seriously gets involved the crooks have not really much of a chance and go down hard (and on a handful of pages only), you'd barely believe it's a Bond story at all were it not put into the livery of the ongoing series and bore all the correct logos and titles... it easily could have served as a vehicle for any of the countless numbers of hard boiled detectives populating the pages of the pulp magazines all throughout the 20th century, except for maybe two pages where Bond's earlier adventures are glossed over and Thunderball gets mentioned there's nothing in this demanding his presence and anybody could have had a flat deep in the Addirondacks!
Taken as an experiment in POV writing, seeing Bond from a different perspective, convincingly female even though not the sharpest tool in the shed and a bit too pragmatic and suffering for her own good, the spy who loved me is almost successful ind elivering something fresh, unexpected and still distinctly bond-esque. But as a part of the famous spy novel series it is an utter failure, thin, shallow and forgettable amongst the illustrious events featuring villains like Blofeld or the Soviet SMERSh apparatus... If there were partial stars i'd be tempted to go slightly higher than just **, but i can't honestly say i completely liked it and had no remorse of starting this read, so *** is just a tad too high to go....more
**spoiler alert** It took an awful lot of time until the story finally arrived at the point where we were past the introduction and got an idea of wha**spoiler alert** It took an awful lot of time until the story finally arrived at the point where we were past the introduction and got an idea of what was going on... and irritatingly the big "secret" of the whole introductory torment was then quickly phased out and never turned up again past the halfway point... but once this warp travel took up speed it really got rolling and didn't let me loose a grip on it again. Actually the second half of the novel was so actionfilled and overflowing with barely looked at ideas and lots of characters that do not really get space or dialogue lines enough to flourish that it almost feels as if this is the sad rest of a trilogy or at least two volume book that got struck down to a single book which ended with most of the scenes from the original concept that had already been written and only needed some polishing and not a lot more of time to think about them and work out every detail.
As sympathetic as i am for the character, Harriman's wife for example could easily have been left out of the story without it losing more than ten or twenty lines of sappy romantic feelings... and in hindsight the whole contribution of the CASSIOPEIA was to blow up in the wake of ENTERPRISE going through the mysterious portal donut... (No, i won't call it Stargate, i won't ... i won't... oh dammit, of course it's a badly disguised stargate!) so why bother with the orders and emptying the ship and putting it on autopilot and whatever just to have a smallish decoy? Mining the thing would have worked every bit as well either in discouraging the Tzenkethi from following them or in putting up a similar "cover up" as the starship has done. And so it continues, while most of the scenes were okay in their own right, looking back after having read the book is a it sobering as i'd have rather had a lot more scenes for Hikaru Sulu and Christine Chapel as the best known of all the characters used in the story, as right now as the book is we jump from having crash landed on the exile world to Sulu telling a very abridged version of how he was discovered and reunited with the rest of his crew and then spent 11 years hunted by the native wildlife... stuff that i find direly lacking in the publicised version and as sad as that is much more interesting and dramatic than discussions over a wedding anniversary dinner on the Harriman's space station or the discovery through the original village on Rejaris VII.
And at any other time, the whole "we're flying back under warp power and try to find a way through this multidimensional star/system would have been a novel of its own merit instead of a half assed epilogue to the main course...
In short: While i'm perfectly okay with giving the novel a high rating as the crash of the Excelsior, the discovery of Enterprises lost crewpersons and the salvaging attempt by John Harriman were really exciting, well told and came close to any fanboys dream of how a star trek novel should be, this book is far from perfect and has a lot of disappointing moments to share the glory of those few excellent scenes. The concept probably looked awesome on paper in the outline, but now as finished book it seems a bit rough and leaving out open ends at every corner... George can write far better than this....more
**spoiler alert** I did enjoy a lot about this book, basically all the ingredients are there that have made me ove the others in the series so much. A**spoiler alert** I did enjoy a lot about this book, basically all the ingredients are there that have made me ove the others in the series so much. And in that way it's still recognizable and the same series. But in a lot of other ways it's growing steadily larger, louder and "mature" in direrctiosn i can not really find the same joy in as at the beginning when it still was the story of a lowly and struggling with his rent gumshoe, caring deeply for what he does and those for whom he does it. Now every book brings new gods and demons, new threats and changes in the persons and their goals that do not really tickle my fancy. In a very direct way i wish that the earlier casefiles would have lasted us longer and Chichen Itza would have been the grand Series finale, as it is, i fear more and more the series and the author's ambitions have outgrown my capability to follow him into the fracas....more