A warning to others who might bow out way before the halfway mark: Fortune's Pawn's plot didn't shine through until dangerously close to the halfway mA warning to others who might bow out way before the halfway mark: Fortune's Pawn's plot didn't shine through until dangerously close to the halfway mark. Up until that point, readers navigate along with MC Devi as she gets acclimated to her new job as a Merc aboard the spaceship Glorious Fool. Right off the bat, Devi finds herself in the midst of firefights with space bandits, and when not in the infirmary undergoing bone knitting, she gets her flirt on with the ship's chef, Rupert. Talking about flirting, for a while there I started to think this book was solely a romance and I myself flirted with the idea of parting ways with Fortune's Pawn. So, so glad I didn't. If you find yourself mirroring yours truly, contemplating putting the book down, just hang in there. You won't regret it.
Still, aside from the aforementioned daily grind, nothing plotty happened until the halfway point and then it was on on on. Action and reveals till the very end.
So why didn't I stop reading? Fortune's Pawn is the closest story to my beloved Firefly that I've come across in a long time. And I don't mean that in a derivative way. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Devi's voice. Talk about BAMF, that Devi. The descriptions of life in space were rather refreshing, along with the terraformed lands they visited. The supporting cast of characters were absurdly likable. And truth be told, I genuinely had a hankering to know what made reviewers fall madly in love with this book, so that in itself propelled me to continue on.
So yeah, I would definitely recommend this book to urban fantasy fans (has a similar vibe thrumming throughout in regards to how the book's written), those looking for a lite space-opera-y read, and any everyone else for that matter.
This came HIGHLY recommended. In fact, I about passed out from pure boredom while having to listen to the amazingness that is this book. And how any rThis came HIGHLY recommended. In fact, I about passed out from pure boredom while having to listen to the amazingness that is this book. And how any real sci-fi junkie has to read this and . . . Kill me now. So, with that said, I checked this baby out at the library and well, it was okay. I liked it enough. Not enough to continue on with the series, that's for sure. The beginning was cool, what with the descriptions of the world (so descriptive and 5th element-esque, love it), but once it became all political, my interest waned. At the end of the day, I'm glad I read Foundation, which is supposedly one of the first space opera novels, I believe, right? ...more
I so geeked out while reading Heir to the Empire. I mean, for reals. Star Wars and me, we go way, way back to a galaxy far, far away. Sorry, couldn'tI so geeked out while reading Heir to the Empire. I mean, for reals. Star Wars and me, we go way, way back to a galaxy far, far away. Sorry, couldn't help myself. I have mad love for George Lucas and his created world. He's a genius. True story: I once asked my mom for a Chewbacca, or a wookie, for Christmas and if not, then an Ewok would do. Han Solo was literally my first crush. Okay, I could seriously go on and on, boring any one who's reading this to tears, so my musings and life-sharing is now done. Promise.
If you are a Star Wars fan, if you are seriously jonesing for a Star Wars fix (and really, who isn't?), if you want to know what happened after Return of the Jedi, well, your wishes have been granted by one Timothy Zahn. He tells you. Readers are immediately brought back into this fantastic world made up of Luke Skywalker, Threepio, Chewie, Princess Leia Solo, R2-D2, Boba Fett is even mentioned. Okay, the mere mention of these characters is sending me yet again into a nerdgasm. My love for this world knows no bounds. So I'll end with this juicy nugget. Oprah Winfrey recently interviewed the godly George Lucas at Skywalker ranch (I'm Secreting myself there as a guest as we speak or type) and he divulged the 4-1-1 on how exactly R2-D2 got his name. Before Star Wars was filmed, George was putting the final touches on American Graffiti. He called out to a coworker to hand him reel 2, dialogue track 2, and there you go, R2-D2 was born. So cool, right? I can't handle his brilliance. Gushing over. ...more