What happens when a billionaire buys a commission in the Space Legion? Not only that, but he brings along his butler. Then he gets banished to the worWhat happens when a billionaire buys a commission in the Space Legion? Not only that, but he brings along his butler. Then he gets banished to the worst company of misfits in the entire force, just because he ordered a strafing run on a peace signing.
A sure formula for disaster. Right?
The members of Phule's new group of foul-ups are as interesting as their new commander and most of the book is devoted to the developing relationship between the company and their C.O.
And that's why I didn't give the book 5 stars. It's almost all "prep work" and damned little action. That alone should have turned me off the book completely, except for the fact that it's so well-written that I couldn't stop reading it. I actually found myself enjoying the "period of adjustment" and the antics of the participants.
A great story about a plucky little guy who's trying to stay free.
Tito's a "Denver Dwarf". A condition brought on "in vitro" from a local catastropheA great story about a plucky little guy who's trying to stay free.
Tito's a "Denver Dwarf". A condition brought on "in vitro" from a local catastrophe in Denver. Most Denver Dwarfs have have mental problems and need care. But not Tito. He's sharp and able, and is trying to stay out of the clutches of the nanny state that wants him back in their tender care.
I was rooting for him every step of the way. This story is so good that I forgot to worry about character development and scene setting. I just let the story envelop me. One of the top stories I've read in my life....more
Gar Pike (Magnus) saves yet another world from tyranny. Ho-humm.
Okay, it's not that bad, although it does follow the formula that Stasheff has fallenGar Pike (Magnus) saves yet another world from tyranny. Ho-humm.
Okay, it's not that bad, although it does follow the formula that Stasheff has fallen into for this series. The world he's created her is an interesting adaption of Norse mythology meets Wagner (without the singing). There are giants, dwarfs, and "normal" people, all at odds with each other. Throw in some bandits and a girl and you've got the brew that challenges our intrepid world-saver yet again.
Did I mention a girl? Will she break through Magnus' reticence regarding the opposite sex? For that matter, will he break through her barriers? If I told you, it would give away the mystery. So I won't
Stasheff's writing is as solid as ever, in spite of his tendency to do a bit of "head-hopping" in the middle of a scene. And he manages to bring this world alive as he has others.
Well worth a read for fans of the series, but I probably won't read it again.
What I WILL read again is the original series based on "The Warlock in Spite of Himself"....more
I finished a book on my Kindle and browsed for another to read and selected Demona. I was well into the story when I discovered that some of the sceneI finished a book on my Kindle and browsed for another to read and selected Demona. I was well into the story when I discovered that some of the scenes sounded familiar. Turns out I'd read it before, but I couldn't quit reading it again. I think I'll remember it now (I must have been horribly distracted the first time; probably around the time my wife was having a hard time with her health and half of my reading was done in her hospital room while she slept).
Demona has had a hard life as a tortured slave of a "normal" human who displays her in a ring for the derision and missiles of a small crowd of sickoes. Her brother rescues her and they start the journey home. But Demona is a hard one to control since she's been reduced to animal reactions by her years of abuse.
Most of the book is about the journey home and her redemption - if she can survive that long.
There are two other story lines. One of them merges with Demona's adventure. The other one is still hanging out in left field at the end of the book.
I was intrigued and hated putting the book down in the evening when it was bedtime. The only saving grace was that I'd remind myself that it wasn't going away and would be there tomorrow evening.
The story is not finished in book one and there's a huge hole (and a teaser) at the end for the next book in the series. However, some of the plot lines are settled enough to satisfy most readers.
What I want to know is: WHERE'S THE NEXT BOOK??? I want a copy.
The only problem I had with the book (which is why I took a star away) was that it needed copy editing by another pair of eyes. There are very few published books in the world which are perfect in spelling and punctuation, but this has too many of these minor glitches. Still, there aren't so many that the flow of the story wasn't interrupted enough to throw me mentally out of the plot.
I highly recommend this book for people who like a bit of magic with their fantasy adventures....more
One of the better cyber-punk, spy books I’ve read. Good science in it. Believable characters that are likable. Lots of twists and turns leading to a sOne of the better cyber-punk, spy books I’ve read. Good science in it. Believable characters that are likable. Lots of twists and turns leading to a satisfying conclusion. What more can I say?...more
The original Foundation trilogy was written because Asimov wanted to write it. The extras were written because his publisher wanted more books to capiThe original Foundation trilogy was written because Asimov wanted to write it. The extras were written because his publisher wanted more books to capitalize on the popularity of the originals.
This book shows that.
The plot is thin and Asimov had to put in a lot of filler to fill enough pages to make a novel out of it. To do so, he came up with a travelogue; running his main characters from one world to another. Two of the characters have a non-stop discussion/argument about the same blasted thing over and over again.
If the book had been shorter, it would have been fairly good, but the extra material managed to bore me most of the time. I won't be reading it again.
If you just HAVE to read all of the Foundation books, by all means give this a go. Even with the problems, Asimov is still a good writer....more
Foster is obviously trading on the popularity of Book 1. Although the story line is a fairly good one, I suspect it could have been told with about haFoster is obviously trading on the popularity of Book 1. Although the story line is a fairly good one, I suspect it could have been told with about half as many words, but then it wouldn’t have been long enough to publish in paper form.
A gripping, true account of a child growing up with abusive parents. When I was done reading, I wanted to strangle her parents.
Stacy, who represents tA gripping, true account of a child growing up with abusive parents. When I was done reading, I wanted to strangle her parents.
Stacy, who represents the author’s main identity, develops several alternate personalities to handle various problems she faces. One can find food, another can deal with rape, and so on. In other words, she develops dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D.), an unusual form of multiple personality disorder. The difference is that her personalities are aware of, and can communicate with, each other.
Most autobiographies are boring to me. The average individual can’t write about themselves without being boring and a bit narcissistic. Erickson, however, not only pulls this off, she does it extremely well. Her story reads like a fine novel as her viewpoint wanders from one personality to another as circumstances require.
This is an easy and enjoyable (if you can restrain your rage) way to learn about D.I.D. If you, or someone you know, has D.I.D., it can offer hope for a cure to the problem. I certainly learned a lot while being entertained by what masks as a good “yarn”....more
Except this pet is an Alaspinian Mini-drag who can fly and spits an extremely corrosive venom. "Pip" by name. Also, she'sA boy and his pet. How cute.
Except this pet is an Alaspinian Mini-drag who can fly and spits an extremely corrosive venom. "Pip" by name. Also, she's very protective of Flinx (her owner). Actually, he found her in a pile of rubbish, cold and hungry.
They live on a backwater planet called "Moth" in the shady section of town, where Flinx' "mother", a querulous old woman who bought him off a slave block, plies her trade out of a shabby storefront.
Moth is part of the "Humanx" Commonwealth, made up of humans and an insectoid race who are "natural partners" with humans (in other words, they get along quite well in spite of their different appearances and cultures).
The story gets off to a rousing start when Flinx' "mother" is kidnapped and he and Pip have to find and save her.
This is the first book in the Humanx series and it gets it off to a great start. I was hooked from the beginning. I heartily recommend it along with the rest of the series....more
Nick's first assignment out of the Marshal's Academy. What could go wrong for this ex-Star Marine? Well, just about everything.
Our hero has to deal wiNick's first assignment out of the Marshal's Academy. What could go wrong for this ex-Star Marine? Well, just about everything.
Our hero has to deal with bad guys, allies, the legal system, and the problem of not knowing which is which.
This is the strangest "space western" I've ever read -- and the most entertaining. It's all believable once you get past Nick's propensity to carry an antique slug-throwing weapon inside a pressure dome (not the brightest move anyone without a death wish could make).
Twists and turns abound in this action adventure. I loved the story and hated putting it down at the end of the day (I'm not a speed reader).
A great "first book" (chronologically) for the series (even though it was written after 2 others were published)....more
An exciting, action adventure, filled with great drama and gritty realism!
The story starts out in a 2nd century, walled village located in the upper wAn exciting, action adventure, filled with great drama and gritty realism!
The story starts out in a 2nd century, walled village located in the upper waters of the Vistula river, in what is now south Poland, near modern Kraków. The river wanders east and then west again and eventually empties into the Baltic Sea, almost exactly north of its headwaters. (I looked it up out of curiosity).
Myk, a teenager who is not quite considered a “man” by the standards of the tribe (a sub-group of the once great Celtic nation), is the son of the village chief — an elected position which he’s held for many years because of his skill as a leader who makes good decisions. Summer is coming to an end and the prosperous Vends are facing a possible incursion by hungry tribes from the east where a famine may be brewing.
The book is written in 5 major sections, plus an epilog. The first section introduces the Vend tribe and their not-so-friendly neighbors. The second section introduces the Romans, who are now involved in Germany and exploring out from there. Section three introduces a party of Mongol explorers, working for the Great Khan, who are mapping the country to the west of the vast Mongol empire, with an eye for eventual conquest.
The last 2 sections further develop the story as the three cultures collide in Vend territory.
I can’t tell you much more without spoiling the fun.
This is a huge book! 259,000 words (970 pages equivalent to a paperback), according to the ad on Amazon. But it reads fast. It’s one of those “I can’t put it down” stories that keeps you riveted to your chair, long after you should be doing something else. But, since I’m not a speed reader, I had to put it down if I wanted any sleep at night. Still, it didn’t take me many evenings to finish it, still wanting more (and sleepy when the alarm went off in the morning).
Most of the plot lines are neatly wrapped up by the end of the book (I’d have been horribly disappointed if they weren’t), but a couple were left open, probably with an eye for one or two sequels. However, I don’t feel cheated since the open threads don’t leave me with that “what the heck happened here?” feeling. It’s more like the feeling you get at the end of a classic western where the hero rides off on his horse, rather than settling down with the girl; another story is possible, but you won’t die if that’s all there is to the yarn.
At $4.95, given it’s size and high entertainment value, it’s a steal. Most ebooks of this stripe sell in the $7 - $10 range (well, 6.99 – 10.99 on Amazon if you want to quibble). It carries an “R” rating because, true to those times, sex is handled in a rather straightforward manner. I’d have given it a PG-13 rating myself, but the publisher seems to err on the side of caution in these matters.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure stories with a lot of action and drama. Even if you’re not hooked on “historical adventures”. ...more
Something for the youngsters in your life (kids, grandkids). A good book to read to them, especially if they like bunny stories.
I'm not young enough tSomething for the youngsters in your life (kids, grandkids). A good book to read to them, especially if they like bunny stories.
I'm not young enough to really enjoy the book (no explosions, violence, or death -- sorry), but they tykes I've read it to seem to enjoy it. I keep it on hand for when they visit (not often enough).
The book is heavily illustrated with color artwork and comes out 2nd best on a B&W screen (such as a Kindle). However, with a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer (or a color Nook, etc.) it works just fine....more