The first time I read this book I was doing markup as an editor which makes stories less interesting. This time I read it ju2015 grade B+ 2017 grade A-
The first time I read this book I was doing markup as an editor which makes stories less interesting. This time I read it just for fun, and it did Not disappoint me. It was a blast.
It is basically a space opera with modern technology, characters, and action. It is told from the POV of the director/camera-man of a two man reality TV show as they try to eliminate a large mutant bug that is eating its way through a very large ore processing space station. The only reservation I can give is the story is quite violent in a couple of places. The characters are wonderfully diverse and refreshingly adult. How the author managed to get so much character development and world building into such a high action story, I don't know. But he did and very well.
It has not been published yet, but it deserves to be. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a fun modern SciFi action story. ...more
I read this as yet unpublished novel as a beta-read editor. It is the sequel to End of Innocence, and, while not as ground2016 Grade B+ series book C2
I read this as yet unpublished novel as a beta-read editor. It is the sequel to End of Innocence, and, while not as ground breaking, it is a very much above average read. I had some problems with the graphic violence and a few of the tertiary characters. Otherwise it probably would have earned an A grade of some type. The author has since addressed those issues, and, from the parts I reread, it is much better.
It takes place many years after book 1. The Cadorie are plagued by the Langons and this time they have to do something about it. They do....more
This young adult space opera is a fun read and fairly fast read. It reminds me of the Space Cadet type novels of the 50s bef2017 grade B Series book P1
This young adult space opera is a fun read and fairly fast read. It reminds me of the Space Cadet type novels of the 50s before SciFi grew up and became accepted. That's a good thing since they were and still are fun reads. But the science has been updated and the quality is better in this novel.
It is told in first person from one point of view so the reader does not get to know the other characters very well, but character development is incidental to the story anyway. It is mostly about the struggle to survive in space and against pirates as well as world building.
The story is very fictionally technical although based on real science and the only part I had problems with was the roughly full chapter on cleaning the heads and waste recycling. It seems that could have been shorter since it is pretty much all technobabble and the other repairs were not that long. Still I enjoyed the book a lot and only skipped a bit of the head cleaning.
The end was also abrupt but not overly so and the epilog finished it off very well.
I liked it enough so the next three books in the series were purchased before I had finished this one. It did not disappoint....more
Grade. As a first read, it is grade B- but I expect it would be less on a second read.
Prose Technical. The book is told in first perso2016 Grade B-/C+
Grade. As a first read, it is grade B- but I expect it would be less on a second read.
Prose Technical. The book is told in first person present tense from two alternating points of view. It is kind of like reading a movie and feels very odd to me. I don't think I have ever read a book written this way and I've read about 3000 books. I found it very difficult at first but by the middle, I was only stumbling occasionally.
Basic Plot. The story takes place on a generation ship with a cargo of frozen people. The generations are the "crew" who keep the ship going and the cryos are the colonists. But things have gone wrong of course, and the crew is now very oddly structured.
Plot Holes. There are so many lies on this ship that by the end I still did not know what is the truth and what is not. As a reader I no longer believed the author.
Science Problems. 1) The first problem is the ship, although large, has gravity but is not spinning. It is not a big problem because many books, shows, and movies do exactly the same thing. 2) A bigger problem is the ship's engine is described as a breeder reactor. Reactors are not engines. They are power sources that can be used to drive engines. Again, I could suspend my disbelief. 3) The biggest problem is that we find out that the reactor is loosing power and that is causing the ship to slow down. That slow down is a major plot point and it defies the laws of physics. It would not happen even if the engines shut down entirely. The ship would coast at it's last maximum speed until something stopped it. But, as I said, the story is so full of lies, that maybe all of that is a lie. I'll never find out.
Entertainment. It is a good story, good enough so I read it pretty fast, and I was entertained. There is some superfluous and some dark material in the middle that I consider padding. (Although the book is 400 pages, it is double spaced.) I also got bored enough after the middle that I was speed reading a few of the longer paragraphs and areas by skipping to the end of the paragraphs.
To sum it up. It is worth reading once, but not twice. I do not plan on reading the rest of the books in the series. Fortunately, this book comes to an adequate end so reading the rest is not necessary and I would not have read the rest anyway (unless they were given to me for free). I'll give my copy to my daughter-in-law. ...more
This book had 15 easy to read short stories. They are originals but most incorporate low level elements from Dr Who. I liked the stories.2016 Grade B+
This book had 15 easy to read short stories. They are originals but most incorporate low level elements from Dr Who. I liked the stories. The following are very brief descriptions of the stories.
WARNING, minor SPOILERS coming, but very minor. Stop here if you don't want to read them.
1) Grade A. The first story is a variation of the Blink theme but is other wise original. I did not recognize the fairy tale. 2) Grade B. The second is a hard SciFi take on sleeping beauty. The only Dr Who element is the monsters are called the Wirrn, which is from the Tom Baker era. 3) Grade A. The third is a Matt Smith twist on Cinderella. 4) Grade B-. Four was a SciFi/Fantasy about a dying king and two children. I think the Dr Who references are probably there but, if they are, they are obscure. 5) Grade B-. Five was SciFi with Sontaran and Rutan characters. 6) Grade A. I think it is a Jack and the Bean Stalk fantasy although it is very different and better. The villains are the Nimons. 7) Grade C+. This is a Snow White variation with a Doomsday Machine. 8) Grade B+. This is a Red Riding Hood variation with a Zygon and The Doctor. 9) Grade B+. Nine is a Witch with a Gingerbread House variation and no recognizable connection to Dr. Who. 10) Grade A-. Doctor #2 plays Pied Piper against Cybermats. 11) Grade A-. Beauty and the Beast is updated with the Doctor to the rescue. 12) Grade C. This is a Slithereen Ali-baba story. I had a hard time recognizing the fairy tale. 13) Grade B+. The Doctor encourages a young woman to defeat the Grief Collector. 14) Grade B+. Three brothers (1 strong, 1 brave, 1 smart) defeat a Sontaran scout. 15) Grade B+. An Ice Warrior visits Camelot (I think).
I was slightly disappointed in this novel. Still it is worth reading and pretty easy to read and I will save it for reading again some day2016 grade B
I was slightly disappointed in this novel. Still it is worth reading and pretty easy to read and I will save it for reading again some day.
The novel has less action and more intrigue and politics than the first two novels. But it does not have a corresponding increase in character development and world building.
I was also unhappy with the open ended nature of the final chapter and its three unfinished themes. (Is the Broom family still in trouble with the government or are they now OK given the unsurprising twist ending? What about the one Broom Cobra still off planet, which appears to be a more interesting storyline anyway. The first two books of that series have been published BTW. I'd give the title but it is a spoiler.)
Overall the story is not particularly engrossing and can be put down pretty easy. Some of the POV changes were initially confusing, probably because it was forgettable so I forgot the other POV even existed by the time I got there. ...more
Book two in the series is an enjoyable space opera war from start to finish. It is a classic multiple POV third person p2016 Grade B/B+
Series book CW2
Book two in the series is an enjoyable space opera war from start to finish. It is a classic multiple POV third person presentation taking place on two planets from different POVs on each. One planet is a newly settled very unfriendly jungle planet. The other is a city and rural planet of previous enemies. The two POVs don't even come together until about 2/3 of the way through when a third POV from book one enters the picture.
There is some character development and quite a bit of world building, which I like. In fact the world building was oversold a bit making it hard for me to suspend my disbelief at times that the feats of survival were possible. The jungle was a little too ferocious. In the city, the bent over and cold sewer and river journeys were more than any normal person could take. The Nissa character was underdeveloped and seemed a bit out character at the end. Otherwise the novel would have earned a B+. ...more
This is an action adventure SciFi novel with some of the characters augmented to effectively low level super powers. It al2016 grade B+
Series book CW1
This is an action adventure SciFi novel with some of the characters augmented to effectively low level super powers. It also has pretty good character and personality development making it a fun read. The story ends satisfactorily and can be read on its own. But it does up the next novel at the very end....more
This is a 5* grade A hard SciFi near future survival novel. Be forewarned though that I am a hard SciFi fan and this is very hard SciFi. I2015 grade A
This is a 5* grade A hard SciFi near future survival novel. Be forewarned though that I am a hard SciFi fan and this is very hard SciFi. It has math, physics, biology and chemistry dialog and others might find it a bit dry in places. The first six chapters only have one character and, even for me, it was getting a bit dry. But the author chose exactly the right spot to switch to the NASA point of view with more characters. Somehow the author managed to build character development into the story even though most of it has only one character. The end is grade A+.
I was slightly dissatisfied with the "to be continued" aspect of the end but it was minor. It's also not my favorite kind of fiction. The2015 grade B+
I was slightly dissatisfied with the "to be continued" aspect of the end but it was minor. It's also not my favorite kind of fiction. The grade probably would have been higher if it were not for those two things.
The characters and story are excellent. The first two chapters are so interesting the book is difficult to put down and, as another critic wrote, the last 70 pages are very, very difficult to stop reading. The rest of the book is one of those rare cases where I don't want to stop reading but it is actually fairly east to stop and pick up where I left off later, even the next day or longer.
The book reminds me in a good way at times of Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
All in all, it is a very good read and I will probably read the sequels.
Update Feb 25, 2016. I abandoned book two about 1/3 of the way through. The reasons are in my review. My advice is to read this one and leave it at that....more