An excellent book. I think it will be remembered as a hard science fiction classic in the years to come.
The author did a good job of balancing the lifAn excellent book. I think it will be remembered as a hard science fiction classic in the years to come.
The author did a good job of balancing the life of the stranded astronaut with the life back on Earth of the people trying to find a way of saving him (and the media watching the whole process). While there are certain liberties taken with some of the science, overall it's pretty well done.
The audio version works really well as the astronaut portions are told as journal entries so having someone speak them comes across as him telling the story.
While I really love the book, just a small warning. As he's an adult astronaut in a dangerous situation, he does swear on occasion so keep that in mind if you're offended by swearing. It's all completely appropriate in context, though.
I think this is one where I'll end up buying the hardcover.
"In space, no one can hear you scream…like a little girl."...more
Much like the Honor Harrington series, this series is petering out. Much of the book is either devoted to the romance between Kris and Jack (several cMuch like the Honor Harrington series, this series is petering out. Much of the book is either devoted to the romance between Kris and Jack (several chapters) or to planning and logistics, mostly related to a potential attack. The earlier books while there was character development, balanced it with a decent amount of action. Now, because the action is huge space battles, there isn't much for most of the book then there is several chapters devoted to it. There isn't really a lot of character development aside from Kris and Jack. There's some in regards to Grandpa Ray and Rita, but even that is pretty minimal. The other characters who featured heavily in some of the early novels, like Abby are basically non-existent. He really needs to find something for them to do. He found something for Penny, but that happens "off-screen" so to speak....more
Unlike many of the space sci-fi books, the main character in this is a captain of a trading ship, not a military one. As is often the case with the fiUnlike many of the space sci-fi books, the main character in this is a captain of a trading ship, not a military one. As is often the case with the first book in a series like this, she's young and inexperienced. The book starts slow, but it doesn't take too long for things to get interesting.
I had planned on reading the subsequent books in the series, but reading their descriptions, she's taken the series in a different direction than this book. I probably won't be continuing, but this book does a good job wrapping things up so it can stand alone....more
I'm becoming less interested in this series as it continues. I enjoyed the first book which focussed more on Stephanie and her treecat, Lionheart. AsI'm becoming less interested in this series as it continues. I enjoyed the first book which focussed more on Stephanie and her treecat, Lionheart. As the series has gone on, there's been less of a focus on her and this book focusses on her boyfriend and her best friend. The love triangle that's added in it and its resolution is predictable. As it's a YA novel focussing on a young girl, I can understand why there would be a portion about relationships, but it wasn't really well done.
I did like the treecat parts and I continue to like Stephanie, but I hope that if this series goes on, the authors would put the focus back on the main character....more
This is a classic pulp science-fiction/fantasy novel, with all that that title entails. So, there's colonialism (albeit turned kinRating: 3.5/5 stars.
This is a classic pulp science-fiction/fantasy novel, with all that that title entails. So, there's colonialism (albeit turned kind of on its head), sexism (with an appropriately beautiful damsel in distress), and a hero who can practically accomplish anything. Very little goes wrong for our illustrious hero (aside from the events that land him on Mars to begin with and a few others).
The writing isn't spectacular, but it's serviceable. While ostensibly a science-fiction story due to its setting, this story has more to do with its contemporaries of Kull/Conan than the science-fiction of say E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series.
I'd probably rate this higher if it weren't for the last chapter which lessened my enjoyment of the rest of the book for me. It seems to be there just to set up a sequel while pulling the rug out from the rest of the book. I don't mind the set up for a sequel, it's the undermining of the book I disliked.
The narration by Scott Brick isn't outstanding, but it's not bad. He's certainly done a better job for other books....more
I finally finished it. It took a while because a) it started kind of slow and b) real life.
This is first and foremost a love letter to science fictionI finally finished it. It took a while because a) it started kind of slow and b) real life.
This is first and foremost a love letter to science fiction (and fantasy to a much lesser extent). It's written in the style of a young girl's journal (a teenager) who comments on her life, her experiences, and what she reads. Now if that was all this book is, that might be enough, but she also can do magic and see (and talk to) fairies. That said, most of the magic in this book is subtle and very much unlike books like Harry Potter (which one might compare this to since it's partially set at a boarding school). She has what comes across as realistic feelings for a young girl.
It's fairly easy to see why this won the Hugo. One could read this just for the commentary on science fiction (since one is unlikely to have read all the books she comments on). However, there's a Listopia List that has the full list of books mentioned (both good and bad) if one cares to look for it. Not all are science fiction/fantasy though.
Unlike many books I've read, I was completely happy with the climax (and ending) of the book. So, many books have been excellent and fall down at the end. I loved the ending and thought it was a perfect way for it to end. I'd recommend that nearly everyone give the book a try. It does mention sex at points (although it's only mentions and it's nothing explicit) so I'd recommend that it's suitable for teenagers and above....more
This book is far less military science-fiction than the other books in the series. Instead, this is more a science-fiction book with a few military baThis book is far less military science-fiction than the other books in the series. Instead, this is more a science-fiction book with a few military battles. In the last section of the book, it's quite reminiscent of a Larry Niven book such as The Mote in God's Eye. As always, Christian Rummel does an excellent job with the narration and he's become the voices of the characters for me.
Overall, I've enjoyed the Beyond the Frontier continuation of the Lost Fleet series far more than the original books. In books 1 and 2 I found the battles and how they played out more interesting. Plus, the addition of aliens added a different dimension that wasn't in the original series. In this book, the interactions with one of the alien species they've encountered led to an excellent last section (and especially final chapter) of the book. I look forward to the next book....more