I was hoping to discover a new and exciting sci-fi adventure series to get into, but I was very disappointed by Trading in Danger.
Although I found the...moreI was hoping to discover a new and exciting sci-fi adventure series to get into, but I was very disappointed by Trading in Danger.
Although I found the overall story very ordinary, my main problem was really with the main character, Ky. She is very poorly defined early in the story, and the author does not do a very convincing job of developing her. For example, we are supposed to believe at the very beginning that the space academy is her greatest dream, and that she is devastated about being booted out. However, the author never convincingly explains to the reader how bad what Ky did was to get booted out. It is mostly implied. Ky then mopes around the house for just a couple of days before being given command of a ship, then goes clothes shopping with mom, and she is happy again. It doesn't sound like someone devastated. We are also led to think that she was in love with Hal at the academy, but she doesn't even try to contact him before she leaves in her new ship. She thinks about him a couple of times, maybe. Then at the end, the author all of a sudden wants us to be so sad for her when she finally gets his angry letter. It doesn't add up. We haven't even seen Hal in the novel, so why would we care about a relationship with a character we have not seen? I think the author is trying to hint that there will be more of this character coming in a later novel, but we don't care. Ky's crew, even considering they have been picked by her father to help her, seem to instantly respect and trust her, even though she has zero experience as a ship captain. We never get to experience how and why she earns and deserves that trust, until maybe near the end when some action finally starts happening. Throughout the book, Ky gets into a number of complicated and dangerous situations. It seems that everyone she meets (except one other captain) is just in awe of how great she is despite her young age... and some of them believe that just from sitting in front of her and listening to her relating past events. It's like the author is telling us that we better think Ky is so great just because she said so. It seems that the author is dropping hints in the book about a greater, more important arc to this story. For example, what MacRobert tells her and gives her. However, the only relevant part this information plays in this story doesn't make much sense, unless it builds to something greater. The problem is, there is not enough in this novel to make us really care about a greater arc.
I will not continue with the next novels in this series.(less)
It pains me to give this book "only" 3 stars. The writing is still great, and many important things happen... eventually, but I found myself more than...moreIt pains me to give this book "only" 3 stars. The writing is still great, and many important things happen... eventually, but I found myself more than a little bit bored by the whole thing. I often dozed off while reading, and when I picked it up again the next day, I had a hard time remembering where I was in the story. This usually doesn't happen with books that I am really enjoying. Maybe I need to take a break from Jack and Stephen, and wait a while before starting the next one in the series.(less)
I had some serious doubts about this book before I started reading it. Its short description was not enticing, as I don't read romance novels. But I t...moreI had some serious doubts about this book before I started reading it. Its short description was not enticing, as I don't read romance novels. But I thought, I loved all the books in the series so far, I can't really skip this one. I am so glad I read it. I haven't laughed so much reading a book in a long time as during the dinner party scene! And it was not even about the butter bugs. It was that single question from Simon that nailed it for me! So unexpected, but then again considering everthing Simon went through in a previous novel, totally in character. As in all of the books in this series, the characters are all great to discover. They all have their flaws, but we appreciate them more because of that. It's also great to see characters change over time, because of their experiences and relationships. I am not the person I was 20 or even 10 years ago, and it's the same for our favourite people in this series. They all change, sometimes in unexpected ways, but always in plausible ways, and they still retain the core of their personality.(less)
Another great installment in the series, but it somehow left me a bit wanting, and not just because of the abrupt ending. I fully understand, and enjo...moreAnother great installment in the series, but it somehow left me a bit wanting, and not just because of the abrupt ending. I fully understand, and enjoy, that this whole series is really one super long novel, and the next one often flows right from where the previous one ended. However, this one particularly felt like an in-between novel. The change of setting and focus was very refreshing and allowed us to catch our breath The characters are still as great as usual, and the events and details still as interesting, but it felt like the turning point into a new direction, instead of the actual start of new adventures. Still, the events promise new and exciting adventures in the following novels, and I am looking forward to them.(less)
It's great to re-read this classic. Yes, it feels a bit dated at times, but just to think if how much it has inspired others over the years, and conti...moreIt's great to re-read this classic. Yes, it feels a bit dated at times, but just to think if how much it has inspired others over the years, and continues to do to, it's a must read for any science-fiction fan.(less)
I give this book 4.99 stars. I am very impressed at how the author is willing to make difficult choices and changes to her lead characters that will m...moreI give this book 4.99 stars. I am very impressed at how the author is willing to make difficult choices and changes to her lead characters that will most likely change the course of the rest of the series (I am working my way through this series, so I don't know what the following books are like). I love the expert blend of the science fiction plots with deeply human observations and character developement. Why 4.99 stars and not 5? I kept holding out for a final meeting between Miles and Vorburg (sp?) for him to find out about the details of his accident,. I am always impressed at how the author concludes her stories in a satisfying and well paced manner, so this little bit of plot left open was a minor (oh so minor) disappointment.(less)
I have been reading this series (actually listening to the audiobooks) in the internal chronological order suggested by the author. Mirror dance is so...moreI have been reading this series (actually listening to the audiobooks) in the internal chronological order suggested by the author. Mirror dance is so far my favourite one. I loved the changes of pace and points of view between Miles and Mark. it was so good to get more of Cordelia and Aral. One aspect of all the books in the series I constantly admire is the unhurried and satisfying conclusions. The author never rushes things or forgets to wrap up the important threads of the story.(less)
I find myself really enjoying reading the James Bond novels. This one is the third one in a couple of months. I am not going in order; I just started...moreI find myself really enjoying reading the James Bond novels. This one is the third one in a couple of months. I am not going in order; I just started with what was available as audio books from my library. I grew up with the Bond movies. I was born in 1963 when Dr. No came out, and there was always a "Bond movie festival" on TV in the summer... However, I had never read any of the novels until now. They are sort of a revelation to me. I find that I am discovering a much more human Bond. Sure, he is a womanizer. Is he sexist? Of course he is, but any more than other British men in the '50s? As a reader, I have to keep in mind the timeframe and context during which the books were written. I really appreciate finding out more about what James Bond thinks and how he feels. I am surprised that he often develops genuine feelings for the women in the stories. In most of the movies, especially the early ones, you get a stronger impression that he is only using them to get what he wants. "On her majesty's secret service" is one exception, of course. In this particular story, I feel that the author did a lot of research about Japanese culture. Not knowing much about Japanese culture from the earlyh 60's, I have no way of knowing how accurate the novel is, but the author did a very good job of making it sound plausible for me. I also appreciate how the plots of the books are generally more plausible ( or at least less far-fetched) then their movie counterparts.(less)
Great conclusion to the Silo series... or is it? This world is so rich and wide open for more stories! I felt some trepidation before I started to read...moreGreat conclusion to the Silo series... or is it? This world is so rich and wide open for more stories! I felt some trepidation before I started to read Dust. Shift 3 was the only book in the series so far that I had not rated 5 stars ("only" 4.5...). I thought it would be very difficult to bring the converging storylines to a satisfying and exciting conclusion. Mr. Howey did a great job, and as much as I wanted to know the ending, I really did not want it to end. without revealing any spoilers, I'll only say that Hugh Howey is certainly not afraid to kill off important characters when the story demands it. It was already very evident in Wool #1, and he did not shy away from his duties this time around.(less)
I was disappointed by this latest installment of what started as one of my favourite series. I was so much looking forward to it. The whole book felt...moreI was disappointed by this latest installment of what started as one of my favourite series. I was so much looking forward to it. The whole book felt rather disjointed. I was hoping that the first part of the book, where Laurence has amnesia, would provide a real opportunity to steer the story in a new and original direction, but it kind of just fell flat. As Laurence slowly got his memory back, it felt like he just slowly fell back into his old self. Sure, he got to think about the changes in his life since Temeraire was born, but nothing else really happened. I suspect that the whole first section of the novel was really a long and convoluted way to introduce Junichiro, who will undoubtedly come back as an important character in the next novel. If not, than it will have been a monumental waste of time. in addition to Laurence, I feel like all the characters are stuck in neutral when it comes to growth and development, in sharp contrast with the earlier novels in the series. When I compare it to the other 2 series I am reading in parallel (The Aubrey-Maturin adventures, and the Vorkosigan saga), the lack of real character development becomes almost painful. Coincidentally, the novel in the Vorkosigan saga I was reading at the same time as this novel is the one where the main character also has amnesia. I was wondering who would regain their memory first. I have to say that plot was handled much better in the other novel. Although I can appreciate the serial nature of these novels and the way they end in cliffhangers, I thought the ending of this one was way too abrupt. it felt like the author simply cut her manuscript in 2. Still, 3 stars because I want to continue to follow that series to the very end, and I have grown to caare for many of the characters.(less)