This book was good.. but parts of it left me so unsatisfied as to pretty much spoil it for me.
I missed the brainships, but it was nice getting to know...moreThis book was good.. but parts of it left me so unsatisfied as to pretty much spoil it for me.
I missed the brainships, but it was nice getting to know adult Joat and meeting an AI with personality. There were lots of very thrilling and engaging space piratey scenes, yay! And nothing hooks me more than severe injustice that is gloriously rectified by the end of the book. It is one of McCaffrey's greatest skills (I'm thinking of Menolly in Dragonsong as the pinnacle example), and all the way through the book I thought Stirling was right on track for another very satisfying example of this.
(view spoiler)[So even besides the main Kolnari storyline, oh, the delicious vengeance I was anticipating against Nom, Silken.. and most especially Dyson, the smarmy, vindictive, gloating bastard who wrongly fines Joat and as a direct result is the immediate cause of much of the shit she finds herself in. All those delightful snapshot updates with CenSec as they tried to sort it out convinced me justice was coming and heightened my taste for it.
And then...! It didn't. It just never came. Seriously, what the fuck. All those delightful updates went nowhere and amounted to nothing? What was the point of them! The fine is never questioned? Her ship goes to auction? No one but Sperin and Al help her get it back? Sperin uses his own personal retirement to buy it out AND loses his job in the process? WE NEVER HEAR OF DYSON AGAIN?
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. I WANT BLOOD GODDAMN IT! Not EVEN to mention Silken and her slimy trickery and misplaced rage and we never get to see Joat paid back for that EITHER.
Besides that, while Sperin's rescue was admittedly awesome, the Kolnari, villians of the fucking century, are quietly defeated offscreen - even Belazir! ZERO glory to be found here folks. What a let down. (hide spoiler)]
So, um.. yeah. I'm disappointed. It could so easily have been so good. What happened, S.M.Stirling, why are you so evil ;_;["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** It took me a moment to get my head around the idea that that the Time Traveller went all the way to the year 802701 A.D. Yeah, I gue...more**spoiler alert** It took me a moment to get my head around the idea that that the Time Traveller went all the way to the year 802701 A.D. Yeah, I guess 800,806 years is more than enough for humans to evolve into two divergent species based on an ever growing class-driven gap. Why not.
The story and its ideas were really clever, if a bit unsubtle in the current timespace (see what I did there), but 118 years ago I'm totes sure woulda been floored. e.g:
It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. ... There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.
Now, though, my mostest favourite bit was after the main body of the story, when he jumped further and further into the supermassively distant future to watch the Earth gradually being pulled into a slowly dying sun. I'd rate the whole book a 4 but that part a 5.(less)
This book isn't as wonderful as I thought it would be, given how famous it is. I need to keep in mind that I've been ruined since by a century of deri...moreThis book isn't as wonderful as I thought it would be, given how famous it is. I need to keep in mind that I've been ruined since by a century of derivative science fiction, I guess. I do like it, however have at times been distracted by the language. An example:
"He heard footsteps running to and fro in the rooms, and up and down stairs behind him. His landlady came to the door, loosely wrapped in dressing gown and shawl; her husband followed ejaculating." (p. 58)
Oh yeah and how about the artilleryman? "They'll wonder what people did before there were Martians to take care of them." His speech was great.(less)
Okay well I love Watership Down. Plague Dogs was alright but not great, and since I got it with Shardik I thought I might as well give it a try. I did...moreOkay well I love Watership Down. Plague Dogs was alright but not great, and since I got it with Shardik I thought I might as well give it a try. I didn't realise at the time that it was 600+ pages since it was an ebook and oh, man. It only needed to be half that many pages. I skipped over quite large chunks of waffle.
Not that it was awful.. just really, really long winded. I do like made up societies and made up religions even better, so it wasn't so bad.. but monotonously forever-droning descriptions and philosophising that wasn't particularly beautiful or clever just got boring. Also I didn't connect with a single character or cared whether they lived or died or even knew them, really. Thus my one-word-review would have to be "meh."(less)
Parts of it were really tough to get through.. I became so frustrated with the same stories being told over&over (just set in different times &...moreParts of it were really tough to get through.. I became so frustrated with the same stories being told over&over (just set in different times & with different characters) and always with the moral GOD WILL SMITE YOU IF YOU ARE NAUGHTY AND DON'T SACRIFICE CALVES OR WHATEVER. Yep, k, got it. I guess it had to be true to the bible or Christians would hate it or something, but so much of it was just unnecessary.
Besides that it was good. Lots of it was quite enjoyable to read. I liked Jesus but he was also a bit of an annoying whiny jerk some of the time, which was pretty great. and now I know more bible stuff, which is handy, cuz people seem to really love that book and talk about it all the time. So yay.(less)