Star Nomad is the first book in a new science fiction series by Lindsay Buroker, who is most known for her superb steampunk-themed series The Emperor'Star Nomad is the first book in a new science fiction series by Lindsay Buroker, who is most known for her superb steampunk-themed series The Emperor's Edge Collection, but also wrote - under a pen name - a romantic science fiction series about mercenaries (and alien intestinal microbiome research) in space, the latter of which suffered a little from too silly a world building. However, Star Nomad - in respect to characterization, world building, humor (and explosions) is in many aspects positively comparable to the aforementioned Emperor's Edge series.
The story itself starts in the aftermath of an -officially successful- interstellar uprising / rebellion / war, and forces two officers from opposing sites in the previous conflict to reluctantly join forces in order to get back to what's left of civilization (and their respective regimes and/or families) after the war left them stranded on a derelict planet in the outskirts of nowhere. Star Nomad basically tells the first leg of the journey, involving the crime organization that filled the void of the defeated system in the outskirts, space pirates who also took advantage of the lack of law enforcement, and a colorful assortment of passengers along for the ride. Be prepared for odd humor, believable technology, complex characters with a life before, during and after the war, fried bear haunch, and chicken in space(TM). While the book doesn't exactly end on a cliff hanger, it does end with a lot of plot to continue that has me hoping for the next book to be available... NOW! ...more
This book hurts, but it is impossibly to put down because of its believability. At first, I thought the narrator a strange choice, but within two chapThis book hurts, but it is impossibly to put down because of its believability. At first, I thought the narrator a strange choice, but within two chapters or became clear that her voice perfectly fits the sharp-edged plot. Because of her I ended up mostly listening to the audible instead of reading, but both - audible and book - are totally worth your time....more
The third book of the trilogy and I'm sad that the journey is over. It was a hilarious, breathtaking ride fulfilling the promise of the first book thaThe third book of the trilogy and I'm sad that the journey is over. It was a hilarious, breathtaking ride fulfilling the promise of the first book that was nicely maintained and even expanded in the second volume.
I loved this story for so many things: pirates, believable 18th century navy yet strong female characters (in commanding positions but also scattered throughout the ranks) who could turn out to be good guys or bad guys or anything in between (so seldom seen in fiction!), and - yes - an intriguing set on dragons, dragon rule, magic, magicians, ancient empires and even religion and the ripples all that sends through changing countries. Let's face it, this plot pushes so many of my buttons I'm not sure I qualify to write an unbiased review at this point.
If there is one qualm I have with it (aside from that I want to continue reading in this world!), it's that there is no run-in / face-to-face of the pirate captain and and the shrewd old admiral in the end. Somehow the plot feels incomplete because those two are main plot drivers yet never meet directly. I so hope for a continuation of this world. There sure are enough hints in the last chapter and the epilogue for future threads. And not only because of the omission I complained about above. ...more
Band zwei der Trilogie. Genauso stark wie Teil 1. Tatsächlich hat man fast das Gefühl, dass die Geschichte nur der Länge wegen in mehrere Bände aufgeteBand zwei der Trilogie. Genauso stark wie Teil 1. Tatsächlich hat man fast das Gefühl, dass die Geschichte nur der Länge wegen in mehrere Bände aufgeteilt wurde, so gut gehen sie ineinander über. Auf zu Teil 3!...more
Science fiction with actual science, read by a narrator who brought the story to life. This audio book comes very near perfection with the only issueScience fiction with actual science, read by a narrator who brought the story to life. This audio book comes very near perfection with the only issue being the pronunciation of the German last name "Vogel" - and that sure doesn't make a dent in the fifth star. Highly recommended....more
A lot better than the first installment of the series. Nothing of the goofiness that kept me from taking the action seriously in the previous book, yeA lot better than the first installment of the series. Nothing of the goofiness that kept me from taking the action seriously in the previous book, yet a fast paced, humorous adventure with a genre-atypical set of leads I couldn't help but like. And they stayed perfectly in character during their advances this time. I'm sure glad I continued reading this series. Now on to book three....more
Sturmwelten ist eine unterhaltsame, rasant geschriebene Story erzählt in der dritten Person aus den Blickwinkeln verschiedener, klar herausgearbeiteteSturmwelten ist eine unterhaltsame, rasant geschriebene Story erzählt in der dritten Person aus den Blickwinkeln verschiedener, klar herausgearbeiteter Charaktere. Sie spielt in einer komplexen Welt, deren Namen und Beschreibungen gerade genug unserer eigenen entlehnt sind, um Assoziationen und Bilder zu erwecken und dennoch unterhaltsam fremd und unbekannt zu sein. Schlagwörter in diesem Zusammenhang wären sicherlich: Piraten, Karibik, englische Handelsgesellschaft, englisch-französische Seeblockade. Die Geschichte enthält einige, derzeit noch zurückhaltend aber zwingend gebrauchte Fantasy-Elemente, die in den nächsten zwei Bänden noch sehr an Bedeutung gewinnen werden (daher sei hier nicht zu viel erzählt).
In diesem Zusammenhang böte sich ein Vergleich mit Fluch der Karibik (Fantasy, Piraten) oder Naomi Novik's Die Feuerreiter Seiner Majestät 01: Drachenbrut (Marine, Fantasy, englisch-französischer Seekrieg) an. Sturmwelten gewinnt dem Stoff aber eine eindeutig eigene Perspektive ab. Was die Seefahrer- und Marineelemente angeht, ist Sturmwelten deutlich näher an Master und Commander als an Johnny Depp und Disney; gleichzeitig sind die Fantasy-Elemente subtiler in den Plot eingewoben, als das in Die Feuerreiter Seiner Majestät 01: Drachenbrut der Fall ist, dafür ist die Welt, in der es spielt, aber deutlich weiter von unserer eigenen entfernt, als das bei Frau Novik's Werk der Fall ist.
Sturmwelten ist eindeutig der erste Band einer Trilogie, die eine zusammenhängende Geschichte erzählt und am ehesten aus Dimensionsgründen auf mehrere Bänder verteilt werden musste! Wer dieses Buch anfängt (und mag), sollte bereit sein, auch die nächsten beiden zu lesen.
Zusammengefasst ist Sturmwelten spannende Unterhaltung mit mehreren, sich entwickelnden Handlungssträngen (deren Zusammenlaufen am Ende des ersten Bandes keineswegs abgeschlossen ist!), gut entwickelten Charakteren (bei denen auch die sympatischen nicht zwangsweise überleben) und einem Plot, der einen wünschen läßt, man könne deutlich schneller lesen und mehr Zeit investieren als man hat! Ich selbst habe bereits mit Band 2: Unter schwarzen Segeln angefangen....more
Kill Decision is listed as a SCIENCE fiction thriller, and I wrote science capitalized on purpose. The technology described either exists or is alreadKill Decision is listed as a SCIENCE fiction thriller, and I wrote science capitalized on purpose. The technology described either exists or is already waiting at the next corner.
Actually, while reading Daniel Suarez' book in its German translation, I came across this article on Nature.com: Drones in science: fly and bring me data (published June 12, 2013), and yes, it hit on very many topics already addressed in the novel. So if you still wonder if you should spend time reading a book about robotic aircraft (a.k.a. automonous drones): yes, you should!
Even if the technology itself is beyond your scope, the plot itself is fast, consequential, with believable characters and settings (and yes, that combination is rare in both, thrillers and scifi)! I was hooked after less than twenty pages and bemourned the interruptions necessary due to sleep and work. ...more
What a finale! I followed this series of seven since book 1 (The Emperor's Edge) and if you like action, adventure, humor, intriguing (and developing!What a finale! I followed this series of seven since book 1 (The Emperor's Edge) and if you like action, adventure, humor, intriguing (and developing!) characters in a detailed world with unique steampunk/scifi flavor, these are your books! I especially liked how the two book finale (Forged in Blood I and II) touched on most if not all the important plot-defining tropes from the previous installments (and even the short stories in between them). A fulfilling closure for a breathtaking ride of seven books with just enough sadness filled in to avoid any sticky sappiness feeling from marring the experience. I seldom use the words "perfect" for a book series, but The Emperor's Edge series deserves it. Perfect!...more
Loved it. Strong, complex characters, riddles, humor wrapped in a nicely twisted space (soap) opera romance - with the extra funny bonus that the nameLoved it. Strong, complex characters, riddles, humor wrapped in a nicely twisted space (soap) opera romance - with the extra funny bonus that the name of the plot-crucial telepathic catlike pets "furzel" translates directly to German as "diminutive fart"! :-D...more
To think that the summary almost made me skip this book... horrible thought! I've read most of Linnea Sinclair's novels (except the one with the zombiTo think that the summary almost made me skip this book... horrible thought! I've read most of Linnea Sinclair's novels (except the one with the zombies, but I may take a peek later) these last few days and An Accidental Goddess turned out to be my favorite! Now, how to summarize the experience?
It's a delightfully & funny tale of Simon says, Fix it, Mack, and stuff a sock in it (with parrots)! Though Simon is still searching for the required sock by the end of the book. However, the parrots earned their keep by then.
If you love twisted humor, a fast-paced, action- and character-driven plot (3rd person) with romance, this is a book you shouldn't miss. :)...more
Basically a well paced mix of space opera, military sf, and nicely done romance with some humor strewn in, hitting a lot of my favorite tropes in theBasically a well paced mix of space opera, military sf, and nicely done romance with some humor strewn in, hitting a lot of my favorite tropes in the genre(s). Action, consistent world building, characterization... I only regret that the book was over so fast (and I would have liked seeing the grudging respect between "Uncle" Yavo and Captain Tivahr being developed a little further past the current ending)....more
This was one of the few historical romances that had me truly care for the characters. With for the genre atypical somber tones and overly dramatic acThis was one of the few historical romances that had me truly care for the characters. With for the genre atypical somber tones and overly dramatic actions & twists of plot, Ms Chase developed a tale of unique, nevertheless humorous characters. This book is definitely a keeper! I will have to think about getting the paper version alongside the ebook....more
Lindsay, that's not a cliffhanger, that's the K2 equivalent of a cliffhanger! I'll review this and the upcoming Forged in Blood II in one go. Luckily,Lindsay, that's not a cliffhanger, that's the K2 equivalent of a cliffhanger! I'll review this and the upcoming Forged in Blood II in one go. Luckily, it's not that far off, because... *phew* no chance to convey even a whiff of that suspense without giving away crucial details. Such a dense plot!...more
The fifth installment of Lindsay Buroker's The Emperor's Edge novel series is as fast-paced, action-filled and character driven as the previous ones.The fifth installment of Lindsay Buroker's The Emperor's Edge novel series is as fast-paced, action-filled and character driven as the previous ones. Blood and Betrayal sees a good deal of character development and a holds several crucial moments for the plot, notably a cathartic experience for the main couple and a critical step with the Imperial family conundrum (Note: Amaranthe and Sicarius-shippers do not want to miss any of this!). However, be warned that some serious dark matters, including violent interrogation, only ever hinted at in previous books are put into the spotlight in this one. Ms. Buroker certainly pulls no punch here. The aftereffects, while shown, are less prominent than I would have liked, given the severity of the experiences described before, making me wonder if they are going to spill over into book 6. Luckily, Blood and Betrayal does not end with a cliffhanger like the previous book Conspiracy, but it will certainly keep me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what comes next!...more
Jäger der Erinnerung ist der erste von insgesamt sechs Bänden über den interstellaren Abenteurer Cade Chandra. Hanns Kneifels Cade Chandra Reihe ist eJäger der Erinnerung ist der erste von insgesamt sechs Bänden über den interstellaren Abenteurer Cade Chandra. Hanns Kneifels Cade Chandra Reihe ist ein wunderbares Beispiel über ein derzeit leider rar gewordenes Genre: der kompakte, in sich geschlossene Science Fiction Roman. Auf jeweils nur etwa 200 Seiten gelingt es Hanns Kneifel, actionreiche Geschichten zu erzählen und - dank seiner sprachlichen Dichte - dabei auch vollständige Welten und glaubhafte, facettenreiche Charaktere "mit Gesicht" zu entwerfen. ...more
This is the 6th book in an ongoing series of 12+ books - and I consider it difficult to review just this book (and not the whole - absolutely superb(!This is the 6th book in an ongoing series of 12+ books - and I consider it difficult to review just this book (and not the whole - absolutely superb(!) - Foreigner series of (anthropo)locial scifi! Whoever is at the 6th book of a series either is totally smitten with the characters (and can't leave them alone) and/or is completely compelled by the plot. In case of C. J. Cherryh's Explorer it's firmly an and connection.
So I will only state what crossed my mind in addition to the series' overall awesomeness: 1) It's nicely believable scifi with respect to technological and scientific means, however, the whole series draws its appeal from the cultural differences between the different intelligent species sharing its main location. Explorer expands the tapestry of portrayed cultures in the Foreigner series from stranded human explorers, atevi (the native alien species of the planet), and humans remaining on the independent deep space ship to a second alien species inhabiting a yet-undetermined area in the stellar neighborhood of the Atevi planet. 2) It is a book that can be read on its own, but will have more impact if read within the series. 3) Considering the consideration (and worries) spent in former books about humans (and later ship humans) infecting (or getting infected by) atevi biosphere with germs or viruses, I found it odd that no such reservations were at least voiced or contemplated when the atevi/human delegation went aboard the new species' ship. Even if diplomatic affairs made the visit a must, I found it odd that something that worried both, humans and atevi quite a bit, was not even mentioned in the text. However, that's not an issue suitable to dim the enjoyment of reading this book. I'm definitely continuing this series!...more