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Von Neumann's War by John Ringo
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Apr 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: sciencefiction
Recommended to Roberta by: David
Recommended for: alien invasion fans, Ringo fans, SF fans
Read in April, 2008

Honestly, if they'd made the book faster paced and not explained every bit of technology related to what they were doing (I'm sure that is the Taylor parts of the book btw), I'd have given the book five stars. Too much technobabble, but the action sequences and the concept of Von Neumann probes was interesting.

If you like alien invasion stories, you should read this one; just remember to struggle past the intensely technical technology oriented passages.

I might point out that Heinlein wrote hard SF and made it understandable to his readers; Taylor has a bit of a way to go. Ringo does better by himself in my opinion.

Mind you, I don't dislike Taylor; I read two of his books which were pretty good once you got past the technobabble. Ringo is just by far the better of the two writers; in fact, I'd call him one of the brightest talents in SF today.
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