Midst Toil and Tribulation
David Weber's New York Times bestselling Safehold series of military Science Fiction adventure, which began with Off Armageddon Reef, continues with Midst Toil and Tribulation
WAR AND FAMINE
Once the Church of God Awaiting dominated all the kingdoms of Safehold. Then, after centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of Mother Church--egged on,...more
All the standard Weber frustrations apply: he is Too Wordy By Half. And most of his characters are too Good by half. A lot of page count i ...more
David Weber is a prolific writer. In fact, he is almost as fecund as Alexander Dumas père was, now that I think about it. For that matter, Dumas père was much less fertile, considering his numerous assistants and collaborators, at any rate. He, David Weber, that is, has interesting stories to tell, the problem, though, is how he tells them. Probably every writer has his own favorite words or even expressions, for that matter. But Weber takes it to stratospheric level. His ...more
I love the premise, with its combination of sf and alternative history. The clash between the corrupt but ruling Church and more progressive- or Protestant- beliefs is well-handled, and in light of many current politics, the struggle between fundamentalism and tolerance is timely.
A problem is that while this is the world in which things are happening, each individual novel seems to get longer and more tedious, ...more
You see, I received this book as an ARC (advanced reader copy). Yes it was an uncorrected proof, and clearly labeled as such, but the editing lapses were so minor as to be a complete non-issue. The reason I struggled with this book is because it is Book 6 in a ...more
In this book we continue to learn a lot about the mainland realms....their geography, economy, demographics and so on. The Army of God is marching steadily across one of the mai ...more
The Sharleyn and Caleb relationship was just a rehash of the last few books as was pretty much all of the interaction.
The rational Merlin uses to not use his abilities to make a huge difference is simply not believeable.
He sets the future up by mentioning the people with lower technology will be more innovative.
Of course with what they are already doing Charisians should be able to destroy the church technologically,where are the machine guns,they are behind what they are ...more
Kevin Collins was a poor choice to narrate this book. Not that Kevin did a bad job, he brought about to much change to the book. First off I have gotten used to the narrators to the other five books. There were three other ...more
Reread sep 2014. first read 2012
I found my attention wandered more than usual, and I had some trouble keeping track of which of the many, many locations and characters I was hearing.
Picks up at the end, once Weber really gets into the battles.
Definitely a middle-of-the-series sort of book.
It took a while, but the series finally came back to what feels like the meat of the story. The pacing has picked back up, and outside of the exposition dumps (which to be fair is what makes webber webber) there isnt much fat to trim here.
It also diverted back a little bit more into the theology and psychology of the setting. It dug into right and wrong and all the grey areas in between with a heavy serving of good people doing terrible things with the best of ...more
But it's also tough to imagine how they'll succeed given where they are. Now to find #7
Lame updates as I catch up (not that the normal timely ones are terribly better...I pretty much suck as a book reviewer. LOL) ...more
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more