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(Dread Empire's Fall #3.5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  370 ratings  ·  21 reviews
This short novel takes place in the universe of Walter Jon Williams’ Dread Empire’s Fall series.

Three years after the Naxid war, Lord Gareth Martinez has accepted a meaningless post as Inspector General of Chee, a newly-settled world. Intending nothing more than a pleasant vacation with his family, Martinez first discovers corruption among the contractors engaged to develo
Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published April 21st 2012 by Amazon Digital
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Peter Tillman
Reread of this first-rate novella set after the end of the first Praxis trilogy. It holds up well, and I'd forgotten many of the details. I first read it in the Dozois Year's Best #22 (2005), and read the revised ebook edition this time. The author explains that, with deadline pressures, he never got a chance to do a final edit, so the ebook is his preferred version. He gives some interesting story details here:
Such as, when he asked a physicist to check
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Investments (originally published in a less polished form in an anthology - see the author's explanation ) was first read by me pretty much on original publication and in-between the 2nd and the 3rd (delayed) Dread Empire novel; I wanted to have it in standalone form so i bought the ebook on recent reissue and I re-read the novella and greatly enjoyed it again.

Investments is set a few years after the end of the first Dread Empire's trilogy, though it is
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A very satisfactory short story that resumes several years after the end of the Praxis War. This is NOT meant to be read as a stand alone, you will need to have read the Dread Empire's Fall series. If you haven't done so, I recommend the books. Very enjoyable series.

Investments gives the reader a glimpse of what has become of Gareth Martinez since the end of the war. We are introduced to his wife, his family and given a closer look at his societal standing outside of the military. I enjoyed the
Jude Thaddeus
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is short novella set in the same universe as the Dread Empire's Fall series, which I've been rereading and reviewing on Goodreads. Although it's interesting on its own, you'll probably want to skip wait if you haven't read the original trilogy (which you should).

Lord Captain Gareth Martinez, unable to land a posting of significance due to showing up a superior during the Naxid war, has grown tired of being the trophy husband of his rich wife. He requests a posting overseeing naval affairs
Pedro L. Fragoso
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Immensely satisfying yarn, masterfully conceived and expertly delivered. Fascinating science-fiction adventure of the highest calibre, with great characters and a truly adult plot. And so much fun. The cover sucks: the author did well in having Impersonations produced professionally by I liked Investments better than Impersonations and I liked Impersonations a lot. I thought Sula wouldn't appear, but she actually merits a not so subtle reference.

I haven't read any of the books of the tr
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Investments is a nice codicil to Walter Jon William's Dread Empire's Fall trilogy, taking place just a few years after the end of Conventions of War. It continues the story of Martinez and reintroduces us to the unconventional thinker, Severin. Lots of intrigue, political maneuvering, danger, and action. Quite enjoyable.

Update: Even better on a re-read. And now I am ready for The Accidental War.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun little tidbit of a story. It's an amuse bouche. Light, quick. Not a meal, but a snack. You see characters you like, having a little adventure. Worth the read. I read it as the final Short Story, in The Years Best Science Fiction, 22nd Edition. Don't buy this as it's own book, if you can avoid it. ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like this a lot. I'm fond of standalone novellas set in the world of "big" trilogies. The Praxis series is well-written "hard" science fiction. Well-paced with engaging (if not quite likeable) characters and just plain fun to read. ...more
Jota Houses
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Una novelita corta para mantener el interés en el universo creado por el autor. Es una especie de escena post-creditos. Poco desarrollada y esquemática en ocasiones, da la sensación de ser una idea descartada para una obra mayor.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Took me a little bit to get into this novella as it's been years since I read the original trilogy. Had to relearn some of the relationships, but I enjoyed the original enough that is was easy enough. ...more
Matt Rizzo
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very quick read....interesting to say the least. Definitely adds depth to the Martinez-Chen marriage along with exploring Severin’s character (tertiary character in main series). I enjoyed it.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Another fun, cute, but ultimately lightweight story from the Dread Empire universe. More slight reading for public transit, and as such succeeds admirably.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Investments. I liked the hard science fiction elements, the realistic characters, the dialogue, the pacing, and the ending. Five stars.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a short novella set in the Praxis/Dread Empire's Fall universe. It doesn't provide substantial additional background information about that universe, so don't pick it up looking for that. However if you are looking for a nice, self-contained story about Gareth Martinez, his bride, and some political and economic intrigue on a brand new colony world of the Praxis, you'll enjoy this. ...more
Nicole Luiken
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice quick read. A novella following after the events of the Dread Empire's Fall series featuring Lord Gareth on his homeworld Laredo. A tense game of tingo, a space accident, a fraud investigation and a threat to a new colony world... Fun space opera. ...more
Geoff Clarke
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A novella in the Praxis universe. A minor part, but still fun. Williams is great at setting a mystery and having his characters puzzle it out, and this is a pretty fun one. If you like the Praxis books, this is a fun but inessential part of it.
Dan Walls
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Short story in a good series.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Good enough to make me remember what I loved about the trilogy, which I am rereading.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
well I am still waiting for a follow up full length story in the Dread empire universe but it was fun to revisit some of the characters on this short story, which Williams teases us with.
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Walter Jon Williams has published twenty novels and short fiction collections. Most are science fiction or fantasy -Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Aristoi, Metropolitan, City on Fire to name just a few - a few are historical adventures, and the most recent, The Rift, is a disaster novel in which "I just basically pound a part of the planet down to bedrock." And that's just the opening chapters ...more

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Dread Empire's Fall (5 books)
  • The Praxis (Dread Empire's Fall, #1)
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