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A Handful Of Stars (Star Svensdotter #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  287 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Ellfive colony won its independence in the One-Day Revolution, but while much may be forgiven, its debts haven't been. The orbital nation needs a serious supply of minerals and ore to realize its manufacturing potentials, and in this solar system, the cost of lifting rocks to orbit is prohibitive, the only viable option is to mine them yourself. And so, Star Svensdotter le ...more
Published October 2011 by Gere Donovan Press (first published December 1st 1991)
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Brian Palmer
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes the energy from Second Star (the first book in the series) and runs with it. It also goes in new directions, as the main character's brash leap before looking approach has consequences ... the book pulls no real punches in its effect, although that means the ending is much less triumphant than it 'should' be, based on what I was expecting. I liked the change up ; a novel that makes you feel like you should be leaving a legacy of success behind, and the only reason you're not is because ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
This is the second book of a series, but it might be able to stand alone. The story is a bit fragmented, but the characters are more rounded than the first book. The science is a little softer, but still pleasant to read. The end is dissatisfying, but I will read the third (and final) regardless. The sum of the plus and minus is slightly more than 2 stars. ...more
J.L. Dobias
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fantasy and adventure
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A Handful of Stars(Star Svensdotter #2)by Dana Stabenow

Entering the world of Star Svendotter is like entering the Worlds of Heinlein. There are so many elements of Dana Stabenow's world building that remind me of what I've seen in Heinlein's worlds. There is definitely an emphasis on Scientific Detail.

I love both elements here and then the fact that the gutsy hero is a woman who would do Hazel Stone proud. Hazel stone of The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein is also known as Hazel Meade and l
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second, and definitely most exciting of the Star Svensdotter series, A Handful of Stars find Star and entourage on another adventure in the astroid belt, establishing a remote mining operation site for the newly completed/occupied "Terranova" Earth orbiting habitat. Establishment of the mining operations will provide much needed raw materials for the continuning enlargement of the habitat. Meeting and interacting with a wide assortment of people, at times the setting reminds you more of an A ...more
I'm not sure what made it difficult to stay attentive. Though I'm a novice sci-fi reader, I kept wandering off with the many descriptive phrases, jargons used to describe the setting. More attention was needed to the characters storylines. I wanted to see more interaction between Star and her husband, son, and twins. Instead of implied or slightly mentioned relationships among the crew and citizenry of Terranova, we were fed diatribe about the communities and industries to be developed. I know t ...more
In my review of the first book in this trilogy, I erroneously claimed it was light on science. I was wrong. The science is great, but it's 1991 science. If I think back, this was some fairly accurate near-term predicting considering the information available. Mea culpa.

As always, sharp characters and a decent sense of place informed by the Alaskan gold rush experience. I wish Stabenow would return to the series!
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOOO look at me reading the second book in a series before the first! This normally doesn't bother me much, but this story is short enough and the references to events in the first book frequent enough that you probably want to avoid doing that, and learn from my mistake. Read this one in order. Seriously, they're tidy short little books; it won't take long.
3.5 A perhaps slightly stronger followup moves the scene from colonization to asteroid belt capitalism. Characters, science and plotting are all on the mark - these are fun reads which by their very nature feel incomplete (not meant to be a saga, and could certainly stand some fleshing out). The big deduction here was the ending.
Chris Gunty
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exiting episode in the Star Svensdotter series. Instead of Alaska, Stabenow takes on space. Still with vibrant characters and settings. Love and loss, triumph and accomplishment. A good, easy read.
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heinlein fans.
3.5 really.
Both for better and for worse, reads like a Heinlein juvenile with occasional R-rated moments.

At least in the 2nd & 3rd books of the series, she's mostly gotten away from the ghastly cultural stereotypes.
Papa Steve
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mars and More

Got the Stabenow action and surprise with really good story line.
A good story leaves you satisfied, and a great story leaves you excitedly anticipating the next story.
Helen Machuga
I liked it, but not as much as the first, probably because this one was much more technical, though it ended with an interesting premise.
Alita Carpenter
Good book. I love this author.
Laz the Sailor
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Some clever sci-fi concepts, all wrapped up in Heinlein philosophies.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I would think this was better than the first, and it hooked me for the third right away.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still have a bit of trouble with the science side of things. That was never my strong subject. But I love that Dana Stabenow has give us another strong female character to cheer for.
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Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere.
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