The Dark Between the Stars (Saga of Shadows #1)
Galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of human ...more
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Why did you have to make this six hundred and seventy something EFFING pages???? And so damn dull I don’t want to finish???
It could be a weird but fun retro gem.
But, OK, to be fair, I should take some of the blame for why this did not work out. I know it is a very rare plus size novel that I like, and I had seen many of the luke warm reviews, but what the hell man, this had promise?!!?
Author Kevin J. Anderson has given us what could be a fun space opera written in the style of P ...more
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I wanted to give this novel a thorough dissection, but only because it didn't leave me feeling like I'd just passed through something wonderful and grand. No beautiful metamorphosis of my soul or imagination, nor even a romp through a digestive track.
Instead, I find myself wanting to say that this tale was paid in homage to the old space-opera tales, notably Lensman. The other homag ...more
The writing is stilted and wooden. The dialog is flat. It's all telling and no showing.
I knew I was in trouble when I read:
Pannebaker had silvery hair and intense eyes, as well as a mustache that framed his mouth all the way down to his chin. Every day in the Sheol lava mines excited him like an adrenaline rush, and his extreme comp...more
Back story: I was not a fun of Kevin J. Anderon's work in the Star Wars universe many years ago. I loved Timothy Zahn's contributions, but I didn't f ...more
What did work was the actual story, although Im not sure how original it was, but it was a good story of various aliens coming together over a common foe.
I think the problem was that there were SO MANY characters. I really didn't connect to ANY of them, and they seemed to ALL have viewpoint chapters. Now, I know that CAN work, here it just seemed ...more
I enjoyed the original Saga of the Seven Suns for what it was. I enjoyed it in the same way that I enjoy a cheesy, big budget action movie. Don't look too closely, disengage brain, sit back and enjoy the fast paced plot and explosions. Sometimes you just want to be entertained.
I approached this first part of the follow up series with that firmly in mind & was looking forward to more of the same but its so bad that even with a disengaged brain I couldn't overlook the gaping plot ho ...more
It’s been a few years since I read the last book of the previous saga, yet when I dove into this book, the complete story came rushing back to me—and not just because Anderson does a fantastic job of layering in previous events. His ...more
The Dark Between the Stars is a fun romp of a space opera that never quite hits the heights it reaches for. While it has a few interesting characters and concepts, most of what Kevin J. Anderson delivers is the same tired tropes and cliches we're all used to from light sci-fi these days, albeit with more character development. That last concession isn't necessarily a good thing, either.
I enjoy a fun, easy s ...more
So when I heard that KJA was writing more in the Saga universe, I did the happy nerd dance around the living room.
Dark between the Stars is the first in the Saga of Shadows, a new series that takes place 20 years after the Saga of the Seven Suns. The inhabitants of the Spiral Arm are getting back to no ...more
My main problem with this book was that it had a lot, a LOT, of different perspectives, which made it hard for me to keep track of things and to keep all the names apart. Another problem is that, because of all those perspectives, it's hard for the writer too to focus on one of them, and therefore really make me empathize. The characters feel a bit flat, because of the same reason.
On top of that, at ...more
Cardboard characters. I couldn't tell the difference between humans and aliens apart from some names containing apostrophes, the robots though could be spotted as the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation seemed to have had a large hand in their design. The author also appears to lack any clue about basic physics, hint: If the Moon gets blown up you'll still be getting Solar tides, and what ...more
I only read a third of the novel, but apparently it’s set twenty years after the 7-novels that form The Saga of the Seven Suns. So it’s both a Book One and a Book Eight.
Because I don’t want to be criticised for cherry-picking the worst example of Anderson’s leaden prose, here’s a choice of three…
As the two closely orbiting halves of the binary planet adjusted their dance of celestial mechanics, Garrison had analyzed the orbital pirouette, uncovering fourth-...more
It's nice to be immersed again in this univers ...more
Except that this series is a successor to a previous series, The Saga of the Seven Suns. Of the many characters in this long book, most seem to have an extensive history from the prior series. This is probably a fine thing for those who read the previous series. For those of us who didn't, we don't get the benefit of that character development.
And there are a great many characters, nor do we spend much time with any of them. We're c ...more
I am always impressed with how many characters and various worlds Mr. Anderson can weave into his books and The Dark Between the Stars is no exception. In this book you are introduced to two people that have as their life mission to gather scien ...more
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In my own reading, I find that I cannot grasp and do not get as attached to books and characters when so many are introduced. In the first 15 chapters of the book, 13 characters are introduced with 13 different view points. I just found it a bit overwhelming and then just didn't end up caring what happene ...more
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He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll ...more