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(Queenships #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Kato Ozark, crown prince and soldier, has just been chosen to pilot his family’s queenship. He’s trained his entire life for this honor, but it comes with a catch. It seems that First Engineer Mas’ud Tavana has also been chosen as the queen’s pilot. Mas’ud has no formal training, and they both believe a mistake has been made. But when an attack on a distant Ozark queen for ...more
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Published September 2nd 2015 by
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Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sentient ships? Oh, yes please.

I wasn't lured in by the prospect of pilot/ship relations; I dove in.

Maiden voyage of the queenship Selvans, who is awakened and selects her pilot--Kato Ozark. From a long and distinguished line of pilots, even though he's young, it's not a surprise. But... what happens next is. Ma'sud Tavana is First Engineer when the ship demands his presence. Following orders, he proceeds to the bridge where the reality of situation becomes clear immediat

4.5 stars

This is my kinda special connection. Spaceships that bond and communicate with their pilots through a mental bond. Hell yeah. And two young men, space pilots who are put together to figure out the whole mind-meld thing at the same time as all hell breaks out in the universe. Hells to the bells, yeah.

In addition to sentient spaceships, we get experimental ships run amok. And their owners, the powerful families who play at power politics, jostling for an edge in the game.
Jeanne 'Divinae'
Rating: 3.5

This story was hard for me to follow. We are given a whole new world, but there are so many players/characters it's was hard for me to keep them all straight(even with the glossary at the end). Throw in the political families and how Kato, one of our MC’s is related to two of them.

This world takes place in space. We still have Earth, but it seems mostly everyone lives on a queenship, which can be as huge as a planet itself(or the moon-- they aren’t tiny). They are ‘birthe
Sep 04, 2015 added it
DNF 70% - I've been itching to read a good m/m sci-fi for a while now. Unfortunately, this story is not it. The writing is not bad per se, it is the presentation that bothers me. The first pages starts off interesting enough. We meet Kato, Mas'ud and the queenship Selvans, which has chosen both of them as her pilots. The queenships are highly intelligent, sentient spaceships with telepathic abilities; they don't make mistakes picking pilots. Very cool.

After the intro, I failed to follow the sto
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a little hard to rate, so I'll settle in the middle. It's a good story, I just don't know if it's a good fit for me. I look forward to further installments so I can figure out how I feel about them.
Jan 12, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 30%

I am starting new year by implementing the golden rule of “DNF the book you don’t want to read”.
I tried, but this book just didn’t work for me. I came back home and I was literally bracing myself to read the book. Why bother?
Exactly. So I’m dropping the book like hot potatoes.

The book is messy and confusing and convoluted. The narration introduces all of this world-building elements, dozen of new characters, some kind of political and economic machinations in a span of 30 pages/>The
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sentinent Spaceships? ✔
Entangled political machinations? ✔
LGBTQIA+ SciFi setting? ✔

This was AMAZING!!!
Technically flawed in many ways, but I still loved it.

It's your typical SciFi universe, but with an actual diverse cast - there's a huge range of ethnicities and gender identities, the main characters are African-American and Persian, one of them is trans. The countless side-POV characters include Navajo, Chinese, Lithuanian, genderfluid, nullgender, big
Elliot Cooper
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion, fans of epic sci-fi, fans of Dune
Shelves: sci-fi, trans, queer
Really enjoyed this world and story! The political intrigue was well played and kept me invested in the larger plot outside of the personal journeys of the MCs. I loved Kato and Mas'ud. The ships and technology are a perfect blend of the new and fantastical with familiar space epic elements.

Given the scope of the story and the psychic connection the pilots have with their ships, the narrative zooms in tight and out to the grand expanse of space throughout the story. These transitions
Joyfully Jay
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

2.75 stars

Perihelion is a fast paced novel that starts off with a unique idea, but stumbles over too many useless characters and a plot that wanders off the rails about midway through. The concept is wonderfully original and I give the author credit for building a complex and intriguing world that combines chess, limitless imagination, and an almost corporate style familial system. The relationship established between the pilots and their ships is as integral and emotive
Ashley E
I probably wasn't in the best state of mind to read this, because I'm exhausted this week, and Perihelion has a fairly intricate political plot. If I'm being honest, I'm sure a lot of it went over my head, because I was too tired to be paying that close of attention, but I'm positive I will be re-reading this at some point and can enjoy all those details I missed before. I do wish we could have seen a bit more of Mas'ud and Kato interacting as a romanctic couple, but I felt satisfied, and honest ...more
Alexis Woods
Hard core sci-fi writers rejoice. Compelling, dramatic, and way over my head, but I loved it. I tend to gloss over the precise scientific stuff and dig into the storyline, characters, setting, etc. Ms. Veldura did some amazingly superb world building. The story moved incredibly quickly and sometimes I got lost, but I kept going and remained on my heading to a fabulous conclusion. This could have been twice as long, the sci-fi aspect explained in more detail, especially the host of characters and ...more
Roger - president of NBR United -
wow I was highly anticipating this story based on my prompt but This was filled with intrigue, political manuvering, covered almost all bases on the spectrum of LGBTQIA. Kato and Mas'ud are both surprised when they are both selected to be the pilots of Selvens, a newly birthed queenship. When a rouge ship nearly destroys Selvena both Kato and Mas'ud have amnesia. Kato is made to believe that he is a Kingship pilot while Mas'ud who was blinded is shunted aside to his engineering. The Rogue ship p ...more
2.5 Stars. I know a lot of people complain when there is an "info dump" but I sure would have liked a little "info" at the beginning of this story. I spent most of the book being bounced from names to names with no background, who they were affiliated with or what those affiliations even where or meant.

The story was interesting and I might even continue with the series since I think I have a handle on some of the relationships (and there was a list at the end of the book) but it's no
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An interesting take on different type of science fiction book. I enjoyed each of main characters they each had different things about them that made them great characters. The only negative thing for me was that the book was fairly short so it felt like the book was rushed.
This sounds like my kind of story! Looking forward to reading this one :)
Chris, the Dalek King
Boy, how to sum up this book…

So this book is set many many years in the future. Humans have expanded their reach out into our solar system and beyond. They managed to do this with the help and use of Queenships. A Queenship is basically a living space ship. It is completely sentient, and is able to change its shape and purpose to fit its pilot’s needs. The pilots are chosen by the Queenship and are linked psychically with the ship till basically the pilot dies. The ship will then select a new pilot and
My enjoyment - about 3 stars. The technical quality - about 5 stars.

Queenships are sentient spaceships. They have thoughts, emotions, free will - but no direction. So they choose pilots - not to steer them, but to basically mind meld with them. Kato Ozark is chosen by Selvans... what is unusual is that Selvans also chooses Mas'ud, an engineer with no training as a pilot. The two have to navigate this unheard of situation, along with rising tensions from political forces.
My main issu
I liked the concepts at work, the sentient ships and psychic connections and battles. There are certain things you can only describe in a book, never a film. Who doesn't like a space opera? I also enjoyed the presence of a multi racial and nonbinary gender cast of characters. I felt like the book lacked enough details to really immerse the reader in the world. I had trouble visualizing what everything looked like. That said, this was an interesting effort. It felt a bit like a sketch that could ...more
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
At times confusing, but I LOVED the concept and the creative ideas. It feels like a very different (and wonderfully diverse) world and it captured me. I was very invested in how it all would turn out.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing as ever

I've loved everything I've ever read that Tami has done and this is no exception the writing style and jumping around took some getting used to but I love the characters and was playing chess in my head during the battle scenes to understand them better. I'm hoping there's more to come with this story.
Rachael Orman
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
This was an interesting read for me. I have to say I liked the plot and getting to know the relationship between ship and pilot.

The story itself is well written and very enjoyable, but I did have a few issues with it that made it hard to get into and stay into it.

There are soooo many characters and things going on that I found myself skimming the parts that weren't about our main two characters or Kato's family because it felt like unneeded information.. oh and the AI ship, I di
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
There is so much to love about Perihelion and I can't wait to read more, i want to buy the sequel yesterday. I downloaded this freebie with not much thought but then - pow - sentient ships! a giant cast of characters and alliances and intrigue that would make GRR Martin happy. And so much promise for future development. I would have loved this to be a full length novel with scenes and characterisation, especially of our main protagonists, fleshed out. I know our protagonists have a super special ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This book is a bit of a mess. With plenty of things I don't like. Way too much, overly complicated genderfluidity. Too much information, too many new things without enough explanation. And really quite minimal romance.

But it is a beautiful, touching mess. I loved the characters... I felt for them... I felt their pain. And I loved the world. And it's richness, and complexity. The author used references to chess to try to represent the complexity of the politics. Although the moves see
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Now scifi is not a favoured genre and for me to fully get into it, the story has to be an 'ordinary' story just set in space - and this amazing piece of imaginative writing was very far from my comfort zone. So far I must have warped there!
I'm also not very good at chess so an intergalactic chess match was not going to hook me in. The number of new families, queenships, pilots etc made it tricky for me to keep straight in my head who was allied to who - I think a nice shiny website would d
Elisa Rolle
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Perihelion by Tami Veldura
This book is intriguing, intense, and instantly engaging. From the beginning, the reader is swept up into this fast-paced whirlwind that turns everything on its head and inside out. At the same time, the author provides just enough information to keep the reader up to speed, though you have to stretch to get it sometimes. Many seemingly unrelated stories were woven into one. I loved the various genders and identities, and esp
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I started reading this early evening one day and decided I needed to read this with a less tired mind. I picked it up early the next morning. The writing was good but I feel like I needed a playbook just to try to keep up. The cast of characters, the list of terms named systems, places and ships should have been at the beginning just so you some kind of reference. I spent the first hour trying to figure out what it was all about before I found the aforementioned references. Then spent the next t ...more
Tami Veldura
Jul 02, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I absolutely love the whole idea and I was so looking forward to reading this story but unfortunately it didn't work for me!


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Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: transgender, gay
An interesting story, with a wonderful depth of diversity in terms of sex, gender, race, and culture, it sometimes suffers under its own weight. There are so many characters, and so much originality to the setting/concept, that it often becomes hard to follow. I liked the characters, especially she ship-fueled man/transman romance, but no character really had room to grow.
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Tami Veldura is an enby/aro/ace author of queer fiction. Hir pronouns are sie/hir/Mx. Sie loves romance, fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories that push genre limits. Sie lives in California where sie writes full-time which means procrastinating as often as possible with video games. Dragons fascinate hir, a consistent schedule eludes hir, and sie makes a terrible housewife, just ask Mr ...more