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(Beacon 23 #3)

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I live in a tin can out on the edge of sector eight. Not much is supposed to happen here. Ships are supposed to fly by at twenty times the speed of light. My beacon is supposed to keep them safe.

Things don't always go like they're supposed to.
Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published July 19th 2015 by Broad Reach Publishing
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Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Damn ninjas... Damn ninjas... Never trust them! Never!

(Not as fucked-up as other #, but still expect some bat-shit crazy stuff. Loved it!)
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This lonely and conflicted beacon operator is a magnet for strange things. The pet rock was a bit disturbing, but this episode is nearly a comedy routine. I loved the story, don't get me wrong, and it's not a humorous story. But really, look at the characters. Three bounty hunters, one lighthouse keeper, an ex-girlfriend, and a mutant cat. Nice work, Hugh. I like it. ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Didn't enjoy quite as much as the first two, but things really went sideways from the direction I thought the story was heading. ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is essentially about PTSD. It just so happens to be that the PTSD afflicting this solider is from a war in the distant future, which affects the whole galaxy.
It's a question of committing or not committing genocide to end that war. And the cost of action or inaction.
The above doesn't sound like a compelling and occasionally funny read - but it is.
It's one of those books that gives you pause. A book that you will come back to and re-read when the time is right.
I've read a few memoirs
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The anxiety is amping up as we get further into the story. Keep it coming, Hugh!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very short third chapter of a longer story, rather than a complete story, and the ending leaves you hanging without a true ending (similar to the first one). Unlike previous Howey works I have enjoyed, there’s a lot of rough language that really detracts the reader, and it’s not just up to the previous standard Howey established. I picked this up for free with Kindle Unlimited – if I had paid the 99 cents (pricing for this episode as I type this review) I’d want my money back as it is ...more
Dylan Hearn
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Probably the weakest of the three I've read so far. I enjoyed it but it felt inconsistent, as if Howey wasn't sure to make this a comic episode or give it more meat, especially early on. That said, it was still a fun read. ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Hugh Howey is getting close to becoming a favorite of mine. I just recently started reading his writing and I am completely hooked. Everything is just so clever and odd. Look forward toward reading more of his work.
Christiana Kelly
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting series that makes you think. Not everything is what it seems.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, short-story
Cricket! These short storeis are billiant. The characters are so well developed. But Cricket is my favorite thing about them.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories

Unoriginal in the sense that it reminds me so much of Ender's game.
One Man Book Club
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Hugh Howey knows how to tell all story, that's for sure.

So, I don't do serials well. I read the first installment, thought it was great, then waited until they were all published. I read them all as one book, so I'm going to review them all as one book.

The blurbs on the 5 installments say this book is about a guy manning a Beacon in a remote sector of space. Think a space light house, warning ships trave
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another winning series from Hugh Howey

I waited until I finished the last of the (currently) three shorts of the Bounty series. This is Hugh's most promising series since Wool. I have read all of Hugh's work including the more recent Sand series. Although Sand had much to admire, it did not capture the same type of magic for me that Wool did.

Like Wool and Sand for that matter, Hugh uses confinement in small or restrictive spaces as a character itself. In Bounty, the small place happens to be a gr
Kenneth Buff
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This section of the novel starts off with a summary of events that have elapsed since the last section of the book that we haven't witnessed. There's a few good jokes, and as always a strong atmosphere of loneliness and dread. The excitement picks up when three bounty hunters show up all looking for some girl the narrator says he's never seen He sends them on their way, and that's that.

Only it's not. Turns out he does know the girl, she's on the ship, and she's going to spew out a bunch of back
John Lundquist
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the third part the series, which will eventually be collected as one book, gets even better. This part is more action oriented than the previous ones and we get introduced to several new characters. Along with the action we get in this one we also get a bit more information as to what is happening in the wider universe that this takes place in. The new information is intriguing and I hope we get to see and learn more about it as we go, We also learn a considerable bit more about our main char ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll provide the same review for each of Beacon 23's five parts.

Hugh Howey established himself with Wool. I count Wool as one of my favorite pieces of sci-fi. It was compelling, utterly original and, dare I say, groundbreaking (figuratively and literally). I've followed Howey since but never found his output to be nearly as compelling as Wool. Until now. The Beacon 23 stories - that together form a wonderful novel - are so wonderful, so heartfelt, so funny, and human that it's virtually impossib
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I live in a tin can on the edge of sector eight, and my job is to keep bad things from happening.

But sometimes you can't - because bad things don't just come in threes, they just keep coming and we count them in threes so we have time to breathe between them. In this instalment, our not-so-hero has 3 bounty hunters visit, looking for a woman who he says he has never seen.

Only he has - in fact she is a woman he has loved, still loves perhaps. And she gets us the story of what actually happened to
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
And this is where I will stop reading. I read the other 2 parts of this 5 part series and I must say this is a pretty boring series. Howey is all over the place with this story and never brings anything together. I don't know what people see in this series, but it is not that exciting - nothing close to Wool. I gave the first two a chance, even after the talking talk in Pet Rock. But the plot keeps bouncing all over the place, so I'm glad I only had to shell out $3 total for these short works, b ...more
Carl Nelson
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Things are just starting to go back to routine for our trusty operator of Beacon 23 at the beginning of Bounty... and then the best-laid plans of the solitude-seeking war veteran are disrupted by the arrival of three bounty hunters. This is the most comedic volume of the series, with dialog and plot that would be at home at the edge of Serenity's 'Verse. Hugh Howey starts to give away that this isn't just a wisecracking, only-for-fun series with hints of much meatier plot and themes to come, as ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I dint get it... Am I not reading it right? Why is the author taking such a confusing approach to this story?
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bad Things Always Come in Threes

Part 3 dives a little deeper into the mind of our lonely and partially insane beacon operator. As a group bounty hunters poke and prod for information on their target, secrets about our "hero's?" past begin to unfold themselves. It's so lonely in space until a Ding-Dong breaks the silence. Ready for Part 4 and beyond. Keep them coming, Hugh!
David Bias
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hugh does it again!

The guy writes like we are in conversation with one another about topics that everyone knows, but in situations we can only imagine - with his help. But never in pandering detail and never with overly lengthy "back story." Like the best fiction, he trusts that his readers have the capacity to fill in the gaps ourselves.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm finding that Mr. Howey's short form fiction is very, very good. I know he's been working on it lately and maybe that explains what he's put out recently. No matter the reason behind it, I have to hope that when the Hugos come around next year I remember some of these gems he's given me already this year. ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vote: 4,00
Class: L-A3 (FP)

(third out of five of the Beacon 23 Series)

The story goes on in this very character driven sc-fi novel where our protagonist is spending his life (mostly) alone in a remote corner of the universe.
This time his corner is very much crowded...
As always the writing is really good!
I'll follow up with the series.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm really digging this serialized grouping of short stories... I download 'em just as soon as they are they become available. This lonesome lighthouse keeper finds that he has too much company...And he has to confront his past. ...more
Philip McClimon
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bounty Full!

This third installment is just as engrossing as the others. Plenty of turns and surprises. A lot of story packed into a little package. Hope there is a lot more. A dollar well spent!
Karen’s Library
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Hugh, you're killing me! These brief glimpses into Beacon 23 are just not enough. Gah. I need more and I need it now! Can't wait to find out the back story of our protagonist. This world is so completely intriguing. Keep them coming! ...more
Andy Parkes
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reading
Part three of five introduces a whole bunch of new characters, each one with a specific purpose.

Really well worked story though much easier to see where this one was going
Fleshes out much more of the main characters story while still leaving plenty of growing room

Straight into part 4 :-)
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I find Hugh Howey's ability to create believable and fallible characters amazing. Obviously this part will not make as much sense if you have not read the previous two parts, but it will satisfy your need as well as create more questions. ...more
Bill Williams
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As much as the last story chunk was light comedy, this one is dark and full of grim resolution. Three bounty hunters arrive at the little outpost, looking for a criminal.

Howey really kills his darlings in this one.
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