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Beacon 23

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For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress.

In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons
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Published October 20th 2015 by Broad Reach Publishing (first published August 12th 2015)
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Kevin Kelsey
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
A fun little sort-of novel about PTSD and genocide.
Shelby
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This story blew me away. I chose to pick up this book based on the fact that I highly enjoyed Wool Omnibus, and wanted to read another work by Howey. In such a short work, Howey has really given readers a complete science fiction masterpiece. When I first began reading, I was reminded of The Martian; but as I read on, I discovered that Beacon 23 is so much more than a sometimes humorous story of a man alone in space.
Beacon 23 really speaks to the politics of our world today. Much like the visio
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Zoeytron
'Look at all that nothingness. Can you feel it looking back?'

A man by the name of Digger is the solitary watchman of Beacon 23, stationed in space. Beat with him as he copes with the isolation. We know he suffers from PTSD as a result of his time as a soldier in the war against a race of aliens known as the Ryph. Is he slowly losing his sanity as well? (view spoiler)
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Bradley
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
There's a lot of good things I can say about this collection of 5 stories that happen to make up one complete novel and one fairly heavy personal annoyance.

First, the good, and even a bit of the great.

It's emotional. Being a spaceways lighthouse keeper may seem like a thankless job, but strong characterization carries it off seamlessly. The poor guy starts off being the wounded war hero, but he fairly quickly descends into some rather crazy shit. It has a bit of The Martian feel without any le
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Efka
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
I am speechless. When I picked up this book, I was expecting a usual good old sci-fi. You know, deep space, fixing things, flying starships, well, the usual stuff. Even the first part of five did nothing to change my mind. On the contrary, I read it, and my thoughts were Oh wow, it's like "The Martian" meets "Gravity". How cool is that?!. Indeed that would be very cool. But it has nothing to do with "Beacon 23".

You see, this book is sort of a diary of an anti-hero. It is a confession of a war he
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Mike
Every morning is an afterlife. Every evening, I die anew in the trenches amid nightmares of artillery finding their target. To wake each morning is a surprise. To rise a miracle. To breath another breath some gift foisted upon me and beyond my control."
The narrator (whose name we never learn) of this fine collection of short stories is seriously damaged. A decorated war hero from a seemingly endless intergalactic conflict, he has been reassigned to be the sole custodian of one of the many beac
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Steve
While I enjoy Hugh Howey’s writing, it seems like he's stuck in a rut with his novel-length books and serials. Here’s what I mean:

Wool Omnibus: main character is stuck in a silo all alone, struggling against various external factors and his/her own mental breakdowns
Sand Omnibus: main character is stuck on/in miles of sand, struggling against various external factors and his own mental breakdowns
Beacon 23: main character is stationed in a space beacon all alone, struggling against various externa
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WarpDrive
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another nice book by the author of Wool Omnibus.
Interesting character development with peculiar and original elements, a wicked sense of humor, an overall nice read. Recommended. 3.5 stars.
Monica
More psychological thriller than space opera, Hugh Howey goes meta. I'm a big fan of Howey after the Silo series. Howey writes about emotions and is also quite philosophical. I'm almost always more interested in people than in gadgets. My favorite type of sci fi novel deals with how people respond/cope/ adjust/feel about the changes in technology, biology, geography, physics, civilization, ecology, astronomy etc. But mostly, I'm interested in how characters deal with their emotional baggage in s ...more
Ron
It’s the little tangents and connections that make Howey’s writing special to me. For instance, here in Beacon 23 our protagonist, who mans a “lighthouse in space”, studies his favorite picture pasted on wall above a porthole. This picture depicts a keeper standing before a lighthouse (the kind we are all familiar with here on earth), and behind him, a massive wave looms that will certainly wipe the building and the man right out existence. I couldn’t help but wonder if this picture hinted at wh ...more
James Joyce
So now I'm a fan of Hugh Howey.

War, peace, politics, and questioning your own mental stability.

Are you crazy if you talk to a rock? If you name it? Sure, you might think of Tom Hanks and Wilson... but Wilson didn't talk back. Wilson didn't insult Tom. And Tom never suspected that Wilson was smarter than him. Then again, maybe the rock really isn't a rock. Maybe people and events are(n't) happening?

A galactic war that spans into the past and threatens to end the future, for more than one space-f
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Mal Warwick
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I finally figured it out. Earlier in life, when I devoured science fiction by the carload, I paid little attention to details such as references to contemporary culture, products, or figures of speech. I’d suspended disbelief, of course. Now these things jump out at me. They grate. And I found myself on edge at a number of points in Hugh Howey’s Beacon 23 because it was too much of a stretch to believe that characters in the late twenty-third century would talk like people in 2015 or that produc ...more
Christopher
Ok, the last book from my 'need-to-rate-review' shelf from last summer! And this book I actually remember pretty well, which is stunning.

I won't bore you with lots of words. Here's my take away from this book. It was originally written and released as a serial, so think of it that way still, regardless of what form you have it in.

As I read each and every one of the five 'episodes' (or whatever he calls them), I thought to myself "What is this I am reading? Why is it dragging on? What is the da
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Lười
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sau tất cả những day dứt, dằn vặt, sự ám ảnh của cuộc chiến đối với người cựu binh thì cái kết đã làm dịu đi tâm hồn mình rất nhiều.
Lí do cho cuốn sách này 5⭐ :" Ra đi trong im lặng, anh trở thành con số. Ra đi đầy ngoạn mục, anh trở thành tên tuổi."
Timothy Ward
4.5/5 Stars

Beacon 23 was a treat I didn't expect. The character engagement and surprises were on par with what I've loved about Hugh's work, even if I'd still rate this below Sand and Wool in terms of favorites. The story centers on a soldier suffering from PTSD. After being given a hero's honor, he chose a new post on the edge of his galaxy, isolated from people and humanity he isn't sure he knows how to interact with anymore. Hugh did a great job keeping me unaware of the story's final destina
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Kara
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I would've enjoyed this a tad more without the epilogue.

Think of it like a combination of The Martian and Ender's Game. I appreciated the examination of isolation and what it does to a person's mental state, and I liked the big questions the book tried to answer.

It wasn't, though, my favorite of Howey's work, and it wrapped up too neatly for my taste.
Milliebot
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lol forgot to add my review here from 2016:

I was drawn to this book by the cover and my love for Howey’s Wool series, and after only six months I finally picked it up! Hey, if you know me at all, six months is really nothing in comparison to how long some books have sat, unread (but not unloved!), upon my crowded shelves. I’m glad I picked this up because while fairly short, Beacon 23 provides an interesting look at the isolation or space and the mental and physical aftereffects of serving in a
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Sonja Arlow
Like Wool, this book was released in the form of a series of short novellas. And to be honest I probably would have dropped the story after the 2nd novella if I didn’t read this as the complete novel.

You may need to exercise a little patience with this book. The first 30% felt quite gloomy and a mix between Gravity and The Martian (the bits I did not like)

The protagonist is a veteran army soldier and suffers from extreme PTSD. After being released from military duty he tried to get a post as fa
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April Sarah
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ebooks, to-buy
Howey does this to me every single time I pick up one of his stories. I get attached. I get confused. I become broken. This story is no different. The journey of this story hurts.
Mo Shake
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really didn't enjoy this. Disappointed.
The blurb had me hooked, but I feel so let down.
Holly
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this as much as I loved Wool and Shift, but unfortnately something was slightly missing. Maybe it just didn't have the depth of Wool that I loved. But nevertheless, Howey writes so deeply that it's hard to put down. Thrust into the lonely world of Beacon 23, Howey writes a convincing tale of a soldier turned beacon-keeper in a futuristic time.

I think what's most different about Beacon 23 is it's pace. We have a man alone in what is essentially a lighthouse in the middle o
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Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
Humans are engaged in a lengthy war with an alien race. While stationed at one of the space beacons (that ensure safe spaceships traffic), a veteran encounters some unlikely hardware malfunctions and bizarre visitors to his lonely outpost. Could these incidents be the results of PTSD or is the beacon messing up with his mind?
Before long, he will need to make decision with far reaching consequences, would he choose treason to end the war? or is he insane?

I like sci-fi but it is difficult for me
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Dragana
Beacon 23 had a great start. The hero with his mishaps in space and self-depreciating humor reminded me of The Martian.
But as the story progressed the focus changed from is-this-guy-normal-or-going-insane to PTSD and the-chosen-one scenario. I mean he's stuck on a lighthouse and manages to score two girlfriends by the end. Too unbelievable.
So, the first two stories are pure 5 stars and the others are 3 (just OK).
Paul
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi lovers looking for a short easy read
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You've probably all seen a version of the famous image above. The lighthouse keeper about to be clobbered by an enormous wave. Hugh Howey integrates this image into his novel to convey the loneliness of the lighthouse operator, but perhaps much more.

In this instance, our lighthouse is a navigation beacon, Beacon 23, in deep space warning other ships travelling at 20x light speed, to steer clear of the asteroid field nearby. Our lonely beacon keeper is a damaged ex-military hero, who realises the
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Bob
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outside of Kevin Summers "The Man Who Shot John Wilkes Booth" this is the best indie book I've ever read. Well ok, it's a tie. Brilliant emotional writing. Heartfelt characters. Beautiful story. Well done Hugh Howey. You are so much more than WOOL.
Wendy Bunnell
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of Enders Game and also The Light Between the Oceans and I can honestly say no other book has ever reminded me of those two.

A space lighthouse - what a controversial topic in my house! Who would have predicted that? I loved the concept, the setting, the loneliness and "is there someone there" every time Digger hears a sound - I thought it was wonderful and beautiful (hence the Light Between the Oceans comparison). My husband, a fan of Hugh Howey and sci-fi in general (who has never
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Patrick Barnes
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different war story

I read part of this book a while ago and I wasn't recording my reactions then, so I forgot how much it got to me. I reread it now and it still does. I can understand why it might not be everyone's taste but was surprised at the number of readers who didn't realize that this was an anti-war story. Though many were debating whether the talking rock was a dream. Odd!

War described not as a glorious venture or even a mean dirty business but as a waste of effort, lives and resourc
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Mary
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, unputdownable
First, let me say that I think Howie is a first class world builder. Wool Omnibus will always be at the top of my favorite sci-fi titles and I will eventually read anything he writes, because he sucks me into a story like few authors. Beacon 23 is the story of a vet who requests a solitary, edge -of -the -universe job in order to forget his war trauma and try and cope with his PTSD, but the war he cannot escape insists on find8ng him. Beacon 23 is a “lighthouse”of sorts warning ships moving fast ...more
Quỳnh Ngọc
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chân thực!
mình vốn không phải fan của thể loại Sci-fic đặc biệt lại là Sci-fi về không gian. nên dù đã mua được 1 thời gian mình dùng dằng mãi mới đọc. nhưng quả thực đọc từ trang đầu đã bị cuốn hút bởi văn phong tự nhiên: kiểu ngôn ngữ "gây hấn, chửi tươi" nhưng chân thật của truyện. mình đánh giá bối cảnh và tình huống của truyện: về một ng lính mang huân chương anh hùng cho 1 hành động "giả dối", a ta mang tâm hồn "bị thương" và đầu óc đầy ám ảnh lên làm việc 1 mình ở Trạm tín hiệu vũ trụ. bạ
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Heather Duff
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships.

It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress.

In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust.

They never break down.

They never fail.

At least, they aren't supposed to.


The job of a lighthouse k
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