Embers of War
From BSFA Award winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war.
The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing sh
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Space Opera Made Simple: " Embers of War" by Gareth L. Powell
I can't believe all the people who want to see the SF establishment have a hack at Iain M. Bank's Culture novels. If ever there were novels that I hope Hollywood will never be let anywhere near it's those ones. The books are usually quite long and always involve considerable subtlety. Seeing that rendered down to a brainless action movie would just be heart breaking. Worse wo ...more
Whoa, what an amazing and fantastic book was Embers of War was for me. I absolutely and thoroughly loved and enjoyed everything about this book, it had everything that I love in sci-fi books. Plus when I heard this was a space opera book I had to check it out. I really don't want to go into any details about this book because I ...more
The pacing was great and everything moves along well. I absolutely loved Trouble Dog, and her flawed captain, Sal, was a great compliment. I'm not sure that I liked having all those POVs written in the first person, but that is a matter of personal taste. Also, the whole storyline relating to Ona Sudek felt a bit unnecessary when taken as part of the whole. I would rather have ...more
All these characters are brought together when someone unknown fires at a cruise ship t ...more
I'm glad I did as it's possibly the best book I have read in a long time. In fact, as soon as I finished it I wanted to start again. And that's something that never happens.
We have multiple points of view in here, from the Captain of Trouble Dog, Sa ...more
The prologue of Embers of War set the scene. It goes straight to the point. Quick and dirty like Captain Deal’s orders.
From chapter one onward, you are taken deeper into the action thanks to a skilful use of first-person narrative - this switches from character to character, chapter to chapter. It can be a hit or miss, but Powell allows you to settle in qui ...more
And superficially this is similar. It bops along well, with action but also some moral dilemmas and crises. The Trouble Dog is good, Nod is tedious, Clay is a cardboard all-anger-all-the-time, Konstanz is weak but credible, ..
The genocide bit was important to the plot, but I didn't get much out of the brief handwaving about why it was necessary. Probably something like "We saved lives by bombing Hirosh ...more
Fast, furious and fun. There’s a couple of asp ...more
lots of action, twists and turns, surprises, the usual continual raising of stakes of space opera and the clear Banksian overtones, all in a fairly moderate under 400 page romp; volume 2 definitely of interest
It's not pretty. It makes you think about the horrors and legacies of war and the stupidities of those who wage war. It makes you think about your place in the universe.
The writing is spare, power ...more
Draw an equilateral triangle. Write "Iain M Banks", "Alastair Reynolds" and "Ann Leckie" at the vertices. That pretty much gives a feel for this book and its influences/ancestry/sources of plagiarism. From the side linking Banks and Leckie, author Gareth L Powell takes sentient starships, leaning more towards the smaller scale of the latter. Also from Banks there is that New Labourish feel of being right on but also being able to play with guns. From the side link ...more
I also enjoyed the very interesting take on artificial intelligence. Basing an AI on a partly organic brain makes a lot of sense. Basing it on cells from both humans and dogs was a new twist, and an interesting ...more
The main cast of the story is made up of broken, partially traumatized people who are looking for ways to do better in a universe that's been damaged by an on-going war that's killed ...more
Fascinating world, fascinating possibilities.
It was also nice to see humans broken/warped in particular ways that were still human. Complicated, flawed, with imperfections right alongside strengths... but not crazed. Not psychotic. Not useless.
It was refreshing to see PTSD treated with humanity and respect.
Thought-provoking, in a number of different directions - and engaging enough to keep me focused on a "can mostly still think" pain day.
Go forth. Read.
It's part one of a trilogy, but there's not a cliff hanger you'll be waiting a year or more to see resolved. It had an excellent conclusion that leaves you wanting more.
This isn't just a great sci-fi book, it's a great book, period.