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Starfishers (Starfishers Trilogy #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  443 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews

Starfish: Treasure troves of power. They were creatures of fusion energy, ancient, huge, intelligent, drifting in herds on the edge of the galaxy, producing their ambergris, the substance precious to man and the man-like Sangaree alike. In deep, starless space the herds were protected by the great harvestships of the Seiners, or Starfishers - the independent, non-Confedera

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Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by Warner Books (NY)
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Evgeny
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is a buddy read with my fellow Glen Cook fans: Choko, Eilonwy, Lee, and Sarah.

Starfishers were non-Confederation mysterious (from Confederation point of view) people that try to keep apart from everybody else. Naturally the Confederation was curious about them, so the moment the opportunity for implanting some spies presented itself two undercover agents were dispatched. One of them was Moishe BenRabi (just one of his names, actually brand new just for this mission) and another one was Mou
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Glen Cook We Love Thee Like Murderous Crustaceans Love Bloodbaths Buddy Read (GCWLTLMCLBBR™) with my dear wife Choko, Evgeny the sometimes Wise One, Lee the Ex Noob and Holly the Prodigal Mercenary ☠

Actual rating: 4.35 stars. Yeah yeah yeah, I know, I was going to give this one a 5 star rating, but my friends fellow backstabbing addicts corrupted my soul and all that crap.

The Special Glen Cook Rating System (SGCRS™) applies here. Again. Missed the previous episodes and have no freaking clue
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Choko
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 3.75 ***

A buddy read with the Glen Cook mercenaries at BB&B...


The standard of storytelling that I have come to expect from Mr Cook is very, very high! I loved the book, but it felt like Glen Cook light somehow. What I mean is that usually he writes a plot full of various backstabbings, numerous timelines, and endless political machinations, betrayals, and murder! In this book we had some of that, but it actually read like a "regular, normal book". A normal book, guys, and that is just n
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Eilonwy
What did I just read?

This has the closest thing to a happy ending I’ve seen in any Glen Cook book. And … I liked it.

This is Book Two of a trilogy, yet it almost stands alone just fine. The events take place 15 years after the first book, and the POV shifts from multiple members of the Storm family to consistently following one character, a spy going by the name Moyshe benRabi, but who has been known by many others. The “present” story is woven together with a “past” story that started one year
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Lee
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Starfishers was a bit of a surprise for me. I kind of expect a certain type of writing style when I read Cook and I am not entirly sure that this hits the mark for me. Either; a/ it is Cook lite and a nice and happy story, or b/ Cook just set me up to kick my ass in book 3.

I like to think it is 'b'. Because 'a' just seems all a bit weird after the madness and mayhem of book 1. This story I am assuming is setting up the final two books, because there was a lot discovery of races/classes in this a
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Neil Hepworth
Dec 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Those of you who are giving this book four or five stars: are we reading the same book? I like Glen Cooks's writing style, but...but...this book has no plot. Like, none. No plot. Zero. I read 230 pages and nothing happened until perhaps there were 30 pages left, and by then I stopped caring. If this book were any longer I would have abandoned it.

Sorry. I just don't get this one. Oh, well.
Eric Wisdahl
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I thought Starfishers, the second book in the Starfishers series by Glen Cook, was a pretty good read. It kind of took me by surprise as it went off in a completely different direction than Shadowline, the first book in the series. The series switched main characters from Masato "Mouse" Storm to Moyshe benRabi. This was a little unexpected as it really seemed like the emphasis of the first book was to get to know Mouse and the events which had shaped his life into the wanton hatred he had for hi ...more
Lesley
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy Starfishers as much as I enjoyed Shadowline. Shadowline really conveyed an excellent mood, and a great feel of time and place. Starfishers focuses much more on another character, one mentioned in passing during Shadowline. The character is not really as compelling as any of the ones in the previous book, and the Starfishers really don't feel like the alien society that the first book made them out to be. This book is mainly good as a setup to the third book in the series, Star's E ...more
Larry Kenney
I wasnt expecting a ton out of this book, after the first one. It started off a little slow for me, but quickly became very interesting to me. I really enjoyed the espionage in the book. I also really liked the world building, and found the different cultures to be very interesting. In the end, I was rooting for the story to go in a particular direction, which i rarely do. I''m sure I'll be starting the 3rd book today!
Jesse Mcconnell
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book ends on a much more upbeat than the previous one in the series, which is a phenomenally low bar to overcome. The mysterious Starfishers barely mentioned in the first book of this series are the focus of this book, and the intrigue and adventure are great.

It ends with a satisfying conclusion, but there are more than enough unresolved questions that you won't be able to wait to read the next one.
Nick
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A solid sci fi narrative, a far cry from the first book both in terms of narrative reach and complexity. An easier read much more of a serial novel than the first. I had a few significant issues with the book however the focus on two characters did much more for an understandable plot, and the background work of the first novel did much to make the setting a fun and rushing thriller.
Matt
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting departure from the first book in the trilogy. It diverts the plot into a portrait of the internal life of a spy who's been partnered with a character from the first book, Mouse. All the "plot" is background material, things that happen whether or not Moyshe (the main character) gets involved. Again, highly recommended stuff.
Mars
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

It's not bad, but two weeks after I've read it I can't really remember anything significantly notable about it - it's mostly just a segway into the third book, which was considerably better.
Brian Richardson
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a better novel than the first in the series (Shadowline)...which is unusual for a series. Again, strong military science fiction. This novel delves into the mysterious Starfisher society and has much more of an espionage feel than the straight-up military clashes of the first book.
Wm
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like how this plays out, the combination of space opera and mystery and spy novel with strong characterization and some poetic moments. And I like how it echoes the previous novel but not overly so.
Ronald Marcil
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Starfisher #2
Kermit
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit disjointed and meandering, but it slowly builds and before you know it, you can't put it down.
George Christie
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
While not as closely knit as the first book in the trilogy, the conflicted character of BenRabi made to book quite enjoyable, as did the revelations regarding the Starfish. Overall an enjoyable read
Grey
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent sequel. Really stretches the imagination.
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Glen Cook was born in New York City, lived in southern Indiana as a small child, then grew up in Northern California. After high school he served in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Missouri. He worked for General Motors for 33 years, retiring some years ago. He started writing short stories in 7th grade, had several published in a high school literary magazine. He began writing with m ...more
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Other books in the series

Starfishers Trilogy (4 books)
  • Shadowline (Starfishers Trilogy, #1)
  • Stars' End (Starfishers Trilogy, #3)
  • Passage at Arms (Starfishers Trilogy, #4)