Bolo! (Bolo #14)
To those who don't know, the Bolo is some kind of super main battle tank developed ...more
The tone, points & style are all perfect. The theme of the horror of war blended with the courage & convictions of the warriors came off very well. The last story strikes it all home wonderfully. The idea that ...more
The Bolo tank is massive and with so much computer power it has become sentient. It's alive, in a sense. It feels pain. It has emotions and it has honor. ...more
It was also one of the things that got me started on Robert Frost and English poetry in general :-)
Honor Harrington's creator is gaining new honors by taking a leading role in continuing the late Keith Laumer's best-known creation, a saga about the sentient tanks known as Bolos. In "Miles to Go," one of this book's four stories, a long-obsolete Bolo repels a mercenary invasion of a harmless agricultural colony. "The Traitor" is a Bolo who dies defending some refugee children, though they urge their protector to save himself. "A Time to Kill" is straightforward, high-intensity c
Bolos were first conceived of by Keith Laumer, way back when, and I was never really impressed with the Laumer stories I read talking about them. David Weber does a better job, I think.
This book is a set of a number of short stories ...more
I don't want to put any spoilers out there for those that haven't picked this book up yet, but I think there is enough in the description to be safe saying that this is a character driven Sci-Fi of epic scale. I had, at the point of reading this never seen a computer portrayed as such a caring, emotional and tangible c ...more
In Miles to Go we see the consequence of giving a Bolo a really human-like artificial intelligence.
In The Traitor we see another self-aware Bolo hunt another Bolo who did the unthinkable and ran away from the fight. Wit ...more
The stories are good and the characters realistic. What I liked the most was the way he shows how the Bolos think and the technical data at the end. A good book but it does not hold a candle to the Starfire series. All in all it is a good book to pass the time with at the dr's office but not something to rush out and buy.
You know what they say, the first taste is free.
Read for the Seasonal Reading Challenge Fall 09 task 20.2 (ABCs: B)
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more