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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Paperback, 692 pages
Published January 11th 2010 by Createspace (first published January 10th 2010)
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Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway a few months ago. I will admit, the presentation of this book is daunting. The small print coupled with the tight margins made me wait to finally read this books.

When I started the book, I regretted waiting so long to pick it up. It started as a work of science fiction with strong political and economic undertones and I was very interested. But, quickly it turned in to a preachy, speech-ridden lecture about the benefits of a free-market economy to cou
D.J. Knedgen
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recently purchased passage to distant galaxies, seven hundred years into the future. My host on the voyage was Science Fiction author, Matthew Bruce Alexander. His time-travel vehicle? Withur We.

If you’re looking for a quick read, Withur We is not for you. Science Fiction is, by its very nature, necessarily lengthy. (Therefore, don’t fret the occasional typo). Detailed pictures must be painted, with words, describing places and things that don’t (yet) exist. Alexander is a verbal artist with
Sean Keegan
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes science fiction and/or economics
*Goodreads Giveaway Winner*
I’m not going to lie, this book is dense. It is close to 700 pages and has very small print. That being said, Matthew Alexander has a true talent for writing. When writing a science fiction piece, one has two ways to introduce the reader to the carefully crafted world: an easy way and a hard way. The easy way is to have a character play dumb and have everything explained to him; but the hard way is to slowly acclimate the reader to the the atmosphere through a careful
Richard H.
This book could use another edit to bring it into greater balance, but overall I loved it. First the cons... There's a tendency of the characters to lapse into political speeches, which is mildly annoying but it doesn't occur that often here, as compared to say an Ayn Rand novel. The first two parts are very long compared to the third, which makes it feel unbalanced, and leaves you wishing there was more to the end. It feels like it was wrapped up too fast compared to the first two parts. For th ...more
Bob Olsen
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a big book with a lot of big ideas, a sprawling space opera and first contact story with a Rothbardian, anarcho-capitalist hero. The author is a better story-teller than most authors with an ideological axe to grind. The epic story touches on a variety of socio-political and scientific topics, including Austrian economics, theoretical astrophysics, evolution, and libertarian political theory. I was pleasantly surprised by this first-time author.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
First Impression: This author's other book, The Preferred Observer, was a fast-paced favorite. Hopefully more of the same here!

Characters: I don't like Alistair. I tried, I really did...but between his incessent blushing(!?) and his soap box rants it felt like the whole book was a venue to vent anger and frustration. The military, the government, and society in general are assailed while the main character becomes a poster child on the importance of therapy.

World Building: One thing Alexander c
J.P. Medved
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Alexander's freshman effort, science fiction novel Withur We, is a powerful, and surprisingly nuanced story that manages to be great fun while at the same time illustrating the superiority of Austrian economics and allowing the reader to explore a working anarchocapitalist society.

The lengthy novel (696 pages in the PDF version) tells the story of Alistair Ashley 3nn, a young ex-marine from the planet Aldra, who returns to his hometown greatly changed by his experience in a galactic war
Fred Hughes
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was received free from the author for review purposes.

This book is a wonderful blend of high adventure, politics gone astray and the personal struggles of Alistair Ashley 3nn. Alistair is a highly trained Marine who although he has killed in the service, is more inclined to not kill to achieve an end.

The book unfolds in three parts forming a chronological story arc.

In part one, which comprises the first 42 chapters of the book, we find Alistair returning to his home world after serving
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Alexander's W?thûr W? is an outstanding piece of work, skillfully written and showing a concern for prose and characterization rare for a book in this genre. Better yet, while it is, at a certain level, an overtly political book, it consistently acknowledges real world complexities and manages to avoid didacticism. I never got the feel of being lectured but simply of being invited to consider possibilities. This takes a real gift.

I don't think there's any way to summarize the book adequa
Author: Matthew Bruce Alexander
Published By: Createspace
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4


"Withur We" by Matthew Bruce Alexander was a long, long read but it was full of many struggles for Alistair Ashley III in this good 'science fiction' read. I found this read to be divided in several different sections...part one dealing with this Marine who has returned home to Aldura, but finding his world had changed for the worst...finding the 'government was micromanaging not
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone- Sci-Fiction Fans Esp.
At first this book was a little rough for me to get into- worried that I was not going to understand what I was reading and simply end up confused throughout the entire book, but once I stopped focusing on certain words- the story started to unravel with ease. This is not my typical genre, but Withur We managed to surprise me~ hold my interest and leave me with new thoughts to process. Some small issues with editing but nothing to bad as to disrupt this fantastic story. Though this book is forev ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Withur We, the debut novel by Matthew Alexander, is quite daunting at a first glance. This massive tome sports nearly 700 pages in its PDF form, which is something that, along with many other books of this vicinity, almost always seems to bring the promise of sluggish, abstruse reading. Not this one. Mr. Alexander delivers this sprawling sci-fi epic with lusciously styled, easy-going prose that drools off of each page like literary honey. This great aspect of the novel, so rarely found within th ...more
Felix Bearden
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Withur We” is an excellent presentation of the libertarian philosophy encapsulated in a science fiction action story. The hero, a very capable warrior, succeeds in answering many of the arguments against permitting a completely free society where there is no government to impose the will of the majority, the plutocracy, or the dictator on the citizens of a society. He is successful, at least for a time, in demonstrating how it will work.

Unfortunately, then, as now, governments are almost univer
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alstair Ashley, a seasoned combat ex-marine returned to his home world from war a world light years away, but once he saw the injustice going on in Aldura he could hardly hold his tongue! When his father's bar is taken from him, and he had to wait another year for a hip operation while the wealthy enjoyed all that could be had, he could stand no more and goes on a one man wrecking machine to fight the fat bureaucrats, but just as he attempts to bomb their building while using a stealth body suit ...more
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, liberty
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Krista McCracken
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
[Full Disclosure: I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program]

To be honest I'm struggling to get through this book. I'm an avid reader and not normally deterred by the size of a book. However, the font is unbelievably small and at 685 pages, the book is a hefty read.

Its a moderately good read at this point, but still working my way through it.

Update: I've finished the book. It was a good piece of libertarian style fiction and I enjoyed Alexander's writing style. There are
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of libertarian science fiction.
The author contacted me because he noticed I had read other libertarian fiction, and directed me to his website ( where I was able to download his novel in e-book form. Just started reading it, and so far so good.

(Continued)...It's a good tale, and clearly falls in the camp of libertarian fiction, which I occasionally enjoy reading. However, I finally set this one aside. It just wasn't fast-paced enough for me, in the development of the characters, in action sequences, o
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about Ex Marine Alistair Ashley who returns home from war to his home planet and unable to come to peace with his surroundings. We follow him on his journey with many ups and downs, and you can easily identify with him and all the characters. I am not usually a fan of sci-fi so I was very happy to have the opportunity to read this book. It is very well written and has an easy flow and I highly recommend it to anybody who loves a good story. It will leave you thinking about it lon ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some of the most interesting sci-fi I have ever encountered.

What makes this book interesting is that unlike most sci-fi authors, the author here has a very high grasp of good economic theory and it shows in the book. There are no ridiculous forms of social organization or illogical incentive structures here.

Simply a story of freedom vs. tyranny in the far future, and a view of the state which will be absolutely shocking to some readers, which is precisely what they could use.

1 star off for the s
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaway
Received this book as an ARC Giveaway. Took me seemingly forever, but I finally finished it. I enjoyed the second part of this book the most. The first part was very political and preachy, which was toned down, but present in the second part. The third part amounted to a "See, I told you so..." type of ending.
Aug 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads! Thanks Goodreads!
Brian Leach
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good telling of Rothbard's Libertarian concepts in a science fiction context. I particularly enjoyed the ending and it's judgment of human nature.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I tried to finish this book, but lost interest and couldn't find the desire to read more.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good science fiction with interesting political drama.
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