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message 1: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2638 comments Mod
The July 2018 INDIE pick is Wildcatter by Dave Duncan Wildcatter by Dave Duncan. Please use this thread to post questions, comments, and reviews, at any time.

Official description:
“As long as there is money to be made, there will be Wildcatters” — Dave Duncan Throughout human history wildcatters, the first great explorers and prospectors to lay claim to newly discovered lands, have marched to the beat of a different drummer — motivated by a deep yearning to be the first to walk on uncharted land and benefit from treasures yet to be discovered. In the future, wildcatters in space will travel to exoplanets, located in The Big Nothing, to search for new chemicals which, when transformed into pharmaceuticals, might bring untold wealth and fame to the individuals and corporations that stake their claim for exclusive exploitation rights. Such is the quest of the crew of the independent starship Golden Hind, whose mission is to travel a year and a half to “Cacafuego”, beat the larger corporations to the exoplanets’ resources, and strike it rich for themselves. But will a yellow warning flag, already planted above the planet, stop them? Or will the Golden Hind’s prospector foray to the planet’s surface, possibly never to return alive? Wildcatter is a raucous tale of mystery, greed and passion, told by master story teller Dave Duncan, once himself a real wildcatter!

message 2: by Laz (new) - rated it 4 stars

Laz the Sailor (laz7) | 208 comments FYI - there are sexual themes and activities in this story. R-rated and amusing.

message 3: by Trike (new)

Trike | 595 comments “Cacafuego” = Shitfire. 😂

message 4: by Laz (new) - rated it 4 stars

Laz the Sailor (laz7) | 208 comments Is anyone reading this one?

message 5: by Jemima (last edited Jul 21, 2018 02:24AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jemima Pett | 156 comments I'm reading it, and I'm enjoying it. I'm glad I didn't start until I'd finished editing my latest book, though. I do have trouble with reading scifi and the danger of stealing ideas.

This one in particular. Dave Duncan has taken us to a planet that rotates on its side. I've been trying to get my head around how day/night/seasons work in this set-up for my own books, and eventually decided to park it for now. Duncan's character gives a brilliant explanation, and I'll probably have to park my planet forever now. I like the rest of his planet science too - very sound.

I'll comment on the story later, when I've finished ;)

message 6: by Jemima (last edited Jul 29, 2018 05:23AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jemima Pett | 156 comments I've now finished.

I really enjoyed it right up to the stage where they left the planet.
After that it seemed the author had got bored with it. We got told everything that happened: we lost the tension between the captain and the protagonist, who had declared his undying love for her(occasionally him), before he left for the planet. The protag was too busy with the hots for having saved the life of someone else and rescued her to appreciate his crew. Or maybe they made up... as the last page suggested.

In fact, I think the problem was that the book had the emotional range of a teaspoon, to quote from someone else. All that rampant lust left no room for any real development of the human interest.

So, good fun, great world-building, harks back to Heinlein and the others too much for me, perhaps. In fact, I think I should reread Poul Anderson's The Trouble Twisters (which I've kept since I was at college), because I think that's about the right age group for this one.

Are we more sophisticated these days? Or does it hit just the right note for an age group I've left behind?

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