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review 2018-07-05 18:06
The Red by Linda Nagata
First Light - Linda Nagata

Series: The Red #1

 

This felt like a pretty standard military SF novel. It takes place on Earth, not in space, but we have soldiers in exoskeletons ("dead sisters" because they look like bones, sort of) fighting far from home and they have skullcaps that help them manage their emotional states (useful in a warzone).

 

Part of the conflict in the novel comes from corrupt defence contractors and part comes from a possible marketing AI that's evolved in the cloud and is manipulating people. It was interesting but I wasn't enthralled, and I found the sense of fatalism to be tiresome. It kind of felt like the AI was just making stuff happen. I also found the scenes with Shelley's girlfriend, Lissa, to be somewhat annoying; I'm not sure why. Maybe she was too flat of a character? Shrug.

 

Anyway, I read this for a buddy read but I'm not sure if I'll read the next books.

 

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text 2018-06-25 17:31
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
First Light - Linda Nagata

"Since sunset the temperature has dropped to ninety-five degrees American"

This is a nice way of putting it, especially when contrasted with Peter Grant's way of calling Celsius "real" temperature.

 

I know one of my friends didn't really like this book, but I'm hoping my read will be more fun.

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review 2018-06-21 22:59
Going Dark by Linda Nagata - My Thoughts
Going Dark - Linda Nagata

I have no idea why I enjoyed this near-future military trilogy as much as I did, but there you go, I did.

The hero of the trilogy, James Shelley, has gone through hell... multiple times.  He's been manipulated, pushed from pillar to post, lied to, betrayed... jeez... all kinds of horrible things.  And I keep coming back for more.  *LOL*

There's action galore in this third book.  Some new team members to get to know.  More mysteries about The Red.  It's pretty much non-stop from the get go.  Nagata writes so well that I can pretty much see the action happening in my mind's eye.  Part of the might be the 1st person POV coupled with the present tense which works. 

I was pretty much satisfied with the way the trilogy wrapped up, but I'd be lying if I said it was a perfect ending.  I was left with a bit of a nebulous feeling of bad things still out there underneath the surface despite everything.  And maybe that's a trope of this type of book.  The main point is, that it didn't really detract from my overall pleasure with the trilogy.

I have another Nagata book in my Kobo and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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text 2018-05-02 01:05
Reading progress update: I've read 302 out of 405 pages.
Vast - Linda Nagata

well, this book has turned out to have about 100 pages more than I really wanted or needed. it's not that nothing is happening--it's more like the same basic things keep happening; the same debates and problems between the characters, the same threats and malfunctions foisted upon the ship, the same solutions. I'm gonna try and do another 50 pages tonight, and leave myself just a bit to wrap up tomorrow. unless I can get the whole thing done tonight.

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text 2018-05-01 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 223 out of 405 pages.
Vast - Linda Nagata

all those aboard the Null Boundary undergoing striking change, even as the ship seems to forever be changing around them. and the Chenzeme ship is always out there, stalking...

 

the book is what I would call, at this point, "an entertaining slog". wish it was a bit more exciting, but when things do flair up and become tense, it's more entertaining, and less slog.

 

so hard to find SF I love, these days.

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