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review 2017-06-24 04:16
Review of "Behind the Throne" (Indranan War, #1) by K.B. Wagers
Behind the Throne - K.B. Wagers

I'm not even going to try to write a better review than Bookaneer's review.   That one says it best.

 

I will just say it was a great adventure that I enjoyed very much. Read in one sitting; gripped start to finish.  Enough intrigued me and enough desire to know what happens next that I'm eagerly waiting to read the next in series.

 

Science fiction? Space Opera? Not so much.

 

Yes, it starts with her dragged off a space ship back to home planet. But, the "atmosphere" was more British Empire rulers in India or Africa during 1700's-1800's than a galactic empire 2500 years in the future. Maybe because mostly took place in the palace from POV of princess with a few bits of tech terms and weapons, other planets may as well have been other countries for all the sociological/geographical detail, and only one race of aliens that could have passed for invaded natives in a subservient position (okay, so their religion made them healers but pretty much not fleshed out or alien).

 

A great story for all that. Plenty of glimpses of material that could go into a well-developed series and even get developed into good space opera. Next book in series, After the Crown, will tell.

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review 2017-06-23 08:33
Surrealist characters and stories - not for me unfortunately
Pop Gun War, Volume 1: Gift - Farel Dalrymple

Not for me, this one. It's a surrealist story or stories based upon a strange collection of characters including a floating bespectacled fish: you get the idea. Black-and-white illustrations don't make it any better for me and it's just not my sort of comic collection. I'm sure that there are other people who will appreciate it more.

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review 2017-06-22 19:49
Book #855 - 344,181 Pages Read
The Silent War: Book III of The Asteroid Wars - Ben Bova

Pretty much continues from where The Rock Rats left off....the characters that Bova developed so well in the first two asteroid war books continue to battle for the riches of the asteroid belt, as well as resolve their personality differences in various ways. Humphries, Astro Corporation, and Yamagata Corporation fall into a deadly battle for control of this vast area of treasures. Bova ends this one with mention of an alien artifact which casts an air of morality over the entire story. Another good read in the Grand Tour.

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text 2017-06-22 02:27
Reading progress: 13%.

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text 2017-06-22 00:31
Reading progress: 5%.
Behind the Throne - K.B. Wagers

Spaceship with supposedly tough heroine, a beloved AI and aliens, check.  Murky conspiracies and return to what sounds like feudal society planet forced against her will by what descriptions make seem might be a love interest, not so much but could be written well.  

 

Not sure how much of this will be a spaceship type of read, but so far enjoying.  I hope there is more "show" of her toughness rather than devolving into the princess only described as tough to be special compared to the wimpier, more hide bound sillier girls back on her planet — I've clearly been scarred by recent samplings of one too many bad YA books.  

 

Honor Harrington, Cordelia Vorkosigan and Serrano worked for me; maybe Hail will, too.

 

 

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