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review 2014-10-02 14:29
New Honorverse series looks promising
A Call to Duty - David Weber,Timothy Zahn

3.5 to 4 stars

A new series in the Honorverse, slated to be released next week.  We find ourselves back before Manticore knew it had a major wormhole, back before it had any spaceship building industry and soon after a Plague that wiped out much of its nascent population.  One of our protagonists is Travis Long, who enlists in the RMN (Royal Manticore Navy) while his supposed friends rob a neighboring jewelry store.  Travis acquires a couple of monickers during basic training that reflect upon his always by the book philosophy with respect to rules and regulations.  The political climate on Manticore has a faction of the civilian government clambering to dismantle the Navy and/or replace it with a Coast Guard like service that patrols the local system and protects merchants and miners from pirates.  The action ramps up when Manticore sends representatives to a Haven sponsored military surplus spaceship sale.  Pirates (or what we are led to believe are pirates initially) masquerading as legitimate buyers attempt a heist of their own on a much grander scale than Travis' juvenile delinquent buddies. 

I flew through this plot driven action-adventure space opera in just a couple of days.  I suspect the addition of Timothy Zahn helped keep the story zipping along so that David Weber didn't pause to infodump as he is wont to do.  While I like Travis, and Metzger and Donnelly, the book still lacked great character development.  Very good plot, but just good character writing.  The Massingills came close, but their screen time was too limited for me to really form the bond they deserved. 

My thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read this eARC ebook prior to its release by Baen on October 7, 2014. 

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review 2014-09-27 19:56
The Whole is More than the Sum of Its Parts
The Chaplain's War - Brad R Torgersen

4-4.5 stars

I previously read parts of this as short stories or novellas (one of which was nominated for a Hugo last year and got my enthusiastic vote). This novel fills in the gaps in Chaplain's Assistant Harry Barlow's past and a few important bits of his future.

Read the rest of my review at my blog here.  

Source: mossjon314159.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/book-review-the-chaplains-war-by-torgersen-4-5-stars
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review 2014-09-07 11:17
Lock In - John Scalzi

Meh. 

 

Barely science fiction.  Mostly police procedural. 

 

Too much dialogue, and lacking in Scalzi's usual wit and humor.  Infodumps before the novel started, over dinner and at other times (Show, don't tell!). I expected more/better from Scalzi. 

 

Glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't buy it.

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