logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: space
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-23 19:33
Star’s End: An Inner Space Opera
Star's End - Cassandra Rose Clarke

Man, I really like Clarke's stuff. Not real flashy, but emotionally detailed.

 

My latest at B&N SciFi & Fantasy

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-16 03:01
On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard
On a Red Station, Drifting - Aliette de Bodard

I didn’t know what to expect from this novella, and I picked it up more or less on a whim, so I was understandably impressed.

 

We have Linh, a former magistrate from a provincial planet in this future Dai Viet empire, arriving on Prosper Station as a refugee to take advantage of family ties she has with the station’s administrative family. She’s also running from potential charges against the empire though, so things have the potential to get interesting.

 

There’s some low-key but intense family drama alongside a faltering AI that runs the station and Linh gets mixed up in all of it. It was raw but it also felt real. I was very satisfied with the ending, so I’m thinking I’ll go with a verdict of “very cool.”

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-11 20:41
The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley

I needed this book. It is pure escapist fun. Brutal, but fun.

 

Hurley throws you right in the deep end with Zan, a warrior who has lost her memory. She explains the minimum amount required for the narrative to make sense, so you’re basically forced to just to accept things until they get explained in bits and pieces, generally much later on. I’m ok with that, and I find it to be a much better world-building experience than info-dump after info-dump. Also, everything that I thought needed an explanation got explained. I’ll admit that some of the background information is only implied and I had to fill it in myself, and I think that’s what drove some people crazy who didn’t like the book. Because the whole idea that the worldships have been orbiting in Legion for so many generations that they are just literally starting to fall apart was pretty clear, I thought, although I suppose it’s never actually spelled out.

 

You should just ignore the summary because it’s hard to summarize this book without giving away spoilers, and the summary won’t prepare you for the book. We have massive organic worldships run by various clans at war with each other. The Katazyrna, the Bhavaja, and the Mokshi are the big players in the novel. They’re at war for resources, basically, and Zan and Jayd (mentioned in the summary) are trying to break away from the past destructive cycles. Of course, this naturally entails a lot of death and destruction.

 

All the characters are female, but this makes sense in the context of this universe. If this is too unbelievable for you, this probably isn’t the book for you.

There is literally no biological function for men to perform in this world, Legion, so just consider them all post-humans rather than your traditional humans. It would have made no sense to shoe-horn males into this world, so get over it if that’s your beef. Actually, it’s never confirmed that they are our descendants, so they could all be aliens instead. It doesn’t matter to the story. They’re trying to escape Legion and its decay but they’ve lost too much knowledge to do it easily.

(spoiler show)

 

I’d call this space opera, but you can tack on the fantasy label if the advanced technology seems too much like magic. Be forewarned that there’s a lot of violence and moral grey zones, but I thought it was great.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-06 10:37
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage by David R. George III
The Long Mirage (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) - David R. George III

This novel picks up right where "Ascendance" left off with Kira reemerging from the Wormhole.

 

And hers is by far the most interesting part of the novel. First of all, she reunites with Altek Dans, and then returns with him to Bajor where she's faced with a schism within the clerical community - ones who like her believe the Prophets to be gods, and others who deny that fact, backed up by the artifact found on Bajor's moon. Once again her trust issues come forward, trust issues concerning her superiors, in this case the kai and her management of the situation. Granted, Kira's been burned quite often, but this becomes a bit tiresome because it renders her character stagnant if she's faced with the same problems whereever she goes, be it as an officer or as a vedek.

 

I enjoyed the Altek twist. It's obvious now and mind-boggling that this option didn't even occur to me. But in this case the endless repetition about him being from the distant past succeeded in pulling the wool over my eyes. I'm curious to see where this plotthread on Bajor is going next. I'm glad that the love-triangle with Ro and Kira wasn't really an issue, although I hoped for a better resolution with Ro because despite her (then) unsolved relationship with Quark, what she shared with Altek rang true.

 

Absolutely loved Kira's short reunion with Odo. Their relationship felt so real within the series, and George managed to rekindle that with just a few phrases. I'm also curious as to where Odo's is going next with the Dominion-refugees. I just hope that despite all the difficulties on Bajor and with the refugees, Kira and Odo are allowed to spend some time together.

But unfortunately all this marked just a third of the novel, the other 2 thirds didn't work so well for me as I'm simply not interested in either Vic or Morn. On the other hand, those plotthreads are led to a (temporary?) conclusion, so that's something at least. Quark and Ro's relationship is over. Wouldn't have minded them being a couple, but not if Ro keeps cheating on Quark and/or their goals for the relationship continue to differ. I could have done without the endless repetition of how hurt Quark is, or how sorry Ro is for hurting Quark... again, the situation is not that complex. Nog's obsession with restoring Vic was heart-felt, given that he in a way owes his recovery to Vic. But the situation within the programme dragged on way too long, and I'm not sure I like the sentient/non-sentient-conundrum. First of all, what's the agenda of the scientist? And secondly, we already had such a question with Data, the Doctor and with Moriarty. I'm not sure I need this issue on DS9 as well.

So overall, I really hope the next novel will focus on Bajor, DS9 (the crew still needs fleshing out after all), Odo, bring back Sisko... now that all those loose sideplots with Vic, Morn, and the Ascendants (in previous novels) have finally been resolved.

So overall, I really hope the next novels will focus on Bajor, DS9, Odo, bring back Sisko... now that all those loose sideplots with Vic, Morn, the Ascendants (in previous novels) have finally been resolved.
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-04 15:16
Literatura przygodowa w otoczeniu science fiction, czyli nowoczesny Star Trek dla starszego czytelnika
Łatwo być bogiem - Robert J. Szmidt

Robert J. Szmidt to postać, która cieszy się ogromnym szacunkiem za dokonania w polskiej fantastyce. Człowiek-instytucja, osoba odpowiedzialna za liczne przedsięwzięcia na polu szeroko rozumianej fantastyki, od literatury począwszy, w tym także jako tłumacz, przez kreację magazynów i liczących się dziś nagród, do filmu a nawet gier wideo. A przy tym pisarz, który zawsze wywoływał u mnie uczucie głębokiej konfuzji. Oto twórca opowiadań, które w większości przypadków idealnie trafiały w mój gust, których tytuły pamiętam nawet po latach (co jak dla mnie jest czymś absolutnie niespotykanym) oraz powieści, których kompletnie nie byłem w stanie doczytać do końca, chyba że na siłę. Widząc nazwę: "Pola dawno zapomnianych bitew", którą kojarzę z opowiadań właśnie, tym razem jednak w formie powieści, postanowiłem kolejny raz zmierzyć się z książką pana Szmidta. I wreszcie trafiłem dobrze.

 

W przeciwieństwie do pozycji takich jak "Kroniki jednorożca. Polowanie", "Zaklinacza", czy "Apokalipsy według pana Jana", tym razem wrażenie, że powieść "sama się czyta", wrażenie znane z opowiadań pisarza właśnie, trwało długo, grubo przez ponad połowę książki. Po wstępie przedstawiającym interesującego bohatera i spotkanie z rasą Obcych, w którym mocno czuć niejakiego Deanikena, przechodzimy do części właściwej. Przedstawienie Henryana to literatura przygodowa na najwyższym poziomie, gdzie czytelnik coraz mocniej jest uderzany przez kolejne, nieprzewidziane elementy. A gdy sytuacja się nieco uspokaja, po całej tej dawce akcji, autor przechodzi do nieco innych klimatów, w których mocno czuć ducha starych, dobrych epizodów serialu Star Trek (jednak w bardzo nowoczesnym wykonaniu), a momentami nawet można odnieść wrażenie, że tekst podchodzi pod mistrza Roberta J. Sawyera. Tak, dwóch Robertów J., przypadek? Nie sądzę.

 

Autorowi udało się upchnąć w książce imponującą ilość pomysłów, czasem mocno od siebie odległych. Rzecz czyta się tak dobrze, jak dobrze ogląda się niezły film science fiction, w którym jest miejsce i na przedstawienie ciekawych koncepcji (więzienie tak straszne, że możliwość otrzymania szansy na samobójstwo jest nagrodą oraz znana z federacji zasada nieingerowania w cywilizacje będące na niższym poziomie rozwoju), ale też na sporo akcji i wyzwań, z którymi bohaterowie muszą się mierzyć. Owszem, w drugiej połowie powieści impet nieco traci na sile, jednak znowu przy końcówce robi się coraz bardziej ciekawie, i już bym sięgał po drugi tom cyklu, gdyby nie fakt, że na dzień dzisiejszy jest niedostępny w abonamencie Legimi. W każdym razie: zdecydowanie polecam, to czysta, niczym nieskrępowana rozrywka, przy czym nie znaczy to, że prymitywna lub prosta, wręcz przeciwnie. Wspaniała przygoda w ciekawej rzeczywistości pod dobrą zabawą skrywająca interesujące tematy.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?