I previously reviewed this as a 4 star book, and said that I had mixed feelings about reading number 2 after finishing, but was happy when I did. This was my first experience with the Liaden books. Having now read the Agent of Change sequence, I'm now giving this one a 5, since it really brings the whole universe to an entirely different level. On it's own, still a good book, but personally, I'd start with Agent of Change then come back to these later.
I'm a long time fan of speculative fiction, having started with Isaac Asimov and Andre Norton. I do read other things, of course.
Not better, but certainly different!
One of my favorite moments is when Jela turned around to rescue Cantra when they are escaping from The Uncle.
He did a very good job with the voices. I never quite knew before what a Rimmer accent sounded like!
Very slow and hard to follow. Too many weird creatures. I didn't understand the plot nor storyline. I couldn't relate to the creatures and worship of a tree. Hated this book. I gave story one star but somehow it went to two. It should be no star at all even the reader was poor.
Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)
As far as styles I'd say this book is along the same lines as B.V. Larsons Swarm series. Lots of high tech yet well developed characters.
Kevin does a great job with the various voices and is so consistant it helps to keep the mental image in sync with the story.
It would have to be from an old song by REM. "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine"
I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series and parralel series.
Please, NEVER recommend an abridged book for me. Really. I love to read and I've become really addicted to audios.
Actually a better story. As far as "military sc/fi" goes this is more touchy feely than I like.
Not too bad.
It's not a book I'd care to edit as I don't think I'm the target audience.
The 2 main characters. They are very compelling and able to pull in the reader.
This is my first book read by Kevin T. Collins... and I fell in LOVE! I will now seek out other books he's read just to hear him read! He truly did an excellent job.
Can one man save the universe from destruction?
Book started off slow for me, by skipping some time... but picked up. I ended excited to read the next book.
I picked up this book based on the brilliant reviews. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed by the series. While it is certainly not bad as such, it was not all that interesting either. I listened to Crystal Soldier and figuring, hey, with such good reviews, maybe it picks up in volume 2, I listened to that one as well. It was pretty much the same though, and I did not finish the series.
about top third
The story kept up. It has an interesting story line and I did not get bored listening to it.
The fight scene where the hero and heroine nearly get hammered!
An enjoyable story. I want to read the rest of the trilogy.
The reason to fight on found in a soldiers ambition to duty. Jella and tree meet contra & dulce. The plot thickens.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I didn't even have to look at the author(s)... as soon as I started the book I knew it was a sci-fi written by a woman. Way more character development than my usual military sci-fi fare, and way too much "lollygagging at the views" for my personal tastes. Yes, it is all lovely to be thoughtful and present during a scenic event, but... I went in thinking this was a military sci-fi where stuff got blown up and people swore at each other. There is a lot of coddling and hand-holding here. Oh, perhaps it is the "mystical" component that I didn't like... something anyway.
The story is kinda interesting - and the characters are well-developed. It just doesn't really fit into the genre I thought it was trying to fit into. I see now that it is a prequel to a more advanced series, which is fine (it read like a stand alone book), but I don't think it has enough action to stimulate a reader to keep reading in the series... nothing very thrilling occurs, and I finished the book wondering why I really care what they do in a future adventure.
If there was such a genre as women's military science fiction, this might be the flagship type of story for that. For me, there was just not enough action, or enough military content, and just a bit too much touchy-feely and psychedelic wanderings (kinda like dream-sequences)...
The narration is good and there is nothing graphic in this book...