Harry Harrison's series still entertains after all this time. Looking for deep mystical dialog?
Sorry, these are pure quill space opera, as SSR and his murderous family continue to confront the bad guys on yet another world!
... an endurance test. I should have quit this series after the first volume! But I muddled through. All my comments in the review of Pandora's Planet apply, except the narrator lost some of his annoying sing-song cadence. I believe that was mostly the author's writing style.
I made two efforts to follow the story of Pandora's Planet but was put to sleep both times by the hypnotic sing-song narration. I finally got enough of the basic content to follow the story, but the narrator doesn't really help the book. When the book changes location or characters, the narration goes forward without a sufficient pause or change of tone to give a useful hint.
On the other hand, after forcing myself to listen to the first segment twice, I finally got the gist of the story and was able to follow the character/location/resurrection issues without losing my place.
The story itself is interesting enough, so I have now purchased the next volume.
The first book in this series was interesting, a bit "campy", with bits and pieces that reminded me of the old space operas. This 2nd book is incoherent, repetitive, poorly researched -- two sailboats racing on the same leg of a "race track", one close-hauled, the other running before the wind -- and generally nonsensical. I think I'll pass on the rest of the series.
Campbell continues to develop the saga of the lost fleet as "Black Jack" Geary struggles to maintain command of the fleet that views him as some sort of larger than life hero. His main tool is to retrain the fleet in the more sophisticated battle knowledge of an earlier time -- techniques and strategies that have been lost with the deaths of so many space navy commanders over a century of conflict. This creates opponents among the fleet captains who prefer their own glory-seeking methods, even while his continuing success against enemy fleets reinforces the hero worship of his crews - a hero worship he wants to reject.
A good book to listen to in a comfortable chair by the fireside with a bottle of your favorite beverage ready at hand. Kris Longknife turns out to be an interesting protagonist and the book has some of the characteristics of the old Doc Smith space operas. I've ordered the second book in the series and looking forward to another pleasant evening of the Longknife saga.
I've been a fan of CJ Cherryh for 50 years, but somehow missed Jack Campbell. Out of curiosity, I downloaded this book despite the wobbly underlying premise (space navy hero retrieved from long lost cold sleep awakens and saves the day for the good guys) and was delighted to find a well-written space navy battle fleet story with convincing science, believable characters and a compelling narrative. I recommend the book to any Cherryh fans reading this review. I've now downloaded the next two books in the series and look forward to finding the time to listen to them.
... but just what you need sometimes on a cold November weekend. The premise is a bit thin, but the book is well-crafted and enjoyable, especially with a plate of hot biscuits and a teapot of hot Irish Breakfast tea on the side table. Oh, did I mention Irish butter? Mmmmm....
I first read this book when I was a teenager. I finally decided to give it another go. Even though the underlying "history" has passed it by, I have to admit that I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first time. There's just something about the way Heinlein put words together to tell stories that made those stories timeless. He's one of the few writers from my childhood that I truly miss as a septagenarian.
This book maintains the general sense of the earlier books in the series. It feels a little strained at times, like the author was reading his notes from the earlier books, but is nevertheless a good read. If you liked the earlier books, you'll like this one.
Having had some extended contact over the past 40 years or so with what is now called the BDSM community, I have to say this book reads true to reality for the behaviors and issues associated with folks into kinky sex. It all started for me when a one-night-stand "professional conference romance" led to the hotel room of a professional colleague where the woman asked me to tie her hands to the head frame of the bed. She explained that she couldn't orgasm with her hands free. I was hesitant, but complied. We both enjoyed the evening. The book is dead on about the desires and repulsions of newly met potential partners, from the first page to the last.
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