I can't usually slow down enough for the super-detailed plot/character development novels (e.g. Wheel of Time) but I found this one to be Ok. The story is certainly told in a measured pace but it constantly (perhaps inexorably) moves forward and you receive a lot of background along the way.
Character actions and entirely consistent with their beliefs and they don't ever seem to do something unnatural, just to move to plot in a certain direction.
I see that others didn't like the narrator. Hmm, well she certainly narrates a measure tale in an ever more measured and deliberate style but I found she seemed to compliment the writing. I thought she did a great job of giving the characters personality and individuality, so I was happy with her.
The overall story is interesting, with intriguing alien concepts. But I found the story progressed far too slowly for me; I remember my disappointment when I finally got to the end, only to discover "You have only come to the end of a part, but not the end of the entire book" What? Oh no...
Towards the end, I was definitely tiring of the frustrating tendency for the characters to decide on a course of action and then spend time debating the merits of that course. But wait, they already committed to this action, so why discuss it? I also read "Ship of Magic" recently which is even more detailed but doesn't feel slow because it is constantly progressing the plot.
The Dr. Zachary Smith type of character is often a required foil for the smart people to play against, but I've never been a fan of annoying people who can misunderstand any given situation.
Many of the side-plot narrations seemed to have little purpose in the overall story arc, other than to show other things that were going on.
The narration was generally fine but I found the frequent and rushed "I'm sorry" grew tedious.
Overall, I guess I'm glad that I read it.
This series is great and somehow just keeps getting even better.
The characters are exceptionally interesting and I just like hearing what they have been up to. The overall story arc is great and the individual stories are fascinating. I wish all novels could be this engaging!
I'm amused to see that other reviewers say how both Destroyermen and Lost Fleet are their favorite series; I thought it was just me. I have even built a model of the USS Walker, which is my first model in over ten years.
William Dufris is a great narrator and shines with his work in this series.
Another great novel in the Lost Fleet universe!
It has the known structure of well-written fleet engagements but I found myself continually surprised how the author finds entirely new things (e.g. the new aliens) to explore. I'm confused by the reviewers who call it formulaic when I found it anything but.
I love how the aliens all think differently, with distinct cultures -- and then act consistently within that culture. I'm pleased to say that I figured out the DT and it was highly amusing.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I like how it's two books in one and figuring out how the fantasy story relates to the "outside" SciFi story.
The characters are interesting and likable. Enough good and bad things happen to them that they are believable and engaging.
The author must be from Britain and it's amusing to see the number of (probably unintentional) quaint references when these characters in the far future do something that's common there but not elsewhere. Their many cups of tea being only the most obvious.
The variations on "one body, one consciousness" are very clever and really make the reader think. Well done!
I *really* enjoyed this book! I found the story interesting and told in an engaging way.
I liked the characters and I loved the touches of humor (when the alien first tastes the MS) and the many oblique SciFi references.
I look forward to the next one in the series.
I often wonder what it's like coming into a series mid-way and this book is set within the Coyote Universe. I probably missed a number of nuances but I wasn't confused. I suspect the backplot blew some of the storyline from Book1 but I'll probably read that sometime, too.
I found this book to have a 'medium' pace with enough sub-plots and fractious characters. (Kind of like Dr. Smith on Lost in Space).
I found the final chapters odd; the characters seemed to become completely difficult and argumentative and rude or petty. It didn't detract from the overall story, it just didn't seem reasonable.
The similarities between this book and the Destroyermen series are just amazing! I'm sure neither author was aware of the other, but the number of congruent plot details is quite fun to note.
I found this book was fun to listen to as a stand-alone series, but I found myself wishing that I was listening to the next book in the Destroyermen series, instead. (Which isn't really fair to Rally Cry as I prefer the WWII era).
I think that if you're into the Civil War era and SciFi/Fantasy, then you would like this book.
I'll probably get the next book in the series, sometime.
The bad people (which is most people) seemed too cliche and callous. Some of the plot devices were too contrived (someone keeps a loaded flame thrower on his wall?) Maybe it gets better in the second half but I gave up mid-way.
Author: Never again.
I tried this book because a friend said it has received wide acclaim. I thought the basic idea was interesting but the glacial slowness was just too frustrating. I listened to twenty hours before deciding that I couldn't stand the lack of progress any longer.
The trivial minutae receive so much detail and, worst of all, repetition (usually about four times, as if the author thinks the reader wasn't paying attention). It's like following alongside someone on their regular day; most of what happens just isn't worth reporting.
I specifically wanted a long book, but I had expected it to make plot progress. This should be a seven hour book; it doesn't have enough content to warrant being any longer.
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