This was a fitting end to the series – I think it may be the end. All the books in this series are readable, fast paced and exciting. I loved the premise of using old people to fight wars – giving them a new life and offering them a chance to make a difference. We all can image how this will back-fire as a great idea.
Year/Format: 2015, Book , 380 pages ;
I am exhausted reading and holding this large hardcover book. This is the 8th book in the series. If you are looking for a great time – start reading. Always a pleasure to read his work – although I did lose interest in his Honor series after about 5 books. If you like warfare strategy , battles on land and sea, along with interesting characters and how they interact, this should be on your list.
There is little connection to my last review of his more fanciful story which include mystical happenings and along with horror, a lot of humour. This series is very serious and opens the door for speculation about humanity and will it ever change. Not in his universe I fear.
Year/Format: 2015, Book , 784 pages ;
I loved the 1st books David Weber wrote about Bahzell [Horse-stealer] and am thrilled that there is a 2nd series. The pace is almost exhausting. Great characters and world – good and bad. The good humour and the clever plot twists keep you reading. Even though this writer always writes large volumes – you can’t believe the richness he crams into each paragraph. These stories are more boisterous and wild than most. They have a less military quality and deal more with small groups.
Previous Books – not to be missed.
- Oath of Swords
- War God’s Own
- Wind Rider’s Oath
- War Maid’s Choice
Similar authors, universe/fantasy and style: CJ Cherryh, Elizabeth Moon, Michelle Sagara, Tolkien, M.C. Plank, come to mind.
Year/Format: 2015, Book , 560 pages
#1 in a NEW EPIC FANTASY SERIES by 28-times New York Times and international best seller David Weber, set within his Bahzell Bahnakson/War God universe. A swordsman who has been robbed of his past must confront an evil wizard with a world at stake.
About The Sword of the South:
“Weber returns to his epic fantasy world last depicted in War Maid’s Choice . . . With the full pantheon of gods, wizards, elves, dwarves, and dark sorcery, this title is guaranteed to win the favor of Robert Jordan and Michael Sullivan enthusiasts. Designed as an entry point for first-time readers, it also is a great option for teens and adults.”–Library Journal
Gregory Benford and Larry Niven are my top writers and when I saw them collaborating I was thrilled. These 2 novels do not disappoint. The characters and story are rich and ask so many questions. As in the summaries provided – they bring very interesting ideas to the genre as Nivens’s many books on Ringworlds and similar stories by Clark’s Rama bring us questions and answers about alien encounters.
Benford’s epic Galactic Centre novels are an outrageous series covering 6 novels of wonder and scientific theory as well as fanciful imagery. Here he allows the same creativity – based on science and probabilities. These books remind me of the collaboration Niven did with Jerry Pournelle – The Mote In God’s Eye in 1974. If you haven’t read that and the sequel – The Gripping Hand 1993 – I highly recommend you check them out. They are more adventure stories with less science. Here there is lots of science and lots of adventure.
Bowl of Heaven – 1st book
by Benford, Gregory, 1941-
Contributors: Niven, Larry.
Year/Format: 2012, Book, 412 p. ;
• Human – alien encounters–Fiction.
• Life on other planets–Fiction.
• Quests (Expeditions)–Fiction.
Library Summary/Review: A human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by the discovery of an immense bowl-shaped structure in space that leads to hostile alien encounters and profound revelations about humanity’s place in the universe.
Early notes – great read – very Ring-world but with Benford’s help the story is more scientific. Heavy Niven influence.
Shipstar – 2nd Book
by Benford, Gregory, 1941-, author
Contributors: Niven, Larry,
Year/Format: 2014, Book , 415 pages :
• Human-alien encounters–Fiction
• Outer space–Exploration–Fiction
• Space colonies–Fiction.
Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.
Investigating the Bowl, or Shipstar, the human explorers are separated–one group captured by the gigantic structure’s alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape–while the mystery of the Shipstar’s origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that transform their understanding of their place in the universe.
Great interview – nice to hear the author’s thoughts outside of the work.
It’s midnight, and I’m standing in a snow-covered field, waiting for C. S. Boyack. Something howls in the distance. The light of the full moon reflecting off the snow is almost as bright as daylight. Almost. A man approaches, and I spot fur sticking out from the top of his jacket. This guy has definitely turned. I raise my arm to give the ‘fire’ signal to my marksmen. Wait, Boyack has a bushy beard. I take a closer look, and wave off the marksmen. The wind picks up, reminding me I’m not dressed warmly enough – bulky clothing would slow me down if a werewolf charged. I look down at my pad of paper and scratch out half of my questions. I want to get out of here.
Many people daydream about writing a novel, but never write anything. What was it that pushed you over the edge?
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This is a new series and one that is sure to please fans of Sookie Stackhouse [True Blood – TV series] and Harper Connelly [Grave] stories. Its a conjoining of some characters and the background stories. If you start reading here – you will no doubt turn to the previous stories to fill in time until the next Midnight story happens.
The two stories I just read – 1) Midnight Crossroads 2014 & 2) Day Shift 2015 were entertaining and lively reads. The number of things that go wrong add a certain black humour. The characters are quite diverse and they begin to form a pack with different functions. A whole new group of Fey have arrived. Charlaine Harris has a never ending capacity for the fanciful – the stuff of daydreams. Her writing is quite good in these two books – very relaxed and not quaint. The two books are great together – like an epic novel.
This is old-school Pulp Fiction – Fantasy Sci-Fi. I had a good time and look forward to next year’s. At least I could read 2 right away because I had forgotten about this author.
Normally I give a LIbrary Summary but that one was a major spoil alert. So avoid the reviews and just read.
Theses stories are from Tanya Huff’s Sci-Fi ‘Space Opera’ books – 2 books in one. I read the next 2 first because these were not in print. It was great to read these and connect with the things that happen later on. I enjoy reading Tanya Huff’s stories because of her writing style, her sense of humour and her imagination. I kept thinking of a female version of Bruce Willis – as her main character is so lucky and aggressive. It says it is American Sci-Fi – I guess it is but the author is Canadian.
Her other books include Fantasy – very imaginative and not at all military.
A confederation of valor : Valor’s choice ; The better part of valor
by Huff, Tanya.
Year/Format: 2015, Book , 567 pages ;
• Life on other planets–Fiction.
• Science fiction, American.
In Valor’s Choice, Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr and her crew get yanked from a well-deserved shore leave in order to participate in an ‘easy’ mission. They are to act as an honour guard for a diplomatic visit to the world of the Silsviss, reptilian aliens with a strong appreciation for war and conquest. In The Better Part of Valor, Torin Kerr’s outspokenness gets her in a load of trouble. After she tells a two-star general what she really thinks of him, she finds herself separated from her platoon and sent off on a perilous assignment.
Excellent story and I want to read the next one asap. I read his 1st story last year and was wondering what he would do next. This is such a departure from the Space Opera he wrote in the 1st book – The Kassa Gambit 2013. Similarities are his easy writing style and the winning characters. I cannot say how wonderful this story was – by page 2 I was in [the 1st page seems a bit slow but that could be me adjusting to the fact that it was a SF fantasy]. Great way to move us from our reality to the one in the book, using a dream-like scenario – one minute you are in you reality and the next, where am I? . Last page left me wanting a lot more and wanting the next book right away. Not to say that it left me wanting in a bad way – very strong ending. Easy going writing style and very colourful world and characters. You care about everyone – amazing.
I read some of the reviews of his 1st novel and this one – all I can say is that I am a fan and I disagree that he didn’t get there. I was completely involved in both books and enjoyed the ride.
Similar writers: David Webber – Elizabeth Moon.
Sword of the bright lady
by Planck, M. C., author.
Contributors: Mollica, Gene,
Year/Format: 2014, Book , 429 pages ;
• Alternate worlds–Fiction
Library Summary/Review: “Christopher Sinclair goes out for a walk on a mild Arizona evening and never comes back. He stumbles into a freezing winter under an impossible night sky, where magic is real — but bought at a terrible price. A misplaced act of decency lands him in a brawl with an arrogant nobleman and puts him under a death sentence. In desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war, serving as a priest of the Bright Lady, Goddess of Healing. But when Marcius, god of war, offers the only hope of a way home to his wife, Christopher pledges to him instead, plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notoriety. To win enough power to open a path home, this mild-mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists, assassins, and the never-ending threat of monsters, with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magic. But the gods and demons have other plans. Christopher’s fate will save the world… or destroy it”–