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typical SMB sysadmin geek, father of three, husband of one, he/him Large scifi collection

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reviewed Hunter of worlds by C.J. Cherryh

Hunter of worlds (1977, N. Doubleday) 3 stars

It's too short!

No rating

Not often I say this, but this book needed to be longer.

First up, it's age doesn't hurt it at all. The tech involved is mostly incidental to the plot, and pretty hand wavy. Sure data storage seems to on tape, but that's only mentioned the once, and maybe it was just a rough translation :-).
The rest of it just works.

The book is chock full of interesting characters, with a backdrop that has tons of interest. And that's the problem... There just isn't enough time spent to realize all that potential. I found it to get pretty jumpy, especially in the last third or so I really wanted to know everything that was going on and why, but got only glimpses. It's a three, but could have easily been more with another hundred pages or so.

Colony Fleet (2000, Eos) 3 stars

Nice....

3 stars

I went into this book with no expectations, a used book store chance purchase, from an authour I've never read. It was a pleasant surprise.

The concept is the well trodden generational colony ship fleet. Without ruining anything, things devolve over the years.

I kept expecting the story that develops, to explode into frantic action and meyhem, and it never does. It's so nice when it's not the absolute worst thing that can happen, that drives the novel forward.

For the most part people are people, not dazzling heros and horribly evil figureheads.

The characters are believable and relatable, the backdrop interesting, and the outcome likeable.

Sounds like damning with faint praise perhaps, but I did enjoy it. It was nice.

Colony Fleet (2000, Eos) 3 stars

I went into this book with no expectations, a used book store chance purchase, from an authour I've never read. It was a pleasant surprise.

The concept is the well trodden generational colony ship fleet. Without ruining anything, things devolve over the years.

I kept expecting the story that develops, to explode into frantic action and meyhem, and it never does. It's so nice when it's not the absolute worst thing that can happen, that drives the novel forward.

For the most part people are people, not dazzling heros and horribly evil figureheads.

The characters are believable and relatable, the backdrop interesting, and the outcome likeable.

Sounds like damning with faint praise perhaps, but I did enjoy it. It was nice.

Iceworld (1953, Gnome Press) 3 stars

A Product of it's Age

3 stars

Written in the 50's, I guess it's proof the past is more alien than we realize.

It's a shame when the aliens are more understandable than the humans.

I might be overselling it, but it is dated. The only non male characters are bit parts, who are "just as smart" as the rest, but never actually participate in the plot, really... The rest of the family is very typical Heinlein-ish capable man, jack of all trades, master of the household stuff. I suspect I would have really enjoyed this as a teen several decades ago.

I wish I knew more chemistry, I suspect that's the best part of the novel. Clement was always serious about the science in sci-fi, and it shows here, in many good ways.

The opening chapter has a sting in the tail I won't ruin, but I'm not sure it gets a whole lot better than …

Tomorrow's Kin (Hardcover, 2017, Tor Books) No rating

Read this book (and the whole series) in a single vacation weekend. This was a great start to the series.

The premise is neat, and the characters while not exactly likeable, are interesting, and feel mostly real.

The plot seemed a little uneven, part hard sci fi, and part a little hand wavy.

There's even a dash of mystery thrown in.

The whole is quite enjoyable, right up until, it, just ends...

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (2020, Tor Books) 4 stars

Review of 'To Sleep in a Sea of Stars' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Loads of fun, but the longer it goes, the farther it gets from its promising start as "real" scifi. The author's afterword discussing the long process creating this book was quite interesting. I wonder if I personally might have liked one of the earlier versions?
The backdrop is great, the characters engaging. By all means read it, but I guess I was hoping for something it's not.