[Review] Homeworld (Odyssey One)

Homeworld is the third book in the Odyssey One series of books. This is a series i have enjoyed since the first book. The earlier books had some issues, and this continues. However the story makes up for a lot of that.

The series is an entry in the military Science Fiction Genre. It is based in a post WW3 era, when the war between China and America ended up with the formation of two large blocs, one centered on China, The eastern Block (Block), and one on the US, North American Confederation(NAC). In this post war era both sides have expanded out in the solar system in a way very similar to the cold war expansion.

in the first book of the series the NAC had developed a faster than light method for travel and so began exploring the galaxy. They found that there was a system of colonies very near to the earth that was made up of humans. These people had been quite peaceful, but where now been attacked by an Alien, and monstrous, Race called the Drasin. The earthlings, Terrans, who are very good at fighting give a hand.

In Homeworld, a BLOCK ship sets out to also explore the galaxy. However things go wrong, and they lead the Drasin to Earth. This leads to a Fantastic fight inside the SOL system, as all parties attempt to save Earth from the Monstrous Drasin.

If you have read any Military SF and enjoyed I would recommend this series. Though book one has some rough patches, the series is well worth reading as book two and three are a lot better.

Slow Updates

I know that updates have been infrequent. This is always the way for me on blogging sites.

I always feel like i have nothing to say. This is of course mainly because i don’t like sharing my inner feelings about things, and to do it on the internet for all to see and look back on in years to come!

Recently a Facebook friend referred to a letter she, and her class, had written in the first year of college. This letter was delivered to them recently, after they graduated from college. This had me thinking about how such a letter would have been for me.

I admit that i massively underachieved in college, i should have done better, at least a 2:1. So such a letter would just have highlighted how much i had disappointed myself.

I am not sure if i had done the required work, meet the minimum standards of what i could have achieved would i have ended up happier? I probably would have gone on to do some form of PHD. As that is where i thought i wanted to go.

I understand that our live hangs on turning points, and that where we end up can be completely different from where we started. The question is, would i have been happier following that path?

[Review] The Republic of Thieves

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Manuscript proof of this book, and so I having read it I thought I would share some thoughts.

This is the Third Book of the Gentleman Bastard series, that started with the Lies of Locke Lamora. Without going into too much detail, if you have not read either of the two earlier books, I would suggest that you stop reading this review, go to the nearest bookstore and buy them now.

The series is written by Scott Lynch, and he has pretty much reached the point where I will get his book as soon after release as possible. The adventures of Locke Lamora and the other Gentleman Bastards are fun. They play the long con on the rich folks of the town that they live in.

At the end of the second book of the series there is a cliffhanger, a nasty one that kept many a person wondering when the next book would be out. This cliffhanger is not immediately resolved, indeed the first hundred pages are spent showing how desperate a situation our heroes are in, so that they are willing to accept help from the “Bonds magi” that have been their enemies.

The book is actually two stories, intermixed a chapter of each. This allows the author to throw us a cliffhanger every 20-30 pages!  We have a flashback set of stories, once again showing us the early life of the gentleman bastards and a current timeline story focusing on Locke and Jean.

We also finally meet the missing gentleman. Sabetha. She is visible in the earlier books only by the hole that is left by her not being there. She is often mentioned, but until this book has never appeared. From the first moment though, we can see what an impact she has had on Locke.

In the flashback storyline, we see the formation of the gentleman bastards, the first job they run as a crew, and where the name the “Thorn of Camorr” comes from. We see how they work together, and we also see the hints of the issues that meant that Sabetha vanished from their lives.

In the main story we see Locke and Jean try to win an election by any way possible, in the most corrupt of ways sometimes. however they are opposed by Sabetha. Who is their equal, who cares for them, like they care for her, but neither party wants to lose!

The two stories show us a lot about the relationships within the Gentlemen Bastards.

I loved this tale, there are some deep mysteries in the world around the main characters, but they are barely touched on. There is a real world here, that we are only seeing hints of. There is a real impression that there is so much more going on here. We get hints of the horribleness of some parts of the world, but also somehow that sometimes family working together can make a difference.

I won’t go into too much detail, as that would ruin a fantastic book that some people have been waiting a long time, however there are several twists in the book, and for the first time we start to learn more about the deeper mysteries that abound in the world.  These hint at where the series may be going, but who can be sure that it is not a false lead from the author.

I loved the beginning the middle and the end, and when it comes out in October i really hope you buy it.