Don't be a dick or a bigot. I am very much looking forwards to where the remaining crew will boldly go. The crew consists of his ex-wife and pilot , a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard. I guess since everyone is cookie cutter perfect you don't need development. The humans happen to be on the bottom rung of this hierarchy. Her tastes run towards creature features, hard science fiction, and lots and lots of action.
Even then this first installment is rough until a certain character is introduced late in the novel and carried throughout the rest of the books. Just started the first book because of your post and I'm really enjoying it. Sippy is my favorite character. There go the good old days, when humans only got killed by each other. Bray's narration was excellent as always, although the main character sounded like he was from Boston and not Maine.
There go the good old days, when humans only got We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. Earth gets attacked by a whole bunch of hamster people, but then saved by some lizards. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar; they aren't our enemy. I likely won't be buying the next book in the series as long as Skippy's around to conveniently fix everything before anyone gets hurt. The story stopped being good after Skippy showed up.
I've totally overly simplified the plot with that statement - but that's the feel of the book. Bray really brought our narrator to life. Then they do something incredible: The Ruhar troops, cute and furry bewhiskered bastards that they are, no doubt waited until their transport finally skidded to a stop on the front lawn of the elementary school in the middle of town, popped the door open, gazed in awe at the magnificent vista of Thompson Corners, and asked the pilot where the hell they were. This is a fun read and would venture even to those who don't normally read science-fiction may enjoy. This novel is fun but felt a little clunky. It's good fun, great narration, and I've downloaded the next book in the series for when I need some light relief.
That said I continued my reading because I liked the tone of the book, especially his somewhat immature sarcastic humor. Bray, Erzähler, Podium Publishing, Verlag Format Ungekürzte Ausgabe Manufacturer Podium Publishing ProductGroup Audible PublicationDate 2016-12-13 Publisher Podium Publishing ReleaseDate 2016-12-13 RunningTime 983, Minuten Studio Podium Publishing Autor Craig Alanson Binding Hörbuch-Download Creator R. I have been ravenously consuming Sci-Fi books to the point of stupidity, but this has been the first book in a very long time that had me chuckling every couple of pages. The humor throughout was unexpected but welcome and well done. For military Science Fiction with a sense of humor I'd recommend the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.
It is most definitely full-on comedy in a science-fiction dressing. The Earth is invaded by the Ruhar. Bray in the voice characterization of every character from the main one, soldier Joe Bishop, to the many other characters appearing the entire story. Okay, this is a fun series. Not for the Merry Band of Pirates. Overall its okay, if I didn't have anything to read I would have considered continuing.
There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Skippy is a millennia-old artificial intelligence who acts like a child and is the source of endless amusement. About halfway through, a character is introduced that becomes a proper sidekick and gives a little life to the book. Well it seems he can, he sounded like he was genuinely having a blast at times reading this one. The famous Skippy shows up and the narrator takes a back seat to his own story in favor of just a series of sarcastic dad jokes. It was lies, all of it.
There is something here for all Sci-Fi fans. He was the reason I kept listening till the end despite my initial disappointment. Alanson strikes an excellent balance between injecting plentiful humour and making the story serious enough and the action tough enough to make you care. Did it make you laugh or cry? Even the typo and other errors did not detract from my enjoyment. There are usually compromises to be made when reading sci-fi, which is frustrating but it wouldn't put me off entirely. Don't get attached to any other characters, because they either won't be around for long, or aren't developed.
A stand alone novel or a series? Turns out, space war is a lot less chill than you might expect when you are in a technologically inept society. I found myself underlining something on every page to chuckle over. The main character was fun and a fine character to hang around, if not a bit plain. The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. If the series continues in this fashion it will be a most enjoyable ride. The narrator deserves high praise for selling it so enthusiastically. Joe is a 20-year-old army specialist home on leave.
It welches lies, all of it. He is expected to take part in the deadly Trials, to journey the Wildness and protect the caravans linking Humanity's far-flung cities. If I enjoyed it, that would postpone the excruciating task of finding another book. The story may be written for a 20ish audience, but it certainly worked for me. Most of the dialog is on the light side which keeps the story moving and interesting. A little more science fiction detail wouldn't hurt but does not detract from the enjoyment of this writing.