This is the sixth book in the Old Man’s War series that I’m trying to finish up this year.
Genre: military science fiction
Length: 380 pages
This is the fifth book in the Old Man’s War series (which apparently I’ve only posted a review of the first book in the series – I’ll get to those other ones one of these days). It’s been out a few years now and I just never got around to it. I’m making an effort to finish those series this year.
Genre: space opera science fiction
Length: 431 pages
Setting: various points in the Universe, soon after the events in The Last Colony Continue reading
I didn’t get a weekend post up since I spent very little time at my house this weekend. My daughter had her first gymnastics meet of the season and I visited my sister for her birthday. But, it’s a new week, and time to read more! Since it’s Monday, it’s time for some short fiction. Today’s story from the 2014 Campbellian Anthology was a bit longer than most, making it into the novelette length.
Published: 2013 in Writers of the Future Volume 29
Genre: science fiction
Length: 43 pages
Setting: various planets, far future
Summary: Our narrator, Aidan Pastor, is a veteran Planetary Scout with a new partner fresh out of training. Pastor would like to get to his 25 missions and out of the Scouts, so he preps Lester as well as he can for the upcoming missions. They successfully navigate several tricky planets (if they weren’t tricky, the unmanned probe data would have been sufficient) before they nearly don’t make it off another planet.
Final thoughts: This was an enjoyable read. You’re thrown right into the middle of the story (the first mission we see is Pastor’s 19th mission), and there’s plenty of history and atmosphere that inform the story. We get the excitement of going to new planets and trying to figure out how it’s going to try to kill them, and even a bit of character development. (Not too much – this is a short story, after all.) I liked the end. It wasn’t a happy ending, but it was still a hopeful ending.
Title comes from: It was the job of the characters we follow.
Back when I didn’t have many podcasts I listened to, I found a source of audiobooks put out in podcast format. Podiobooks is still going strong and looks to be published new titles. I was looking for science fiction stories and found this one. You can listen to it for free from Podiobooks, and maybe throw a few bucks at the author if you enjoy it. It is not available as a print book.
Genre: science fiction
Setting: out in space, far future Continue reading
Genre: military scifi
Length: 309 pages
Setting: various planets and habitats in the galaxy, far future
Interest: It was a random book picked off my Kindle (that seems to be the only way I read Drake novels) to read while we were camping. Bonus – it was a Hammer’s Slammers book. Continue reading