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Grimspace [Kindle Edition]

Ann Aguirre
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As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (26 Feb 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012DIOPC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Space Fantasy 24 April 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sirantha Jax is the carrier of a rare gene, which gives her the ability to jump ships through grimspace. This talent shortens her life expectancy but allows her to work as a navigator for the Corp, who can then provide Interstellar travel to the paying customer. When the ship she's navigating crashes, Jax is imprisoned and interrogated. But she has no memory of the crash. A man called March breaks into her cell and offers to help her, she accepts his offer, because she really has no place left to go. But the Corp haven't finished with her yet.

I've read in several reviews that Grimspace has been compared to Firefly and Serenity (and I'd add a little Pitch Black), and I think that's a good comparison. If you like those shows I see no reason why you wouldn't like this book. It's full of quotable dialogue, action set pieces and quite a bit of running about.

If I had a problem it was that for me it didn't always quite hang together. The story is well written and engaging, but at certain points I couldn't always follow what was going on. The other problem I had was with it being written in first person point of view (POV). Now I read a lot of Urban Fantasy so it's not the actual first person that's the problem. But there are so many characters coming in and out of scenes, as soon as they leave the POV's sphere of influence you don't get to find out what happened to them, it left me feeling like there were gaps in the story. Plus I don't think I quite got to know Jax as well as I could have.

On the positive side, there was much more that I liked about the story.
It's original. It read much more like Urban Fantasy in space, than space opera. So definitely one I'd recommend for UF fans looking for something a little different.

It's written realistically.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book - lively style 24 Mar 2008
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed this book, which had lively characters inhabiting interesting worlds. There is nothing terribly unique about setting or plot, but the style was fresh enough to make it different.

Sirantha Jax has a unique talent which allows her to jump through Grimspace. As a navigator, she is paired with a pilot and, together, they carry passengers and cargo across long distances using ancient beacons and star roads. All navigators like Jax are employed by the Farwan Corporation and they eventually burn out, their minds unable to cope with the continuing stress of navigating Grimspace.

Unfortunately, as the book opens, something has gone terribly wrong with Jax's last flight. The ship crashed, killing everyone onboard included her beloved pilot Kai, leaving only Jax alive and unable to remember what went wrong.

She is sprung from the dubious care of the Corp by March, a mercenary on a mission. Jax is forced to work with him as a pilot to escape the space station on which she was kept and work with his mismatched crew. During the course of the book Jax gets drawn into March's mentor, Mair's, grand plan for free academies for navigators, drawing on the genetic benefits of other races alongside humans and she also begins to uncover what happened on her last mission.

The written style is slightly unusual as it's written in the first person in the present tense from Jax's perspective, but it is well done and has a real immediacy. Fortunately Jax is a likeable and interesting character which makes hearing her point of view interesting. Jax definitely develops and grows as a person in the book.

March is an interesting and compelling character, who has some wonderful moments.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting new twist to space travel. 16 April 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sirantha Jax is one of the rare people that carry the J-gene. This gene allows one to travel grimspace. (Much fast than even Warp travel. Several weeks of travel is done in moments.) Those with the J-gene are located by the Farwan Corporation (referred to as simply "Corp"). Corp than trains the recruits to jump into and out of grimspace. Thus far, Corp has a monopoly on jump-travel, charging high rates and taxes for people to board a ship and be taken through grimspace. But each Jumper has a limit. Ten jumps is the normal amount for most J-gene carriers. However, Jax has jumped hundreds of times and has yet to burn out. No one knows how or why.

At the end of Jax's last jump something went horribly wrong. Seventy-five people on the ship "Sargasso", including elected Conglomerater representatives and Kai, Jax's pilot and lover, were killed. Jax is the sole survivor. As the story begins, Corp has Jax confined and undergoing mental treatment. She has been accused of killing everyone during her last jump. Jax has no memory of the crash which followed her jump or what caused it. She may very well have crashed the ship deliberately. So Jax is having a hard time defending herself. After ruthless interrogations, Jax is about to succumb to madness when a former merc breaks into her cell and offers to break her out if she agrees to help his small group break Corp's monopoly on jump-travel. Jax literally jumps at the chance; but to find the answers needed for the future of jumpers, Jax must first remember what happened on the "Sargasso".

**** This was a perfect book until the rushed ending. I could not help feel that several pages, if not paragraphs, were missing. As I read, I kept comparing this story to the StarDoc novels (by S.L. Viehl) and a few novels by Linnea Sinclair.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but nothing special
After having read this book I can only state that I am rather disappointed. Having read the reviews I was hoping for something better. So whats wrong with this book then? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Natalie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start
I borrowed this book from my daughter. SF isn't my favourite kind of book, so I was surprised to find I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Paton
3.0 out of 5 stars What a shame.
Such a good idea and a nice cast of characters. Sadly, it lost my interest pretty quickly.

(This is not really a review, more like a rambling observation on why I lost... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Demon Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars What genre is this?!
Sirantha Jax is one cool name.

She's a jumper. Jumpers are people gifted with a special J-gene who can take entire spaceships from one place in space to another through... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by O. Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars If You Like "Stardoc" Series
Grimspace - Ann Aguirre

If you like S. L. Viehl's Stardoc series, you may also like this one, since it has very similar character types and a very interesting story... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Dianne Socci-Tetro
5.0 out of 5 stars FirstJax
I loved Grimspace. Usually I don't enjoy stories in the present tense, but this novel just carried me along. I find Ann Aguirre to be a natural writer. Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by Graham Smith Sci-Fi writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun read
This is a five star book that really deserves it's rating. From the first few pages I knew I was reading a brilliant book. I instantly loved Jax and her strong kick ass character. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Dagobahbabe
2.0 out of 5 stars Plodding
At first I thought just the milieu was Firefly/Serenity but then realised actually the plot and the characters have been lifted wholesale as well (March=Mal, Jax=River+Inara,... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by luciente
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after promising start
It started out so well.......
Then seemed just to fall apart as if the author had had part of a good idea and didn't know what to do with the plot and characters she'd... Read more
Published on 20 May 2009 by A. Cockburn
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic little gem of a space opera!
I picked this up from the shelves of my local bookshop a number of times over the last few months and kept putting it back in favour of something else with a more exciting jacket... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2008 by bookfiend
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