on 10 January 2012
Forget Independence Day! This is how an alien invasion of our world would most likely happen. Not with a bang, but with a slow, insidious replacement of our ecology with that of another world.
The book (and its sequels) are sometimes difficult to read. The hero is fallible and prone to doing what needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. As a result, his mental state goes up and down over the course of the books, which always leave you thinking about the alien ecology and what is going on.
If I have any criticism of the series it is that it is not finished and Mr Gerrold seems in no hurry to finish it. I am left wondering if this series will end up like The Wheel of Time, namely being finished by another author. I hope not, since I doubt anyone could get the tone right. But four books in 25 years is slow writing. I know he's done a ton of other stuff, but still... Here's hoping it will be finished eventually.
All in all though, a fine piece of work, highly recommended.
on 21 September 2013
Mr. Gerrold seems to have dropped the ball completely about finishing up the novels he promised readers years and years back. If you read this series, don't get your hopes up for a new novel coming out (at all?) anytime soon. It seems that after all the years he has promised to finish the fifth of a promised seven novels nothing has happened. NOTHING.
So just read the novels. Enjoy the characters and then just drop the whole thing. Sorely disappointed in Mr. Gerrold's neglect of the final novels in this series.
Some really great characters, situations, science fiction horror, nightmare scenarios and just good story telling. Again just no conclusion to the story coming anytime soon it seems. Readers, me, got attached to the characters and they are memorable types. Good, not so good, downright creepy but they all fit well together for the most part.
On a more negative note, his psychological EST chapters are to long. To emotionally intense to be SciFI. Shorten those and the novels would flow more easily. These chapters seem to occur through out the series so be aware of that.
He left me wanting more but instead I got left hanging.