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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know why this book was ever published!, 11 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Dragons' Nine Sons (Celestial Empire) (Paperback)
Unfortunately you can't award zero stars for a book. It started off with a different view compared to the ususal USA conquering space and instead goes with Toltec and Chineese cultures. Then it gets formulaic with characters you can't care about and plot set ups you can see coming for over fifty pages.

We need blood to make the ship go, so guess what will happen next? A supply of blood is given, lost, the ship breaks down and has to be rebooted with blood, so who will donate?

We go to blow up an asteroid, guess what some of our people are being held prisoner there, so should be rescue them?

In the final shootout that is 100 pages too long in coming and dealt with too quickly you can see who will die nobly and who will escape.

The start of the book is overwritten, the end underwritten and the whole is considerably less than the parts. A waste of time and money for anyone over 12. Twenty years ago this wouldn't have been published, and the US SF market seems to be following the TV and film studios with always repeating a 'winning' formula.

I doubt that we will ever see a 21st century Simak, Clarke or Dick ever being published unless they turn out a few books that follow a standard formula. Second hand book shops will probably see a great demand for 20 year old SF if the quality of new work doesn't improve.
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