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A Variable Start...,
This review is from: Deathstalker Legacy (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
I am a big Deathstalker fan. I absolutely loved the first five books. While most see them simply as good fun, popcorn fiction which have been written as tongue-in-cheek parodies of cheesy fifties space opera, I found the series to be some of the most affecting books I've read. It is very rare that I will become so wrapped up and engrossed by a story and its characters. The only other series which has equalled or exceeded this is Stephen King's Dark Tower. Several times during the first Deathstalker saga, I was so glued to the pages that I completely lost track of time. And several times, I put the book down and just shook my head, unable to believe what had just happen. These kinds of reactions are rare from me.
So it was that I came to this first book in the second saga with great excitement - and was a little disappointed. Green's trademark wit and imagination are still there, but it lacks something the previous books had. I take objection to the book's blurb, which essentially takes what happens in the last third of the book and presents that as the whole story.
That last third, however, is pretty good, more up to scratch with the Deathstalker of old. But before that, not so much happens. It's a bit more mired in petty human rivalries and politics than its predecessors, and it saves its most exciting moments for its last third. This is why I was a little let down by it. It didn't have the constant hell-for-leather feel of the other books. However, at this stage I am not too let down as early reviews I've read at this stage suggest that the series gets better from here.
But I do think it's a genuine issue that this book lacks the star-spanning majesty and excitement that made the first Deathstalker so good. However, by the time it ended I had just been hooked...so I can't wait to begin Deathstalker Return.