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Anniversary Day: A Retrieval Artist Novel: Book One of the Anniversary Day Saga (Retrieval Artist series 8) Kindle Edition
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This book has a great pace - and I couldn't put it down.
Two caveats though - you could really do with having read the previous books in the series (no big problem - they are all excellent too) - and the cliff hanger at the end is frustrating - especially as it is 6 months before the next book is out.
Still - buy it. A change from my usual choice of space opera, but a most excellent read.
What is massively frustrating is how short each installment is. A total read time of around 3 hours for each of the books in the series (I have yet to read the final three books in the series as they will come out over the next few months - March 2015).
The ~300 page length of each "saga" installment stacks up poorly against other books in the genre which typically hit ~1,000 pages. (Something like Peter Hamilton's "Commonwealth Saga" is similar in scope but still comfortably sits as a trilogy format).
The first two books - "Anniversary Day" and "Blowback" in particular feel like one coherent novel that has been split in two. Though once the series progresses new POV characters are introduced and this allows later books to stand up on their own more convincingly.
However if you pick up "Anniversary Day" thinking you just want a taste of Rusch Saga then be prepared to shell out for the full 8 books. It isn't going to be a cheap read...
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This could be a read as a stand alone book, but I'd advise reading at least Extremes and Consequences first for the bigger picture. Heck, do what I did, read one book by this author, and get pulled into finding pretty much everything Rusch has written.
I think she is the best current writer playing my favorite game of "John Campbell's Dillema". When the probably most influential SF editor of his day told a handful of writers that Science Fiction / Fantasy mysteries were "not possible" because the detective could just pull out a time machine, several of his best writers took up the challenge to make him pay to prove himself wrong. Isaac Asimov did it in the Caves of Steel trilogy. Hal Clement got him in Needle. Randall Garrett wrote the Lord Darcy stories in fantasy. That's quite a group to join; Ms Rusch fits right in.
I read the Kindle version. This book flows well from a pure reading point of view. No typos or conversion errors which interrupted the flow of the story. That is, happily, only to be expected with Ms. Rusch's works. Her long and distinguished service as an editor have have helped contribute to perfectionism on that side of her work; I prefer to think it is more that she assiduously practices the writer's professionalism she espouses through classes, blog and appearances.
SPOILER: No, it does not tie up all the loose ends of a story arc which started early in the series nor reach closure on everything. I think that the one star review posted before this is based on what that reader wanted out of the book, not what it is. Without that review, I would likely have assigned 4 stars. This is not life-changing great literature, for which I tend to reserve 5 stars. For what it is, I can't find a flaw to pick which might be another reason to award full marks.
The focus in Anniversary Day is mainly Nyquist and DeRicci which was enjoyable. Nevertheless, I found myself cheering inside when Flint is finally called upon to be more than the Best Dad in the Universe. I wish I was as good and insightful person and father as he is portrayed to be... That really has been one of the draws to him all along though. His motivations and actions are such that it makes those identifying with his personality to want to be better themselves. This is also balanced some since unfortunately the flawed qualities in Nyquist and DeRicci are also very identifiable to me.
The universe created by Ms. Rusch continues to astound me with the different cultures and future possibilities. Nevertheless, most still comes down to the same types of humans as exist today.
The resolution leaves much more to be resolved than in previous Retrieval Artist installments but that is acceptable to me. For an extended series of books the topics/characters/situation are still being kept brightly intriguing. The character development and situation created were well worth the wait for Anniversary Day.
The world she created for this series remains well thought out and detailed. I am ready to move to the moon!
Instead of Flint, this one centers around Noelle DeRicci and Bartholomew Nyquist as they investigate assassination attempts on major political figures and uncover a conspiracy which could change their entire universe forever. Yep. This is a major plot and the book centers around it and the affect it has on people who experienced the bombing of Armstrong in Consequences, book 3 in the series. The book starts powerfully with a flashback to Nyquist's experience of the bombing and then jump to modern day, four years later, and mantains a relentless pace that never lets up.
This is a page turner in the classic sense. I couldn't put it down. Rusch, as usual, does a great job with inserting needed backstory and developing the characters, even Flint who has been developed so much in other stories. Here Flint is adjusting to fatherhood for the first time and that challenges him to grow and change in many ways. Nyquist is better developed as well and DeRicci, too.
This is the first Retrieval Artist book that I've read (I own them all and have read 4 including this) which does not involved disappearing. That isn't even part of the plot so far, which is surprising but refreshing and proves to be a very wise choice. Rusch has done the disappearing thing so many times and built the universe. This time we have the chance to examine a larger and different plot. And the alien races play no role so far either. So it's a new kind of Retrieval Artist book and one which opens up all kinds of possibilities but still great writing and very enjoyable.
Highly recommended for fans and anyone else. This would be a good entry way into the series for characters, although not so much the Retrieval Artist concept. But once you get hooked, you'll want to read the rest, fear not.
After the first three or four books, many authors lose steam. Here, however, she just gets better and better. This book reminds me of the new Major Crimes TV show on TNT, same group of people but working under a new boss, with new and more interesting stories. The minor characters become major and vice versa. The same occurs here. I wish there were more of Flynn, our favorite Retrieval Artist, but he is here working hard with his daughter along with some new and old characters. There is little or no Retrieval Artist work involved in this book, but it doesn't not suffer. I can't wait for Blowback....just ordered it on Kindle.
You don't have to be a SciFi geek to understand this particular novel. There is little or no aliens as in her previous books. Just a good old detective/procedural/disaster book...but set on the moon. The author is a fantastic world builder. The names she has chosen for locales, the descriptions of buildings, offices, schools, and all of the complex computer/digital linkups located in the protagonists' heads all make sense in the context of the moon environment and its relationship to the Earth and the Earth Alliance. Some sci-fi stories get so caught up in the sci fi geeky terminology, alien descriptions, invented planets and solar systems. this is not the case here. anyone could read this book and understand. However, I suggest you read the books in order. They are so fun and interesting.
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