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Kren of the Mitchegai Kindle Edition
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It largely covers the life of - as the title suggests - Kren, a member of a rather unusual alien species, it describes his rise first to sapience and then to power. The lifestyle/society of these aliens is fairly interesting however the story of Kren's life soon becomes: and then this happened, and then that happened, and so on - it becomes fairly mundane.
In between this story - sort of slipped in between chapters - we are refered back to Mikolai - we get a sort of compressed view of what is happening in his life - we jump years in a single sentence - the aim of the authors clearly being to get him to a position in life where he can confront Kren. However this account of his life is so abbreviated that it isn't really an enjoyable read - you get the feeling that the authors are cheating somewhat. In amongst these brief words on Mikolai's life we are suddenly introduced to a new alien species - an apparantly friendly one which more or less introduces itself to Mikolia, says 'hey there, we are friends' and Mikiolai kind of says 'fantastic, why don't you help us against these other aliens' OK it is a story and strange things can happen in stories - and indeed in real life, but this uncritical interaction just isn't credible.
I don't really want to give away any more, as it would spoil the plot, but the story finishes at a point which is perhaps convenient for the authors, but which has no natural ending for us, the reader. It is like those television series which usually have one story per episode, but occasionally you will get to the end of a program and in big letters it says 'To Be Continued Next Week....'
I felt that this story is significantly poorer than the proceeding books, and largely felt that the authors were being lazy. It is the first book I have read by either of the authors that I have felt was poor value.
I suppose that I will read the next book when it comes out ... the authors do have a good imagination and the previous two books were well constructed and enjoyable reading, I guess that everyone can have an 'off day'. So if you've enjoyed the first two books, it's probably worthwhile reading this one too ... but it really isn't up to the standard of the first two books in this set.
I've given it 3 stars, but really it is probably more a 2 1/2 star book in my opinion.
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Its a very dumb book. Dogs, cats, and mice survive and become intelligent. After 1500 years you're going to tell me theres no way to find human DNA and ressurect humanity? Especially with computers hundreds of millions of times more powerfull than the ones we have now?
Lame. Disappointed. Suggest "do not buy" because it ends with the death of all humanity.
The Mitchegai are truly nasty, sadistic critters on the scale of Moorcock's Melnibonéans, though in a definite sci-fi world rather than the fantasy land of the Elric saga. They torture and eat their own offspring alive, among other things, and Kren is no exception. Nonetheless, I really found myself rooting for Kren to succeed, and actually liked his character in many ways more than I like the human main character.
This book tells the story of Kren in parallel with the story of the humans' preparations for his invasion. The human side of the equation is a bit too reminiscent of a future Conrad Stargard, but the Mitchegai story is really original, and a real winner.
The story ends just before the big battle is about to commence. It reminds me a lot of Ringo's "Gust Front" in that (and other) ways; spending lots of time developing the villain, ending just before the action heats up, etc. I think this is a far better book, though.
According to Frankowski's web site, his publisher thinks this book should be the last in the series, which would be a terrible pity. Perhaps if the hardcover sales go well enough, they'll reconsider.
Warning: While it stands alone very well, it IS a prequel and you will spend restless nights waiting for the rest of the story. This is the probably best thing that this author has ever written.
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