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Review: Winning Colors

Winning Colors
Winning Colors by Elizabeth Moon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For the longest time I never even knew that there was more to this series than the first two books which I had read years ago. Then, upon discovering that there were more books in the series, a whole new adventure in my being able to read them began. My local library had the next book in inventory, but it was checked out and due back in a couple of weeks. The due date came and went, and weeks later the status was changed to “lost” and the book was suddenly unavailable. They were finally able to bring in a copy from another library, and I was finally able to read the book.

The story itself got off to a bit of a slow start, and at first I wasn’t sure I was going to get into it, but eventually the story threads started picking up momentum, and my interest had been captured. The story turned out to be quite good, and eventually the story came to what appears to be a final conclusion. As there are another four books in the series she obviously came back to it, but it is clear from how this story wrapped up that she originally intended this to be a trilogy. Now I am curious to see how she pulls it back to life after bringing it to a conclusion.

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Review: Generation Warriors

Generation Warriors
Generation Warriors by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the other two books in this trilogy, this series is “comfort food” for my mind. I know the stories, or am at least relatively familiar with them if it has been a number of years since I last read them, and I tend to turn to books in this category when I am not feeling well or just not wanting to read something new. This volume finally brings together the disparate threads of the two prior books, and brings the overarching story plot to final culmination. My only real complaint is that when we finally reach that point of culmination I feel somewhat shortchanged. We spent all this time building to the final battle, the final confrontation, that when we finally got there and it wrapped up into a neat tidy package in only a couple of chapters it felt like the authors were tired of writing the series, were running out of allotted words from the publishers, or something along those lines, so they just slapped a culmination on it and held a wrap party for the cast of characters. I would have liked to have seen a more lavish treatment of the culmination, following the different characters who were tackling different parts of the final plot line.

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Review: Sassinak

Sassinak
Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love “comfort books,” and that is what this book is for me. I originally read this series almost 20 years ago, and reading it again brings back that time in my memory. So to me these books aren’t just about the story that they tell, but they are also as much about what they remind me of from my life as a younger man. I freely admit that this has some bearing on my rating of the book.

I won’t go into the story itself as that is more than adequately covered in the book description on Goodreads, and if you want to read the story synopsis you can easily read it there.

Now as to the book itself, it is a quintessential example of military space opera from the late 80’s and early 90’s. The story is more about characters, the growth that they undergo, and the trials and tribulations that they endure than they are about the military aspects of the story. This was just before military sci-fi took a turn and became military fiction with a sci-fi veneer, so we don’t have the detailed battle movements, the elaborate ship maneuvering, or any of the other trappings you might expect from a military book.

The story is really quite well written, and I personally cannot tell what author wrote what part of the book. To me the writing style in the book speaks more of Elizabeth Moon than it does of Anne McCaffrey, though frankly, both are beloved authors of mine. The character development and progression is deftly handled through the three distinct phases of the primary character’s life. There is a nice balance between the different elements in the story, and I really can’t complain about the writing style. Sure, it isn’t Hugo material, but it is a solid, easy to read story with just enough complexity to make it interesting.

If you are looking for a good “comfort book,” or just a nice trilogy to read you can’t go wrong by trying this one out.

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