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Posted September 12, 2009
Military Science Fiction doing great
Tanya Huff has created an interesting and diverse world in her Torin Kerr books. Futuristic worlds full of a myriad of alien beings and cultures, it explores the value of pacifistic views in the face of an implacable enemy. The scenes painted here are everything a Military Sci-Fi fan could want, attention to detail, explanation of general techs and motives, meaningful characters that make human(mortal?) mistakes, and plots that make sense.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2007
Good military sci-fantasy
Readers should note first off that this is an omnibus of the books 'Valor's Choice' and 'The Better Part of Valor.' This is Huff's Sci-fi military action story. The main character Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is in many ways a lot like the familiar Vicki Nelson from the Blood series, except Kerr works without the physical restraints of Nelson and fittingly gets proportionately more difficult settings and fights. Huff takes the interesting angle of using the Staff as the main character, rather than the usual use of the Commanding Officer, and using her fast-witted occasionally dry humor builds an interesting, fast paced story. This is not a very heavy military fiction, unlike Weber whose use of calculations and numbers can sometimes overwhelm lighter readers, but is instead a good introduction. The heavier more serious moments are liberally interspersed with humor, whit, and lively characters that help keep the story from being overwhelming. I use this often as a bridging book for those who like fantasy to get them more interested in scifi. I call it sci-fantasy because it's not about predicting a possible future, a warning, nor does it even really detail a serious sort of technology, but is really more of a fantasy that just happens to be set in the future. Many of the aliens can be fairly easily linked to some sort of typical fantasy races that you see.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.