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Mutineer (Kris Longknife Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Kris is a character to follow!

This book is great for both the casual and hardcore science fiction reader. Enough technospeak to remind one that it's the future and things are a bit different, but not enough to distract from what is generally more important-the characters and plot. The dialogue is we...
This book is great for both the casual and hardcore science fiction reader. Enough technospeak to remind one that it's the future and things are a bit different, but not enough to distract from what is generally more important-the characters and plot. The dialogue is well crafted, the characters likeable and I can't wait to see what happens to our plucky Ensign in future installations. The future space Navy gets a gold star from this happy reader.

posted by LaydeNyght on November 8, 2008

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Fun but sloppily written military SF

I kept saying to myself, 'this is really bad,' every page or so, but I finished the book anyway, so it does have something to recommend it. Good points: - Good characters, well portrayed. - Good action scenes. - A neat technology, 'smart metal,' which lets s...
I kept saying to myself, 'this is really bad,' every page or so, but I finished the book anyway, so it does have something to recommend it. Good points: - Good characters, well portrayed. - Good action scenes. - A neat technology, 'smart metal,' which lets ships change shape depending on what you need them for. Though we never really see how it happens--we just see before and after. - The protagonist was probably an alcoholic as a child, something I've never seen done in literature before, but again the camera blinks and we later hear that 'maybe it was just the pills her mother made her take,' and she occasionally has a drink, and except for some angst it doesn't affect her. - The Palm Pilot equivalents of the future with personalities. It's been done before, but it's handled nicely here. Bad points: - The title is poor, since Kris is only a mutineer for a few pages, about 350 page into the book. - The name Longknife is implausible enough, but a kris _is_ a long knife. That's just over the top... - Enemies are sometimes straw figures. After an initially convincing setup they often roll over and play dead as needed. Allies too--why wouldn't her father, the Prime Minister of her planet, investigate attempts on her life? - Technology often appears just to do some job, isn't explained, and then goes away. - In a similar vein, her great-grandfathers are over a hundred and still active, but the longevity situation is never mentioned and there are no other old characters. - Somewhat muddled politics, only explained gradually over the course of the book. - The family relationships are also only explained hundreds of pages into the book. - Both of Kris's paternal grandfathers are named Longknife. Either there's inbreeding going on or it didn't occur to the author how names are handed down. - Quiet a bit of heavy-handed sermonizing, which I skipped over. - Lots of minor errors, e.g., + p.297 has Grandpa Ray storming Black mountain instead of Grandpa Trouble + we've been told it's the 24th century, but p.319 has a date in the 25th century + Kris is described as tall, but on p.364 we're told she weighs 123 pounds. In a nutshell, it's a fun enough read if you don't take it too seriously, but it needed more editing.

posted by Anonymous on February 22, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    Fun but sloppily written military SF

    I kept saying to myself, 'this is really bad,' every page or so, but I finished the book anyway, so it does have something to recommend it. Good points: - Good characters, well portrayed. - Good action scenes. - A neat technology, 'smart metal,' which lets ships change shape depending on what you need them for. Though we never really see how it happens--we just see before and after. - The protagonist was probably an alcoholic as a child, something I've never seen done in literature before, but again the camera blinks and we later hear that 'maybe it was just the pills her mother made her take,' and she occasionally has a drink, and except for some angst it doesn't affect her. - The Palm Pilot equivalents of the future with personalities. It's been done before, but it's handled nicely here. Bad points: - The title is poor, since Kris is only a mutineer for a few pages, about 350 page into the book. - The name Longknife is implausible enough, but a kris _is_ a long knife. That's just over the top... - Enemies are sometimes straw figures. After an initially convincing setup they often roll over and play dead as needed. Allies too--why wouldn't her father, the Prime Minister of her planet, investigate attempts on her life? - Technology often appears just to do some job, isn't explained, and then goes away. - In a similar vein, her great-grandfathers are over a hundred and still active, but the longevity situation is never mentioned and there are no other old characters. - Somewhat muddled politics, only explained gradually over the course of the book. - The family relationships are also only explained hundreds of pages into the book. - Both of Kris's paternal grandfathers are named Longknife. Either there's inbreeding going on or it didn't occur to the author how names are handed down. - Quiet a bit of heavy-handed sermonizing, which I skipped over. - Lots of minor errors, e.g., + p.297 has Grandpa Ray storming Black mountain instead of Grandpa Trouble + we've been told it's the 24th century, but p.319 has a date in the 25th century + Kris is described as tall, but on p.364 we're told she weighs 123 pounds. In a nutshell, it's a fun enough read if you don't take it too seriously, but it needed more editing.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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