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Posted April 21, 2005
Lissa Davysdaughter loves adventure. In the far future where humans live their potentially endless lives in cycles, regaining youth repeatedly, she has far more time to do as she pleases than did her ancestors; but she also has a great deal more to lose by risking violent death. Her father, head of the powerful House of Windholm, would like her to start playing it safe (or at least safer). He'd like her to settle down, now that she's already lived a lifetime or two, and start raising a family of her own. But Lissa isn't ready to do that. She's much too busy joining a Gargantuan (think 'Tyrannosaur') scientist on a remote archaelogical dig. And after that moving on to the next adventure, and the next.... The search for the fabled Forerunners, whose civilization spread across the galaxy long before humankind's rise, ties the several otherwise disjointed stories in this book together - so loosely that it might be called a collection instead of a novel. While not up to the old master Anderson's former standard (it has an awkward, not-quite-finished quality), it's nevertheless a pleasant read. A lot more fun than some lesser writers' best, in fact!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2004
Had I not grown up reading his novels, and this were the first one I'd been exposed to, I'd never read another novel by him again. Time was a Poul Anderson novel promised terrific sweep, colourful characters, and a fine story line. But this novel shows it's not enough just to have spaceships flying near colliding black holes and crusty old pilots - the ideas dragged, the writing was confusing and I had to force myself to keep reading. Read 'Star Fox' or 'Tau Zero' to appreciate how good Poul Anderson was - and give this a miss.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In the very distant future, mankind has colonized the stars while the people of Earth have evolved into something quite different. Science and technology has advanced so that people can live several centuries with rejuvenation treatments. Information is sought after and the person who delivers it is rewarded handsomely and regarded as a hero. Lissa of planet Asborg belongs to a powerful house so she has the freedom to do what she loves: explore planets and space phenomenon. On a scientific expedition to the planet Jonna she meets Captain Hebo and his partner an anthropoid from planet Rikha. They discovered a Forerunner artifact that they are going to sell to the highest bidder. Lissa leaves them to go on an expedition to see two black holes collide. She meets up again with Hebo on the planet Freydis where she helps the Susalans colonize a new world. He offers her a chance to visit a part of the galaxy where countless Forerunner artifacts might be found and she grabs at the opportunity realizing that she is embarking on the most dangerous mission of her career. Fans of the early Andre Norton and Robert Heinlein space operas are going to have a lot of fun reading FOR LOVE OR GLORY. Humans and other sentient species are realistically portrayed and the space battle scenes are exciting because it is difficult to guess how they will turn out. Hugo and Nebula award winner Poul Anderson has written a work that is rich in atmosphere and will make readers believe the author has written a ¿semi-autobiographic¿ book about what he has seen in the future in outer space. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.