Shadowline (Starfishers Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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The vendetta in space had started centuries before "Mouse" Storm was born with his grandfather's raid on the planet Prefactlas, the blood bath that freed the human slaves from their Sangaree masters. But one Sangaree survived—the young Norborn heir, the man who swore vengeance on the Storm family and their soldiers, in a carefully mapped plot that would take generations to fulfill. Now Mouse's father Gneaus must fight for an El Dorado of wealth on the burning half of the planet Blackworld. As the great private ...
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Shadowline (Starfishers Series #1)

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The vendetta in space had started centuries before "Mouse" Storm was born with his grandfather's raid on the planet Prefactlas, the blood bath that freed the human slaves from their Sangaree masters. But one Sangaree survived—the young Norborn heir, the man who swore vengeance on the Storm family and their soldiers, in a carefully mapped plot that would take generations to fulfill. Now Mouse's father Gneaus must fight for an El Dorado of wealth on the burning half of the planet Blackworld. As the great private armies of all space clash on the narrow Shadowline that divides inferno from life-sheltering shade, Gneaus' half-brother Michael plays his traitorous games, and a man called Death pulls the deadly strings that threaten to entrap them all—as the Starfishers Trilogy begins.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597803793
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books[Start]
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: The Starfishers Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 381,683
  • File size: 461 KB

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    An excellent tale of revenge and political intrigue; it is full of compelling, gritty, and morally complex characters.

    I was very impressed with this book. It is definitely one of the top 3 sci-fi or fantasy titles that I have read in the last few years.

    Here's why:

    This tale is a tragedy, and is fairly dark. Don't read it if you are appalled by depictions of human frailty or of human cruelty. If you need filthy, evil villains & pristine, virtuous heroes, head elsewhere.

    Few characters in this book are classically virtuous or admirable "heroes." The villains are suitably villainous, but have believable and usually sympathetic motivations, even as they play their part as "bad guys." Every character is flawed-as humans are-and this includes the "good guys" too. The heroes do great things, and they also do evil. They are by turns admirable and despicable, yet they have a meaningful sense of honor. I thought this was fantastic, and appreciated the author respecting his reader enough to give us rich, psychologically complex characters.

    My favorite thing about this book was that it showed several distinct and interesting cultures, and his depiction of the political and economic aspects of his world were both setting and plot elements. The author did a terrific job of giving us a complicated tale of politics, without too much writer's self-gratification. Few authors in sci-fi handle this well; I was frequently reminded of the handling of politics, economics, and psychology in the original Dune series as I read this book. This comparison is one of quality of writing, not of similarity of ideas or of borrowed story. (Though certainly there are a few similarities, they do not constitute the reason that the story is good.)

    The story moves pretty quickly, and though it took me a little while to feel invested in the characters, by the end of the book you feel a real sense of loss (it is a revenge/tragedy tale, after all) for some of the characters. Definitely worth your time to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    I'd been eye-balling this book on the shelf for a long time and

    I'd been eye-balling this book on the shelf for a long time and finally got my hands on it. And while I'm normally a slow reader this one I moved through pretty quickly. It kept me coming back for more.


    For this review, I have two main points:

    1. I like the story. It's a rich, mythic, military dynasty kind of SF tale, a very cool retelling of Ragnarok with Odin and Loki and the Twilight of the Gods. There are lots of characters, family history, hints at cool future tech and space travel, even some espionage. The story moves at a good pace and keeps you interested. However...

    2. I don't especially like Glen Cook's writing style. He's very minimalistic, rather dry, and kind of colorless. I have also read the first two of his Black Company books, which were very much the same (started the third and just couldn't stay interested, probably because of this very reason). It bums me out how his story can be so cool and yet the writing... isn't. It's a lot of telling and very little showing. There's very little description and not much scene-- mostly a straight forward "here's the facts". Instead of letting us see how a character behaves, he just tells us what he's like. I suppose this saves a lot of time, but it's not as fun of an experience. There are books I read where I think, "If this book had 100 fewer pages it'd be a better book." In this case, I think The Shadowline needs an another 100 pages. Fill it out with more description, scene, and action!

    In conclusion, I think Cook's strength is in his great story, but not so much in his story telling.


    J. D. Brink

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    A classic Sci Fi novel

    I stopped reading this book in the middle because I could not tolerate the brutality of the characters. I did not know that this book contained descriptions of cruelty and torture, but I stopped reading it right there and threw it out. I will not read another novel by Glen Cook.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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