Faith

Faith

by John Love
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Faith 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
amaysingstories More than 1 year ago
Faith was a very well-written book with some very clever lines, turns of phrase, and at times an almost poetic, lyrical form of prose. It's pretty and the synopsis of the book provides in broad strokes exactly the kind of book that I'd normally love. I didn't love Faith unfortunately. It devolved into being more about style than substance. What hurts it is its tendency to meander and stall. The book glosses over matters of important world-building, background, character history, cultural elements, species details and such, making allusions to them that profoundly affect the choices made by the characters, but then the author is coy, not providing you the details to agree or disagree with those choices. The main character is apparently preternaturally clever and capable, even while acknowledging himself and his crew as unrepentant sociopaths, but the author just tells you he is clever and capable, insisting you accept it without any demonstration. He achieves near-victory in one battle with a set of low-tech missiles, but never provides you with the reason these missiles went undetected when other, more subtle attacks failed. He tells you the Outsider ships must fight alone, without once proving it is a necessity. The science of the book is atrocious, attempting to go the route of "so advanced it's magical" vice providing any explanation for the weapon or drive-system abilities. The author disregards inertia, conservation of energy, and any rational basis throughout the book. The enemy sometimes knows the future and demonstrates abilities utterly outside of conventional physics, and at other times is limited and virtually unaware. At any time, the Faith vessel could have destroyed the Charles Manson, but it prefers to toy with them without consequence. The ending is especially unsatisfying, virtually glossing over the final battle and the deaths of the only sympathetic characters and trying to wrestle out a grand meaning from the alien's presence, finally only providing oblique references to the Book of Srahr which apparently knew what the Faith was and what it meant all along. It never pays off. The characters are unpleasant and cryptic solely for the sake of appearing deep or mysterious for mystery's sake. The universe is not well-constructed. The Faith, its presence, its reasons, and its capabilities are never adequately explained, not even in the final coda. The battles do not make sense, though they are described incessantly and in excessive, crawling detail (with the exception of the photon burst in the asteroid belt - I liked that, and perhaps the strike of the two special missiles). If you are looking for social SF or the New Weird with space battles, this might be for you. If you are looking for good prose with a futuristic flare, this might be for you. Any fan of hard SF, military SF, space opera, or a fun read though will want to try it only as an exercise for what not to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the ship to ship battle accounts as well as the different types of technologies mentioned but the book seems to take quite a few meandering paths before the attempt at a philosophical ending. Personally, it felt unfulfilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an interesting read. Rather gritty in parts. Illogical in parts. And it drags in parts. Would I read it a second time? Probably not. I wouldn't have wanted to pay $13 for it.
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I LIKE A LOT IF YOU LIKE SF A GOOD READ BUT TRY OUT FIRST PAGES BRFORE YOU BUY. A quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but it made me want more of this universe. I want more stories, want to know more about the outsiders.