Posted on | May 20, 2014 | 22 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
…which I guess could be construed as sort of a spoiler for John Barnes’ disappointing The Last President, which is the last of the Daybreak novels. I hated this novel for at least a dozen reasons, not the least of which is that Barnes pulls a diavolo ex machina out of his hat which (for me) just completely ruined the whole trilogy. Not that there weren’t enough other things in the plot to tick me off, mind you. Anyhow, if you enjoyed the first couple of Daybreak novels (Directive 51 and Daybreak Zero) you may or may not like the third one; if not, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Charles Gannon’s Fire with Fire got nominated for a Nebula Award by the SFWA but didn’t win; I refuse to speculate on whether this was because it’s a Baen product or whether it’s because Mr. Gannon is a white cismale oppressor. (Just kidding! Sort of.) Anyway, Gannon’s novel reads like a cross between technothriller and first contact novel, with coldsleep complicating the protagonist’s life and a shaky confederation of aliens ready to explode when humans show up on the galactic scene. Not a bad read; lives up to the standard set by his earlier collaboration with Eric Flint, 1635: The Papal Stakes. Gannon and Flint have a couple of other collaborations out, The Aethers of Mars being the more interesting to me with its echoes of Frank Chadwick’s Space 1889 RPG.
Speaking of the “Ring of Fire” novels, Flint and David Carrico’s 1636: The Devil’s Opera is a pretty good read, mixing a police procedural with opera and power politics in the suddenly-unstable United States of Europe.
Finally, I’m going to have to pick up a copy of the new Delta Green fiction anthology, Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies.