Tuesday, November 29, 2005

It's Mutiny Mr. Christian!

SF Reviews have posted a review of Mike Resnick's Starship: Mutiny, Mike's first ever military SF and the first of a planned five book series, which nails dead on what I love about Resnick's ficiton: "Resnick, a quintessential old pro, is so skilled at delivering whip-smart, fast-paced pure entertainment that he could tell tales like this in his sleep and achieve more fun and enjoyable results than any ten SF writers who sweat blood into the effort.... But with his infectious devotion to the kinds of SF 'they just don't make like they used to,' that so many of us grew up with, Mike Resnick proves that while you might not be able to teach an old dog many new tricks, the old tricks still kick plenty of ass. "

Update: SF Crowsnest agrees: "Resnick's writing is effortless, full of snappy dialogue and a fast moving plot. The real delight to reading this novel is the banter and jokes in the conversations between Cole and the crewmates he does get on with, the insults and sarcastic comments with those he doesn't get on with and the real feeling of camaraderie and society it creates. It's very easy to imagine this as a real world and setting because the characters act so naturally together.This was my first time at a Resnick book, so I had no expectations coming in. Needless to say, I was impressed. This is high quality work. It feels a lot like if they made Star Trek without all the campness and most of the scientific gaffes. There's a veneer of quality and above all believability that makes this heads above many space operas."

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