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Not his best
on June 1, 2001
I've been a Resnick fan for years, although I usually find his books in the back corners of used books stores or through eBay auctions. Mike's written alot of books, and it's unfortunate that most of them are out of print. What keeps me coming back for more are the continual themes of humanity that are present in all of his novels. No matter how whiz-bang golly gee his space operas become, his characters always remain fundamentally human. (Kirinyaga, Dark Lady, Miracle of Rare Design, and The Soul Eater being my favorites.
With "The Outpost," however, I don't see any of that. These characters are sophomoric cliches and the stories seem written for 13 year old boys. He gives most of the dialogue to a sex-deprived, foul-mouthed preacher who spends a quarter of every page lusting after the female characters.
The different stories and the changes of perspective are a nifty gimmick, but I didn't care about the characters enough to make it worthwhile. As a whiz-bang space opera it succeeds admirably, but if you're looking for something along the lines of Resnick's deeper work, pay a visit to a used book store or alot of his older stuff is available there.