Imperial Stars By Royo Hardcover
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In a burst of OCD, I decided to read the entire Terran Empire series in chronological order, and not start on it until I had copies of all of them. Depending on what editions can be found, there are 19 or 20 or so books covering the eras of: the Psychotechnic League; the Polesotechnic League; the Terran Empire; and the Long Night.
I think reading straight through the whole series was a mistake. It would have been all right a little at a time. It isn’t what one might call ‘fast paced’. Poul Anderson’s effusive descriptive imagery is like a combination of Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway – if they had been Vikings! Sometimes I did think I was reading a Norse epic saga set on another planet. I mean, his scene setting is incredible – you would easily be able to paint a portrait of each character, including the background down to individual bushes, trees, mountains, and clothes that they were wearing – but I found myself skimming at times.
And, of course, the style is uneven, since the series was written out of chronological order over 4 decades.
If you decide to commit to this author and this series, or just this book, I highly advise studying the Wikipedia entry on Poul Anderson first. There is much to like about Poul Anderson. (Your mileage may vary.)