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Mighty Good Road Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Baen Books; First Edition edition (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671698737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671698737
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not a first contact novel Aug. 16 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not a first contact novel. Rather, this novel has a lot more in common with a standard mystery/suspense story of the "corporate intrigue" subcategory, albeit in an advanced technological civilization. The main character, Gwynne Heikki runs a salvage company and while working on a contract recovering a crashed space ship, accidentally discovers a secret that the corporation that owns that craft wishes to keep silent by any means. There's plenty of action with a good dose of finely tuned cultural observations. I found it extremely enjoyable, especially because of the strong women lead characters. Melissa Scott has been one of my favorite authors for many years. Wish she'd come out with a new book sometime soon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Linguistic Science Fiction Aug. 7 2000
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Perhaps not Scott's flashiest work, but thoughtful and as always with a perceptive eye on the interaction of technology and culture. A first contact novel worth reading. Various science fiction authors keep tabs on findings in various sciences -- most of them are interested in the "hard" sciences. This novel shows a lot of knowledge about the science of linguistics.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Mighty Bad Book Sept. 26 2015
By A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr. - Published on
Slow, pedantic and contrived, this book was the worst I've read in 2015! It took me two months to read and I'm upset that I wasted my time on this book when I could have been enjoying other solid reads. I'm the third person to rate this book and I can't believe someone gave it Five stars. The other bloke gave it a Three Stars. that's way too high in my own opinion.

This writer kept using similar phrases like: "Heikki frowned," or "She said goodbye to her friend but she had already turned and left." I got tired of this because of the sheer monotony. On top of which this book was boring. There was precious little action and what action there was was not developed enough. I wanted to see more involvement with the hominid orcs. Indeed she foreshadowed them quite nicely in the early pages of the book but the creatures are not fully realized in the one encounter they have with them. I wanted so much more.

This book cannot compare with C.J. Ryan's Dexta Series. The two books I've read so far, while scant on action, had much more intrigue and alot of sex and romance. Indeed, I plan to read another one of them in the next few months' time. I will never read another Melissa Scott book. A Mighty Good Road was A Mighty Bad Book with a stupid character and stupid concepts. A railroad in space? What kind of crap is that? Unbelievable! Save your money. I plan to leave this book downstairs in the community laundryroom library. I'll let some other hapless dupe read this book. Poor guy.

A. Nathaniel wallace, Jr.

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