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on April 3, 2003
I really enjoyed "The City Who Fought", especially the character of Joat, so I was thrilled when I finally found out there was a sequel. was all right. Not bad, not great, certainly not what it could have been. All the right moves were made in the beginning to set up a truly fascinating read, but it just never came together. The end of the book is riddled with plotholes and dangling plot lines that the author tried to tie up neatly at the end, but just...didn't. It wasn't just that the romance felt horribly contrived, but ALL the character relationships towards the end started feeling like actors reading lines that didn't quite add up. And unfortunately, some of the most important action of all was glossed over by an "overview" last chapter that left me screaming. The book would've benefitted from an extra fifty pages or so to tie up all the complications that were brought in at the last minute.
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on December 8, 2000
This is a good read, but not great. It's actually a divergence from the brainships theme, set in the same space (in fact brain-anything is hardly mentioned). Joat from the connected book is all grown up; she meets someone "smarter" than her and fall romatically for him (bip, boom, bang). Some friends get caught by the bad guys and one falls in love with the Kolnari. They meet some bad guys, some really dumb things happen. The plot wanders around; the book really doesn't end becuase the author likely had a sequal deal in mind. I mean, the Kolnari threat is trashed before the girl even meets them. Everyone in the book knows what's going on including most obviously the reader. Consider that as a female JOAT thinks of herself as "Jack of All Trade" and not "Jill of All Trade". Of "Jane" or "Judy". She even disses the idea. Unoriginal. Not too female. Male oriented.
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on May 23, 2004
This is NOT a brain ship story.
If you like McCaffrey, you'll read and like it well enough. However, when I first read it, I thought it was a CHEAT.
All the previous brainships were human minds and the stories related to the ship as protagonist. This ship is simply an artificial intelligence used to fake a brain brawn story with Joat, a character introduced in an earlier book.
Joat is the main character and the story is ok, but I'd have liked it better if this had been about some way of getting Joat into a real brain/brawn relationship in spite of impossible odds.
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on May 4, 1997
I am a diehard Stirling fan, and this is the weakest of his books. "The City who Fought" was wonderful, and this is just uninspired. I conjecture that working out of his own universe took its toll. Go back and read any of his other books, and give this one a miss. Even Joat is toned down. When she confronts her Uncle, all she does is punch him in the nose!!. Not the old rip their eyes out Joat we knew and loved in "City who Fought"
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