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Second Star (Star Svensdotter Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Dana Stabenow is the Edgar Award-winning author of Fire and Ice, So Sure of Death, and several other acclaimed mysteries. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.0 edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061YA5O0
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Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing.

Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace (but has since been resurrected as an e-book), her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award, her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her twenty-eighth novel and nineteenth Kate Shugak novel, Restless in the Grave, was published February 14, 2012.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Morganti on October 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book of Dana's that I read and, as a Sci-Fi reader and an Alakan, it was fabulous! I've gone on to read the Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell series (since Dana and Sue Henry talked me into buying the first books of their mystery series at the Barnes & Noble in Anchorage) but Star will always be my favorite. For the non-Sci Fi readers out there, this is not a book with the unpronouncable names and unrealistic settings. Also, Star seems to be a decendant of one of the characters in the Kate Shugak series (re: the story knife). So, if you can find a copy of this well-written, plausible and enjoyable book,with a strong female protagonist, I highly recommend it!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fred Auerbach on February 28, 2012
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I managed to get through 45% of this book before I realized I would rather set my hair on fire (if I had any) than go back and read any more.
So far, at 45%, there was no story. There were characters by the dozens, each with a contrived space type name like:Yelena Bugolubovo,Nierbog,Veblen, etc etc.
Some of them were described with square heads, and some were huge, from other planets all settling on this space city.
I was so frustrated by ill-defined characters, and the number of them without giving me a picture for my mind to grasp, that I had had enough/
Maybe there's a story line, you know; good guys vs bad guys somewhere later on, but a book, a play, a movie, should entertain.
This book missed the mark for me.
You can obtain it at no cost, but that's about what it's worth in my humble opinion.
Sorry to be so strong about it, but honesty is better than false diplomacy.

Fred Auerbach
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ed King on March 10, 2008
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Her first book and it shows but she is a competent and interesting writer . The Sci-Fi came first [ a labor of love for the genre I think { I love it too } ] She continues to grow and try new forms . If you are a fan of her mystries her sci-fi trilogy will show another side of the writer .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David A. Lessnau on September 13, 2013
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I first tried reading Dana Stabenow's "Second Star" almost two years ago and had to stop at the 20% mark: I just couldn't take it any more. This time around, I forced my way through it. Was it worth it? No, not really. I've got three issues with it. First, there's not much of a plot. It's mostly a lot of things happening one after another with no apparent purpose. When you get to the end, something interesting has happened. But, it doesn't come across as something the characters were aiming for. Heck, it turns out that what we think is going to be the plot, isn't. Secondly, the prose is a bit hokey. Yes, technically, the writing mechanics are OK. But, there's a lot of stuff that happens that just starts a gag reflex. And finally, even though the science is mostly acceptable, one of the things the author comes back to several times (the spin-induced "gravity" of the setting) is wrong. Like just about everyone (even Arthur C. Clarke got it wrong in Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Rama)) authors seem to equate increasing distances from the floor of a rotating cylindrical habitat with an automatic lessening of "gravity." That's not how it works. To get less "gravity" with height, you have to decelerate against the spin so that the centripetal acceleration against whatever is keeping you at your new distance from the axis is lower. But, that third complaint is pretty minor. The big problem is the lack of plot. Even the "hokeyness" can be somewhat forgiven since the author is apparently trying to emulate Heinlein's early "Boy Scout Era" works.Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Willner on December 20, 2011
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One of the best things I ever did was pick up this book when it first came out in hard copy. It was a great trip into space that had everything - conflicts, wonder, romance. I loved it and I am now enjoying re-reading it on my Kindle. All I can say is why are there not more in this series?!

Of course, this book was also the reason that I picked up A Cold Day for Murder because I thought the author's name sounded familiar. I have never looked back. If Dana Stabenow writes it, I read it AND enjoy it. Highly recommend this and all her books.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Barnard on July 17, 2012
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Here goes.

There is ONE MAJOR FLAW in this book...it includes half a book of background which should have been dropped.

Get the book, find where Star arrives at the habitat, begin reading. You will NOT be disappointed!

I found Dana when Kindle away "A Cold Day for Murder," in Nov 2011. And immediately fell in love with the books too.:)

I then went and got everything else Dana wrote, and was thrilled to find she'd started in SF (had I met her back then I'd have chased her in hopes she'd catch me...I was already in love with Alaska and SF, and Dana is right of of one of Robert Heinlein's works.

Dana is not a scientist or technician, so these books lack technical 'hard science' aspects.

But Dana IS a master storyteller. The result is a Heinleinesque story with a strong female lead, well-developed characters and a great story; reminiscent of many of the 'Golden Age' stories in which the science was often a bit iffy.

For technical accuracy this is the best of the series, but the other two start at the beginning rather than with a ton of background, and thus read better.

If you tried to read this and bogged down, pick it up, and page to Star's arrival in her office, and start reading.

(Dana, if it's possible, it would be a good idea to republish this after editing out the background material...it would be novella length, but more people would read it, and the other two in the series...)
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