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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr; First Edition edition (December 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591023378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591023371
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Resnick has won an impressive five Hugos and been nominated for twenty-six more. He has sold fifty-eight novels and more than two hundred short stories. He has edited fifty anthologies. His work ranges from satirical fair, such as his Lucifer Jones adventures, to weighty examinations of morality and culture, as evidenced by his brilliant tales of Kirinyaga. The series, with sixty-seven major and minor awards and nominations to date, is the most honored series
of stories in the history
of science fiction.

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Mike Resnick is the author of numerous science fiction novels and short stories, including Dragon America, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power, Mutiny, Return to Santiago, and Santiago. He is the editor of This Is My Funniest and has won five Hugo Awards and the Nebula Award. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Customer Reviews

The characters are varied and interesting.
Michael Woodworth
Little care seems to have been taken with the proofing or editing, and not just in little things (e.g. the use of "they" when referring to a single person.)
L. Pittenger
The characters were very flat and could of been much better.
Jeb S. Wheeler

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gerard on March 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Starship: Mutiny is supposed to be space opera about a character who is so competent and clever that he doesn't fit in to the military establishment. A fine idea, but Resnick doesn't pull it off.

Some spoilers ahead.

The problem with creating a character who is supposed to be supremely clever is that the writer has to be as clever as the character is supposed to be. Resnick isn't up to the task and fudges. His main character uses ridiculously confident assertions and pretends they are clever deductions based on the facts at hand. In one instance Cole comes across two destroyed ships in space and an vessel enemy who chases him only a certain distance before giving up the chase. From that and that alone he confidently asserts that the **only** possibility is that the vessel is A) guarding a meeting of individuals and B) the meeting is on some nearby planet, and bets the life of his shipmates on it. What????? That wild guess is supposed to be clever? Resnick tries to pass off such guesses as extreme cleverness and it doesn't work.

In another scenario, Cole finds enemy troops from a distant planet in an unpopulated volcanic mountain range on another planet. From that, and that alone, he deduces that A) the enemy's planet is out of energy and B) has come to quickly steal energy from the volcanoes--all without any other knowledge of the enemy or of any sort of volcano energy stealing technology. And, of course, it makes soooooo much sense to steal heat energy from a volcano to transport back by spaceship to the enemy's home planet when you have **spaceships** that can approach stars. It is like reading a science fiction plot by an elementary school student.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Pittenger on January 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This series was the first Resnick I've read, and I was heartily disappointed, especially given the awards the author has won for other books.

One doesn't expect high literature from just-for-fun scifi entertainment, but one does expect substantially more thought, effort and care to go into it than I found in this series, which seems inadequately conceived, inattentively written, and poorly edited.

(Mild spoilers alert)

The series' strong point is its focus on mind over matter: the protagonist outsmarting his enemies. That's always fun. There are also some entertainingly conceived characters - the alien who has decided to mimic Victorian dress and mannerisms is quite amusing, as is the red-headed pirate queen.

But those are about the only positive things in it.

The "world" of the series as a whole is poorly and inadequately conceived. Weapons, tactics, science, communication, geography, politics - none of these are credible or consistent, but morph around whatever the needs of the current "plot puzzle" is. This stretches from big things - no consistency in issues of communication, transportation, and interstellar travel (when these things are even addressed at all) - to little things (e.g. at one point the crew has drugs which can make anyone reveal anything; later we're told that only torture can elicit information; later again both are options).

The characters - even the entertainingly conceived ones (whom the author quickly manages to make boring) - are flat and static throughout the entire series. Their actions, interactions, conversations and conflicts are just variations on the same themes, over and over, with little change, development or nuance.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on August 7, 2006
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In this easy reading story, the protagonist is an extremely competent naval officer with a record of success in the long war that forms the background of the story. The problem is that the success has come at the price of embarrassing senior officers who are less than competent. So while his success protects him, it also sends him into exile where it is hope he will not further embarrass his seniors. He is demoted and sent as second officer to a ship crewed by misfits in a sector without any possibility of seeing action. The plan does not work as predicted.

The plan does not work because the officer IS competent. He sees signs of enemy activity and acts on them. He does so with brilliance and success...and further embarrassment to his seniors. The reward for his excellence is punishment. The steps he takes to protect himself are dire.

The book is well written and light. It is enjoyable without requiring overmuch in the way of thinking. It is mild amusement and I will gladly read any sequels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Nielsen on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I honestly struggle to understand how such an accomplished author with so much life experience could have created such a bland, flat and boring story. Reading it is like listening to a teenager recount their version of a conflict from school, complete with sardonic comments and examples of why they are right about everything.

In fact the main character seemed to waste every second sentence on boring, sarcastic comments that were so unnecessarily negative and unfunny that they would have seemed more comfortable coming from the mouth of a teenager being forced to go clothes shopping with his mother.

The entire array of characters were as predictable as the fantasy world which they inhabited (a range of alien races, universal conflict between good and evil, etc) and even spoke with essentially the same voice (which I can only presume is the author's). Needless to say, the dialog dragged and I have found more challenging and interesting interpersonal conflicts on Nick at Night.

I give this book 1 star (+1 star if it is reclassified to pre-teen fiction, +0.5 stars if someone can give me back the time that I wasted reading this book)
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