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Starship Summer Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, September, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: PS Publishing; Limited edition edition (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905834969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905834969
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,317,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Guthrie on May 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a very pleasant book to read because it felt like one big vacation and something I would like to be doing when I retire. Beaches, bars, friends and no jobs, it's just fun and friends. Except that this is a sci-fi tale and it's on another planet. It tells the story about a man named David Conway who has left Earth and is escaping to a religious planet, not because of the religion but because of the ocean as he feels he needs to be close to the water. He quickly finds an old space ship in a scrap yard and decided to build his home in it. He befriends the man working in the scrap yard, Hawk, and quickly makes friends with two of Hawk's fiends.

It's is fun reading of the friendship that evolves on this seemingly vacation type planet, get-togethers at each others house, get-togethers at the local bar, etc.. and then David suddenly starts seeing aliens in his dreams. This is where the plot kicks in and we find out that this scrap yard ship might be a little more than it seems and we find out that not only David but all the four friends have dark pasts.

This was a very enjoyable read - well written, an interesting idea and just plain fun to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prof50000 on March 17, 2012
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It is really rather shocking how cheaply this book is priced. It is exquisitely written, every word chosen with care, to create this jewel of a novella. The closest comparison I can think of is to the works of Jack McDevitt.

The plot is in fact highly-entertaining and fast-moving, after establishing the initially-relaxed atmosphere of the backwater locale But equally noteworthy and enjoyable is the author's sense of compassion for his characters, and how "with a little help from our friends," we may even find redemption.

My only minor critique is the ending felt a bit rushed and too-neatly wrapped up. There is also a bit of the agnostic theme that so many authors feel compelled to push these days. But the entire novella is full of the sense of wonder that we experience with the very best science fiction. I practically never give five stars, but this author deserves to become much more widely known.
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Each of the characters in this sci-fi is attempting to work through a personal tragedy, and the middle-aged foursome (David, Matt, Hawk and Mattie) meet at an opportune time, when all they have to do is following instructions of a long-departed species..... nah, it isn't that simple. I see touches of Asimov and Clarke in this well-written novella, in which author Eric Brown manages to transcend the ideas of both classics in one fell swoop. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2013
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I generally like the work of Eric Brown and this is no exception. While not quite up to his best work, it is a nice litt le story. Recommended
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