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I Had to Laugh Out Loud,
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This review is from: Out of the Dark (Hardcover)
Like many other reviewers, I've read everything David Weber's ever written. I knew before I started reading Out of the Dark that many people really hated it. I don't think this book deserves such bad reviews. I truly enjoyed this book on many different levels.
Right from the beginning, the characters hooked me. I had to laugh out loud when Weber opened the book with the Barthoni observing the Battle of Agincourt. What an introduction to humanity. Weber's descrption of the battle was both captivating and appropriately gruesome. It's no wonder a peace loving race like the Barthoni simply wrote us off. We'll have to wait for a sequel to learn if the Hegemony Council's approval for the canine and carnivorous Shongairi to colonize Planet KU-197-20 was really a trap by the "weed-eaters".
As the plot unfolds, the human and Shongairi story lines develop in an engaging and believable manner. As another reviewer mentioned, this is one of the best alien invasion stories I've ever read. I think Weber did a great job of exploring how humans would react in such a situation, especially given the enemy Shongairi are not completely invincible.
Since I knew in advance that Weber included a hero saves the day plot twist at the end of the book, I wasn't put off by the conclusion. In fact, when I got to that part of the story, it was another LOL moment. I couldn't help cheering as the bad guys get some of their own back!
Whether Weber was poking fun at current fantasy trends or really intended his hero as a realistic plot element, I appreciated the humor underlying the action at this point. I do agree with others that the deus ex machina nature of this part of the book was perhaps over the top. Certainly, it's possible that we share the Earth with other species. However, I think Weber might have handled introducing this plot twist with more grace; thus my four out of five rating.
The book description indicates this is the beginning of a series. If so, I will gladly read the rest. I loved that Weber's story was a bit tongue in cheek.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2010 4:12:49 PM PST
I agree 100% with this review.I also look forward to reading part 2, etc. I listened to the book on my mp3 and the reading was excellent as well. The reader was the same individual who read the Schism books. My only regret is that it is not in the Honor universe or the schism series.
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