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As Good as Sci-Fi Gets,
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This review is from: Which Art In Hope (Spooner Federation Saga Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
One of the very best sci-fi works I have ever read. Other reviewers have likened this author's writing with Heinlein, and I would say that this is a very apt comparison. He is somewhat less flippant in style than Heinlein, but still very witty and twice as thought provoking. His skill as a writer is superb, and of the two, I would have to say that I prefer Porretto. Heinlein's genius shows through primarily through his characters' witticisms, while for Porretto it is in character development and plot -- a much more satisfying experience, in my opinion, and much more difficult to pull off as a writer.
Which Art In Hope is probably his best work if you ask me, though others seem more inclined to cleave to the Realm of Essences series. All of them are well worth the read. Which Art In Hope is a story of exiled humans forced to leave Earth and begin life on another planet, who then find themselves once again embroiled in conflict -- this time, with the planet itself. The plot explores themes of liberty, human society, and religion, and left this reader asking himself what it really means to be free.
This book was on my mind long after I had finished reading it, and is one of those books one feels compelled to read over and over, with new meanings to find each time.