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Bretta Martyn (Henry Martyn) Hardcover – July 15, 1997
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All this, and more, takes place over 1000 years in our future, in a galaxy populated, predominately, by human beings who sail the Deep in starships romantically similar to those which once plied the oceans of long-dead Earth.
In much the same way as he did in his popular book, The Probability Broach, Smith manages to weave a beautifully fantastic tale of fast-paced adventure and imaginative technology while, at the same time, delivering a strong treatise on the evils of Federalism and the glories of a laissez-faire, free-market system.
Political value aside, Bretta Martyn is a fabulous yarn guaranteed to activate every last emotion in any reader, and spark the imagination of young and old. :)
If you liked his other books, you'll like this one, too.
_____Folks, I have certain hopes and expectations every time I pick up a new science fiction novel. To start, will it have a decent writing style, being written coherently at least? Will the plot kick butt and maybe have some originality? The characters, are they worth following? Those are the kinds of questions dancing through my mind as my fingers pinch the opening pages of any novel I buy outright or borrow from the library. It's too darned bad that these expectations keep getting thrashed, dashed and smashed every other time they come up against something written in the genre. It's enough to make a person leap from the side of a ship piloted by space pirates.
_____For those of you still guessing, yes-sir-ee-Bob, BRETTA MARTYN is yet another horribly written piece of junk from the post-1990s generation of science fiction writers, yet another bad book. There are just so many things that the book does wrong that I barely know where to begin. The writing style, oh yeah, that is almost always a heaping helping of Hellish trouble for post-1990s sci-fi writers, and BRETTA MARTYN has a writing style that sucks in that regard. Plot construction with this novel also sucks. For goodness' sakes, half the book is spent with the characters doing nothing but dressing up and swapping gossip! More on that later. A mutant space-caveman in a tunneled-out asteroid could do better, even while sober.
_____I'll begin with where the crap-flow gets its start: the writing style. Inherent in the writing style is the narrative--which is very badly executed. Something gets described, okay? Then it gets over-described some more.Read more ›