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Cassastar Paperback – October 19, 2010
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I'm not an avid sci-fi reader/viewer, but I've watched enough Star Trek/Star Wars/Battle Star Galactica/Star Ship Troopers/SG-1, etc . . to be acclimated to certain terms and expected technology in a futuristic, space friendly world. The world pretty much builds itself in the narrative description, action and dialogue.
Nothing shows this unique world off better than the introduction of Bassa, and his walk through one day in his world aboard the Cosbolt Training center Guaard. With the author's permission, I'll post one of the first passages that hooked me into this novel:
"Bassa exited his quarters and strolled down the short hallway. He paused at the lift, his gaze falling on the telepod's open doorway. New Pilots and navigators were not permitted to use the teleported pods until properly trained, but Bassa's rank granted him full access to the devices. The invitation stretch his powers rather than his legs was too tempting, and he opted for the faster form of transportation.
Stepping inside the pod, Bassa waited for the gentle pop of the sealed door before visualizing his destination.Read more ›
You don't have to say Fire - the sword is flaming.
There are many examples in the book where this kind of writing is in evidence. It's a mistake that goes away as the author gains more experience and skill. My suggestion is that people download a sample of the book first. If you do not have a problem with it then go ahead and purchase it
The negatives, well lets not talk about that. Well just a little bit. I think they speak more to the ego of the reviewer rather than to to decisions of the author. I had no problems with the language or use of words. None constructive criticism makes the story about something else, and not the story.
Once the story captured me, it was read in basically a single sitting. I had no problems with the language or use of words. I am not a speed reader, I read every word, to embrace the full intentions of the author. Let the author take you where they want to go, it's their story. You are just along for the ride. I enjoyed the ride. The relationships are very well handled. This I consider what makes this work worth reading. Thank you Alex, well done.
In some recent sci-fi I've become lost in the technical aspects, but in Cassa Star the technology and the futuristic concepts of mental contact were clear and integral to the story. That was a major plus for me.
The super charged battle scenes were exciting and visual. The author did a fantastic job of making those future-time fighters and space ships very real. I was particularly pleased that the stakes for each battle increased, so what could have been repetitive became more and more tense.
I'd say that the one issue I had was some phrasing that took me out of the story momentarily. The over use of ", though" and the attributes that called attention to themselves. Outside of that I enjoyed this story and had to read to the end to find out what happened.
I loved it.
CassaStar was most definitely a refreshing read. It is a Sci Fi book, more accurately a Space Opera. It takes place in an unnamed galaxy, presumably far away from Earth, where the main characters are from a race of people called Cassans. They have a strong mental ability that allows them to project their thoughts, which makes piloting fighters a heck of a lot easier. While I generally prefer my Sci Fi books closer to Earth, or dealing with people from Earth in the far future, I grew to like the fact this book had nothing to do with Earth. It allowed Cavanaugh to create a completely different universe, one where the political events of Earth played no part.
When I first read the synopsis of the book, the main character of Byron seemed like the typical "too cool for school," character, who was there to raise hell, and just be an all around ass. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that was not the case at all. Byron was a bit of a hell raiser, but his main focus, throughout the course of the book, was to be the best. I enjoyed this different approach immensely. Having a character who was a typical, arrogant kid but had the drive to always be the best, and even try to stay out of trouble, really resonated with me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the past several months my picks for reading fiction have been, for lack of a better word, wanting. Just about every single one was not read to the bitter end. Read morePublished 19 days ago by G. B. Miller
What I found compelling about CassaStar were the characters. I ended up reading the book in one sitting because I wanted to know what happened to Byron from his entry into the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ellen jacobson
I’m a Star Trek fan (I’m only talking about The Next Generation and Deep Space 9, though). One thing I’ve never done until now was read a sci-fi set in space. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Araba
A simple yet enjoyable story.
I appreciated the honest portrayal of the MC Byron, as a rebellious and cocky but gifted young man, who travels on a physical and emotional... Read more
There was only one thing keeping me from5 stars, the abominable editing. I stopped counting after 50 gross errors in grammar and syntax. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
This seems to be a spaced out version of Top Gun. That's not necessarily bad, it's just that we all know the story and it's an old one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by PMSteve
Outstanding story with great characters. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars was women. I read thousands of books, but this is the first that had no females that interacted... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Danny L Walling
I've never read a space opera before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. If I had to offer a comparison, I would compare CassaStar to Starship Troopers, a movie I really liked when... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephanie Faris
Confession: I’m a very light reader of science fiction, and while I’ve seen space opera movies I never read a book in the genre until CassStar. Read morePublished 14 months ago by H. Soister