- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Baen (November 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671319469
- ISBN-13: 978-0671319465
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drakas! Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2000
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S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time.
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Each story stands on its own merits, and you are provided with sufficient information along the way to fully appreciate each tale even if you have not previously read any of the other Draka books.
If you like to see your Drakas getting their well-deserved comeuppance, I especially recommend ‘Custer Under The Baobab’, by William Sanders, and ‘Upon Their Backs, To Bite ‘em’ by John Barnes.
If you are brave enough to dare the subtle literary knife expertly wielded to utterly devastating effect, you must read ‘The Tradesmen’, by David Drake.
If you are one of Stirling’s dirigible groupies, there is a very good story in here based on an air-sea battle between the Tsar’s navy versus Imperial Japanese airships, by Roland J. Green: ‘Written In The Wind: A Story Of The Draka’.
If you want some quality prose of the sort which passes for levity and jaunty iconoclasm (by Draka Standards at least), go straight to ‘The Big Lie’, by Jane Lindskold.
And if you want to hear how everybody’s favorite old-time Yankee American Annapolis Navy man from Missouri would have cussed out the Drakas on behalf of all our posthumous selves - and in the process get his ticket punched for a guaranteed first class trip to Valhalla (taking an honor guard with him, of course) - I refer you to Commodore Anson MacDonald’s speech on the last page of ‘The Last Word’, by Harry Turtledove.
...and If you are already familiar with the Draka saga, you will appreciate the added depth and nuance offered up by these twelve imaginative and individualistic writers.
Definitely worth your time to check this book out.
Overall, while this anthology is (as indicated) of somewhat uneven quality - and having no new work from Stirling himself can hardly be called anything but a let-down - there is enough of quality and enough glimpses into previously unexplored corners or episodes of the Draka saga here to make this likely a worthwhile purchase for readers interested in seeing more of the dark world Stirling created.
Some of the other stories are dark but true to the universe, or interesting looks at the human side of a master-slave relationship