- File Size: 1903 KB
- Print Length: 398 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pacific Crest Publishing (April 26, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WQE9A9K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Forge of Men (Spineward Sectors: A Tracto Tale Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Akantha and Middleton side stories to the Admiral Who universe which this belongs in were nothing short of awesome. This Nikomedes story falls far short of its predecessors.
By the points:
-Gut through the first 25% or so. It gets better.
-What you get new from this book is a bit of exploration into “MEN” and the origins of the Tractoan homeworld. Not a lot, but enough to be worth the read.
-One problem with this book that held it back is we already know 70% of the broad strokes material-wise before we read it. It’s like watching a re-run without any genuine suspense factor.
-Another problem is this has similar flavoring to the “Sphereworld” books by Caleb which I didn’t personally like. I don’t mind a little fantasy with my sci-fi… but this didn’t do it for me personally. If you liked those sphereworld books you may like this one though.
-It was nice to re-live Jason’s first visit to Argos, especially from new perspectives. I’d even forgotten the hideousness of his face which was a nice detail.
-Nikomedes’ viewpoint on honor was very flat and unrealistic. I think this held back his character development somewhat and locks him into the stereotype of muscle-brained zealot. Maybe it’s just setting the stage for a pivotal moment down the road, but in the pages offered he fell flat.
-The handful of great moments in this book, in my opinion, weren’t really Nikomedes’.
-It took me 5 days to push through this book. Everything else by the Wachters I literally read in one or two settings max. At no point could I not set it down and walk away.
-Not to spoil a part of the end, but I don’t like the key goal given to Nikomedes. First, it doesn’t really jive with his whole “honor is everything” trope. Second, without something else redeeming and glorious about Nikomedes that our readers can hang on to it puts us universally against him. There’s no reason to love him. I like my heroes gritty and imperfect, but this guy is now basically some two-faced mindless valley girl cutout from the movie mean girls waiting to sink his sword into someone’s back and split up a timeless love. I need something to offset that or I just don’t care about the character.
-My last complaint is the timing of the story. It really takes us too far back on a familiar timeline, and doesn't even catch up to present day. If it had been a totally new perspective/polis/race/whatever then maybe, but I don't find a prequel for a third-string character compelling. It's like dedicating an episode of Star Trek to some redshirt's highschool days.
To be fair this had to be a hard book to write. I didn’t regret reading it, but I didn’t really enjoy it either. I personally hope there won’t ever be another Nikomedes book again.