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The Grendel's Shadow by [Mayne, Andrew]
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  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TYYNEW
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By David B. Egleston on April 2, 2011
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Great Title!

I am giving the story a "5 star" rating on content alone, this is a very compelling story the puts the reader in mind of STAR TREK, STARGATE and the PULLMAN trilogy.

The story opens with the central characters landing on a planet whose population has made a choice to live with technology analogous to Earth's (America and Europe) late 19th century where steam was the latest technology. Though it is mentioned in the story there are thousands of planet with advanced technology, there are a large group of these planets that are Chartered as "Covenant" planets, wherein the colonists can decide how they are going live, somewhat like communes and reclusive religions. There seems to be an agreement Galaxy/Universe wide to honor the decisions made by the individual world's population and abide by the Covenant by bringing in no "modern" technology to help with any problems that may occur on those particular planets.

Dr. Westwood is the main character, the most "Famous Hunter In The Galaxy" who travels to this planet with an embedded reporter to hunt a heretofore unknown animal who has developed a taste for human flesh. Westwood has to accomplish this mission under constraints posed to him by the Covenant agreements (his "elephant" gun is the most powerful weapon on the planet) and the particularly dangerous and aggressive native fauna and flora.

It is my hope this Author will continue to write and in particular, write about this fascinating universe he has created, Westwood is interesting enough to warrant another story or two in order to delve deeper into his psyche, quite truthfully there isn't enough information in his background to satisfy my curiosity about some of the actions and statements made by and about him, though it is easy to fill in the blanks.

This is a highly entertaining read.
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In days gone by, even the most voracious reader could have his appetite whetted by the dime novel. These were often produced quickly -- and relatively cheaply, as one can surmise by the name -- so as to provide a growing literary audience with the staples of a down-and-dirty read: razor sharp fast characterization backed by plenty of action & adventure with a healthy dose of intrigue thrown in for good measure. Dime novels were the kind of taut experiences to be soaked up one after the other, and, thankfully, author Andrew Mayne has reproduced the feel of this era with his space-faring THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW.

Like a good dime novel, the story is kept simple: the people of a frontier planet are being terrorized by a menacing creature, and only the galaxy's greatest mind and adventurerer, T.R. Westwood, and his unlikely sidekick -- a journalist named Allan -- can answer the call-to-duty, solve the mystery of this new predator, and return the town to its peace ... but not without confronting the vengeful beast head-on! THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW is told in this quick, narrative style ... light on nuance but heavy on pulp as these two men are joined by a beautiful doctor-turned-protector in the race to save their very lives!

In all seriousness, this is the kind of book that folks would've scarfed up in a lazy afternoon of reading, then they'd rush on to the next dime novel. THE GRENDEL'S SHADOW captures this essence perfectly. Told sparsely, Mayne manages to capture the derring-do of light sci-fi adventure told against the backdrop of a new world. He's produced -- at it's heart -- a monster story ... the great beast terrorizes the countryside until the great hunter can save the day.
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Before radio, movies, and then television, displaced reading as the major form of entertainment, there was a huge market for pulp fiction (so named because of the cheap paper used) and dime novels (so named because, well). The authors of these fast-moving, free-flowing, sometimes not terribly well edited or coherent works of fiction were poorly paid, so that the key to success was to churn them out as quickly as possible and hope for volume. Some of the very best, of course, became American standards, such as Earl Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler. Most pulp writers, however, have faded into the dark fog of history.

Of course, to be successful a writer had to produce works of high enough quality that people would buy them, and come back for more. Which brings me to Andrew Mayne. This book has enough action and plot to keep the pages turning. Once done, it is utterly forgettable. But worth a buck, if you're looking for some simple diversion.

Put it this way, he's no Neal Stephenson. But who is? And Stephenson's books take a much greater commitment of time and money, so again, this was worth the buck and the couple of hours. And lest you think I'm being overly critical, I look forward to reading more of Mayne's stuff. So there.

This was a throwback to those days of yesteryear; with enough suspense and action to keep the pages turning.
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Its good, If I'm going to be objective, its probably just good, but I'd love for this to start a series and I had fun with it.

If there was a giant series already surrounding the IP I wouldn't be surprised...its sort of one of those.

If I had to make a statement to defend why I love it, I'd say this feels like how the first Dresden File's book felt, a little archetypical and sort of rough...but obviously enough of a core to work into an awesome series.

The main idea is that this is a big game hunter style story. The fun bits are that they sort of work scifi into it decently, and you can see where they could fit an almost historical-fiction vibe if they wanted to.

Honestly a lot of promise for this, I'd love to read a series that tackles the ideas they seeded in this.

In its own right, its a decent sort of pulpy book that seeds some really compelling concepts for later, while not being too stingy with what its own story has in it.
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