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The Mothership Paperback – June 17, 2013
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Renneberg seamlessly and brilliantly intertwines his storylines (and includes a vivid and fascinating description of the aliens' backstory) while also, along the way, examining humankind's myriad shortcomings.
A compelling, visionary must-read for literary sci-fi fans that recalls genre classics by Frederik Pohl and Arthur C. Clarke.
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Without knowing much about the author, I read "The Antaran Codex" last year. And I recently read this book. I would encourage interested readers to instead read "The Mothership" then "The Antaran Codex". I wouldn't say "The Mothership" is necessarily a prequel...but there are events which indicate both novels take place in the same universe and at different times.
I enjoy Stephen Renneberg's style in that he tends to switch between characters examining each of their perspectives. He does this in such a way that the story is always moving forward. Occasionally I lost track of who was who in this novel because there are so many characters, but it never detracted from my ability to follow the story coherently. And by the end of the story I was quite clear on who the important players were and how they fit into the plot.
Overall, I think this is a well written book worth reading.
Renneberg deals delightfully with alien technology, biology and culture without boring or bogging down the average reader. In his book on aliens, Renneberg thinks 'BIG' like Larry Niven and Arthur Clarke. There is also a moral story especially for us Earthlings, in regard to our species' 'place' and 'position' in the universe. Note that I use the term 'universe' rather than 'galaxy' because that's how 'BIG' Renneberg has taken his story to,
But alas, even the noble Homer nodded. Renneberg committed one big 'sin' in his use of one mere word, but I consider it a big 'sin' because in an English language novel, while the reader may forgive the author for bad grammar, poor syntax or typos (there's none of these in The Mothership or I haven't noticed it), he/she won't a word which is supposed to give a precise meaning. Renneberg incorrectly uses the word 'repel' to mean 'abseil'. The correct word is 'rappel' and not 'repel' which carries an altogether different meaning. He or Amazon should correct this unforgivable error immediately.
Nonetheless I would still award a 5-star rating for 'The Mothership' and strongly recommend it others. I look forward to a possible sequel or another novel by Renneberg.
I found The Mothership to be mind-numbingly boring.
I was very disappointed because the synopsis on Amazon was very intriguing. A crashed alien 'Mothership' is approached and boarded by a special operations team.
This had the makings of a great story. For me, there was virtually no action until halfway through the book. From that point on, the 'action' was half hearted to the point that it held little interest.
In my opinion, there was a great big pile of wasted potential here. I would love to see what another author could do with this concept.
There is the cliched scientist who is sure the aliens are peaceful and blanches at any violence against them. He reminded me of the scientist in the film, 'The Thing' from the 1950s. I don't know or care what happened to him in The Mothership since I could no longer stay awake reading it. I quit anout 2/3 of the way through, never to return.
If this is indicative of Mr. Renneberg's work, I doubt that I'll be reading any of his other works.
Your opinions may vary... but I doubt it.
if you're looking for GI Joe shootem-up bang bang action, buy a comic book.........it has pictures.
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I love to read SF, but not the kind in this story.
I cannot recommend this book.