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Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns - Book #4 by [Anderson, Kevin J.]
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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Anderson delivers more on-the-edge-of-your-seat SF thrills in the fourth installment of his Seven Suns saga (after 2004's Horizon Storms). Moments of extreme tenderness temper the relentless and often graphic descriptions of a brutal, seemingly endless war among the civilizations that populate the Spiral Arm. As before, menacing turncoat Klikiss robots plot to eradicate all humans (and humanoid alien Ildirans), while the delightfully dismayed DD, a captive robot "compy," takes notes in the event he ever escapes the Klikiss and can warn the humans he serves. Meanwhile, the angry hydrogues, who inhabit gas-giant planets, continue their campaign against humans, verdani ("worldforest" dwellers) and faeros (sun dwellers). Anderson handles a huge cast and complicated plot with élan.
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From Booklist

Chairman Basil Wenceslas leads a beleaguered human race, and the stress is beginning to tell on him--he views any dissent, of any sort, from his leadership as treason. This, of course, does nothing to calm fears in the human colonies. Meanwhile, the divisions of allegiance among the alien Ildiran increase the pain of their leader, Jora'h, at the disruption of his people's long-standing psychic network. The question begins to ask itself: Is the war more dangerous to both sides than the victory of either side would be? Anderson's colossal story of the clash of space empires, Saga of the Seven Suns, has definitely been influenced by his work for the Star Wars franchise and collaboration with Brian Herbert in expanding the universe of Frank Herbert's Dune novels. Despite all the sweep, scope, and fast action of the saga, Anderson handles the essential conflicts in it so as to enhance characterization as well as keep things moving. A fine continuation of a fine saga. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1516 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect (July 1, 2005)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2005
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKB52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even as things look darker for the Ildiran Empire and all of humanity, there is hope. Roamer Jess Tamblyn has joined with the mysterious wentals, sentient water beings who promise to join the fight against the hydrogues. A Roamer genius hits on a way to destroy hydrogue warglobes. The Theron worldforest reveals amazing secrets. And the Hansa King and Queen have a secret of their own.

Even as hope blossoms, Ildiran Mage-Imperator Jora'h must face crucial decisions. Disaster strikes from all directions. Ancient enemies will require sacrifices greater than he can imagine, and his insane brother is trying to wrest control of all Ildirans into a separate, deadly thism. One of the Seven Suns is dying, and Ildirans have killed Ildirans for the first time in thousands of years.

Swirling plots and amazing characters continue to develop in this installment of The Saga of Seven Suns. Fans may find the action slows a few times in this novel, but it picks up almost immediately.

The writing quality remains well suited to the genre. Anderson's easy-going style is like a favorite pair of shoes waiting to snug you up and take you for a ride.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

6/16/2006
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Scattered Suns (2005) is the fourth SF novel in the Saga of Seven Suns series, following Horizon Storms. In the previous volume, Bill Stanna stole a Roamer scout ship and fled to the outer Osquivel system; Zhett Kellum had the stolen ship retrieved after the emergency beacon came on and brought back the body to the other EDF prisoners. Admiral Lev Stromo destroyed Rendezvous and imprisoned the surviving Roamers.

Kotto Okiah found a way to open the hydrogue ship and his Analytical compy GU stated that the technology therein was very similar to that of Klikiss robots. King Peter learned that Prince Daniel was exceedingly uncooperative and Queen Estarra discovers that she is pregnant. On Theroc, Celli found a wooden tree figure shaped like her brother Beneto growing in the Worldforest and it soon became animated.

In this novel, Chairman Basil Wenceslas tells King Peter and Queen Estarra that their schedule has been changed; they are going to Ildira to meet with the Mage-Imperator. Queen Estarra smuggles a potted worldtree aboard the transport as a gift to the Mage-Imperator. On Ildira, the Mage-Imperator greets the King and Queen graciously, bur snubs Chairman Wenceslas. He eagerly accepts the potted worldtree and thanks Estarra for the gift that brings back so many good memories.

On Ildira, Mage-Imperator Jora'h faces a rebellion by Designate Rusa'h and Prime Designate Thor'h. He sends Adar Zan'nh and his forty-seven intact ships to rebellious Hyrillka. When the maniple is detected, Prime Designate Thor'h pilots a transport toward them, demanding protection from Rusa'h. Other ships follow the transport, firing wildly. A royal shuttle also launches from the palace and Rusa'h announces that he is coming aboard in accordance with his Imperator's orders.
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This entire saga is just.... okay. I don't hate it, but if I had something else to read, I probably would. The series started out sounding like hard science fiction but has turned into some kind of weird sci-fi/fantasy mess with pretty stupid main characters. The universe itself is somewhat interesting, up to the point where there are suddenly 4 species based on the elements. The characters though... they're just so dumb! The decisions (or lack thereof) they make will often have you tempted to just close the book and call it quits.

Basically I've kept reading because I want to know what happens to the universe, not necessarily the characters. Also, I'm bored and this isn't the worst science fiction I've ever read.
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Anderson seems to be doing some kind of study of tragedy with this series. Virtually nothing goes right for the poor human and ilderan characters. The chain of unlikly setbacks some of these characters endure are second only to the plotlines in the TV series 24 in inprobability. Whats worse, our hero's reactions are totally ineffective, their strategies irrational. I can only assume Anderson is planning on some alien rescuers like the Wentals to bail them out.

Another problem with the books as they progress is how much time Anderson spends rehashing events that have already happened. It seems like every event has to be first described, and then reminisced about by a character at least twice before he is satisfied we caught the even't significance!

All that said, this series has kept my interest, I do enjoy it, but I think Anderson could have done a lot better. There are many things that don't make sense in the book, like how these civilizations could accomplish much of anything with no faster-than light communications. I guess any ship whose star drive happens to break down is just out of luck. Also, the stupidity displayed by the supposedly tactical and sharp minded Ad'ar Zahn is really frustrating. Overall, the good side in these novels seem incapable of any real innovation or capability to drive events, they merely react mechanically. Only rarely do they display creativity.

Making matters much worse for this audiobook, there is a different, and far less talented reader. Apparently this guy took over without bothering to listen to any of George Guidall's recordings. Most of the place and character names are pronounced differently. The roamers now all seem to come from the american deep south, and sound both stupid and ridiculous as a result.
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