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Star's End: The Starfishers Trilogy: Volume Three Paperback – October 1, 2010
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Framed as the final book in the Starfishers series, this space opera is better read as the second half of the preceding volume, Starfishers. Moyshe BenRabi, former Confederation agent from despised backwater Earth, has abandoned his old allegiances, hoping for a better life among the Starfishers. Unfortunately for BenRabi, not only do the interstellar nomads face a serious threat from the predators haunting the spaces between the stars, but the Starfishers' alliance with the ancient starfish has given the voyagers a monopoly on the material needed for interstellar communication, which the Confederation cannot tolerate. BenRabi's increasingly fragile mental state and deteriorating social network are mirrored by the doom overshadowing civilization. Now nearly 30 years old, this work is short by modern standards, giving the fast-paced story a compressed urgency with moments of genuine grandeur.
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Dark-action sf, a form of which Glen Cook is an undoubted master, is supposed to be a farewell to the Starfishers. One wonders. Meanwhile, however, one can thoroughly enjoy this tale of the Starfishers’ attempts to possess themselves of an arsenal planet called Stars’ End. Possessing it might give them the military muscle to survive against the Sangaree aliens and the human Confederation Navy. But everybody else wants it, too, as an all-destroying sentient force is riding out of the center of the galaxy, menacing all life forms. One could wish for a long book with more of the backstory of the Starfishers, but one can thoroughly enjoy it as it stands. Long life to its creator. --Roland Green
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In some ways the Starfishers stories are submarine warfare and the Manhattan project in space. Think of that approach as providing a structural gloss to this story of war and triumph.
Cook develops his plot lines, twists in the new story elements and wraps them up cleanly. While this is a new release for Nightshade, it is a re-release of an excellent book by Cook that actually made me hope for more books in the same setting. You could set a Traveller campaign here, the scope would support adaption to a movie, the book comes to a satisfying conclusion that does not leave one cheated or elements unresolved. But it comes to a conclusion without ending the setting, so that other stories are possible, just not needed.
Not too much more I can say without spoilers, but I was pleased when I read the original release, I'm pleased to see it again. Excellent science fiction of the old school type with complete characters and a clean internal logic.
What can I say, I'm still buying books by the author many, many years after I bought this one.
And yet, it was still a worthwhile novel. I enjoyed reading of Moyshe and his plights. There were portions of the novel that were quite interesting (the discussion of the various alien races, the idea of the climbers, the scenes where Moyshe was hiding out on The Broken Wings, Moyshe's varous psyches breaking down, etc).
I just kind of wish that the series had continued on in the path of the first novel.