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This Corner of the Universe (TCOTU, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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No dirty screen here.
The next glaring and consistent problem is character consistency. Does the author know his characters, or is he continuously ad-libbing, so the character does things that disconcert the reader?
Here, no. All is good. Can't say I really thought well of the main character's internal dialog and not so occasional angst. Been a junior Lieutenant. The successful ones didn't have all that running around in their heads on the bridge, but, OK, his actions turned out as well as could be and the angst didn't really freeze him up.
So, is the plot and the universe believable, detailed enough to work in and consistent?
Pretty much. A little light on the socio-political background, but enough to carry the plot.
Was it enjoyable? Oh, yeah!
I'll get the next, and this author listens to readers, (Already put in my two cents, thanks. Got a nice note back.) which (I hope) means he's going to keep improving.
That's part of what we are doing here, fellow readers; watching and helping the growth of indie writers so we can say we knew, and helped, the next Heinlein or Smith or Asimov.
So all together, 4 stars is a little high, but I was very impressed with the reality of the last battle. The duel, the mutual damage, the very awareness of what a battle between ships light-seconds apart would involve.
Understand, this book is a detailed story about space combat. If you are looking for more "soft" science fiction, this is not that book. This book is a military book.
It was pretty clean in terms of spelling and grammar errors.
As I was reading it, I was reminded of "The Ship" by C.S. Forester. The details of the combat, the descriptions of the damage, all of it was extremely well done.
I am very happy that this author is planning on writing more novels in this series. I will definitely be buying them.
The fighting scenes were a lot of fun, detailed and joy to read.
One thing that really bugged me was that the physics were pretty bad, in particular, referring to things like a ship's top speed, instead of its top acceleration. It feels like the author doesn't grasp the distinction between the two. That said, he does a really good job of dealing with light speed limitations and how important they are for tactical situations.
Looking forward to reading more in this universe, especially since the author has done a pretty good job in painting a good back story.
There are no missile detonation "shockwaves" in space whatsoever, but only the explosion itself and radiation and whatever gases were in the missile. And if you fire a half-light-speed kinetic round at a ship 10 light-seconds away, the other ship would be constantly slightly jinking/dodging, so the odds of hitting the ship would be miniscule. And kinetic rounds don't stop, so if you've got a stationary or predictable target (which there are several times but I won't describe them here so as not to give the story away), then you can fire at it from virtually any distance, including from inside an asteroid field.
Furthermore, apparently ships can accelerate to 0.3c in almost no time, but can't continue accelerating for some reason? And yet they somehow require energy to maintain the speed? That doesn't make sense. There's no friction or gravitational force to slow them down, so what energy does it take to maintain speed, and why can't they keep accelerating to even higher velocity? And then there are little things too, like putting a ship 0.5 light-seconds distance from another, and using a shuttle to traverse that 0.5 light-seconds - that's ~90,000 miles, which apparently the shuttle is able to traverse in 20 seconds. Really? And apparently laser weapons are fired against missiles light-seconds away, using hand controls and targeting reticules? When they're going 0.45c? How could humans possibly do that?
The physics were just a nightmare. Several times I was just ready to put the book away because it was so jarring.
Why is there a max range on a ballistic projectile in space? Once you toss the thing, it's going to keep on going until it hits something or gets caught in some orbit or other, not just stop at some magical distance from where it started.
Acceleration and speed were just completely mixed up or ignored.
Much of the description of how the engines were supposed to work sounded more like atmospheric flight instead of how they should have worked.
It's too bad, really.
The story is just not quite enough to balance the horrible physics.
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The pace of the book was pretty good with the final chapters dealing with the battle
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