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The Uplift War (The Uplift Saga, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1987
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Unlike the first three books in the saga, the second three books DO form a series. The first of this trilogy, "Brightness Reef," picks up with yet another totally independent plotline and brand new characters. However, it does contain a central character who ties the first three books into this set. Unfortunately, Brin doesn't say, specifically, who that character is until the very end of the book. Even worse, the last time the character was used was so far back in the saga that it's hard to remember anything about him. The remaining two books, "Infinity's Shore" and "Heaven's Reach," continue sequentially from the first and form a tightly knit trilogy with no breaks in time.
None of these books is "happy" or "light reading." For the most part, they're all intense, heavily detailed and fully characterized books. "Sundiver" is the least "heavy" and most lacking in the realistic feel of the rest of the books.Read more ›
I bought most of the Uplift series in Kindle editions: Heaven's Reach, Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, Sundiver, Uplift War, and Startide Rising. I was extremely disappointed by the quality of these ebooks. Words were frequently mis-spelled or replaced with similar-looking but incorrect words; words and whole passages were arbitrarily italicized; many words were split with hyphens for no reason. It was confusing, distracting, and eventually irritating. I got the strong impression that all these books had been run rapidly through an OCR system and never checked for correctness or quality. For a publishing company of Ballantine's size and reputation this is ridiculous.
If Ballantine are going to sell ebooks, they should do it properly, and give them the same care and attention they would to physical books. There's no excuse for releasing shoddy digital products.
Since I had similar experiences with SUNDIVER, STARTIDE RISING, and BRIGHTNESS REEF, I make the assumption that this is a publisher issue, not an AMAZON issue.
I wish there was a method for sending proofreading mistakes back to the publisher directly.
I was relieved to find out that one doesn't have to start with the first novel in this series (I have since learned that "The Uplift War" is actually the third book). As I read this novel, I could see that there was at least one novel that preceeded it, but this had no adverse effects on this story. "The Uplift War" stands on its own.
Admittedly, this type of novel may not be everyones' cup-of-tea, and I had problems at first with the Gubru aliens (big birds). But it was Brin's characters and eloquent descriptive narration that drew me in. One could really see these birds posturing as they debated. I went from thinking I was reading a fantasy novel to knowing I was reading a good science fiction novel, and one that required solid research.
So, if I liked it that much, why didn't I give it 5 stars? Unless a novel is absolutely unforgettable, and emotionally moves me (in any and all directions), it won't receive 5 stars. Very few novels (of any genre) deserve 5 stars. On a scale of 1 to 10, "The Uplift War" gets a solid 7 from me, which indicates that it is a very good novel, indeed. The idea behind this series is imaginative and far reaching, and if "The Uplift War" is typical of what to expect in this series, I will soon be purchasing more of David Brin's work. And what better recommendation can I give than that?
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Glad I missed this in the 80s and had it fresh today. Well developed characters and a nice, rolling story that really pulls you in. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Robert Schretzman
I loved this book, having first read Star Tide Rising I expected a lot from this book and though it was a little slower getting started the depth of characterization and the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Keith Hess
An interesting look into what it's like to be the underdog in a military occupation by the Galactics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph J. Dilallo
If you had to read one of David Brin's books, let it be this one. He explores and expands and explains the various aliens/alien races in such detail that you feel you almost live... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Bryant
I enjoyed the book, but it just wasn't my "cup of tea." I think the author is immensely creative and will look at additional books by him in the future.Published 3 months ago by Gordon Merritt
This is a more than three book "Trilogy", but it is worth seeking out. Brin creates people, not just characters, even among his aliens. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William H. Barido III
David Brin writes well. The plot action moves along at a good rate. The characters are interesting and well developed. His plots are clever. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Carlton