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A Galaxy Unknown de Thomas DePrima
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A Galaxy Unknown (edició 2011)

de Thomas DePrima

Sèrie: A Galaxy Unknown (1)

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June 6th, 2267 - A life-pod, missed by rescuers following the mysterious explosion of a Space Command vessel a decade earlier, is discovered by a passing freighter in deep space. A young officer, still cocooned in stasis sleep, is found inside. When revived, Ensign Jenetta Carver learns of the lawlessness that now suffuses interstellar space. Pirates and slavers seem able to attack and pillage with impunity. Space Command has committed its full resources to stopping the anarchy, but criminal groups have grown immensely powerful. Although determined to rejoin SC as soon as possible, Jenetta is captured by pirates before that can happen. At first she fears for her life, but when she's indelibly marked as a pleasure slave, she gets mad; fighting mad. And when they tamper with her DNA to make her appear sexier, she gets even madder; killing mad.Can a petite blonde, cut off from Space Command, create more mayhem among the criminal elements than a full decade of SC effort? You'd better believe it!… (més)
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Títol:A Galaxy Unknown
Autors:Thomas DePrima
Informació:Vinnia Publishing (2011), Paperback, 426 pages
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A Galaxy Unknown de Thomas DePrima

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    Trading in Danger de Elizabeth Moon (Bullrose)
    Bullrose: Similar series with young female protagonists leading military forces in a space opera setting as they rise in rank.
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Another fierce female spacer. ( )
  gregandlarry | Apr 20, 2013 |
3 of 5

This is a good quick and simple read that plays off many established scifi themes, but DePrima lacks the skill to make something truly extraordinary.

After reading the book I realized how simple and extraordinary the Force is for a space opera because it gives a reason why a single person could be at the right place at the right time and always seem to do just the right thing. While each event that happens to the main character is not out of the bounds of fiction taken all together the way everything plays out just so is a little ridiculous.

I will still more than likely read the next book because the relatively low price will allow me to support the author. I will be looking to see just what elements will cause trouble for our main character and which seem to fall by the wayside and to see if her personality can seem to evolve into a slightly more three dimensional character rather than just a plucky Mary Sue.

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  gallandro_83 | Dec 11, 2011 |
I got this as one of my first books with a Kindle, since the Amazon recommendation engine pushed it very hard at me.

Negatives: DePrima is a bad writer. Individual sentences are often horribly clunky or confusing (one of the other reviewers here quotes the opening sentence, which is indeed a doozy). The flow of the story is frequently interrupted for awkward and tangential info-dumps, sometimes to unintentionally comic effect (as when what is supposed to be a touching family scene is broken up to explain flying cars). The plot - and I say this as a hardened addict of space opera - is ridiculous, in no small part because the main character is one of the most over-the-top Mary Sues I have ever encountered. And, perhaps most annoyingly to me, DePrima lacks the real science-fictional imagination, which thinks through the consequences of his premises. I am prepared to give a pass on how social life centuries from now, among the stars, still looks _just like_ turn-of-the-millennium middle class North America, because imagining different customs is very hard, and also the kind of thing which could make the characters repulsive to the author. But I am not so inclined to give a pass on the sheerly technological aspects. To name just the one which annoyed me the most: if you are going to have spaceships attacking each other at a significant fraction of the speed of light, there is no time for humans to target the weapons (much less manually guiding torpedoes!); if you want gunners' skills to matter, you cannot have ships moving that fast.

Positives: Somewhere, under all this, there is a vein of escapist entertainment which kept me reading, and even led me to take a chance on the sequel. (It has fewer info-dumps but even more Mary-Sueishness.) I get the feeling that DePrima could be an entertaining writer, if he would just read some science fiction more recent that E. E. "Doc" Smith. ( )
  cshalizi | Jul 3, 2011 |
Slightly too protracted but one of the most fun escapist Saturday matinee sci-fi novels I have read in a long time. ( )
1 vota Segapup | Apr 13, 2011 |
Good book overall but the female protagonist is a massive mary sue albeit not as annoying as I found Honor Harrington. It's still enough to throw me out of the book every now and then when large parts of a chapter are spent with people discussing how completely amazing the lead is. ( )
  NovaStalker | Mar 24, 2011 |
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June 6th, 2267 - A life-pod, missed by rescuers following the mysterious explosion of a Space Command vessel a decade earlier, is discovered by a passing freighter in deep space. A young officer, still cocooned in stasis sleep, is found inside. When revived, Ensign Jenetta Carver learns of the lawlessness that now suffuses interstellar space. Pirates and slavers seem able to attack and pillage with impunity. Space Command has committed its full resources to stopping the anarchy, but criminal groups have grown immensely powerful. Although determined to rejoin SC as soon as possible, Jenetta is captured by pirates before that can happen. At first she fears for her life, but when she's indelibly marked as a pleasure slave, she gets mad; fighting mad. And when they tamper with her DNA to make her appear sexier, she gets even madder; killing mad.Can a petite blonde, cut off from Space Command, create more mayhem among the criminal elements than a full decade of SC effort? You'd better believe it!

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