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Black Hole Sun de David Macinnis Gill
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Black Hole Sun (edició 2010)

de David Macinnis Gill

Sèrie: Hell's Cross (1)

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On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.
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Títol:Black Hole Sun
Autors:David Macinnis Gill
Informació:Greenwillow Books (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 352 pages
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First, the positives...there were a lot of fun one liners in this book, a reasonable number of interesting characters, and essentially non-stop action. This made for a fairly quick read.

Unfortunately, for me the negatives rather outweigh the positives. Strike one, it's written in first person present tense. Mostly from the viewpoint of a single character (Durango), but there are some others thrown in there "when necessary". I find first person present tense to be very tricky to pull off properly in fiction. It isn't bad here, but there are a few rough spots and it is hard to get a full sense of the passage of time (not withstanding the date/time stamps at the start of each chapter).

Strike two, starting in medias res combined with throwing a whole lot of unfamiliar terms and story elements at the reader with no explanations given whatsoever. While I am no real fan of the extended info-dump (it usually bogs down a story something fierce), having to piece together what things are and how they work with no confirmation as to whether or not I am doing it correctly isn't particularly fun either. There has to be a balance, and that balance wasn't present here. Having lots of flashy action only carries things so far.

Strike three, there's a definite sense of "story soup" going on here. I could see elements that track to Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, Ender's Game, and samurai films. The tech seems very much subject to hand-wavium, and seems applied inconsistently throughout the story. I found it hard to get a real sense of time and place as a result. Particularly when you have a few characters in a far-distant, semi-dystopian future still quoting heavily from 19th century literature and 20th century culture (and people get the references without problems). Oh, and the mishmash of languages being dropped (untranslated, mind you) here and there, apparently for the purposes of flavour and world-building? Didn't work for me. There were too many of them, they weren't consistently applied, and it just came across as sloppy.

The story is also quite violent. This is to be expected as Durango and company are mercenary soldiers, but still. There were a number of places where it was really hard to follow the action, and on more than one occasion I found myself wondering just how things were supposed to work from a physics perspective. If I'm thinking more about the physics and logistics of a fight than the tension it is supposed to be building in the story, then I'd say something isn't working properly with the story.

I got this book through the B&N Nook Free Friday program. ( )
  shadrachanki | Jun 8, 2018 |
I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it reminded me of Firefly which is one of my favorite shows. It was just so good. It has lots of action and it had me laughing out loud. I can’t wait to pick up book two, Invisible Sun. If you are into Firefly, please check out this book. You’ll love it. If you don’t love it, I will be shocked. It’s amazing.

If you’ve read this book and have seen Firefly, let me know if you agree with me. ( )
  TheTreeReader | Dec 28, 2017 |
Good old-fashioned Martian sci-fi (complete with some unintentional sci-fi sexism.) I enjoyed this exciting tale of shunned soldiers, loyalty, tenets, and betrayals. Can't wait for the sequel! ( )
  LibrarianJen | Dec 1, 2017 |
action and humor what else can i ask for. If you feel a little down, even if you don't but want a good laugh, read black hole sun is amazing!! I just couldn't stop laughing at some parts. ( )
  Cmalva95 | Jun 24, 2017 |
Strong, traditional science fiction with a militaristic aspect. This should appeal to fans of Starship Troopers or Ender's Game, although in this case the rigid training is tempered with humanity. Set on Mars, there's a whole lot of backstory about terraforming and a plague on Earth and how this society came to be, where power rests in the hands of the CEOs of various family-held coporations. Mars' complicated past is shared in snippets throughout the ongoing efforts of Durango and his first, Vienne, to use their military training to earn their keep and do good deeds. He's a mercenary with a heart of gold.A good read, engaging and brisk. I'll happily read any sequels the author cares to write. I don't get the title at all though. It's kind of a weirdly generic scifi title, isn't it? It doesn't have anything to do with the story as far as I can tell. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
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