A side note to the publisher: Would it be that hard to make it clear on the covers that these two books are in fact one? From just looking at the books, you’d think they are two separate novels from the same author. Not so. Deathday ends in mid-action, so if you care about the story, you have no choice but to pony up another $7.99 for Earthrise. Also, the proofreading was unusually sloppy on the editions linked to above: They’re rife with typos and punctuation errors, which is inexcusable.
The basic plot of the duology is that the Saurons, a race of bug-like sentients with more than a little bit of fascist tendencies, attack Earth and lay waste to most of the planet, wiping out the military and enslaving the surviving humans to use as a slave labor for building elaborate temples. Naturally, a human resistance emerges and fights back.
Dietz does a good job of fleshing out the somewhat hackneyed cast of characters and putting a good deal of internal tension in the resistance movement, including a prominent showing by a gang of nuttier-than-usual white supremacists.
Deathday and Earthrise aren’t bad, per se, but they are far from Dietz’s usual standards, and feel mostly tired. Still, they’re competent and have their bright moments. Decent airplane reading.
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Posted Sunday, 21 November, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.