Dread Empire’s Fall: The Praxis is pure and unabashed space opera.
The concept is that a race of aliens called the Shaa have dominated and subjugated other species for millennia under the guise of their religion called The Praxis.
The first line of The Praxis reads: All that important is known. So, the Shaa are not exactly into new things, and the empire they have created, with a rigid caste system and merciless punishments for wrongdoers rots at the core as the Shaa die out.
It’s a nice setup.
Most of The Praxis is taken up with setting up the milieu and introducing the major characters, and moves fairly slowly. Walter Jon Williams writes clearly and economically, and really shines in the action sequences, which are taut and tense.
All in all, if you like Space Opera, The Praxis will keep your interest.
Posted Monday, 09 April, 2007 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
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.