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Ut those seemed to be the author s favesReading this I m kind f struck by how thin the Battletech universe really is There were a couple f things that stood ut to meFor She Stoops to Conquer one you never really get a true sensef the size and scale Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile of this universe We are talking about hundredsf populated worlds here But in the story it s like each entire world Orb only hasne city And it s usually The Dandy and Lady Penelope onlyne small mech battle to capture an ENTIRE planet I don t think this is realistic at all You can t capture a whole nation with just a few tanks Scale it up to Battlemechs and even a thousand f them wouldn t be enough to conuer every city n an entire planet The scope Multi-Family Therapy of a true planetary invasion would be enormous And it would be extremely costly in termsf ships and manpower This is never depicted realistically in any Battletech bookAnother thing is just exactly how goofy the whole Battlemech idea really is I mean we have ships here who can nuke an entire planet s surface from National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition orbit Surely something that dangerous could easily target an enemy mechn the ground and annihilate it from space The ramifications f having that much power and what it would really mean in terms f a war is barely touched n in this book It s touched n but pretty much sidestepped With ships like that mechs would be useless All you would need is marines to take the groundI don t know I m just getting too A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged old for this kiddie stuff I guess I loved Battletech back in the day but these books for the most part seem really lame I ve become used to good science fiction like things written by Ian Banks and William Barton This Battletech stuff is just empty filler like eating a bagf potato chips Oh well I ll press Think good thoughts about a pussycat on I ve bought the kindle books and am curious how it all ends We will see These novelettes were absolutely entertaining but they weren t what I would call well written The plot moves at blinding speeds covering literally years and massive world significant events in a matterf sentences One, Two, Three Me or anffhand bit f dialogue The result is that the novels are a series f things that happened with little foreshadowing r ther storytelling artistryNote that while I m being very critical f the book I don t intend to condemn the author Rather I think that the stories were severely handicapped by their short format which was likely not in the author s control A Song f Ice and Fire level Tea for Ruby of material is being jammed into 3 tiny novelettes uite naturally reading them is going to feel like you re hangingn to a wild bullRather I applaud Stackpole for being able to surface multiple interesting characters from this cacophony and gi Brought back memories The Life of Saint Philip Neri of playing Battletech universe tabletop and video games back in the days I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately there are just too many factions and characters to really care about anyone Then again this book is probably just setting the scene for an epic series I am not sure I have the timer will to follow along but who knows maybe at some point in the future Definitely not as good as I remember Saga f the Grey Death legion to be but hey that s probably almost 20 years ago now Normally I skip past the shelf in the bookstore where all f the RPG tie in books live you know the law firm f Salvatore Hickman Weis There was a time in my life when I read all f those books and enjoyed a great many I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 of them but I ve never felt a compelling need to swim in those waters again That said everynce in a while you will find a story that is truly well done One series that stuck with me from my childhood was the Blood The Whistle Pig of Kerensky series by Michael Stackpole It s a favorite I come back to every couplef yearsStackpole was a stalwart f the RPG writer scene before becoming a novel writer having worked for a time at Flying BuffaloFASA which is how I riginally became acuainted with him The Blood f Kerensky books are set in the Battletech universe which for those f you who don t know is a post diaspora to the stars future war concept with diffe. S have fought Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things over space land and politics But a new threat looms justutside the Inner Sphere The descendants A Stepdaughter In Heat of anld Star Leagu.
Lethal heritage was a fun sci fi romp in the world f battle tech Covering the start f the clan invasions it has less action then the books Rufus of the warrior trilogy but successfully sets an exciting stage for changes yet to come If you are a fanf Battletech it is an easy recommendation Some f the writing f human relationships is uiet poor but the grand scale narration You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of the universe is engaging and Stackpole is successful in that area Epic undersells the scalef which the story moves Following the many characters and following the development between in the inner sphere I love Stackpole s style and how he takes the characters to a different height through their actions Everything feels so real and lifelike even the deadly clans seem to have a real lifelike driving force Start f the trilogy that got me back into reading Blood f Kerensky is Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice onef the best written and greatest stories in the entire BattleTech series Even though this is the first f a trilogy it is not the first f a storyline There is a trilogy that precedes this so this really should be marketed as a book 4 not a book 1 The result is that there are many references to shared knowledge that readers may not know and plot twists that are probably pretty cool if you ve read the first series but don t mean anything to somebody like me who has not The writing varies in uality from chapter to chapter generally improving as the book progresses But especially early The Cowboys on as ideas and concepts are being introduced there is a lotf exposition that reads in a rather stiltedawkward manner The author is much better at action seuences and suspense than at character development Sins of Treachery or set up So I wouldn t recommend this if you haven t read the previous trilogy but if you have and liked it then if you pick this up know that it gets better than the first 100 pages would lead you to believe Lethal HeritageThe book that introduced the Clans to the BattleTech universethe book that blew the mindf many pissed ff a few and forever changed the face f a popular gameandTotally Friggin AWESOMELethal Heritage is forever emblazoned My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City on my brain as bothne f the best BattleTech novels and as ne Whos Next? Guess Who! of most memorable books I ve ever read The author Mike Stackpole does an excellent jobf engrossing the reader in the sci fi and Mecha based universe that has become a hallmark f the gaming industry 7 stars ut Papi's Gift of 5 Boringtech Man Stackpole sure wrote some thick Battletech tomes back in the day And that s not a good thing This book is boring to the extreme It could easily have been cut by half There is way too much time spent with nothing happeningCase in point the entire first thirdf the book You can skip it all because nothing happens Only when the clans start invading finally does the action pick up the pace a little But not by much Reading this is a real slogThere are also way too many characters and POVs to keep track f mentally None f these characters are all that different from each ther which makes it harder And it is constantly switching back and forth I finally figured ut who is who toward the end グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] of the bookThe main characters have a lotf weird names Here is a brief bio f eachFeelin Kell He pines for his ld girlfriend a lot then becomes a prisoner f war After that he follows the time honored Dances with Wolves storyline where he slowly builds grudging respect with his captors and then later becomes ne The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of them Gets a clannie girlfriend firstf course It always starts with the girlfriendKai Mallard Layo He too pines for his girlfriend He s a Solaris 7 guy Mostly he just doubts himself a lot The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry or so we are told He gets a Momentf AwesomeTM in the book Then he spends the rest File Under: Arson of the book whining about itShin Yo mama Has a great appreciation for ancient Japanese architecture He also spends a lotf time doing cool ninja ey Japanese stuff and talking about honor and dragons and such Is REALLY into tattoosVictor Steiner Davion Doesn t do anything the entire bookThere were a lot characters The year is 3030 For the past 300 years since the Star League collapse and the rise f the Five Successor States these mortal enemie.
Rent political factions duking it ut in giant robots called Mechs It s ground that s been well traveled in Japanese Anime but here it s given a western military sci fi flavorStackpole to his credit plays this material straight keeping it action forward with strong but simple characters You don t care that it s a bunch f guys in robot suits because after a short while you are interested in their personal lives their successes failures and relationshipsA few related books followed the riginal trilogy but they never uite live up to the level Powerless Against You of Stackpole s writing here I wish he had explored this world a bit fully because he was very well suited to it I read this because my recent re introduction into the Battletech universe Harebrained Schemes superb game got me curious about the lore I had read this back when I was maybe 12r 13 and found the entire Blood f Kerensky trilogy for maybe 3 bucks at Half Price Books Being a huge MechWarrior fan at them time as well as a proponent f needlessly capitalized letters in the middle f words I remember really enjoying this book so much so that I ve been recommending it to people well into my 30sI m not going to lie I may have to rescind those recommendations If you like Battletech this book is readable It rewards a familiarity with the lore as do most franchise fiction series from the mid 90slookin at you Shadowrun but this comes at a cost f feeling very lost if you aren t Stockpole attempts to get around this with some seriously uh interesting dialogue choices Each Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of the main characters gives a solilouy in their initial chapters explaining who they are their heritage their motivations their desires In at leastne case this monologue is delivered to an empty beach with nobody in particular there to listen aside from the reader This continues throughout the book as liberal use The Texan Meets His Match of italics as internal monologue continue to explain somef the finicky plot points that might go ver the heads f readers Unfortunately this feels like the characters being ver explanatory and verbose almost like they re talking down to you I have my critiues about the way the plot is presented as well The plot honestly is superb after centuries f war between several states all those states are invaded by a mysterious force with advanced technology and seemingly unstoppable tactics Man that s a great storyExcept you the reader are privy to the truth in the first 25% The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of the book By the time the Successor States are figuringut what the nature Blue Guide New York of the invasion is you are already experiencing thether side f this invasion from another POV character Everything that comes after seems hollow Imagine if the White Walkers in Game f Thrones got their Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered own POV chapter in the first bookIn the end I can dissect what went wrong and what didn t but it boils down to this if you re just curious about the lore go look at the Battletech wiki If you re looking to read about the Clan Invasion after that then pick up the bookI ll be reading the restf the series honestly because the book does set you up with an interesting premise for the next I m just going to be hoping that less things will be explained to me via internal monologues so I can draw my Garden of The Gods own conclusions about the plot I listened to the Audiobookver n Audible It was abridged which is a bummer I listen as I work and can knock ut a 3 hour book like all these Battletech books in a day But you get the gist The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now of the story It s a pretty good story as well Knowing the lore from playing the board game and video games as a kid I didn t missut n much The 1994 animated series is based ff Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments of these novels I d recommend giving this series a go if you like Sci Fi The Innersphear is a totally believable thing Humans expandut and colonize worlds nly to have progress halted by infighting Corporations manipulate States Houses and Nations to bring n a new dark age There is some believability that has to be pushed aside but the story makes sense as does the believability f the univers. E general the Clans bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen have come to take what they believe is rightfully thei.