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The Caphenon (Chronicles of Alsea Book 1) (English Edition) Kindle版
- ASIN : B07QLNXKNW
- 出版社 : Heartsome Publishing; 第2版 (2019/4/14)
- 発売日 : 2019/4/14
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 3796 KB
- 同時に利用できる端末数 : 無制限
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 506ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,312,305位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
I recently heard an interview in which Neil Gaiman was discussing the work of the late Brian Aldiss. Science fiction, said Gaiman, is a vehicle for speculation - a genre which should make us ask 'what if?' And that is exactly what Fletcher DeLancey's novel The Caphenon does so well. What if empathy could be used as a mental weapon? What if faster than light travel were possible? What if gender fluidity was the norm?
These are the kinds of questions which feed into the superb pacing and compelling narrative of this novel - a story which fuses romance with adventure against a well realised backdrop of interplanetary politics. DeLancey's world building is simply outstanding - from the beginning, the reader is thrown headfirst into the language, culture and traditions of Alsea, largely seeing it through the eyes of aliens who are forced to crash land their ship onto the planet. Suspicious of each other at first, Alseans and Gaians work together to achieve mutual understanding, respect and even love.
While I worried at first that the main characters came across as being just a little too perfect - a lot of angst and soul searching took place within the opening chapters - they turned out to be flawed enough to seem very real and attractive. There was always just enough tension and mistrust between Alsean leader Lancer Andira Tal and Gaian captain Ekatya Serrado to make their relationship a fascinating one. And the engaging quickfire dialogue between Serrado and her anthropologist girlfriend Lhyn was offset by scenes which revealed just how deep their love really ran. My only misgiving about the book was the fact that - particularly towards its end - there was a tendency to relay certain scenes through Tal's thoughts and memories, effectively info dumping. And while I understand that this was because the author probably had other priorities to focus on, some sense of the character's firsthand engagement with these events would have given the action greater immediacy.
However, that's probably a very subjective observation. Overall, I just thought this was sci-fi writing at its very best and I can't wait to get reading more in the series.
Lhyn, Ekatya and the survivors of the Caphenon drop out of the skies onto a world that doesn't even know it's under threat from the aggressively expansionist Volkoth. Two colliding cultures -Fleet and Alsean- must combine forces to survive. Misunderstandings and distrust complicate the delicate balance between survival and defeat and anthropologist Lhyn and Captain Ekatya Serado must balance their personal needs against the needs of the crew of the Caphenon. Whilst Andira Tal must exercise the rights and duties of being Lancer of Alsea and determine the course of action for her entire world and guide and defend it against a previously unsuspected foe.
A grand fantasy drama against a science fiction background with the best features of both genres with heroines to be proud of!
...and the benefit of arriving late to a series? Well, obviously, I now know what I will be doing for the next few weekends!!!
Aside from the great writing, the science of faster-than-light travel is also plausibly explained, which is a big plus as that can often make or break a book. The description of the Flight of the Return is one of my favourite parts of the book, one which I have read over and over again. I can't wait to read the rest of the series & hope to see a lot more of Ekatya and Lhyn in the future.
June 2018 here’s my update:
I’ve just finished reading the revised Caphenon. There is much to enjoy in the new edition. There is a brand new opening chapter: a tactical and full on space battle. So thrilling- and the heart stop moment when Ekatya realises Lhyn is still on board. The battle - all 3D and gutsy ✅ - it shows us just why Serrado is one of the best captains in Fleet. It’s also one of the best sci-fi battle descriptions I’ve read. My heart beat went right up: it was gripping stuff even when you think you know the outcome.
The social political background to Alsean life is given a deft rationale to explain why the peace loving Alseans would maintain a standing army “as Fahla decreed”. Thus Micah sends up a prayer of understanding to his goddess as he and Tal rush to confront their alien destiny for the first time. This resonated very well. I can imagine the Council appropriation meetings vividly as the dual purpose of assets have to be built in to justify peace time spending. Of course weapon systems design must have dual purpose wherever possible so as not to waste precious resources.
There are also many new light touches to enjoy - the scene in the hospital where the Gaian lovers finally get a bit of intimacy - quite a few places with dialogue tighter. The third person “it” POV gone in the ground pounder chapter : that always sat a bit awkwardly. The final trust issue resolution between Ekatya and Beldessar - all very deft and soooo satisfying ☺
The description of the Flight of the Return felt more vivid to me - it might be shorter - it’s certainly gripping in the new edition.
All in all a really great new edition. Worth the price for any Alsean fan to add to the collection. I’m eagerly waiting for books 7&8.
Keep on writing 🌈😊🇺🇸🇵🇹