Hidden Empire (The Saga of Seven Suns) (英語) マスマーケット – 2007/11/1
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Having colonized other worlds, humans are certain the galaxy is theirs for the taking. But they soon discover the horrifying price of their arrogance when a scientific experiment awakens the wrath of the previously unknown Hydrogues and begins a war.
Kevin J. Anderson has written 46 national bestsellers and has over 20 million books in print worldwide in 30 languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award. Find out more about Kevin Anderson at www.wordfire.com.
And that's a darn shame. There's some really good, intriguing ideas in this book. This book could easily have been 1/3 of its length, and what Anderson needed was a strong editor to tell him to cut the fat from the story, while strengthening the more interesting parts. I will finish the series because I'm invested in the story now, but it's pretty clear that the rest of the series will suffer from the same problems--slow pace, useless chapters, and nothing driving the plot forward.
Worse--many of the characters seem to have names taken from other sci-fi and fantasy books and dropped in as distracting homages, particularly to Game of Thrones. Anderson may fantasize that he's creating a story as interesting and complex as George R.R. Martin, but he doesn't come close. For example an alien admiral is named Jora'h (shades of Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones); an alien bodyguard is named Bron'n (like Bronn from Game of Thrones); a pair of Earthlings are named Colicos (like actor John Colicos from the original Battlestar Galactica), etc. It happens enough that it cannot be mere coincidence, but this really breaks up the already weak story for the well-informed science fiction fan.
Barely deserving of three stars ("It's okay"), it's really worthy only as a time-waster and not as a world-changing story. The good ideas are developed too slowly and lost in completely irrevelant chapters. Good chapters are too short and too few. One of the few times that I've wished a story was actually shorter. Someday, someone will create a more compact version of the whole saga, cutting out the useless material. There's a good story here waiting to come out, but this first book makes me feel like I'm a beta tester for a crappy author.
The story world is massive, rich, and absolutely brilliant.
There are many of storylines to follow but this is not just some "introductory" book. There are plenty of resolutions and plot twists.
The story world that Mr. Anderson has created is amazing! Each different character lives in a world of culture extremely different than the other, so much so you get sucked into this universe.
Amazing action with great character growth, this book is a fun standalone let alone setup for a series.
My only issue with it is that I could not put it down and was ignoring people during the holidays!
Each individual piece of the book is very good in itself but, surprisingly, when put the pieces together, the whole becomes…not so great. Each chapter is well written and it is actually fun to read but after a while you feel that you are eating a meal which turned into Groundhog Day while you were eating the entrée and you never get to continue to the main course.
When the book finally ends, with no less than five players with their own agenda a no qualms to promote it via deceit and treachery, the stage is set for a true space opera full of scheming, backstabbing and other such despicable activities. I cannot say that this is exactly my cup of tea. Having said that, there is also ample opportunity for action since a brutal war is looming at the horizon. If the next book is in the same style as this one I am afraid that the actual action will take a back seat though.
The story itself is quite compelling, to me at least, and holds quite a lot of promise. Thus I am quite hesitant to give up on the series even though I did not get the satisfaction out of this book as I hoped. In any case I rarely give up on a book series unless it turns out to be real crap. I will not dive into the next one right away though. I need a fix of some easier to read literature before I dig my eyes into the next on in this series.
If not, the story telling is below Tolkien/Herbert/Stevenson/Simmons but above everyone else. Five stars because that’s what 4.75 rounds to