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Armored edited by John Joseph Adams


Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnet, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell) on a future warrior that might very well be just around the corner.  Science fiction readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits of powered combat armor or at the interior controls of giant mechs. First, when the armor starts to take over, even the generals may be at its mercy–and under its control. Then solve the problem of armored rescue when irradiated vacuum stands between the frail flesh of the living and safety.  And what happens when the marriage of soldier and armor becomes a bit too intimate—and that marriage goes sour!

It’s an armor-plated clip of hard-hitting tales featuring exoskeleton adventure with fascinating takes on possible future armors ranging from the style of personal power suits seen in Starship Troopers and Halo to the servo-controlled bipedal beast-mech style encountered inMechwarrior and Battletech. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Bookshelf: Yes

How I got it: Bought

Anthologies, for me, have always been a mixed bag. Most of the time they just don’t do it for me. Granted there’s usually one or two stories that I enjoy, but a majority just don’t cut it. Not so with this anthology. In Armored, there were only one or two stories that I didn’t quite care for, but the rest I enjoyed reading immensely. I think John Joseph Adams may be my new favorite anthology editor. Considering I have two or three more anthologies sitting on my shelves that he put together, that makes me really excited to read them. Eventually. I’m not going to do any kind of full review of each story, but just a bare bones line or two piece of my mind, if even that.

The Johnson Maneuver by Ian Douglas -> 4 out of 5

Hel’s Half-Acre by Jack Campbell -> 5 out of 5

Jungle Walkers by David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell -> 3 out of 5

The Last Run of the Coppelia by Genevieve Valentine -> 5 out of 5

Death Reported of Last Surviving Veteran of Great War by Dan Abnett -> 3 out of 5

The Cat’s Pajamas by Jack McDevitt -> 5 out of 5

Find Heaven and Hell in the Smallest Things by Simon R. Green -> 3 out of 5

Power Armore: A Love Story by David Barr Kirtley -> 4 out of 5

The Last Days of the Kelly Gang by David D. Levine -> 3 out of 5

Field Test by Michael A. Stackpole -> 4 out of 5

Trauma Pod by Alastair Reynolds -> 4 out of 5

Contained Vacuum by David Sherman -> 3 out of 5

You Do What You Do by Tanya Huff -> 5 out of 5

Nomad by Karin Lowachee -> 5 out of 5

Human Error by John Jackson Miller -> 4 out of 5

Transfer of Ownership by Christie Yant -> 3 out of 5

Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine by Ethan Skarstedt and Brandon Sanderson -> 3 out of 5

Don Quixote by Carrie Vaughn -> 3 out of 5

The Poacher by Wendy N. Wagner and Jak Wagner -> 3 out of 5

The Green by Lauren Beukes -> 3 out of 5

Sticks and Stones by Robert Buettner -> 3 out of 5

Helmet by Daniel H. Wilson -> 3 out of 5

The N-Body Solution by Sean Williams -> 2 out of 5

I was happy to see two of my favorite authors in the mix – Tanya Huff and Karin Lowachee. There were a couple stories I was just “blah” about, and one that I just didn’t understand how it ended. Despite that, I would definitely recommend this to any fan of sci-fi and fans of Starship Troopers, Armor, and Halo. Not all of these stories feature armor being used in a military situation, and I thought it was great that there was a nice mix of situations where armor was involved.


Review: Cagebird by Karin Lowachee (Warchild Universe #3)

 Cagebird by Karin Lowachee (Warchild series #3)

From the back of the book

At age four, Yuri Kirov watched his home colony destroyed by the alien enemy.  By six, he was a wounded soul, fending for himself in a desolate refugee camp, and still a child when the pirates found him.  Now twenty-two, Yuri is a killer, a spy, an arms dealer, and a pirate captain himself – doing life in prison.  That is until EarthHub Black Ops agents decide to make Yuri their secret weapon in a covert interstellar power grab.  Released from jail, but put on a leash by the government, Yuri is more trapped than ever.  Controlled by men even more ruthless than the brigands he’s ordered to betray, Yuri is back again in deep space where his survival depends on a dangerous act: trusting a stranger’s offer to help…

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Bookshelf: Yes

How I got it: Bought

I Really Don’t Recommend Reading This Unless You’ve Read The Previous Books In The Series

Review: Burndive by Karin Lowachee (Warchild Universe #2)

Burndive by Karin Lowachee  (Warchild Universe #2)

From the back of the book

The son of an infamous starship captain, the grandson of a diplomat admiral, and his home station’s “Hot #1 Bachelor,” Ryan Azarcon lives in a fishbowl.  After witnessing a horrific terrorist bombing of his grandfather’s embassy, Ryan’s grief-stricken face is plastered all over the net.  Now, a year later, he is still plagued by nightmares of bloody destruction that make him desperate to escape his family, the relentless media, and his memories.  When his distant and domineering father takes controversial action in the long, depleting interstellar conflict, Ryan is targeted by assassins.  Forced to confront the violence, he begins to question everything he thought he knew about the war and his father.  He will realize that the enemy is not who he thinks and uncover a secret that may destroy any hope of peace…

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Bookshelf: Definitely

How I got it: Bought

If You Haven’t Read Warchild Already, Click At Your Own Risk.

Review: Warchild by Karin Lowachee

Warchild by Karin Lowachee  (Warchild series #1)

From the back of the book

The merchant ship Mukudori encompasses the whole of eight-year-old Jos’s world, until a notorious pirate destroys the ship, slaughters the adults, and enslaves the children.  Thus begins a desperate odyssey of terror and escape that takes Jos beyond known space to the homeworld of the strits, Earth’s alien enemies.  To survive, the boy must become a living weapon and a master spy.  But no training will protect Jos in a war where every hope might be a deadly lie, and every friendship might hide a lethal betrayal.  And all the while he will face the most grueling trial of his life…becoming his own man.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Bookshelf: Definitely

How I got it: Bought

I first heard of this from CalicoReaction’s blog.  I’ve read some really amazing things based on her reviews, and since the review of this series was so glowing, I decided to give it a shot. Frakking awesome.  Warchild is the beginning of a series, but the series set up is a little differently.  Each book follows one young man, but they all happen in the same world and in nearly the same time frame.  It’s three different points of view of the same major events.  Warchild follows Jos Musey (who’s my favorite of the three!).  The events that Jos faces are so harsh, and it’s interesting to see how he reacts and handles them.  It reminded me a little of Ender’s Game, but only very slightly; not enough to say that “if you liked Ender’s Game, you’ll definitely enjoy this.” It’s the same type of story since it’s about a boy that’s growing up in a war-torn universe and has to figure out his role. But that’s where the similarity ends. It’s a broad plot generalization, but the authors have very different views on how the characters should end up. Warchild is very gritty and quite dark as some points.  I do want to express a word of caution for those concerned with certain subject matters.  Potential sexual abuse of children is a topic often brought up throughout the book.  It shocked me and made me a little uneasy the first time I read it, but it didn’t keep me from falling in love with this book.  If you like space opera, military sci-fi, heck, I guess even Ender’s Game you may want to check this out.  Definitely find a used copy of this or even check the library because $20 for a mass market paperback is just ridiculous.

NB – I received a Nook for Christmas, and while searching around to see what books are available, I found both Warchild and Burndive available on at reasonable prices. Yay!! If you have a Nook, or the Nook app on your iPhone, iPad, Android, or even your computer, then it’s now easier for you to enjoy the awesomeness that is the Warchild series. Unfortunately as of right now (1/12/11) only Warchild is available on the Kindle.