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Friday, January 23, 2009

The Course of Empire by Eric Flint & K.D. Wentworth

Eric Flint always writes a good story. I have read a lot of his work and have inevitably enjoyed them. My guess is the Machiavellian nature of this work may be traced to K. D. Wentworth, who I have not had the occasion to read. Earth is invaded by aliens and is conquered. The obvious reason turns out to be incorrect and the story line is not nearly as straight forward as it seems. The alien political infighting predominates the story and you are lulled into thinking mankind is merely window dressing for alien politics. It turns out that mankind may be outclassed in physical strength, equipment and technology but they still have a lot to teach. The book shows our obvious weaknesses and the often not obvious but there none the less ability of the human genotype to step above and beyond our normal behavior. I really enjoyed the story and highly recommend it. When I get back to real connectivity I am going to track down whether there is a sequel since the story truly demands one.

Body of work of Eric Flint
Body of work of K. D. Wentworth


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1 comment:

Book Calendar said...

I agree, it is an excellent story of colonialism and the colonial mindset. It is a story of what happens when conquered develop enough to challenge the conquered through culture and other means.