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Barbara G.Tarn had an intense life in the Middle Ages that stuck to her through the centuries. She prefers swords to guns, long gowns to mini-skirts, and even though she buried the warrior woman, she deplores the death of knights in shining chainmail. She likes to think her condo apartment is a medieval castle, unfortunately lacking a dungeon to throw noisy neighbors and naughty colleagues in. Also known as the Lady with the Unicorns, these days she prefers to add a touch of fantasy to all her stories, past and present – when she’s not wandering on her fantasy world of Silvery Earth or in her Star Minds futuristic universe. She’s a writer, sometimes artist, mostly a world-creator and story-teller. Two of her stories received an Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future contest. She writes, draws, ignores her day job and blogs every other day.
on May 07, 2013 :
Technological Angel is a whole lot of fun from beginning to end. Barbara G Tarn has crafted a believable alien universe full of races, classes, planets, technologies, ships, weapons and enough lore and history to make her world feel alive and lived in.
As a fan of space operas like the Mass Effect series of books and video games I felt right at home and eager to learn about the political structure of the galaxy beyond Earth, and in this regard I was very much satisfied. As I read I was reminded of the popular Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop. It follows a similar theme of a rag tag crew of bounty hunters jetting across the galaxy in their ship, the Falstelo, which is really exciting and great for a bit of escapism.
There is action, romance, family drama and even a little hot alien sex. Speaking of which I particularly enjoyed Barbara's approach to relationships, and the fact that outside of planet Earth, attitudes to gender, sexual orientation and relationship configurations are much broader and less restrictive.
If I had one niggle I'd say that perhaps at times the story progressed a little too quickly. I would have enjoyed a little more down time to simply learn more about the universe that Barbara has so lovingly created and explore it's various cultures further. With that said I admit I am a bit of a geek for facts and history in a sci fi story, so others may not notice this and it certainly didn't stop me enjoying the story.
All in all I enjoyed Technological Angel and will be sure to revisit Kol-ian and the gang for more adventures in the future!
4 stars out of 5.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on Dec. 21, 2012 :
As a fan of the Silvery earth series, I was interested to see how Ms. tarn would tackle a sci-fi - and she did it spectacularly. It had all the elements that I have come to expect from her work: hot men, good plot, intricate societies/species and a no holds barred approach to the different things the characters must endure, which makes the most fantastic seem real and grounded. For example, it would have been easy for her to write a cliche, fairy tale romance between a couple of the characters, but she chose a different path that ultimately makes more sense and works out for the better. As usual, I can't choose which of the heroes I like the most, and I can't wait for the rest of the series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)