Spots the Space Marine: Defense of the Fiddler

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Pollyanna meets Starship Troopers in this web serial about a 30-something Marine called out of retirement to join the war against the crabs. But shattered morale is the least of her company’s problems, and their survival may hinge on an unlikely friendship forged between an alien weapons designer and a mother-turned-warrior….

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Published: Oct. 08, 2010
Words: 111,450
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465845573
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Reviews

Review by: Mark Baller on March 04, 2013 : star star star star star
I bought this book in protest at the take down. But then I read it...
The read was gripping and the tale wonderful. I'm still not sure about the style, but somehow it fits. The characters become more and more believable as the tale unfolds.

I would recommend this book. I bought the letters too.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt on Feb. 07, 2013 : star star star star star
Couldn't stop reading this - strangely addictive - when it was on the web. Always meant to get my own copy - panicked when the ebook was taken down from Amazon, so when I found out it was available on Smashwords, I came right over.

Don't like the idea that things might disappear - when I always planned to read it again.

Given the circumstances in the story, the plot is very realistic and believable, the characters intelligent, credible, and definitely worth following.

The writing pulls you in - I was fortunate to come across it when the whole thing was already out, so I didn't have to wait, which would have been painful, as I was hooked.

I've been reading SF since, well, the Kennedy administration. I know good stuff when I see it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Liana Mir on May 10, 2012 : star star star star star
I tried this book as an e-book first. Could. not. get into it. My paperback came from when I backed it on Kickstarter, and I pushed through the first four chapters and that was it. Hooked. The narrative zings along and you cannot put the book down without grumbling terribly at the requirement of doing so.

A 32-year-old mother is called up from the reserves and sent to supposedly in-the-middle-of-nowhere depot, which just happens to turn out to be practically on top of a crab breeding facility. I don’t know even how to describe this book. This is a family, a Marine FAMILY, in space fighting crab-like aliens that look eerily like their allies, the violinists. It’s a roller coaster, but it doesn’t feel like one; it’s that smooth and well-put-together.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Liana Mir on May 10, 2012 : star star star star star
I tried this book as an e-book first. Could. not. get into it. My paperback came from when I backed it on Kickstarter, and I pushed through the first four chapters and that was it. Hooked. The narrative zings along and you cannot put the book down without grumbling terribly at the requirement of doing so.

A 32-year-old mother is called up from the reserves and sent to supposedly in-the-middle-of-nowhere depot, which just happens to turn out to be practically on top of a crab breeding facility. I don’t know even how to describe this book. This is a family, a Marine FAMILY, in space fighting crab-like aliens that look eerily like their allies, the violinists. It’s a roller coaster, but it doesn’t feel like one; it’s that smooth and well-put-together.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jeremie Lariviere on April 02, 2012 : star star star star
A very exciting read!
You won't be able to put it down very easily. As other people have mentioned, the writing is definitely unique, works well.
I normally prefer fantasy, but definitely enjoyed & recommend this one if you like sci-fi, military stories.
I'm looking forward to the sequels too!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cecilia Tan on Oct. 27, 2010 : star star star star star
'm completely sucked in by Spots the Space Marine. What the author has done is present this almost like a screenplay, so that instead of a traditional prose narrative, the reader gets a steady stream of sensory impressions, dialogue, sound, visuals. It's the writing equivalent of a Chinese brush painting, where everything is powerfully conveyed in the minimal strokes. As such, it moves fast and the characters come across very vividly. A definite thumbs up for anyone who likes space opera and/or complex female characters.
(review of free book)

Review by: Eric Hinkle on Oct. 15, 2010 : star star star star star
Truly a different sort of military SF story, memorable for all the good reasons. It has captivating characters and a memorable setting, and is all the more amazing for Micah's ability to do this with what reads almost like a movie script. How does she do it?
(review of free book)

Review by: Razz on Oct. 15, 2010 : star star star
While not one of my favorite works by Hogarth, this is still an interesting premise and an entertaining read (especially if you like marines, space, and strong female leads). I look forward to catching up on the rest of this serial in the future.
(review of free book)

Review by: siliconshaman on Oct. 14, 2010 : star star star star star
Prepare to be captivated, and set aside an hour or so because you won't want to put this down before you finish it... and then you'll want the rest!
(review of free book)

Review by: Eric Johnson on Oct. 09, 2010 : star star star star star
For some reason when I read this, I think of a Masamune Shirow painting from Intron Depot that shows a dude in armor fighting bugs. Which I really can't shake at all. But it is in anthology format so you get small episodes of interaction of Spots, assigned to Team Kitty, and her partner, Claws. Really short stories, but personally at the start was confused as to what was going on, but down the road things started to gel as more of course was described. I have to say though that it left me with a sense of wanting to read more. So it's not bad at all, so check it out as while FREE, it's still good...
(review of free book)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Oct. 09, 2010 : star star star star star
I read this piece by piece when it was being written, in bite-sized gulps. It starts out seeming a bit abrupt, the world painted tersely, starkly: a warren of corridors and bunkrooms. The style matches the setting, or perhaps vice versa. It becomes natural -- and even more-so when you can get 25 of the episodes all at once, bang-bang-bang.

I don't generally like military-focus SF. I bounced off of David Weber's Honor Harrington series pretty quickly, for instance. It's not H. Beam Piper's military SF I re-read. But this? I read it, and re-read it with pleasure. I figure that's worth a fifth star. *grin*

All this, and it's free! Grab it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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