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  • Jacinto's Voyage on Feb. 24, 2013

    So far, so very good! Now, I'm looking forward to the novel that continues the story! Keep writing Mr. Kaine!!
  • The Empty Door on Sep. 19, 2013

    This is one of the author's earlier books and I am going to read the sequels to see how his writing and characters develops. Although the too main characters are described as antithetical to each other, I did not feel any reason for that. Towards the end of the book, there is an extended section that becomes a discussion of comparative religions; I skimmed this part to get get back to the plot. In between, the plot, characters and action are interesting and progress as the plot complicates. So, recommended, mostly to set up the following books that I expect to be better.
  • Ledman Pickup on Sep. 25, 2013
    (no rating)
    I have read a lot this author's work, this is one of my favorites, recommended. World Weary Avengers precedes this in the series.
  • Snapdragon Alley on Sep. 25, 2013
    (no rating)
    I have read the set, it all comes together in the last book. The first and last are my favorites. Recommended
  • The Astoundingly True Tale of José Fabuloso on Oct. 19, 2013

    Not so much hard science fiction; the method of supra-lightspeed travel is not described beyond "transitioning". The science fiction is in the range of societies represented across space. The characters and situations are somewhat caricatures, much like Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books. This is not 'Serious Science Fiction' but rather science fiction just for the fun of it. This book is fun and a fast read and recommended.
  • A Life For Nicholas (The Nicholas Chronicles #1) on Oct. 19, 2013

    Good story and character, but where are the other two books? Now that I've met Nicholas, I want to know what happened to him.
  • Thieves Emporium on Oct. 23, 2013

    Everyone else finished the book before I did, so I'll just confirm that it kept me up late, and the review I was about to write noted the similarity in style to Harry Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" books. II hope to read more about the characters. There are some passages that are thinly disguised tutorials on tech and economics, which might be oversimplified for some people, however, this book is described as a Young Adult novel, so I think the extra exposition is appropriate.
  • Version Innocent on Dec. 08, 2013
    (no rating)
    Excellent novel, good concepts, but you have to have a high tolerance for typos. The book is complete, however it sets up a sequel that continues with "What happens next?". I've started the sequel, the typos are running at about one every 4-5 pages, so again, start it only if you can cope with the typos.
  • Explain That to a Martian on Jan. 04, 2014
    (no rating)
    Culture clash viewed with a sense of humour and openness by the protagonists. All three stories are fun.
  • Hull Damage on Dec. 02, 2014
    (no rating)
    I first found this book not long after it was published. I liked it, but there were so many typos I gave up less than a quarter of the way through. I recently found it while browsing my library from a previous ereader. I downloaded it again. It had obviously been updated as there are now very few typos except for chapters 18 & 19. I jumped into Galactic Menace right away. I am now about 1/4 of the way into it and the typos are once again becoming excessive. I have put it aside for a while. Timothy, if you read this, put an email address on your web page and I will send you what I've found so far.