Off Armageddon Reef

Off Armageddon Reef

Book - 2007
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With humankind reduced to a single colony on the world of Safehold, the human rulers of the planet, in an effort to preserve the remnants of their industrial civilization, build a religion designed to hide the colony by keeping its society medieval.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765315007
0765315009
Branch Call Number: FIC Weber 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 605 p. :,maps

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NealWSyrette
Aug 22, 2017

Great idea for a series but definitely wasted potential...

Memories, ladies and gentlemen, Nimue's MEMORIES!!!!

Obviously a great way to contrast the here and now throughtout the series with the war they were having with the unknown alien race the Gbaba...

Plus, you could easily eliminate the need for a great many characters throughout by just focusing on the one main character to begin with (the original Nimue) as seen through her interations.

Sure, her "backuped" robot may not have a complete updated set of memories from her time aboard the flagship or her ultimate death and sacrifice but the war was going on for over forty years at that point anyways. This series would have been better served by having that continuous input of everything "Gbaba" (Plus you could have given the reader a little more info on what they actually were) as seen through her memories of them.

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redking77
Oct 20, 2015

Great idea for a series, but poor character development killed it for me. This book contains dozens of 'main characters', but they all speak and act the same. And although I get the reason for the oddly spelt names, it hinders fluid and immersive reading as you are constantly restructuring names into pronounceable versions. It's too bad. This is one of those series' I really wanted to like.

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brettorlob
Jun 10, 2014

This is David Weber successfully going for some higher-minded sci-fi than we've seen him do before. This series has more to say, and deftly leaves just enough unsaid, about: human nature, politics, religion, psychology, artificial intelligence and a host of other topics.

And it does it at a pace that will not displease fans of the Honorverse (although it might not please them as much as a new Honor book might).

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Argavius117
Jul 21, 2013

Very interesting book. The constant back and forth between all the different characters made it very confusing but if u just don't care about who's who its pretty good. But there's definitely way too many characters.

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WomanOfMystery
Mar 02, 2012

Not a great read for me. If you like reading about sailing and the strategies of warfare connected to galleys and galleons then have fun. It was not my cup of tea. To add to the confusion there are no less than 7 1/2 pages of characters listed at the end of the book. I found I had to use this resource all the time as characters were referred to by their status, their first name, their family name or even their job. Choppy little chapters that jump all over the place add to the reading confusion. I love space operas but once you land on Safehold space is forgotten.

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andromolek
Dec 14, 2011

Having read all of the books in this series, (5 unless I am mistaken) this book is all the better. I was first introduced to david weber in "In Fury Born", which, at the time was one of the best science fiction novels i had ever read. So, when i chose to read the safehold series, I did so with high hopes. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. This series is truly something special. The action is downright gripping and the politics are truly Machiavellian. A must read for anyone who likes, you know...... Books

Braxxarb Aug 04, 2011

I have always been a fan of his Honor Harrington series. Didn't know what to expect, at first. Just like the Honor Harrington series I can't wait for the next installment about Emperor Cayleb, the kingdom of Charis, and Merlin. I highly recommend this book and the other books in the series.

Librarymans Sep 03, 2010

Very similar in theme to his book "Heirs of Empire" in which a technologically augmented human must try and save/reform a purposefully anti-technological planet.
Good action, good politics, good technology. Action in the series builds well.

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Tosca
Sep 23, 2009

This series is a bit of a departure from David Weber's usual Space Opera style, but is every bit as good and engaging as any in his Honor series. It has all the strategy and psychology we are used to from him, and I liked the different feel to this series. I highly reccomend this entire series. The audiobook versions are very well done also.

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redking77
Oct 20, 2015

redking77 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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