I love how the quote on the cover has “…” after “Recommended” because they cut off the rest of the reviewers sentence. The full sentence was no doubt “Recommended as a paperweight, because reading it would be a terrible idea.”
I seem to be a little foggy on the definition of hinterlands. Does bursting out of a flaming wormhole in the vicinity of a planet qualify as going “into the hinterlands”? Don’t you need land to be hinter of? And where are the little teenage neo-quasi fascists who keep buying these damn books allowing Baen to stay in business? Shouldn’t they be out in space somewhere engaged in wars of conquest, or unjustly persecuting alien species? Guess they jusy sit home reading Baen and listening to the geezers prattle on about the glory days of the National Front.
2%. I am American, and also served 4 years in the army. I am not about to complain about something I mysrlf wouldn’t do. I have lived overseas and had a girlfriend from Leeds so I tend to be somewhat Brit-centric. Especially on. a UK based site.
The dig at America is partly due to Baen being an American company, partly due to the fact that more people play Call of Duty and Halo online then serve in the military, and mostly due to our American acceptance and obsession with guns and violence. Murder, machine guns, mayhem, great! A woman’s breast…GASP! Think of the children! The people who glorify war are seldom the one’s who have been in one.
Actually, this book takes George Washington’s experiences in the French and Indian War and puts it into a sci-fi setting in which you use pedal-powered devices to travel through hyperspace. Much as the real story was, it’s about how one can repeatedly screw up by the numbers in war, but still be considered a success because the other side screwed up more. And that war is almost always stupid and wasteful, killing people for no reason beyond the avarice of distant powerbrokers who’ll never see a shot fired in person. Patriotic, yes. A little questionable at times in the whole colonist/indig issue, yeah. But not particularly rah-rah about war.
Fun discussion. Book covers are an arcane art cooked up between publishers and artists. Authors are not involved, no doubt a wise strategy. For the record, no book by Drake or myself glorifies war. We try to depict it in all its stupid nastiness. Drake was conscripted into Vietnam and my father was at Anzio in the Shropshires.
I really like the cover of my next novel, Wolf in Shadow. The lady who posed for Karla apparently had fun. Baen again.
Much as I am reluctant to endorse the lovely Baen corporate beast, I think in all fairness I shall have to pick up Wolf in Shadow. And the above title as well. Thank you for the inside view Mr.Lambshead
@FearofMusic (27) – “Corporate beast?” Baen Books is one of two major US SF imprints that’s still independently owned rather than part of a larger conglomerate. (DAW Books, which Baen heavily modeled his own company on, being the other.)
@Don Hilliard: Was trying to be snide and it didn’t come through quite right. I know Baen is a privately owned business, I was trying to imply that Baen’s dominance of the military themed sci-fi ethos is like the massive military-industrial/ corporate entities that devour massive amounts of American tax dollars. Trying but with a spectacular lack of success.
I will still be picking up Mr. Lambshead’s works, regardless
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