[BOOKS] ✫ Godspeed ✭ Charles Sheffield – Burberry-outlets-online.co.uk

Godspeed Everyone else here at goodreads has said it Treasure Island in space.That didn t make it less enjoyable A classic example of an old fashioned adventure story, meant to engage the imaginations of young readers with some quantum physics thrown in I wish there wereadventure stories like this out there At best, it s compelling me to reread the inspiration, which I haven t read since the fifth grade. Sheffield dedicated this book to Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Heinlein there s your first clue Yes, this is Treasure Island channeled through a Heinleinesque SF adventure, but it works well nonetheless The villain is farthoughtful and focused than simply malevolent, though the spacer crewmen are pretty low brow lumoxes a chance to explore a complex crew dynamic was lost there Since the main character is a teen, and a sheltered one at that, it does allow the author to skim the ram Sheffield dedicated this book to Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Heinlein there s your first clue Yes, this is Treasure Island channeled through a Heinleinesque SF adventure, but it works well nonetheless The villain is farthoughtful and focused than simply malevolent, though the spacer crewmen are pretty low brow lumoxes a chance to explore a complex crew dynamic was lost there Since the main character is a teen, and a sheltered one at that, it does allow the author to skim the ramifications of a planetary culture facing population crisis and extinction That culture s accommodations to the problems such as decreasing fertility, environmental selection against live XX births, delayed onset of puberty for offspring are credible if uncomfortable to our s, but the future remains a dark one even after the book s fairly upbeat ending This is better than average SF, even with itsor less YA bent, and I bump it up from a 3.5 to a 4 simply because of my love for TI Jay Hara Is An Ordinary Young Man Growing Up On The Isolated Planet Of Erin But Jay Dreams Of Adventure And Escapades And The Legend Of The Lost Godspeed Drive Which Allowed Humans To Travel At Faster Than Light SpeedsHis Life Changes When He Joins Up With The Seedy Spacer, Paddy Enderton And Captain Daniel Shaker Captain Shaker Is A Charming But Ruthless Adventurer Who Inspires Both Fear And Admiration In Equal Measure, And He And His Questionable Crew Are Joined By Jay As They Race To Find The Legendary Drive Jay Hara Used To Dream AboutGodspeed Is A True Coming Of Age Tale Told In The Classic Tradition Of RL Stevenson S Treasure Island A Modern Day Pirate Story, Set Among The Stars Godspeed is a very competent retelling of Treasure Island in a science fiction setting Charles Sheffield completely nails the pacing of the original and the utter villainous ambiguity of Long John Silver s character He has solidly reimagined the plot in an interesting universe, relying on his expertise in physics for some fascinating MacGuffins and on biology for broader range plot tensions And the protagonist does grow and change, both physically and emotionally in the course of the book, ma Godspeed is a very competent retelling of Treasure Island in a science fiction setting Charles Sheffield completely nails the pacing of the original and the utter villainous ambiguity of Long John Silver s character He has solidly reimagined the plot in an interesting universe, relying on his expertise in physics for some fascinating MacGuffins and on biology for broader range plot tensions And the protagonist does grow and change, both physically and emotionally in the course of the book, making this a good coming of age story for teens.But it is still only a 3.5 star book for me, which I ve rounded up to 4 There issexual tension and innuendo than in the original, making this a good book for modern teens, but not something I d read to even an older child, which I would feel comfortable doing with the original book Yet somehow the story never reached out and grabbed me it remained interesting, but tepid And for an adventure novel, that s problematic That reaction is in stark contrast to how I felt about Tobias S Buckell s The Trove, which is an utterly different retelling of Treasure Island in a vastly different universe While it is unevenly written, it grabbed me by the throat and didn t let go until it was done I can quibble over The Trove s pacing, ending, and twists, but it is a ripping good yarn That one also got 4 stars from me, but rounded down from 4.5 Both books are worth reading if you like science fiction YA adventures, but it s the differences between them that intrigue me I think they say a lot about each author I think Sheffield has the richer, better science, but Bucknell has the better fiction Try them both and decide yourself I m glad I did Fairly disappointing It took me a long time to finish it, even if it s not a long book, and the most interesting parts the biological reservoir, the civilisation of the godspeed drive were rushed and brief in comparison with muchboring parts that I think might have been adapted from Treasure Island yes, I m a terrible person and I ve never read Treasure Island, because I tried once but I was so bored I stopped. An excellent villain and interesting world are overshadowed by one dimensional portrayals of a misogynistic culture At best, this quality holds the narrative back from exploringinteresting topics and at worst offensively portrays a topic where the reasons for its existence is waved off as it just is The book ends up being a rather uninformative tour of what seems to be an interesting universe and leaves you feeling a little sick at the end.Potential typos in this edition pg 317 missing An excellent villain and interesting world are overshadowed by one dimensional portrayals of a misogynistic culture At best, this quality holds the narrative back from exploringinteresting topics and at worst offensively portrays a topic where the reasons for its existence is waved off as it just is The book ends up being a rather uninformative tour of what seems to be an interesting universe and leaves you feeling a little sick at the end.Potential typos in this edition pg 317 missing end quote in the last paragraph This early Sheffield book seemed like an attempt at something like the Heinlein juvenile SF novels of the 1950s, but much updated While not great, it was very readable, and the story was exciting My only complaint with it was that most of the adults acted like total idiots at least once during the story, sometimes with fatal results Even the reliable adult characters let the reader down The teen characters were muchbelievable than any of the adults, by the end of the book Well, the This early Sheffield book seemed like an attempt at something like the Heinlein juvenile SF novels of the 1950s, but much updated While not great, it was very readable, and the story was exciting My only complaint with it was that most of the adults acted like total idiots at least once during the story, sometimes with fatal results Even the reliable adult characters let the reader down The teen characters were muchbelievable than any of the adults, by the end of the book Well, the villain wasn t as much of an idiot, but even he fell into the Gee, here s a powerful and mysterious devicelet s push this button trap too many times for my taste Hab is le do La Isla del Tesoro, de Stevenson Pues no hace falta que le is esta Es incre ble el grado de paralelismo argumental Solo hay que cambiar el barco por una nave espacial, y el tesoro por el Godspeed drive ese y oye, punto por punto con la novela de aventuras.Poca imaginaci n, leche He de decir que solo lo he terminado por ver c mo trataba los paralelismos, porque la obra no creo que tenga otro valor, y el de ser un clon de la Isla tampoco es que sea mucho. This was a good adventure tale with a young boy wanting to reclaim space flight for the future of the 40 worlds I like the way sheffield likes to imagine what ifs of space exploration that so unique and how people adapt to it Yet I always feel that his books are part of a universe or series of books because there is so much left unexplained and hanging Yet the books are almost always stand alones and I feel that there were threads that were developed that didn t go anywhere An enjoyable read This was a good adventure tale with a young boy wanting to reclaim space flight for the future of the 40 worlds I like the way sheffield likes to imagine what ifs of space exploration that so unique and how people adapt to it Yet I always feel that his books are part of a universe or series of books because there is so much left unexplained and hanging Yet the books are almost always stand alones and I feel that there were threads that were developed that didn t go anywhere An enjoyable read though with fun characters A sci fi adventure story about the adventures of a teenage boy named Jay, living on a planet called Erin which has become isolated from the rest of humanity Jay is obsessed with space and space travel, and finally gets a chance to live his dream.Around the 1950s, Robert Heinlein wrote a long string of sci fi adventure novels for young readers Have Space Suit, Will Travel , for instance starring bright, eager teenage boys This book feels like one of those considering that Heinlein is one A sci fi adventure story about the adventures of a teenage boy named Jay, living on a planet called Erin which has become isolated from the rest of humanity Jay is obsessed with space and space travel, and finally gets a chance to live his dream.Around the 1950s, Robert Heinlein wrote a long string of sci fi adventure novels for young readers Have Space Suit, Will Travel , for instance starring bright, eager teenage boys This book feels like one of those considering that Heinlein is one of two writers the book is dedicated to, I d say that was intentional I was a bit disappointed, actually, because I was previously familiar with Sheffield only from a few of hissophisticated novels this was not what I expected.If this were one of those Heinlein books, though, it would be among the best of them well written and well plotted Most notably, the villain is one of the best written villains I ve ever encountered He s not cartoonishly evil or cruel he gets his way by intelligence and manipulation rather than force, but makes sure he has force available if it should become necessary he doesn t make stupid mistakes he thoroughly out thinks the hero every step of the way Even at the end of the book, when he s finally done something possibly stupid, it s unclear whether or not it worked out for him.The worst aspect of the book was its treatment of female characters Thanks to living on an alien planet where humans don t quite fit the ecosystem, and the available nutrition isn t quite right, male births on Erin outnumber female by about 30 to 1 Women are treated with both on a pedestal reverence and condescension, not allowed to do anything remotely dangerous such as go out into space Midway through the book, after a teenage girl secretly gets on board the ship Jay is traveling on, one of his primary concerns for the rest of the book becomes protecting her and keeping the ship s sex starved crew from knowing that she s there because if they find out, they ll become uncontrollable slobbering Rape Monsters.Why did Sheffield choose to make Erin s society like that Presumably because he was trying to produce a genuine 1950s style boys adventure story, but figured that his 1990s readers wouldn t accept that genre s typical level of chauvinism without a solid reason Fine But it feels awfully dodgy, and not all readers will be willing to play along.Aside from that, though this book is fun, quick moving, and smarter than you d expect

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