The Dog Stars
is an excellent post-pandemic story about two men who are doing fairly well in terms of survival, but struggling a bit with balancing the wages and cost of survival. There's a fair amount of gun porn and rugged individualism in the novel, so kittles
, I'd definitely recommend it for your other half if he hasn't read it yet. Character development was good and something I use as a measuring stick for authors, but the lion's share of development was for a secondary character rather than the protagonist. I also found it interesting that the changes were made by what was revealed about the character rather than how he changed. Heller managed to swing my sympathies for this character from one pole to the other by the end of the novel in this manner, which impressed me. More impressive, however, is the fact that Heller wrote several scenes in the novel that were so exciting that my heart was actually pounding in my chest. I haven't found those kinds of thrills in a book in a long time, so bravo, Peter Heller. I'd recommend this book for anyone who enjoys PAW or adventure novels.
I probably would have enjoyed Treason
much more if I didn't know of Orson Scott Card's opinions on homosexuality.
The setting for the novel is a prison planet on which families of traitors were sequestered thousands of years ago. They were left with no technology and over the centuries the planet was divided into fiefdoms controlled by each family. To maintain control of their territory and conquer others, each family has honed and hyper-exploited the skills which got them originally exiled - a family of politicians has developed the ability to create illusions to deceive others, a family of geologists has learned to communicate with and control the earth (think earthbending, from Avatar
), a family of geneticists has spliced themselves with super-healing, similar to Wolverine from X-Men. Pretty cool world for a sci-fi novel, right? But then the novel starts with the main character, ( cut for minor spoilersCollapse )
I wouldn't go as far as to call it creepy, but it was definitely weird. I feel like Card was partially using the novel as a way to work through or explore some of his own personal issues, and I didn't like being there as a witness. I know we're supposed to separate an author's (or musician/artist/whatever) personal opinions from their work or risk never having any art to enjoy, but I had difficulty managing that for this novel. If you're better at it than I am and you like a good sci-fi story, though, then I'd say this one is worth picking up.