Dirge

Dirge

Alan Dean Foster / Jan 27, 2020
Dirge Chosen by Science Fiction Chronicle as One of the Best Books of the Year Bestselling author Alan Dean Foster has written an exciting Humanx Commonwealth adventure that delves deeper into the fragile e
  • Title: Dirge
  • Author: Alan Dean Foster
  • ISBN: 9780345418630
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chosen by Science Fiction Chronicle as One of the Best Books of the Year Bestselling author Alan Dean Foster has written an exciting Humanx Commonwealth adventure that delves deeper into the fragile early years when humans made first contact in this unforgettable world In the second half of the twenty fourth century, diplomatic relations proceed cautiously between thChosen by Science Fiction Chronicle as One of the Best Books of the YearBestselling author Alan Dean Foster has written an exciting Humanx Commonwealth adventure that delves deeper into the fragile early years when humans made first contact in this unforgettable world .In the second half of the twenty fourth century, diplomatic relations proceed cautiously between thranx and humans But the insectlike beings are nearly forgotten with the sudden discovery of an ideal planet to colonize Argus V and the startling appearance of a new race of space faring aliens People are dazzled by the beautiful, glamorous pitar Then tragedy strikes.The entire human population on Argus V is brutally slaughtered Not a single clue remains to identify the unseen executioners But from a tiny inner moon of Argus V comes a faint signal On that insignificant chunk of rubble lies the key to the crime setting in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with deadly consequences for thranx, pitar, and human alike For their worlds will be changed forever by a colossal battle that is their future and their destiny .
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      • Alan Dean Foster

        Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California He received a B.A in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A in 1969 Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures This interest is carried over to his writing, but with a twist the new places encountered in his books are likely to be on another planet, and the people may belong to an alien race.Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in 1968 His first novel, The Tar Aiym Krang, introduced the Humanx Commonwealth, a galactic alliance between humans and an insectlike race called Thranx Several other novels, including the Icerigger trilogy, are also set in the world of the Commonwealth The Tar Aiym Krang also marked the first appearance of Flinx, a young man with paranormal abilities, who reappears in other books, including Orphan Star, For Love of Mother Not, and Flinx in Flux.Foster has also written The Damned series and the Spellsinger series, which includes The Hour of the Gate, The Moment of the Magician, The Paths of the Perambulator, and Son of Spellsinger, among others Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies Splinter of the Mind s Eye, a bestselling novel based on the Star Wars movies, received the Galaxy Award in 1979 The book Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990 His novel Our Lady of the Machine won him the UPC Award Spain in 1993 He also won the Ignotus Award Spain in 1994 and the Stannik Award Russia in 2000.


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    1. Dirge , the third book chronologically by story events, if not publication order of Alan Dean Foster s Humanx Commonwealth series, pulls back from the personal level of the first two books and opens the saga up to a truly cosmic scale If the previous books were Close Encounters of the Third Kind , the third book is Star Wars.Unlike the previous books, which focus on just one or two characters, Dirge uses an interesting story telling technique where each chapter presents the story as seen through [...]


    2. This book kicks ass There are a few reviews below that, while they are entitled to their opinion, seem to have missed the point This trilogy is intended for those of us who have read Humanx Commonwealth novels before and loved them, but had questions about what came before the Commonwealth This review has spoilers, because I m also assuming you re familiar with Humanx lore I knew going into this novel that the Pitar were assholes, because one of the Flinx novels told me the story already complai [...]


    3. The book starts out kind of slow, but once the attack on Argus V takes place, things get a lot interesting At that point it became a bit of an interstellar murder mystery, and I couldn t put the book down It was pretty easy to figure out who had done it, but HOW everyone finds out and what the Humans would do about it, and how the Thranx would get involved, was what kept me turning the pages.It was cool to see the Humans and Thranx working together and even fighting together It was also interes [...]


    4. I d enjoyed reading several of the Commonwealth books back in the days when my local library was full of a wide variety of books instead of computer screens and DVDs, so when I came across Dirge on the book swap shelves of a swish Spanish hotel I though this is the one for my holiday reading Also it was the only one not in German although I did think I might get by with Perry Rhodan without understanding the language.Sadly in hindsight Rhodan could have been the better choice Dirge was disappoin [...]


    5. Which expanding in the universe and living among other senient species, humans come in contact with another human like species that is both adorable and likeable Things go well until the entire human population of a planet is murdered and butchered At first no no knows who is guilty or why, but a survivor is found by a shy species The survivors names the gulty species and war results with unlikely allies.


    6. Started a bit slow, but gained speed along A bit simplistic and naive, a tad schematic, but a good fun read if you are just expecting a decent entertainment and not a food for thought Since that is what I need during the summer months, I will move right along to part 3.


    7. Foster uses one of the oldest SF plots in existence to show how the human and thranx races developed such a close relationship , and how the Commonwealth was formed This is simply a fill in the blanks novel Unlike some other works , this one did not need to be written.


    8. Basic test yes no Would I recommend you read this book or not Was it worth the few hours spent reading it Am I pleased that I spent the time reading it Yes



    9. More good stuff, view spoiler I liked how the thranx and humans get closer but wished the Pitar were still around, just seemed to end with too much finality for them hide spoiler





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