Dave Freer’s Stardogs

stardogsI know, it isn’t review day. But it is launch day, and I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for this day since I got to read the pre-release copy of Stardogs.

This one is good. Very, very good. I know I can always rely on Dave Freer for a solidly plotted, well-composed tale, with characters I can root for, a world that comes to life in my head, and best of all? Hope.

Which is all the characters in this story have to go on, in the beginning. Ever since humanity first encountered a stardogs, the alien, intelligent but not sentient being, they have been using them. With the stardogs providing vital transportation, humanity has conquered the stars and hundreds of worlds. But there is a nasty secret underlying all this activity, and it’s about to come out.

It all centers around an imperial princess, her (real!) dog, and an assasin. But it won’t turn out like you think it will. I started reading Stardogs one afternoon, and couldn’t put it down until I was done with it. Dave’s prose is easy to read, and a joy to discover little passages that had me reading them out loud to my First Reader. This isn’t something I do often, by the way. I had to, there were just some lovely bits of humor, wit, and wisdom buried in the story. He’s been reading it too, and enjoying it, which is rare these days, he’s picker than I am by far. Personally, I’m looking forward to re-reading it.

Stardogs is of course a space opera, with a dash of romance for seasoning, and a lot of adventure. I’d rave at length about it, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises for you, my friends. Priced at $3.99, this is a hefty novel for a very affordable price. Grab it, review it, and let’s all meet back here later to talk about it!

You know, I almost wish that would work. Book club for great new science fiction and fantasy…


10 responses to “Dave Freer’s Stardogs”

  1. Reblogged this on madgeniusclub and commented:
    So, I’m going to be a little late with my post because Benadryl. Meanwhile, have this.

  2. Just bought it, so my bus ride home is looking good 🙂

    1. This one is so much fun! And Dave deserves some publicity, he’s an unsung writer but a great one.

  3. I like your thought about a book club for new SF/F. I’ll take up the idea in my column for MGC on Friday.

    1. Sounds good to me. I know there’s a Hoyt Hun discussion group on Goodreads, but I haven’t had time to get involved with it.

  4. phunctor Avatar

    1/2 way through, and understanding Dave’s oblique comments about funding his retirement. This one /is/ in the way of diluting the brand.

    Now there’s layers of mockery and irony here, but basically Dave done identified the underserved emo victim demographic and set out to tickle its limbic system; and he does it well! Some nicely vile villains, coincidentally all /spit/ male. It would be even more of a hoot if he’d published as Androsbane Dentata. He might have flypapered some approving glittery hoohah reviews.

    That element of subversion accepted, it’s a good read. It’s satire. It has to be satire. Really. Has to be.

    1. I think that you’ll find that Dave does subversion with a monomolecular scalpel. He’s certainly not the sort to be seeking awards…

      And here’s another review of the book. http://accordingtohoyt.com/2014/06/12/dave-freers-star-dogs-by-patrick-richardson/

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