Hidden Empire

… nah.

898232-1I picked this up from ibooks when they were doing a ‘get the first book in a series free’ thing. It sounded like it could be a fun epic, and it starts well enough: let’s turn a superJupiter into a star using alien tech! The first portag is a female xenoarchaeologist!

I don’t even mind multiple points of view.

But the first alien didn’t feel that alien, and was a bit too eye-rolly pompous. And the heir of the world-trees place goes to visit the alien planet – and the aliens are all very human-like – and one of the first things mentioned about the palace is that there are courtesans? And the heir of the alien planet is all ‘yeh I gotta sow mah oats real fast cos when I inherit, I get the snip’ … nah.

I liked the world-tree and their priests, but they didn’t seem as cool as the Templars in the Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos.

So unless someone can give me a really convincing reason to get back to it… nah.

3 responses

  1. I got almost half-way several years ago (when I got it free for some reason too) and gave up out of boredom mostly. So yeah, nah.

    1. Thank you for taking the boredom so I don’t have to 😀

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