Just finished Temporary Duty…

…on the Kindle. Temporary Duty was written by frequent commenter here Ric Locke: it’s a first novel, and I enjoyed reading it.  Sort of US Navy Meets Doc EE Smith, with a bit of modern military SF exasperation with current political-cultural trends mixed in.  Pros: interesting character, good use of space opera tropes.  Cons: the ending could have used a little more work and a bit more foreshadowing.  Still, at three bucks for the Kindle* it’s a steal: I read the whole thing more or less in one sitting.

Check it out.

Moe Lane

*I am still surprised at how easy it is to read from a Kindle. If I can ever figure out how to blog from one I’ll be a happy guy…


  • Skip says:

    I’ll have to throw it in the pile – I’m still working my way through the Hugo list. I kinda feel obligated to at least try to read all of them before voting, and at this point I still have the Connie Willis books to go. I expect those to be relatively entertaining, and in severe need of an editor willing to make her cut about 40% of them, if they follow the pattern of previous books by her.

    Oh, I saw today that the next mainline Honorverse book, A Rising Thunder, has a release date – March 2012. So EArc for it around Thanksgiving probably. Based on the name I’d guess that it’s at least two books from being ‘done’, though.

  • Ric Locke says:

    Thank you, Moe.

    FYI your criticism is a fair cop — the existing ending was put together somewhat hurriedly. For the original, go to my blog and follow the “Fiction” tab.


  • BigGator5 says:

    Dude Ric, where did you get that cover?

  • Wombat-socho says:

    Moe, if you want to blog and read from the same device, why aren’t you using the iPad? There’s a Kindle app for that, no?

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Like everything else about the iPad, except for Netflix – kinda – the Kindle app is kludgy and not all that hot.

      Don’t get me started about the blogging apps, either.

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