Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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With the Lightnings by David Drake

Title: With the Lightnings
Author: David Drake
Series: Lieutenant Leary #1
Genre: Space opera, military sf
Setting: The imaginary planet of Kostroma, and surrounds.
Reason for Reading: This was a recommendation from my sweetie gentlescholar.
Finished In: Days. I hated to read the last chapter.
Pages: 416
Copyright Date: 1999
Cover: A man, a woman, a spaceship, a planet, and lots of purple.
First line: "Lieutenant Daniel Leary ambled through the streets of Kostroma City in the black-piped gray 2nd class uniform of the Republic of Cinnabar Navy."
Best part: As gentlescholar suggested, the character of Adele Mundy, more specifically described as Super Librarian.
Worst part: There was something that the plot led me to expect which didn't happen, and not in a good way - more like the author didn't think of it. I can't say more than that without giving things away but it was a weird feeling.
Imaginary Theme Song: "The Librarian Song" by Joe Uveges
Grade: A!
Recommended for: Fans of space operas and libraries.
Related Reads: The Tomorrow Log by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. The Prince Roger series by David Weber and John Ringo.

Adele Mundy is an exile from her home planet. Her noble house was slaughtered and her last refuge is obscurity. But this dueling librarian has a few more tricks up her sleeve...

Lieutenant Danial Leary is another kind of exile. Estranged from his politically powerful father, shuffled into makework positions, he spends his nights drinking and wenching. It would take a true crisis to show his mettle...

The planet of Kostroma is caught between two noble houses within and two powerful galactic empires without. But no one could have expected the wild cards about to be played by an unlikely pair who refuse to accept defeat.

This book is really quite fantastic and you should all read it.
Tags: books 2010, fiction, grade a
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