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SPOTS THE SPACE MARINE

Solid military sci-fi with a heart

By MeiLin Miranda, author of The Machine God

Mar 29, 2010: I’m not terribly fond of the script treatment format of the story—presenting a story as if it were a movie rather than prose. I don’t care for it any more here, though I agree with ctan that it does move things along at a fast clip.

That said, I really like this. The characters are well-drawn. It’s rare in military science fiction that we get characters who are mothers or religious let alone both, as Spots is. (Spoken as a Neo-Pagan; Spots, I believe, is Catholic.) Recently the focus has been a little sharp on Spots’s tendency to mother everyone, but it’s been driven home for her by events, I like to think.

If you like military science fiction, but could wish for better (or any) characterization than what’s usually presented, read this. You won’t be sorry.

Update: Spots is gripping. Don’t let the title fool you; this is no comedy. Prepare to be sucked in.

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