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Book Title: Tech World|
The author of the book: B.V. Larson
Date of issue: August 6th 2014
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 929 KB
Edition: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Read full description of the books Tech World:Entertaining enough, but not without its flaws. It follows pretty much the exact same formula as the first two books in the series. McGill gets shipped out to some alien world > does something stupid to get himself on the hit list to be perma-killed > does something ridiculous to save the day and gets promoted rather than permed. That and two other things keep this book from getting five stars. The first is the fact that when characters are virtually immortal there's really not all that much tension. When you know that a character is going to survive any given horrible situation regardless of whether he dies or not it completely ruins any and all tension and drama in the situation because those things come from not knowing whether or not the characters will get through things all right in the end. And the second is McGill's attitude toward and treatment of women. In the first two books he was a jackass that would sleep with anything with a heartbeat and breasts, but in this one he took it one step too far, and doing real emotional harm to the women he keeps leading on. I was really kind of uncomfortable during pretty much all of his encounters with women in this book, and I really wish the author would grow the hell up when it comes to sex. His Star Force series is pretty much the same, if not this bad. I enjoyed the book, but I cringed every time the main character had any interactions with women. If this is what I can expect to see in this series from here on, I may just stop reading.
I'm a pretty old-fashioned guy. My father is someone who would describe himself as a man of strict Southern values, and one of said values is that showing disrespect for a woman is a crime only slightly less grievous than murder. This is a lesson that was beat into me since before I can remember. And when I say beat into me I mean with fists, the old leather belt, and occasionally a switch I was made to go out and cut from the willow tree myself. Like I said, old-fashioned. To this day I am still very uncomfortable and rather horrified that any man would dare to show anything but the utmost respect and courtesy toward a woman. The fact that McGill is supposed to be a Southern man, supposedly raised under the same values I was is rather abhorrent to me, and shows me that the author has never lived in, or even been to the South in his entire life. I am aware of the fact that this sentiment toward women is no longer the norm in American society, and, in fact, many women seem rather annoyed by random acts of courtesy and chivalry afforded by my upbringing these days, but a man can't help the way he was raised. When I see a man showing disrespect for a woman, I get mad. It's one of the reasons I hated The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss as much as I did, because the man clearly hasn't a single iota of respect for women, and doesn't think of them as people at all, only objects of sexual desire that exist for the sole purpose of pleasing, comforting, or otherwise confounding men. And it made this book rather hard for me to get through at points as well. The action scenes were great, but anything dealing with McGill's sex life was just plain gawdawful and cringe-worthy to me, and rather offensive as well. I hope this enlightens you a bit as to why I always make a big deal in my reviews over male authors treating their female characters as objects of desire rather than as people.
Depending on how much McGill's attitude toward women bothers you, this can either be a generally entertaining book, or a highly uncomfortable one. I thought it was somewhere between the two, and I don't really know if I want to come back for more at this point. I'm pretty close to swearing off the Star Force series by this same author for the same reason after the last book I read in the series. I mean... a guy's proclaimed one true love dies... and at her friggen FUNERNAL he's thinking how hot her sister is? Please, if anyone is in position to do so, would you give B.V. Larson a good swift kick to the crotch for me?
Read information about the authorBrian Larson is an American science fiction and fantasy author
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