The novel Technokill is easily the worst Starfist novel I’ve personally read. Back a few Thanksgivings ago, I had to pass the time and chose this book, which had been sitting unread on my shelf until then. Welp.
Who and What
This is the story of MARINES, bird-aliens, and criminals selling forbidden weapons to the bird-aliens. It’s long. It’s dull. It has weaving, tangled subplots. It has descriptions of twisted fetishes of various characters that feel like they’re as long as the few “battles”.
DEEP HISTORY OF TEM
This isn’t that much worse than the rest of Starfist, at least.
At least nothing beyond the normal Starfist MARINES in Space Vietnam with a few gadgets contrivances.
Ok, so at the height of this book, the MARINES face the challenge of (hold on to your seat belts) bird-aliens with these. And not some futuristic equivalent, the description is very close to the actual takedown .22 survival rifle. Even the (literal) tank army in Steel Gauntlet was better and more intimidating. The battle isn’t even that well-written and has no gimmick to make it better than it would seem. Then there’s an afterthought (literal) spacesuit commando scene that’s equally underwhelming, even by the series’ standards.
The Only Score That Really Matters
This is the low point of the Starfist series for me. It’s mostly just dull, and not in a good way. The low-powered opponent is only slightly amusing and doesn’t make up for the bad fundamentals.
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Since I just recently started following you, you might have addressed this in the past:
What does it take for you to give up on a series?
Nothing exact, but I’d say “if it becomes uninteresting.” Bad and/or crazy is one thing, but dull and unsurprising is quite another. It’s why I read the entire Survivalist series even after its conventional quality declined but have essentially no desire to read any post-Executive Orders Tom Clancy.
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