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06:53 pm: Fallen Dragon by Peter Hamilton
This was our bookgroup book this month and only one of us liked it. I'd read his first trilogy and nothing else by him since because of how awful those were. This was slightly better, but I won't read more.

The father of a teenager on a colony planet has his father buy him a girlfriend to try and get him to be the kind of guy he wants. When the boy finds out she's been bought, even though she says she got to really love him, he takes off for Earth to become a soldier. It turns out being a space soldier is not nearly as fun as he expected and because he doesn't have any money, he can't advance. He thinks he found some kind of a treasure on the next planet they steal from and rounds up other soldiers to help him (and get a part of it). But the planet has a pretty good resistance and when he gets to the place where he thinks the treasure is, it's not what he thought, and many of his group die.

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From:soon_lee
Date:November 23rd, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
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Too telegraphed for my liking. I did like his first trilogy (the Greg Mandel one) but found his more famous second one (the Night's Dawn trilogy) too deus ex machina at the end.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 23rd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, it's the second one I read, then. I'm still not reading more -- I thought it either needed to be longer or shorter, depending on what he wanted.

Next month we each read a Hugo winner (all the way back) and report. I'm going to do Girl Genius 8, because I bet nobody else reads graphic novels.
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