AND, a few have God-like Powers! But, so do the Eevil Overlords! Can the Good Guys beat the Bad Guys? Will the Future Schmuck-Nazis get their comeuppance?
The Council Wars
Tune in again, for Dragons 2, 3, It's not THAT bad of a book although it's pretty bad , but if there was a fresh idea here, I missed it. I did finish the book. Caveat lector. Jul 20, Marc Jentzsch rated it it was ok Recommends it for: sci fi fans who are also survivalists.
Shelves: fantasy. I really wanted to like this book, but it quickly devolved into a weird soup of survivalist-porn with extremely ham-fisted political overtones and a narrative distaste for women. I don't mind a book with a message, even if it's one I disagree with, but I want it to be an invitation to ponder the subject using the story as case, even in my pulp novels see Joseph Conrad or Sir ACD. I'd say that maybe I'm just being overly sensitive, but I got the same vibe from another other book by Ringo that I I really wanted to like this book, but it quickly devolved into a weird soup of survivalist-porn with extremely ham-fisted political overtones and a narrative distaste for women.
There Be Dragons
I'd say that maybe I'm just being overly sensitive, but I got the same vibe from another other book by Ringo that I read, one set in a completely different universe. If the writer goes back to the same ideological well again and again it's not the characters, it's the author. That isn't bad in and of itself a great many themes are worth digging at over and over , but the terribly blunt presentation of it detracted from the story in both cases. I think that's really my issue: the lack of sophistication with which the underlying ideology of the story is presented.
I did like the origin of the elves, though; and the general premise is great fun. Ringo writes engaging action sequences and enjoys world-building and it shows. It has enough entertaining ideas to make me want to pick up the next one, but then I remember how annoyed I was half the time I read it and I slap myself back to sanity.
This book was surprisingly good. Set in a future complete with nanotechnology and AIs, it still manages to be mostly a fantasy yarn. Usually I consider a fantasy genre story fantasy only if it contains magic, otherwise it's an alternate history. Hence my disappointment with Game of Thrones I don't like alternate histories.
In this book, the place of magic is taken by the science of the future, and it works very well. I can't think of another book that does this. My only previous contact with th This book was surprisingly good. My only previous contact with this author was the March Upcountry series which he wrote with David Weber, my favourite military sci-fi author.
No wonder I liked those books so much.
There Will Be Dragons | Book by John Ringo | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster
I can now see what John Ringo contributed. I think this is great marketing by Baen because I'm happy to buy the rest in the series. Actually, book 2 is free too.
Mar 31, Samuel Jones rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this. The premise is excellent, a far-future world where nano-technology and unlimited power have created a utopia. Here, there can be dragons initially created by Disney, but now available as a genetic change to anyone who wants it. Until "The Fall", when a dispute the last handful of politicians needed to run this paradise leads to civil war. All the power is drained so the Key-Holders can wage a high-tech "wizard war", bombarding each other and mounting armies of geneticall I really enjoyed this.
All the power is drained so the Key-Holders can wage a high-tech "wizard war", bombarding each other and mounting armies of genetically changed soldiers. Society collapses overnight, and we are plunged into a gritty Fantasy world. This first book is the best of the series, with engaging characters, mature content, and an off-beat sense of humour sorely lacking in most Fantasy. Shelves: I actually enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. The themes are revealed almost immediately and aren't terribly original, so after the introduction I thought perhaps I wouldn't like it. However, once the book got going, the writing was good enough, and the characters interesting enough, that it really kept me interested.
There were spots throughout the book where an editor could have helped clean up some sentence structure. I loved the surprise at the end--in a reversal of many sto I actually enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I loved the surprise at the end--in a reversal of many stories, all the characters understood its import exactly, while the readers are left saying "wait! That's clearly huge! Give me more! For a different setting with similar themes and conclusions , check out The Last Ship.
Nov 16, Tracey rated it it was ok Shelves: e-text. The world is a paradise — and then, in a moment, it ends. It's a bit of a slow-starter, as the Fall doesn't happen until about a fifth of the "In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. It's a bit of a slow-starter, as the Fall doesn't happen until about a fifth of the way into the book.. Jun 08, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: war , ipad-reads , fantasy , scifi. This book was a very standard read. The premise it was built upon was incredibly unique and attention grabbing.
The book seemed to loose some of its luster as it progressed. The writing was standard, the characterization was also standard. Once "the fall" happened, the plot was so predictable it nearly made me put the book away unfinished. If you are in the mood for something escapist, then this is your book.
My full review can be read at bookwormblues. Mar 16, Michael Chatfield rated it it was amazing. Is it a strange premise? Does it trail off into the unrealistic? Is it a fun read? Hell to the yes! There Will Be Dragons like many of John Ringo's books is pretty out there kind of universe and premise. That said, it is damn interesting and gives you characters that you can dig your mental chops into and follow through one hell of a journey.
Mar 13, Ron rated it really liked it Shelves: milfic. Imagine a sci-fi story that suddenly creates a true fantasy world, with intelligent dragons, unicorns, orcs, elves and no gun powder. That's what happens in There will be dragons. Now you've got a whole different kind of post apocalyptic story. I enjoyed this books so much I read the whole series on my Kindle available from Baen webscriptions for free BTW in less than a week. Jun 09, Matt rated it it was ok. May 15, D. Morrese rated it liked it. From the cover and short blurb, I thought this would be a witty mix of fantasy and sci-fi.
It isn't. It's mostly a military fantasy with a bit of unlikely tech rationalization in the background to explain the monsters and magic. It wasn't really my thing, but others may like it. Free download from baen. Nov 22, Rcfin32 rated it really liked it.
Very good read and a very interesting scenario. Not a very deeply written book but it makes you think.
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Feb 02, Dawn rated it it was amazing. I love post apocalypse novels, and this was one of the better ones. Apr 21, Troy Neenan rated it did not like it. From looking at the cover you immediately think High Fantasy but that's not exactly right. This book is actually futuristic science fiction Well, I wouldn't say some fantasy elements. The author has a bad time balancing the fantasy and science fiction stuff that left me a bit confused.
I will remind people that I lost interest with this novel at the three hour mark on my audio book, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Plot: The setting is the future where man-kind has gotten to the point From looking at the cover you immediately think High Fantasy but that's not exactly right.
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Plot: The setting is the future where man-kind has gotten to the point where we can turn ourselves into fantasy creatures, because why not? While the Earth slowly heals itself humanity finds itself stagnating. Internal politics, add in a war. Again only got up to the three hour mark. Characters: Daneh is a doctor who specialises in surgery and fixing in unique problems.
As I have only heard up to the three hour mark of the book I can only glimpse at her character briefly but she feels like an archetype single mother.