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For a Few Credits More: More Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe (The Revelations Cycle) Paperback – September 14, 2017
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- Publisher : Seventh Seal Press (September 14, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 607 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942936842
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942936848
- Item Weight : 1.93 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.37 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,236,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of my favorite scenes from a previous book, Winged Hussars, is when the hero enters a Mecha that has not been customized for his size due to an emergency, and gets pinched on his private parts. I have never read another series that is realistic with Mecha, in a way that adds to the story. It's not an infodump, which Mr. Weber who did the forward and is an amazing author is famous for, but rather adds in a positive way to the story.
The Tech Manual for the series is A+. I have read all the books, and its refreshing how the universe stays pretty consistent and authors are not allowed to do crazy stuff that ruins the universe. There are limitations and rules in the universe, which makes it realistic. There is no FTL, Anti Matter bombs, transporters that work between star systems, moon sized spaceships, etc.
Do you need to read any of the other 6 books first? No. This one is a good stand alone read. The stories in a Few Credit More flesh out more of the 4 Horseman Universe, so if you have read the other books this is a great addition.
Is there anything I would improve? Glossary of Aliens at the back, I get confused beyond on the characteristics beyond the Tortantulas (think 1950 era sized spider monsters, with armor and weapons), Flatars (coolest aliens in the series), and Minsha (had issues with Iran).
As usual in such anthologies, each reader will tend to have her or his favourite stories. Several stories are about inventions that could have military applications – such as Forbidden Science - or breakthroughs which could give one side a crucial advantage in a conflict as in Tinkerman. The later also happens to be one of my favourites as the hero, an ageing and retired CASPers mercenary is tracked down to his refuge in the North West of the United States on fake charges by those who want to get hold of his secret.
As usual also with this collection, you can expect appearances from Peacemakers – a sort of inter-galactic Police Force that sometimes seem akin to US Marshalls during the Far West. Some of them are honest and devoted to their job. Others are much less so and may go rogue.
Also, you will find the usual mix of alien species, including the vulpine and ferocious Besquith or Cochkalas, a mean badger-like species, among many others. Once again, my favourite story – and the shortest of all - is about a young of one of these alien species (the Tortantulas which resemble tarantula spiders) and its struggle to survive with the help of its little partner.
For strong stars for the whole lot and I am looking very much forward to the next anthology or full-blown novel.
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Out of the 17 stories, I only LOVED one of them. Five more were good, 6 were ok, and 5 were meh..
Most, if not all of them involved Peacemakers in some way, and I'm not sure if that is influencing my opinion. It's like all the authors looked at Peacemakers, and went "Oh, Shiny! Must include them!"
The standout story for me was Tinkerman. I was hoping that the bounty hunter at the start of the story was going to become part of the story, so it was a surprise when she gets killed. It then became a mystery to be solved as to why Tee is wanted, and why they keep trying to bring him in. Very Western in feel, the show down in the Main street at the end was excellent.
I've yet to buy the next anthology, but I'll get it in Jan 2018 (possibly when the next book gets released as well.
Side note for Chris and Mark: Until you get the Wiki set up and the Compendium/Encyclopedia/Manual done, could you include an appendix of all the different races with a description. Too many of them sound so similar and it gets confusing as to what they look like.