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Where's the Beef?
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 18, 2015
Weber needs an editor that can ignore his status as the most/best selling author in science-fiction. I love his characterizations and live for his battle scenes but the data dumps!
[Character 1 "I've got a new way to fire these torpedoes" <intervening four pages of useless tactical specs> Character 2 "I think that means we can"...<four more pages of bloviating stuff> Character 1, "That means we can..... (Or "why don't you tell me why you stopped in." (8 pages ago) )
It's teeth-pulling to get to the meat through the extra prose that a good editor would have pared away allowing the action to move.
Oh for Hemingway!
Weber's series' seem to start out pretty good in their first volume and get bigger and more data-filled as they go on. He has a great imagination for
innovations that could drive the plot. I just wish someone would sit on him and keep him to it.
Stirling has some of these issues but I find I care more about his characters and his writing less filled with stuffing. Guys, take a page (or three!) from Heinlein.