Review: Far From Home by Tony Healey

tony_healry_far_from_homeThis is the first new book series I’ve started to read in a while. I bought this on a whim, and I have now started to read it (about half way through the series.)

I will complete reading the series, but I feel I have enough of “a handle” on the story to write this review.

The story is not terribly original, I would guess that the author is somewhat of a Star Trek Voyager fan, so if you enjoyed the adventures of Cpt. Janeway and her crew, you will in all probability enjoy this book series as well. The story sets the scene, it is a familiar one. Two factions waging war, one ship escaping an ambush only to end up in an uncharted part of the universe, throw in a synthetic/clone vs organic human issue… you see where this is headed.

But even though the story might be lacking in originality, the characters have been fleshed out quite nicely, and their back story told in flashbacks that feel like a natural part of the narrative. There are some moments that are all to predictable you have the classic red-shirt problem.. as a new character is introduced you will figure out within a short time whether they will survive or not.

Conclusion: the story is not the most original or action packed but combined with a solid gallery of characters it is not a bad read. However I would rather recommend something other to read; The Bern Saga is an excellent alternative.

dead air

Nothing much has come by way of inspiration since the last post, but waiting for inspiration is sometimes quite futile.

I did have some ideas of posts I could write, but those ideas where fleeting and has since escaped in to the multitude of whimsical thoughts that bounce around in my brain. Making it impossible to separate them from the random, silly and just plain stupid ideas I have. This is why it is wise to carry a notebook or something similar to write stuff like this down. I used to do that, then I promptly dismissed the idea anyway.

But at least this way you have something draw from if you need a “I need to write something now” idea.

It is a good thing to have, unless you are one of those annoying persons whom seem to lead such interesting and eventful lives that just writing about what you have done lately would be enough.

What I have done lately:

*Tried installing a live-cd (ubuntu) on a USB stick
*Listened to music
*Watched YouTube videos
*Chatted with friends

This is about the extent of my activities the last few days, oh and I am working/planning an x-mas present.

It has been hectic as you can see, however even a fair amount of free and dead time does not translate to inspiration finding me or ideas plopping into my head.