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R. M. Meluch

Autor(a) de The Myriad

18+ Works 1,462 Membros 27 Críticas 4 Favorited

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Obras por R. M. Meluch

The Myriad (2005) 255 exemplares, 6 críticas
Wolf Star (2008) 174 exemplares, 5 críticas
The Sagittarius Command (2007) 166 exemplares, 5 críticas
Sovereign (1979) 137 exemplares, 3 críticas
Strength and Honor (2008) 129 exemplares, 2 críticas
Jerusalem Fire (1985) 126 exemplares, 4 críticas
The Ninth Circle (2011) 79 exemplares, 1 crítica
Wind Child (1982) 72 exemplares
The Queen's Squadron (1992) 69 exemplares
Chicago Red (1990) 65 exemplares, 1 crítica
Wind Dancers (1981) 48 exemplares
The War Birds (1989) 47 exemplares
The Twice and Future Caesar (2015) 41 exemplares
Tour of the Merrimack, Volume One (2013) 32 exemplares
Tour of the Merrimack, Volume Two (2013) 15 exemplares
Blood of Akhilles (2017) 5 exemplares

Associated Works

Alternate Generals (1998) — Contribuidor — 269 exemplares, 4 críticas
Women at War (1995) — Contribuidor — 156 exemplares, 1 crítica
Alternate Generals II (2002) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares, 5 críticas
Memories and Visions : Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction (1989) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Meluch, R. M.
Nome legal
Meluch, Rebecca M.
Data de nascimento
United States of America
Local de nascimento
Ohio, USA
science fiction author



Ship commander who's hunting 'the myriad' discovers a space time anomaly and a planet that is using the anomaly and dooms their existance.
JohnLavik | 5 outras críticas | Mar 29, 2020 |

There's lots of interesting stuff here, but it doesn't quite all hang together. Our hero is the product of an absurdly long-term genetic experiment (his race is long-lived as well, so 33 generations add up to a very long time indeed); he falls out dramatically with his home people and heads off to join the Earth space navy, where he rapidly rises to become a supremely gifted commander. He narrowly escapes certain death several times, has deep relationships with people who don't really seem to matter all that much, and suffers horrible losses of comrades and family which seem to leave him rather cold. A slightly odd book, but I believe the author went on to better things.… (mais)
nwhyte | 2 outras críticas | Jul 14, 2019 |
In the not-so-distant future, a hidden conspiracy stretching thousands of years reveals itself. Romans have been hiding in sleeper cells, and when they awaken they nearly take over the Earth. They lose the war and retreat to form their own galaxy-spanning empire. The new Roman Empire and the US are in the midst of a cold war at the beginning of the series. Sometimes they team up against alien invasions, and other times their cold war gets particularly hot. It's all rather exciting, like a hoo-rah version of Star Trek. Since the last book, Captain John Alexander Farragut has been promoted to Admiral, and Calista Carmel has become captain of the Merrimack. I like Carmel a lot, but I do miss Captain Farragut--he and Augustus were the characters I read the books for, and now they're both out of the series. When an old shipmate (Glenn "Hamster" Hamilton) finds evidence of a new alien race, Farragut sends the Merrimack to investigate. Meanwhile, a band of Roman men is cast out of the empire and become pirates on a collision course with the Merrimack.

On the one hand, once I started this book I didn't stop reading till I was done. On the other hand, my main impetus for finishing was in hopes of reading what hideous & ignominious end the incredibly annoying Knox came to, because holy shit balls I hate that character. He's the Haulden Caulfield of serial killers.

Even if I didn't think Knox was the stupidest, most blindingly self-absorbed twit to ever stain a page (and making it all the worse, he's clearly a favorite of Meluch's), I still couldn't quite stomach this book. It's just too clearly biased: the UN-analogues are foolish and ridiculously naive, continually creating obstacles for Our Heroes and being unfairly vituperative about the Noble Sacrifices Our Heroes have made throughout the series. The scientists are absurdly, unbelievably unworldly. Meluch also has a lot of affection for the new Roman Empire, for no reason I can determine. The new Romans are basically fascist Spartans, so there is nothing I admire about their society, while Meluch seems to think there are so many things to admire that she needn't provide any reasons to the reader. I don't get her priorities or her values--I don't like any of her fave characters (Steel, Kerry Blue, Knox) and I love all the side characters she's bored by. Plus, Meluch's writing style has gotten almost unreadably terse, and her long spiels of pseudo-science infodumping are less charming than ever.

I'll probably keep reading this series, because I love ship battles, but I'm no longer enthralled by it.
… (mais)
wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Third in the USS Merrimack series. The year is 2445 CE, and Earth and the Palatine Empire (a neo-Roman group that broke away from Earth control a few generations ago) have declared a temporary truce in order to combat the Hive. The Hive cannot be reasoned with, cannot be stopped for long, and they will never, ever stop coming. Because they are hungry. And all life is food.

I read these as really excellent Star Trek:TOS fanfic, with Captain Farragut as a smarter, kinder version of James T Kirk and Augustus as a creepier version of Spock. I have an unfortunately huge crush on Augustus, who is filled to the brim with rage and controlled by an intellect the size of a planet and a loyalty stronger than death. He gets his kicks psychologically torturing his cohorts--Farragut is the only person he has ever met who can deal with his mind games. In fact, Farragut misses Augustus's attempts to rip apart his psyche once he's gone. OTP! I have less interest in the other relationship in the books: between Steele and one of his marines, the sexually free, physically aggressive Kerry Blue. They are both complete numbskulls, and I wish they'd just get together and stop bothering me with Steele's constant "oh how I love her soft femininity" rumblings.

It took me a few chapters to get into this book--Meluch's style sounds like a particularly terse cowboy--but once I got past the sentence fragments and back into the adventure, I was hooked. I read it in a single sitting, unable to put it down to eat.
… (mais)
wealhtheowwylfing | 4 outras críticas | Feb 29, 2016 |


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