Friday, 4 March 2016
Poul Anderson's Recommendation
-Jerry Pournelle, King David's Spaceship (London, 1984), back cover.
As when Anderson recommended SM Stirling's Under The Yoke, this is not empty praise but an accurate description of the book. The action moves quickly as MacKinnie is arrested by the secret police of his former enemies and pressed into the service of King David to face the common Imperial threat to their planet.
There are also colorful details:
"Stark looked around the chamber, noting the carved wooden furniture, and the crystalline rock formation patterns in the parts of the floor not covered by carpets woven in the Archipelago. 'Fancy quarters, uh, Trader, sir.'" (p. 43)
Fancy indeed. And a map shows us where Haven City and the Archipelago are on the surface of Prince Samual's World.