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Irst volume in a 4 book series It draws on myths and legends of ancient Earth weaving a tale that moves from Sherwood Forest to distant worlds and outer space It involves amongst other things magical gateways Area 51 Sherwood Forest sentient spacecraft a 50 thousand year old intergalactic war Machu Picchu and strong coffee. I found this work a truly brilliant combination of SciFi and fantasy It's imaginative funny action packed contains levels of complexity that are rare in the genre and is much believable than the fantasy I've been reading lately The author weaves words together beautifully and the worlds he creates are fascinating There is a poetry in the way he strings words together and in the way he describes cultures through the eyes of his charactersThe biggest weakness in my opinion is that only some of the issues are resolved by the end of the first book but that is to be expected in a 4 book series and in the epic fantasy genre especiallyI haven't enjoyed a fantasy book this much in a very long time I hope to find the next books in the series as well crafted as the first

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The Space BetweenTribes of the Hakahei Book 1Kim almost runs over Robin Hood in her car 'Sir Doug' hits on her She's stalked by an elf and a dwarf Things couldn't get much worseWell that's what she thought until the aliens attackedAnd that's just the start of the problems When various governments start annoying her in all sorts of differen. The Space Between is a self published title by ueensland author Scott J Robinson It’s Scott’s first novel though he has been writing for some time The cover uote from Jack Dann holds true there is some serious talent displayed in The Space Between some very smooth writing It’s an ambitious type of story for a first timer here’s the synopsis to give you an ideaSynopsisThe story is set in the multiverse of Ananake and draws on myths and legends of ancient Earth weaving a tale that moves from Sherwood Forest to distant worlds and outer space It involves amongst other things magical gateways Area 51 sentient spacecraft a 50 thousand year old intergalactic war elves and dwarves wonder bras Machu Picchu and strong coffeeKim thinks her day is going badly when her friend fails to meet her at Sherwood Forest Then an annoying knight hits on her and she is stalked by an elf and a dwarf But then the aliens attack and things really start to go down hill Collecting strange companions along the way she finds herself in a race to stop the war with the aliens before things really get out of controlWhy is it ambitiousI think it’s an ambitious task because the author is playing with lots of genres in this case fantasy and sci fi with a little thriller and adventuremystery thrown in There’s lots of good ideas in the story and I found it a little difficult to suspend my disbelief when it came to some elements of the story line Some of the plot I found a little convenient as if Robinson wanted to get all his great ideas in It was not surprising then that the original ideas that Scott came up with were what really drew me into the storyWhat I likedI absolutely loved the character Keeble and Scott’s take on Dwarven Culture I could read an entire fantasy series with the ideas that he developed around the idea of Dwarven singing and rock working alone Most fantasy dwarves are riffs off Tolkien bearded live underground and mine too deep But Robinson gives us snippets in The Space Between of a culture that has far depth The same can be said for the development of the character Tuki a Moai We get a fully developed original culture that I find refreshing The most enjoyable parts of the novel for me were the ones that focussed on these two charactersWhat I didn’tI couldn’t invest myself in Kim the main character and the one from contemporary Earth As a reader I just didn’t connect Mel the Elf was a bit the same though she was an “aloof” elf these characters had nowhere near the “meat” or interest of Tuki or KeebleSome of the humour seemed misplaced to me There was some good one liners and pop culture references but I felt that this detracted from the story rather than added to it If we are going to suspend our disbelief and accept the premise of this story I think it’s better to go a serious action adventure routeSumming UpI read a fair bit of self published stuff enough to come across the dregs and to find some real gems too Scott displays solid writing very smooth in parts indeed it reminded me of Dr Who or Torchwood novelizations – you accept the premise which might be a stretch ie Torchwood defending humanity from alien incursions sans all help from other nations whole heartedly and then take the events and characters seriouslyI think this one is worth a look if you are interested in something a little different than straight fantasy or Sci Fi a solid start

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Summary The Space Between 107 ´ Tribes of the Hakahei Book 1Kim almost runs over Robin Hood in her car 'Sir Doug' hits on her She's stalked by an elf and a dwarf Things couldn't get much worseWell that's what she thought until the aliens attackedAnd that's just the start of the problems When various governments start annoying her in all sorts of different ways T ways she decides that it's up to her to end the war But when she doesn't know what the enemy want or why they want it all she can do is do what she thinks is best even if others don't agree A bad attitude a stubborn streak and a wonder bra are her only weapons and for once they may not be enoughThe Space Between is the f. This first volume of a trilogy is most certainly a 'very ambitious' book as they all say I do agree but I feel The Space Between is way too ambitious Though Scott J Robinson shows a lot of promise he tries to throw everything into his first novel and I mean EVERYthing Sherwood Forest Area 51 military SF magic linguistics humour lost civilizations to name just some and then half a dozen different fantasy 'races' on topReading it I was reminded of a talk I had with Jack L Chalker at the SF world con in Holland where he told me that he had to invent a huge number of complete religions for his next novel The Ninety Trillion Fausts and though I was and am a fan of Chalker's writing specifically 'The Well of Souls' series and btw I strongly suspect Scott J Robinson is as well I cringed a bit and eventually said novel was met with very mixed reviews indeedWhat Robinson does he does uite well on the other hand Elves dwarves humans etc really behave and think differently The portrait of Area 51 is accurate just kidding it feels credible and the description of specific stones underground is particularly well done The humour limited to Keeble the dwarf is actually very nicely handled never heavy handed but actually 'smart funny' sometimes subtle sometimes deft Alien civilizations are not just human ones with a twist but show Robinson has put a lot of thought into it and finally the author shows craft handling the action seuences All iN all good to very good Recommended definitely But in future less REALLY can be