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Mech

October 20th, 2010

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Bio-tech aliens battle Mechs built by humans! After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings—creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh… When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren't coming back... MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead. MECH is a full novel, 90,000 words in length, by award winning author B. V. Larson.Author’s Disclaimer: Mech is a strange book (even by my standards). It’s extremely popular, and everyone either loves it or hates it. A fast, fun read with a weird sense of humor, think of Mech as a dark comedy, like a zombie movie. The story is meant to entertain, and nothing else. You have been warned! -BVL


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Fiction Books Bio-tech aliens battle Mechs built by humans! After centuries in stasis, a lost task force returns home. Arriving from the infinite void the surviving ships discover that the Imperium lies in ruin. The Homeworld itself is destroyed, and nothing lives in the Ancestral System except an infestation of unknown bipedal beings—creatures soft, red of blood and warm of flesh… When you colonize a planet, make sure the owners aren't coming back... MECH is the story of a new Earth colony built upon the ancient Homeworld of a civilization presumed (incorrectly) to be long dead. MECH is a full novel, 90,000 words in length, by award winning author B. V. Larson.Author’s Disclaimer: Mech is a strange book (even by my standards). It’s extremely popular, and everyone either loves it or hates it. A fast, fun read with a weird sense of humor, think of Mech as a dark comedy, like a zombie movie. The story is meant to entertain, and nothing else. You have been warned! -BVL
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  1. Sciborg 25
    October 20th, 2010 at 09:42 | #1

    Rating

    Reading this e-book was like munching on a good bag of movie popcorn – I just kept wanting more and was enjoying the thrill of the story as it unfolded. I had a hard time putting it down and read it in two nights. There are lots of familiar things in this novel – BSMs (Big Scary Monsters) from outer space, battlebots, space smugglers, genetically engineered super humans, symbiotic aliens, etc. What was great about this story is that Larson didn’t get too hung up on the minutiae; instead he focused on the story by introducing new elements and plot scenarios which intertwined and eventually all come together for the climax. This book was a lot of fun to read. It was fun because what was to happen next in the story wasn’t obvious; I kept being delightfully surprised. There were some things that were easy to anticipate, like the actions of the self-serving, self-preservation oriented characters, but what they did and what their outcomes were was still entertaining. There was a definite subtext of dark humor in the story when the scales of fate and forces of karma were balanced. I also can’t help but think that Larson is an old school SNL fan due to the fact that one of the indigenous animals to the planet in this story is called a landshark. And it lives up to its name. :-)

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a fun, action-packed, page-turner story.

  2. NancyJ
    October 23rd, 2010 at 08:23 | #2

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    I read through the reviews for many science fiction books and found this one had a review from someone in my city. I bought the book. It starts out rather like the old, first science fiction books you might have read from Edgar Rice Burroughs or H. G. Wells. I, too, thought of Vance when reading about the aliens, but they are more like something from ‘Alien’ than Vance. As another reviewer points out, the Mechs show up late, but I didn’t mind. There is so much to the story that I didn’t even miss them! When they did enter, I hoped they would be a greater storyline in the future, but they fitted into the story right where they showed up.

    I’m old. I started reading science fiction when I was very young as my father bought some of the old Asimov books and Galaxy magazine, etc. I couldn’t believe the stories when I first came upon them. They opened up my thoughts and my mind tremendously. My enjoyment continues with many books and this story, too. I became more and more caught up in the story as I got deeper into it and found that all of the threads came together at the end. Enjoy!

  3. Flutterbucket
    October 23rd, 2010 at 17:36 | #3

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    How do you think an alien encounter would act out? Would we trade tech? would we begin long loving relationships of friendship and free peace diplomacy? Or would they start an all out invasion the second they hit the ground? Mr. Larson seems to think the latter for this is exactly what you are in for! from the moment the first few killbeast sulk out into the night to the second the Garm is in the clasp of an alien claw Mr. Larson throws you into a world that will leave you sprinting in the darkness, your voice already long screamed out just hoping a mech drops in to save you. If you can’t handle it when the “good guys” always win, well then this is the book for you.

  4. John Beyerlein
    October 23rd, 2010 at 18:16 | #4

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    The aliens are not too ridiculous. Most of the people act badly most of the time. It’s a good piece of literature. Well worth $9.99, although it is currently priced at $0.99

    John Beyerlein

  5. Mark Asch
    October 25th, 2010 at 06:57 | #5

    Rating

    I should have taken a few minutes to check out a sample of this book before buying the Kindle version, but I figured that 99 cents wasn’t that big a risk. Now, I really urge anyone curious about this title to avoid my mistake. I don’t demand top-tier literature, in fact I love this genre, but I really couldn’t get through more than 25 pages. Hey, maybe you’ll love Mech, but you will probably be glad you looked over the sample before buying.

  6. Walter Knight
    October 27th, 2010 at 17:57 | #6

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    America’s Galactic Foreign Legion – Book 1: Feeling Lucky

    I love humans vs aliens books. But, humans vs. machines is just as good. “Mech” is everyting I expected: Great military science fiction adventure.

  7. Emery Davis
    October 27th, 2010 at 22:17 | #7

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    A human-colonized planet is attacked when the original inhabitants return and decide to take it back by force. The humans don’t initially realize that they are under attack by aliens due to their own bloody power struggles. When the various human factions finally realize that the continued existence of the race is very much in doubt, there is a real question of whether or not they are capable of putting aside their own power struggles to come together to save the race.

    Of course, I started out rooting for the humans, but by the end, the book raised the very real question as to whether humanity deserved to survive. Don’t get me wrong; this is not a philosophical book. It is about aliens and battles and human weakness. The characters are diverse, interesting, and consistent. The plot moved along better than most books I’ve read recently.

  8. Michael P. Gallagher
    October 27th, 2010 at 22:29 | #8

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    I had to stop reading this one on the Kindle, and actually deleted it after reading about 10% of it. One of the requirements I have to rate science fiction “good” is it has to be believable frmo both a character and technology standpoint, and this one lost me with bugs laying a lot of eggs, etc. Despite the cheap price of 99 cents, I’d go spend it on something else.

  9. Rob B.
    October 28th, 2010 at 17:04 | #9

    Rating

    For me this was 5 stars. It held my attention throughout. Great, edgy, intense.

  10. Julian Tan
    October 30th, 2010 at 04:19 | #10

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    No tedious backstory, no lengthy discourses on quantum mechanics – Larson launches you straight into his universe and lays it on thick and fast. The pacing is great, and the story is captivating and is sure to please all sci-fi / space warfare / aliens type buffs (think of a cross between starcraft, aliens, warhammer 40k).

    My only gripe is that it is over quickly and leaves you wanting for more! There is so much potential to expand upon – I hope Larson follows up with a sequel.

  11. AnthonyA
    October 31st, 2010 at 01:22 | #11

    Rating

    I can’t agreed with the person who gave this 1 star.

    I loved this book and it’s originality.

    Couldn’t put this one down.

    Take the chance and spend a dollar

  12. Kyle
    November 2nd, 2010 at 00:23 | #12

    Rating

    I’ve read some other BV Larson stuff it liked it, this I did not. Not because of the story or the subject, because it wasn’t well written. The characters had no depth, the dialog superficial, and the aliens were hokey, the writing just lacked a certain amount of quality.

    Someone else called it Jr. High fiction, and while that’s a harsh way to put it, I’d have to agree. I’ve definitely read better work from this author. Bottom line: I’d have to say pass, spend your time reading something else.

  13. Zogothrak
    November 3rd, 2010 at 08:32 | #13

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    They are all around you. Closing in slowly, skillfully, just around the edges your vision. This is the world Mech drags you into kicking and screaming. I can not begin to convey the pure evil feel of this book. Garm is real, from scheming corrupt governments to the vast estates of the over privileged you can feel the despair heavy in the air. If you like hostile negotiations, planetary war, and a good bit of mech mayhem, If you stood up and cheered when the ewoks got stompped by AT ST (chicken walkers) then this is the book for you. YET BE WARNED! If you rather have yet another cookie cutter story about some hobbits with questionable desires caring objects around yet another world full of happiness that just so happens to be suppress by evil, Then please cover your ears and hum loudly until this big scary book of reality leaves you alone.

    Zogothrak approves with all the possible approval Zogothrak can give.

  14. Donald Rumsfeldich
    November 3rd, 2010 at 22:59 | #14

    Rating

    I didn’t expect much but the story managed to deliver even less. Some modestly interesting plot and character work in the beginning quickly decayed into truly awful writing, huge plot holes and flat dull characters rushing through an uninteresting story to just get the farce over with. It’s worth less than the 99 cent price.

    Oh, and for the Record, the “Mech”s are very minor characters overall.

    Read any of “The Vang” books by Christopher Rowley to see the original and much better version of the same plot line.

  15. M. Steffy
    November 3rd, 2010 at 23:30 | #15

    Rating

    The book is well written, but it can be boring at times. I skipped quite a few pages, and I was completely engrossed a few times. As the author himself said, you either hate it or love it. I was middle of the road.

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