Christopher Rowley (born ) is an American writer specializing in the science fiction and Starhammer was followed by The Vang: The Military Form and The Vang: The Battlemaster to form a loosely connected trilogy (all published by. As a last resort, the gentle beings used the Starhammer to smash the Vang spacefleets and homeworld, leaving but few survivors. For a billion years a silvery. Starhammer by Christopher Rowley is the story of Jon Iehard, born a slave in the brutal Laowon Imperiom. The Laowon are a species of.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Rwley by Christopher Rowley. Starhammer The Vang 1 by Christopher Rowley. The chrisstopher thought humans made good slaves and better pets, and they were fond of creating new breeds. And the Laowon made sure that their playthings never grew too powerful.

And that was the beginning of the end for the Laowon. Because Iehard had been a Laowon slave. And Eblis Bey held half the key to a weapon that starnammer destroy the Laowon tyranny and bring freedon once more to Mankind! Mass Market Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Starhammerplease sign up.

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Mar 17, Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it. Humanity as a brutalized slave race to alien overlords. It’s actually the 2nd book in this trilogy that stuck in my mind for decades and made me seek out the 1st book.

They read well as stand-alones so starting with book 2 is no biggie. As with stzrhammer sci-fi the characters are not the strong point and there’s no great emotional depth to be found here, but, as with much starhaammer, there’s a wealth of imagination. Add t Solid sci-fi grimdark! Add to that a good tempo and plenty of no nonsense violence and you have a quick pleasing read. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes.

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Jul 10, Kaustubh Dudhane rated it it was amazing. There is quite a little character development yet I feel that the MC Jon was portrayed very well.

The reason must be the origin of Jon. For example – The mote suddenly brayed, “Welc “In stormy midlatitudes we secured him, and christopner him down, Tucked close to Nemo’s Piston a million fathoms round, where we laid him down, So don’t look for us in sun’s light lest strhammer laowon hunt us down, To Hope christopherr Nemo’s Piston, a million fathoms round. For example – The mote suddenly brayed, “Welcome!

A welcome had been a rarity so far in his life, he was happy to accept one anywhere, even from a talking billiard ball. It is AD. Humans are enslaved by another species called Lao from a different solar system. The laowon are similar to humans physically as well as mentally. They are more ruthless than us and they had done same things to us as the Nazis did to Jews.

The laowon are racist bastards just like Hitler. Human history cannot be explained better than this – “I’m sorry, my dear, but the history of our race is a tragic one, full of dreadful deeds and sad mistakes.


One cannot ignore the innumerable crimes committed in the name of religious or ideological frenzy. People were in awe when they saw the concept of wormhole and the elastic time in Interstellar starhamer However, this book was published in And read this – “There was a strange, wrenching moment as the gravitomagnetic bubble formed and the ship surged through the wormholes chriatopher space-time.

Review — Starhammer by Christopher Rowley

Our jump spin was absorbed by the star. We traveled around its gravity center along the lines of the magnetic field. It increased our chances of survival by twenty percent. The same billiard ball I had mentioned above. The name is Rhapsodical Stardimple which is adorable AF. Aug 07, Ian Connel rated it liked it. The Halo videogames borrowed heavily from this book, and Jason Jones of Bungie Studios was my reference for picking it up. For its creativity I am grateful that Jones appreciated it and borrowed many ideas for the game series.

But the story itself is so dark that it gets predictable and gross. Torture, torture, rape, torture, humanity keeling over without a fight, people betraying each other over and over again I am not sure Rowley realizes that when the enormity reaches that scale, it can’t s The Halo videogames borrowed heavily from this book, and Jason Jones of Bungie Studios was my reference for picking it up. I am not sure Rowley realizes that when the enormity reaches that scale, it can’t sustain itself.

Societies based on evil don’t last millenia. Anyway this also causes the characters to be personality-free and utterly disposable.

I suppose in terms of science-fiction there were a lot of interesting ideas for the time. But I am glad that Jones, and the rest of Bungie, decided to include heroism and good in their stories. This utterly lacks any of it. It was the age of relativism in fiction, christopheg like Jones’ other favorite work, The Black Company, rowlsy story gets predictably amoral because of it. I won’t be reading the sequels. I also skipped through to the end once a particular character was about to meet a horrible fate.

I wonder how nerds of this era, who frequently identified with Star Wars, could also identify with this. May 18, Zach rated it it was ok. If I was the editor for staghammer dictionary, I would put this book’s cover art next to the entry for “genre trash.

Then in the next twenty pages he is involved in a court chrustopher to assassinate an alien duke with a gun-imp If I was the editor for a dictionary, I would put this book’s cover art next to the entry for “genre trash. Then in the next twenty pages he is involved in a chgistopher conspiracy to assassinate an alien duke with a gun-implant in his middle finger.

Another twenty pages later and he’s working as a psychic mass-murder prevention cop on a space station. I know what you’re thinking: To Rowley’s credit, his vision and ambition in world building rodley pretty laudable.

But when it comes to execution — narrative, dialog, and character building — he just falls on his face over and over. If you encapsulated the plot of this book as an outline or a series of bullet points, you would get me and most other sci fi enthusiasts pretty excited, because there’s a lot of fantastic action, christopheer aliens, galactic empires and such to make things interesting and varied.

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But then you sit down to read the book, which is composed of sentences made of words, and you start groaning at least once a stsrhammer. To call the writing hamfisted is maybe too harsh. I think what’s actually going on is more like a total abdication of editorial oversight on behalf of the publisher. Patrick Rothfuss lets books bake in the starhammfr oven for years after he finishes writing them. This feels like it was starrhammer given a single pass before being shipped to the printing press.

For me, that seriously undercut the enjoyment I was able to extract from these pages, but looking around at other reviews I see that’s not the case for every reader. And indeed, this came recommended to me by a friend who introduced me to Iain M. Bankswhose recommendations have rarely led me astray. But speaking for myself, I frequently found the characters’ motivations unfathomable, both on the human and alien side of the equation.

It’s tough for me to get invested in the plot, no matter how sweet it looks in outline form, when the principal actors are the literary-dramatic equivalent of two-by-fours with faces drawn on them by magic marker. Now I’m reading some Robert A. Heinleinand it feels like a breath of fresh air after walking past a row of Chinese restaurant dumpsters in August. Eowley mileage may vary, but if you’re like me you’ll mostly resent this book for being just good enough that you didn’t put it down halfway through and move on with your life.

Dec 21, Ann aka Iftcan rated it it was amazing. Once upon a time Way back in I read this book. I lost it somewhere along the line and have been trying to find rowey again for many years.

Starhammer (Vang, book 1) by Christopher Rowley

Now that I have a copy in hand, I’ve just finished reading it for the second time. And, can I say–it’s as well written as I remembered it being. The mc is a genetically created human male.

His dna was tinkered with by an alien called a Laowan, a species that over years ago defeated Earth and all of its colonies and now rules with an iron fist. They s Once upon a time Way back in I read this book. As a result, they feel that they must conquer the entire galaxy, so as, to paraphrase one of the Laowan, “They can be prepared when a race from another galaxy invades this one and attempts to control it.

He makes it to a “free” human system and, because he has psychic powers goes to work for the Mass Murder Squad of that system, tracking down serial killers. The Laowan involve him in a manhunt for someone that they describe as a “murderer”.

From there, things get way out of hand. Excellent read, even if the first chapter is a bit slow. But after that–well, it’s thrill after thrill.

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