Reviewed over at Tor.com:
On the whole, Cold Welcome is something of a mixed bag. If you’re looking for a survival adventure with characters you already know, it ought to be satisfying. If you’re looking for fun space opera with battles…
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C.A. Higgins, Lightless. Del Rey, 2015. E-ARC courtesy of the publisher.
Science fiction written by a person with a degree in physics. Sounds great, right? I’m sure Lightless has some good points – the prose, though naive, is brisk and energetic – but I couldn’t last out long enough to identify them. The aforesaid naive prose relies much too heavily on to-be verbs, the main character is basically a person-shaped hole, and very shortly we meet a Man who is possibly a Pirate with Very Blue Eyes.
The most brilliant blue Althea had ever seen had been in the sky of the equatorial region on Earth, where she had gone for a brief vacation from her studies. That did not compare to the brilliant color of the man’s eyes.
The blue-eyed man. The blue-eyed man. HEREAFTER WE SHALL REFER TO HIM AS THE BLUE-EYED MAN. The blue-eyed man likes to BANDY WORDS. When confronted with people carrying guns, this happens:
“And what if we don’t go?” the blue-eyed man asked.
“Your friend tried to resist me,” said Domitian. “I snapped his arm. What do you want me to do to you?”
The blue-eyed man smiled, white teeth showing.
“I mean if we think getting shot would be better than going into your brig,” he said, clarifying with a show of false politeness that perfectly matched his Terran accent.
THE BLUE-EYED MAN. WE GET IT. HIS EYES ARE VERY FUCKING BLUE.
Clearly he is Special, and if he doesn’t wind up being a romantic interest, I’ll eat a handful of raw peppercorns.
It was shortly after this point that I decided I had better things to do with my time. If any one of you has read it, please let me know if it improves?