Boneyards

Boneyards Searching for ancient technology to help her friends find answers to the mystery of their own past Boss ventures into a place filled with evidence of an ancient space battle one the Dignity Vessels

  • Title: Boneyards
  • Author: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • ISBN: 9781616145439
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Searching for ancient technology to help her friends find answers to the mystery of their own past, Boss ventures into a place filled with evidence of an ancient space battle, one the Dignity Vessels lost.Meanwhile, the Enterran Empire keeps accidentally killing its scientists in a quest for ancient stealth tech Boss s most difficult friend, Squishy, has had enough She sSearching for ancient technology to help her friends find answers to the mystery of their own past, Boss ventures into a place filled with evidence of an ancient space battle, one the Dignity Vessels lost.Meanwhile, the Enterran Empire keeps accidentally killing its scientists in a quest for ancient stealth tech Boss s most difficult friend, Squishy, has had enough She sneaks into the Empire and destroys its primary stealth tech research base But an old lover thwarts her escape, and now Squishy needs Boss s help Boss, who is a fugitive from the Empire Boss, who knows how to make a Dignity Vessel work Boss, who knows that Dignity Vessels house the very technology that the Empire is searching for Should Boss take a Dignity Vessel to rescue Squishy and risk losing everything to the Empire Or should she continue on her mission for her other friends and let Squishy suffer her own fate Filled with battles old and new, scientific dilemmas, and questions about the ethics of friendship, Boneyards is space opera the way it was meant to be exciting, fast moving, and filled with passion.

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    1. What is it about these books that start off slow and make me think "Oh, disappointing, this is pretty average" until it creeps towards the end and all of the pieces start sliding together and I suddenly sit up and go, "Gimme more. Please. Right now. Please." Boneyards is much like the last book in format--it alternates between first person POV (Boss) and third person POV (Squishy in this book). Unlike the last book it focuses a lot on Squishy, which was a bit unfortunate because Squisy has never [...]

    2. Boneyards picks up five years after the conclusion of City of Ruins, but the plot doesn't suffer for it. Rusch handles the inevitable changes in the characters over such a length of time, mainly because so much of it was set up in the previous book--did anyone not realize that Boss and Coop were going to end up together? Boss's team and the crew of the Ivoire have spent the last five years searching for some remnant of the civilization Coop and his crew left behind, five thousand years in the pa [...]

    3. Melissa's review of this is outstanding and gives all the background and summary much better than I was prepared to.I didn't like the book as much as she did, however. While Melissa enjoyed the half about Squishy, those sections detracted from my own enjoyment. It is true that Rusch does a masterful job of melding the past and present of her storyline together into what turns out to be a cohesive narrative. To me, though, Squishy still came out ultimately as both arrogant and selfish however muc [...]

    4. Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch is the sequel to Diving into the Wreck and City of Ruins, two excellent novels featuring a memorable character who specializes in exploring derelict space vessels and who simply goes by the name “Boss.” The first two novels did an excellent job combining intriguing SF world-building with interesting characters and high intensity plots, so my hopes for Boneyards were extremely high. Unfortunately, it’s by far the weakest entry in the series, and while it [...]

    5. It almost feels like cheating, but I don't think people are really following me for my reviews and I know that Rusch writes amazing books so if she comes out with some new sci-fi, I'll be there to read it eventually. Great series.

    6. Readers of the Expanse series should like this series as well. This is a well-told story, but not quite as good as "Diving the Wreck."

    7. I found the flashbacks EXTREMELY annoying and the ending sucked. There was no reason for a cetain character to die. Disappointing.

    8. Warning! Spoilers from City of Ruins are contained in the review below! You’ve been warned!(view spoiler)[Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s two previous novels in the Diving Universe, Diving Into the Wreck andCity of Ruins, are excellent science fiction adventure tales. City of the Ruins featured a major paradigm shift for Boss and her crew due to the major of discovery of a Dignity Vessel and its living occupants. Opening up five years after City of Ruins, Boneyards sees Boss and the crew of the Dig [...]

    9. A long time ago.a very, very long time ago.I picked up a novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and tried to read it. Nothing at all wrong with the narrative, but I was in my mid thirties with young children and some of the descriptions of character skinning someone so they could wear their skin and look like them grossed me out so much that I was actually a little nauseaus. Not sure if I would react so strongly now, but I've never felt like going back to that particular series. I want to reiterate her [...]

    10. Boneyards opens five years after the end of City of Ruins. The crew of the Ivuar has had a rough time when they are adjusting to their new life. Some have resigned and left, and a few have killed themselves. However, some are still working for their Captain Coop. Boss has employed Coop and his crew, and together they are trying to find out what happened to the world Coop knew. They are also doing their best to keep all technology out of the hands of the Enterran Empire. They are researching all [...]

    11. Although I enjoyed Boneyards, it was a complex read and one that can't be dipped into every few days or so. That is, it's not a novel that can be picked up and set down at random (you know, like those cozy mysteries that make for great bedtime reads, allowing you to drift off and pick up the storyline the next evening). This book insists that you jump in, figure it out, then stick with it until it's done. A couple of reasons for thisThe main reason is the narrative structure - it's a dual narrat [...]

    12. Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 4 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: Publisher for honest reviewReviewer: HeatherBefore I dive deeply into Boneyards I want to disclose that I’m not the biggest fan of science fiction. This only pertains to reading it as a genre, though; I enjoy the “idea” of it. Some of this stems from the overly technical jargon that often graces the pages. Occasionally it can cause the story to become lost to those not on the up and up, or for slower re [...]

    13. 3 3/4 stars. “Boneyards” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch continues the adventures of a woman named Boss as she continues to search for the answers to mysteries surrounding the powerful Dignity Vessels. Use of the powerful anacapa drive gives Boss an edge but she still is juggling the dynamics of relationships with Coop and his teammembers from the ship Ivoire in contrast to her own familiar crew that has become comfortable over years of doing dives in abandoned ships. The potential power of the dr [...]

    14. Boneyards continues the story started in Diving into the Wreck and City of Ruins. I really like this series and Boneyards did not disappoint. Boss is back and so is the Dignity Vessel and crew she found in the last book. Coop, the Captain of the Dignity Vessel Ivoire, is looking for clues to location of the Fleet. He and Boss are exploring the locations of Sector Bases that were under construction when he and his crew got caught in foldspace and sent 5000 years back in time.Coop wants to find th [...]

    15. Again, reading a series of books out of order. In this case, I really should have read the first one first, but oh well.Even though I had to piece together the background and backstory, it was a pretty good read. I have mixed opinions about the story structure. There are two related stories, told from two POVs (first and third persons). Complicating this is the fact that Squishy's story is told in a non- linear manner. It jumps chronologically. While this makes for an engaging read, it was somew [...]

    16. My library has a whole set of these re-released Rusch novels. I like the author so much after reading her first novel that I can’t help but pick up whichever one I see that happens to be available that week. Again, my need for a good book that can distract me from my contractions was pretty necessary at the time.This book is actually quite beautiful. But then again, I think that Rusch writes books about a theme and then puts together the plot, characters, and other necessary parts afterwards. [...]

    17. Generally, I don’t like to jump into a series in the middle, but I thought I’d take a shot with Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Boneyards” (Pyr, $16, 299 pages) – and overall, it was a worthwhile gamble.But first, a digression: Characters’ names are much more important than they first appear to be. Imagine your favorite spy saying “My name is Elderbottom. Elmer Elderbottom.” In “Boneyards,” one of the protagonists is called “Squishy” (though her name is Rosealma), and I confe [...]

    18. I like the way this book covered a lot of back story to the characters and their interactions. The story would've been just fine without the lesbian relationship. I thought there were some surprising decisions made toward the end of the book and some heavy prices paid for those decisions. The next adventure was set up nicely.Aw, sadness, I thought there were several more books in this series. Looks like this is the last one til September. Oh well, I guess I need to track down the two or three no [...]

    19. I’m sure that I would have gotten a lot more out of “Boneyards” had I read the first two books. The novel shifts gears a little more than I liked with two interconnected stories and flashbacks. One story is about Boss and the other half of the tale is about a character named Squishy. Boss is basically one of your questing for profit stories and Squishy is your basic infiltration story.I enjoyed the Boss character and I enjoyed much of her portion of the book. The Squishy portion simply had [...]

    20. I expected more out of this book. The style bugged me and the content wasn't all that great. I really don't like stories with lots of snippets of the previously untold backstory. In my opinion, if the backstory can't be told beginning to end, then it's not all that great and telling it in pieces here and there is just hype. I know that a lot of authors and TV and movie writers disagree with me.The ending really bothered me toospoilers abound below!(view spoiler)[Boss goes in with the Ivoire mili [...]

    21. The third book in Rusch's The Diving Universe series is a great story. The book starts five years after the end of the previous book and follows Boss and her crew as they continue to explore and learn more about stealth-tech.In this book, the point of view alternates between Boss and Squishy, both engaged in her own journey to help save the universe from this misunderstood and misused technology, aided by the crew of Ivoire, whom we meet in City of Ruins. The ending of this one changes everythin [...]

    22. Third in the series and does not live up to the first two. To her credit, she was trying something new (at least of the books I've read of hers) that didn't work for me. She was bouncing all over the timeline. I think it could have worked: maybe she'll try again and it'll work.I felt the storyline was thin because of the tangentials/bouncing. I will probably read the next to see where she takes it. Since I like her Retrieval Artist series and her 10th planet trilogy a lot, I may be giving her ex [...]

    23. This title and Skirmishes are a tie for the best yet. I get the feeling that after the first where novella's were loosely cobbled together, these stories are better plotted and developed. The characters are more developed, Coop's at least, and events are richer along the storyline. Having read Skirmishes first, I was of course intrigued about where the Boneyards came came about. This was a good answer and moved the series along.

    24. Three books in, and I still like this series immensely. Book 3 continues with the world-building, character development, and suspenseful plotting of the first two. The story's scope keeps expanding in ways that I didn't predict but that make perfect sense.My only problem with this book is its frequent hopping back and forth in time, sometimes over spans exceeding twenty years. I sometimes found it difficult to remember what happened when and what events I was reentering.

    25. The third novel of the series, this book focuses more on relationships and less on interstellar action although there is also plenty of that. The author appears to go back to her mystery roots to expand the story in the Diving Universe and wrap up a few loose ends as it were. The author gets away from the clipped writing tone of previous efforts in this series and the words flow more freely. Enjoyable read and I look forward to more books set in this universe.

    26. Boneyards pulls the series back up from the mild disappointment that was City of Ruins. Rusch puts the focus on Squishy, the Cassandra of Diving into the Wreck who repeatedly warns of the dangers of the ancient "Stealth Technology." Like Ruins, Boneyards uses a multi-threaded narrative to good effect. The cover design is better than Ruins, but still grows awkward with repeated examination.

    27. The author overuses the literary device of time/space flashbacks. The story jumps back and forth through time, focusing on one of the two primary characters, and this can become a bit confusing. Characters are well-developed, and dialogue is crisp. Loose ends tied up at a rather abrupt ending. Four stars.

    28. I like the series a lot, this one the least but will still read the next one. Squishy's tale hops around in time and multiple back stories so much it reminded me of listening to my niece tell a story when she was eight years old. In the end, it all meshed for a good tale but it was easy to put the book down between chapters.

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