Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson
The first part of the Dorsai-series. Dorsai is a planet which produces the best mercenaries of the galaxy. Donal Graeme was a fairly unremarkable youngster, but when he started his career as a mercenary he turned out to be the most talented tactician, leader and solder ever. He is so tough, that he is able to walk on air (literally), but he decides that he won’t bother. And that is apparently presented with a completely straight face, not as a parody. The book is presented as episodes where Donal rises higher and higher in the hierarchy until his is the leader of all known human worlds. The basic plot was audacious and as stated, apparently seriously presented. It would offer a lot of material for parody…The writing was fairly fluent, typical for its time, and there was nothing especially special. The structure of the book was very fragmented and sometimes it was hard to keep track of all characters. I don’t believe that I am going to read the rest of the series not being a great fan of military science fiction.