The Superlative Stream, The Darktrench Saga Series #2
The story begins where book one left off. Sandfly and HardCandy are traveling in the spacecraft called DarkTrench, following the mysterious stream they picked up on at the end of book one. But instead of a stream, they find a planet. One with life on it. Life that raises many questions in both Sandfly and HardCandyÃ¢ÂÂs minds.
I liked this story as much as the firstÃ¢ÂÂmaybe more so. The whole premise is wonderfully creative. And now that Sandfly is free from the former restraints on his mind, it is interesting how he sees life in a different way. I particularly enjoyed the backflashes in which we learned how HardCandy became a debugger. Nietz has weaved an incredible tale and is sharing bits of data with us just when we need it. Fabulous science fiction! I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait to read the next book.
June 27, 2011
HE STOOPS TO STREAM
"The Superlative Stream" is the sequel to "A Star Curiously Singing" - and a voyage of discovery into deep space.
I want to talk about what makes Mr. Nietz's work controversial. Some love it - some decry it. In a word, it's spiritual. It is Christian, but not in a narrow, preachy sense. In fact, I would guess that this is written for the secular world, but with special interest for those who follow the Way of the Carpenter.
"TSS" is entertainment. As famous director Alfred Hitchcock said of his work, "it's only a movie!" In author Nietz's case, it is "only" a series of futuristic, fantasy novels.
These works do live in a theistic universe. Readers learn that the "superlative stream" is received as fragments of a poetic, mystical message from a power beyond the material universe. It is a force so huge, so awe-inspiring, it must "stoop" to communicate with humanity.
In Vol. 1 of the Dark Trench Saga, Nietz showed us a future-Earth controlled by an Islam that has embraced technology. Now, in some naÃÂ¯ve circles, there's a sense that we must be tolerant of all religions, no matter how violent and repressive they become. In my view, that attitude is as foolhardy and dangerous as British Prime Minister Chamberlain trying to suck up to Adolph Hitler. If there are those who hate you and your way of life, and call your nation "Satan," it's not smart to say "ah well! Live and let live!"
It doesn't take a quantum physicist to figure out that Kerry Nietz's work is a fantasy about the future - not a description of a nation that exists today. It's the job of dystopian novels like "Brave New World," "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" to observe disturbing trends, and extrapolate what will happen if they continue and grow strong - the "what ifs" of fiction.
This is Vol. 2 of "The Dark Trench Saga" - and as you might expect, the ending sets us up for the final tome of the series. So what's the scoop? Where are we going with Sandfly, HardCandy - and of course, Dark Trench (for this is the starship's saga)?
The ending of "The Superlative Stream" sets the stage. But that, my friend, you must discover for yourself.
June 25, 2011
The Superlative Saga
After reading A Star Curiously Singing I had to get the sequel in The Darktrench Saga. The Superlative Stream is as unique and imaginative as it's predecessor while having a completely different feel to it. As Sandfly and HardCandy are searching for the source of the Superlative Stream they are transported by the deep space exploring ship Darktrench. What and who they find is reminiscent of the classic Star Trek series as they encounter a superior race of people. Again, I don't wish to go into too much detail but once again Mr. Nietz manages to create a society filled with well developed and thought out detail which makes for a fun ride. When you add impending doom and a love story to the mix I was hard pressed to put the book down. There are many chapters of flashbacks mixed into the story as well that give you the history of HardCandy and how a woman was allowed to be a debugger. Once again faith and politics play a major role in this back story which only add to what I know will be a major factor in the sequel or sequels to come. Mr. Nietz has created such a detailed world filled with tremendous imagination that rival the world of Gene Roddenberry! This is a series you do not want to miss out on! I give The Superlative Stream a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to see what Kerry Nietz will come up with next.
Daniel L Carter
Author of The Unwanted Trilogy
February 21, 2011
Sci-fi The way it should be!
The Superlative Stream is the next installment in Dark Trench Saga series. Kerry Nietz has written another buckle up and hold on tight story with Sandfly and HardCandy now marooned in deep space. The characters in this book were just as lovable and hilarious as last time aroundÃ¢ÂÂeven without the laughable chute sleep incidents!
I found the way Kerry wove the QurÃ¢ÂÂanic mentions, references, and prophecies into the story really gave me an interesting peek into a different way of thinking; while at the same time driving the story, piquing my interest, and adding a draw for readers of all types. His dash of mystery and unknown with the meeting of strangers on the planet that---didnÃ¢ÂÂt exist, was more than even to drive me to speculate. The strange properties of these blue skinned men and their caste system made me continually wish I could examine one myself and see what I thought! I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wait to flip the page and find out whether these creatures were revealed for what they were(I wanted to know!!), or if some new wonder would appear!
I have to say, if you want a boring read, this book is NOT for you! Even their ship-- DarkTrench---gets in on the action. Something is wrong with it, erÃ¢ÂÂhim? I admit that I actually grew attached to the ship. ItsÃ¢ÂÂ quips at Sandfly and the humorous ways it tried to put the two passenger crew at ease, as well as its knowledge of a huge variety of subjects including abstract ones. I was pulling for it to recover all the way!
Mr. Nietz really put out more great material in the series and I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait for his next book! Bring it on, IÃ¢ÂÂm ready :D
December 7, 2010