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It s the yearand the Milky Way Galaxy is teeming with life and exotic species The majority of the known civilisations have formed a multi cultural mega organization called the United Stars of Galaxies This Union is protected by the brave men and women of the United Stars Space fleet against external threatsEric Olafson, born and raised under harsh conditions of the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim, left his planet to fulfil his dreams of becoming a Starship captainWhen Eric gets kidnaped by an unknown organization and brought to Sin, he slowly starts to discover his central role in an ancient conflict of cosmic proportions Eric Olafson, Space Pirate is not the kind of book you can finish in a day It took me a while to get into the story and the myriad of characters but to my pleasure and surprise I have to admit that this is exactly what makes this book so fascinating After the first few chapters what it takes to get acclimated to the futuristic environment you are literally teleported into a universe of mystery, adventure and non stop action.Vanessa Ravencroft has a spectacular imaginary world inside her ow Eric Olafson, Space Pirate is not the kind of book you can finish in a day It took me a while to get into the story and the myriad of characters but to my pleasure and surprise I have to admit that this is exactly what makes this book so fascinating After the first few chapters what it takes to get acclimated to the futuristic environment you are literally teleported into a universe of mystery, adventure and non stop action.Vanessa Ravencroft has a spectacular imaginary world inside her own head and Eric Olafson, Space Pirate takes you right there where adventure, action and excellent characters reside First in a series, this book could be read as a stand alonebut if you re curious about the future literally just keep an eye on Vanessa Ravencroft This book was kindly sent to me by Inkitt in exchange for an honest review I really, really wanted to like this To understand why, let me share with you the following quote from the original cover blurbEric Olafson, struggling with a secret desire to be female, leaves the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim to fulfil his dreams of becoming a Starship captain A transgender starship captain That sounds pretty awesome, am I right Sadly, for some reason, the publisher has removed all reference to that fact from the current cover blurb, which is a sham I really, really wanted to like this To understand why, let me share with you the following quote from the original cover blurbEric Olafson, struggling with a secret desire to be female, leaves the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim to fulfil his dreams of becoming a Starship captain A transgender starship captain That sounds pretty awesome, am I right Sadly, for some reason, the publisher has removed all reference to that fact from the current cover blurb, which is a shame as I would not have read it otherwise.Although I did not realize it at the time, Eric Olafson, Space Pirate was originally self published by Vanessa Ravencroft about 6 years ago According to the FictionPress website, it is actually the 9th book in her Galactic Chronicles and the 5th book in her Olafson Saga, which explains some of my confusion with things it felt as if we are already expected to know, but which adds a whole other element of confusion regarding the writing I did finish this it took me a while , and I did have some fun with it, but I did not find it to be particularly well written or well edited Not to be overly critical but I would expect a littlerefinement in style over 9 books, and I do hope a professional editor gets their hands on it before finished copies hit the shelves I am sorry, but this was sometimes painful to read.As a Young Adult B grade homage to the days of pulp science fiction, this was an alright story, even if I suspect it may not have been intended as such The story is light on detail, with dialogue that borders between juvenile and cheesy, and names that are even worse Moistpromise and Wetmouth immediately come to mind As for Eric, he is an awkward character, a man with a feminine side named Freya who never actually comes across as either transvestite or transsexual Gender fluid, perhaps, but the question of gender is never explored deeply enough to give it meaning I wanted to love him, and wanted his struggle to mean , but it feltlike a plot device than a genuine expression of the transgender experience which is a shame, because I have see YA novels tackle the issue beautifully.As reviewed by Sally at Bending the Bookshelf When I received my copy of this book, I was wondering if I would be at a supreme disadvantage because this book subtitles itself as Galactic Chronicles Book IX.I had no problems whatsoever following the story.This story begins in a unique and for me, far differently from any previous science fiction or fantasy book I have read Yet even though there was a momentary off putting because of the unusual nature of this story s beginning, the plot unfolds into an extremely complex character who is obv When I received my copy of this book, I was wondering if I would be at a supreme disadvantage because this book subtitles itself as Galactic Chronicles Book IX.I had no problems whatsoever following the story.This story begins in a unique and for me, far differently from any previous science fiction or fantasy book I have read Yet even though there was a momentary off putting because of the unusual nature of this story s beginning, the plot unfolds into an extremely complex character who is obviously struggling to understand his place in his world.It is the world in which Olafson exists that is extremely astounding The complexity of the universe which the main character Eric lives is an intricately constructed, meticulously detailed existence Even though I had no experience with this book s series, Ravencroft s skills as the creator of both Eric and his existence is demonstrated admirably.The story begins after a prologue which grants the reader a context on which to hand this story in media res While many writers exercise this tool to speed up the introduction of characters and situation, Ravencroft uses this tool with phenomenal expertise The main character is placed in an unenviable situation yet conducts himself in an admittedly melodramatic bravado yet the reader actually likes it Space Pirate moves rapidly through an odyssey which at first seems to be a continual illustration of moving from the fry pan into the fire Too many authors either rush this, and in the process creating a very flat story with no tension and pacing, or they unnecessarily elongate this process and emotionally exhaust the reader Yet somehow Ravencroft walks the very fine line necessary that holds the reader s leash taught yet doesn t allow them to choke themselves in frustration The story is not, however, without flaws The main character discovers there exists some internal emotional and psychological struggles, which in themselves are incredibly substantial, yet they are concluded too easily True, this is a work of fiction Within the pages of this story the reader gladly suspends disbelief willingly so Still, there is a limit to which disbelief can be deferred.While Ravencroft demonstrates incredible skill as a writer in knowing what the reader can countenance and what the limits of their attention and their imaginations are, I believe she committed a critical faux pas Far too often the temptation to design a reality which usurps the reality in which we all live, ends up causing the reader s cessation of disbelief to unceremoniously disintegrate.Even though I found the resolution of the main character s struggle somewhat objectionable, I do not believe most readers would find it so While I believe the conditions of the plot to be so far outside of a realistic expectation as to approach fantasy, I do not desire to disparage the talents of the writer or the grandeur of this story.Eric Olafson Space Pirate is a complex, fast moving story with incredible detail of the surroundings both Eric s universe and the characters who are his friends While there exists a short period about two thirds the way through the book where the pacing becomes lethargic, this story rapidly improves and by its end, the reader finds no reason to taste anything unsavory.Great read Be sure to allow time to consume it While it s a good book, it is certainly not a short one I have to admit, I had an extremely hard time getting into Eric Olafson, Space Pirate It was clear from the start of the book that I was entering an already well established world and storyline in the very middle I was immediately overwhelmed by a tirade of different characters by name and possibly their species without much description and foreign objects with names that seemed like they were spelled by typing with my nose Because of this, I found the beginning of the story extremely hard to I have to admit, I had an extremely hard time getting into Eric Olafson, Space Pirate It was clear from the start of the book that I was entering an already well established world and storyline in the very middle I was immediately overwhelmed by a tirade of different characters by name and possibly their species without much description and foreign objects with names that seemed like they were spelled by typing with my nose Because of this, I found the beginning of the story extremely hard to grasp I felt like I was standing outside of an inside joke in a way While I m a big fan of series, I think it s helpful or even important, especially when there is time between the publications of books or if a book within the series can be read as a standalone, that there be a bitof an introduction or reintroduction to the story There was a brief prologue to Eric Olafson s past, but not much when it came to the immediate danger he found himself in from page one.While I m a big fan of series, I think it s helpful or even important, especially when there is time between the publications of books or if a book within the series can be read as a standalone, that there be a bitof an introduction or reintroduction to the story There was a brief prologue to Eric Olafson s past, but not much when it came to the immediate danger he found himself in from page one.It was very hard to conjure any attachment to the many characters in this book The transitions between characters were somewhat sloppy and I found myself have to read the same paragraph over and over to make sure I knew exactly who or what was being talked about It was also difficult to picture many of these characters, even after finding out who or what they were sort of like being told a story by a friend who constantly uses the name of someone you ve never met, but only know through second hand tellings Really, what I needed was a illustrated roster so I knew who everyone was.The most difficult thing for me while reading was the constant naming of places, organizations, objects and other things not normally found in my every day Tucsonan life that I just couldn t figure out I was unsure about a lot of the things there were mentioned since they just weren t described at all, but this could also just stem from the fact that I haven t read anything previous to this book where I m sure the answer to all of my issues lies However, even with my lack of knowledge, my mind slowly pieced together this science fiction world, even if I didn t fully understand it It was clear to me that there was a complexity this world.What I did find interesting was Eric s alter ego of Freya, his ultra feminine side that can apparently out strut me in high heels I had a hard time deciphering if this was a true attempt at a transgender character or merely added for shock value To me, Eric s Freya came off asor a persona or character, maybe trying to toe the lines of androgyny or gender fluidity, than resulting from any real internal struggle other than a need to be different I would have loved to have seen this developedAll of this being said, the action of this book with fast paced and interesting, definitely leaving no dull moment when danger is near Eric also proves himself to be a headstrong character with lofty, ambitious goals Also, as a fan of Norse mythology, I enjoyed the references made that acted as a moving device throughout the plot