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The Tuloriad by John Ringo

The Tuloriad (2009)

by John Ringo (Author), Tom Kratman (Author)

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Series: Legacy of the Aldenata (book 12)

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A bit too preachy, but overall not a bad addition to the series. ( )
  Guide2 | Dec 9, 2012 |
This book's underlying premise isn't really my thing. The escape of the remnants of the Posleen works for me, and I think holds together. However, I'm unconvinced by a religious mission setting out after the Posleen to convert them to one of the Earth religions. That just seems a bit far fetched to me. However, this book is rescued by the insights into the Posleen's history that it offers. Its worth wading through the other stuff that isn't all that interesting just to find out a bit more about how the characters ended up in this state.

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  mikal | Sep 9, 2012 |
A Homeric odyssey back to Posleen home planets ends in a story paralleling the struggle between early Christianity and Roman theology.
The last band of Posleens are rescued by the Indowy, and the Bane Sidhe, and sent on a quest to visit planets that were significant to Posleen history and development. Meanwhile, the humans decide religion is the first step to creating a Posleen society they can work with instead of only fight against. The USS Salem is turned into a spaceship and carries a band of human missionaries with the idea of proselytizing to the Posleens. Before the humans catch up with the Posleens, the Posleens start to rediscover their old gods, whose place the Aldenata subsumed. The Posleens have started to create a a new civilization on their planet of origin when Sallie finally catches up to them. The old foes are initially suspicious of each other, but begin to see how similar to each other they are -- in vices as well as virtues.

The storyline focuses on the history of the Posleen. This book is not an action-packed war story with the Posleen. Low in action, military concerns, or battles. Tone is much more humourous than previously. Story doesn't take itself serious between revelations of how the Aldenata created the Posleens.

Christianity and the revived Posleen religion come into direct conflict. The one God King who was capable of learning from the humans -- Tulo'stenaloor. ( )
  ktoonen | Dec 28, 2010 |
Hmm an intelligent Posleen Commander with a group of smart centaurs trying to rebuild the posleen civilization, I like that, the romance part about the father and ship .. I don't like :DMore fighting and less romance , come on RINGOI've finished the book, and COME ON RINGOBlah Blah Blah , Religion, Blah Blah Blah Faith , a little battle, again the crap cycle continues.This book is crap, there are few battles once in a blue moon which are allright, mainly one battle was great on the Planet of Heemaleen ? or sth like that, the others sucked too.Don't waste your money buying it, or even your time if you get it as a gift or borrow it from a friend. ( )
  Parsiya | Jun 5, 2010 |
I say this affectionately: this is a piece of junk science fiction. Space opera. Rail guns and decapitations and swearing and space ships with boobs (really). Anybody who tries to critically deconstruct Ringo's militaristic science fiction probably doesn't get The Terminator movies either. I remember a movie reviewer complaining about the violence in those movies once (think ... Ahnold ... killer cyborgs ... apocalyptic end of the world - WHADDYA EXPECT!!!???). Same with Ringo's work.

The Tuloriad is actually one of Ringo's (and Kratman's) more "cerebral" pieces in that it takes on the morality of xenocide coupled with religions (plural). The last gasp remnant of the super killer alien Posleen are finally confronted by a Vatican sponsored intelligent space ship (with boobs) giving them the choice of religions to which to convert. The Jews have declined sending a representative since they wouldn't want to be coupled with the species that killed 6 billion humans. Islam sends an Imam who drinks vodka (it's made from potatoes so it doesn't count); the Protestants are represented by an apostate Posleen warrior who saw the light (and also had his genitalia chomped off by an alligator in Panama during the fighting against the humans); and the Roman Catholics get a Jesuit priest who is married to the physical avatar of the intelligent battleship.

And then there's the Swiss Guard contingent equipped with mono-molecular halberds, automatic weapons, and a predisposition to womanize.

This book isn't for everyone, but if you like your sci-fi junky, space opera-y, rude and crude, broad and irreverent, you might find this a fun read. ( )
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Kratman,TomAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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After Posleen defeat on Earth only few of their battle clans survive. Plucked from Earth they are sent on a voyage with only a slightly insane Indowy and a computer virus to guide them. What follows is a journey through space in the footsteps of their ancestors in a bid to locate their homeworld.
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Of the once innumerable battle clans of the Posleen only a handful survive. And that on the sufferance of a group of despised Indowy and Himmit. Plucked from the maelstrom on Earth, they are cast out into the eternal blackness of the stars with only a slightly insane Indowy and a computer virus to guide them.… (more)

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