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Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1 (edition 2016)

by Craig Alanson (Author)

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We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news.The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon come ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There go the good old days, when humans only got killed by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar, wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria, to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar, they aren't our enemy, our allies are.I'd better start at the beginning....… (more)
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  Nick4300 | Feb 1, 2022 |
Quality Content.

I haven't read many space operas. Not because I am not interested, but because I have so much to read. However, this particular book I have now read twice. I love it.
Here's what makes the story so great, the humor. Yes, aliens are upon us, yes, there's huge stakes for every move they have to make in this world but it never becomes too much because we have awesome characters with a great sense of humour. The first time we meet Skippy, he gets called an asshole (that's prime storytelling right there).
Seriously though, Craig Alanson knows how to balance humor and serious Situations to give us an incredible story that doesn't get boring or too technical or too melodramatic.
Anyone looking for a good book on aliens, soldiers in space, pirates and shiny beer cans should definitely give this one a go. ( )
  Nannus | Jan 17, 2022 |
A very funny and scifiy (if that is really a word) read!

Straight through to number two!
(No not that number two...)
Speaking of number two, they (Joe and Skippy) were second in the tor.com 'friends in sci-fi' poll. That was my reason for reading this book, which was already on my e-reader. ( )
  mdleenders | Dec 6, 2021 |
***conflicted on 20 aug. 2021***
Why is this on my no-intention-of-reading shelf? I don't know. And now I'm a bit torn because it got recommended by someone who said the author wrote it to feel like SG-1. I adore that show.

I thought maybe the title and the blurb described it put me off? A bit too much of 'we are waging war for your own best will' which seems to be reflected in some of the reviews. "Military fanfiction". If that is what this book truly does then I'm not interested but the thing I loved most of SG-1 was the relationship between the characters and their banter. Sure I love that they were getting in trouble on each new planet but the way they reacted to that made the show worthwhile for me. And I'm a big fan of thrashy stories!
I shall put it on my maybe list for now.

Another reason? It could be that the author has done something which I'm morally opposed to and because I have zero attachment to this Past-Me thought I shouldn't waste my time while there are so many other good books written by people who weren't shitheads. I just can't remember if that is the case here...
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
Alanson, Craig. Columbus Day. Expeditionary Force No. 1. Kindle, 2016.
I keep reading indie space opera with the hope that I will discover another writer as original and fun to read as Nathan Lowell. I picked up Craig Alanson’s Columbus Day because it showed up on the “Readers Also Enjoyed” list for Martha Wells’ Murderbot series. Murderbot features a snarky cyborg; Columbus Day features Skippy, a snarky AI that sometimes looks like a beer can. Our first-person hero is a young soldier in near-future America whose leave is interrupted when Earth is invaded by two interstellar species who are at war with each other. One reviewer panned the book because of its many bad dad jokes. As a frequent committer of that sin myself, I cannot be so unkind. Is Columbus Day as good as anything by Nathan Lowell? No. It is an easy light read that avoids a few military sci-fi clichés and falls into others. 3 stars, but I will read the next one. ( )
  Tom-e | May 7, 2021 |
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We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news.The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon come ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There go the good old days, when humans only got killed by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar, wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria, to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar, they aren't our enemy, our allies are.I'd better start at the beginning....

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We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news.
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon come ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There go the good old days, when humans only got killed by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.
When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar, wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria, to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar, they aren't our enemy, our allies are.
I'd better start at the beginning....
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