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William C. Dietz

Autor(a) de Halo: The Flood

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About the Author

William C. Dietz is an American writer best known for his military science fiction. He spent time in the US Navy and the US Marine Corps, and has worked as a surgical technician, news writer, television producer, and director of public relations. He has written more than 40 novels, as well as mostrar mais tie-in novels for Halo, Mass Effect, Resistance, Starcraft, Star Wars, and Hitman. mostrar menos
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Obras de William C. Dietz

Halo: The Flood (2003) 1,161 cópias
Legion of the Damned (1993) 468 cópias
Soldier for the Empire (1997) 284 cópias
The Final Battle (Legion) (1995) 284 cópias
Death Day (2001) 276 cópias
By Force of Arms (2000) 239 cópias
By Blood Alone (Legion) (1999) 232 cópias
Earth Rise (2002) 232 cópias
Rebel Agent (1998) 209 cópias
Runner (2005) 203 cópias
Jedi Knight (1998) 173 cópias
For More Than Glory (Legion) (2003) 162 cópias
Steelheart (1998) 158 cópias
Where the Ships Die (1996) 149 cópias
For Those Who Fell (Legion) (2004) 149 cópias
StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils (2010) 144 cópias
Drifter (1991) 144 cópias
Galactic Bounty (1986) 143 cópias
Mass Effect: Deception (2012) 137 cópias
Drifter's War (1992) 134 cópias
Logos Run (2006) 132 cópias
Imperial Bounty (1988) 132 cópias
Andromeda's Fall (2012) 124 cópias
Drifter's Run (1992) 120 cópias
Resistance The Gathering Storm (2009) 119 cópias
Alien Bounty (1990) 101 cópias
Prison Planet (1989) 99 cópias
At Empire's Edge (2009) 86 cópias
Freehold (1987) 85 cópias
McCade's Bounty (1990) 83 cópias
Hitman: Enemy Within (2007) 82 cópias
Andromeda's War (2014) 63 cópias
Deadeye (Mutant Files) (2015) 50 cópias
Matrix Man (1990) 46 cópias
Bones of Empire (2010) 43 cópias
Mars Prime (1992) 37 cópias
McCade for Hire (2004) 30 cópias
Redzone (2015) 26 cópias
McCade on the Run (2005) 23 cópias
Graveyard: The Mutant Files (2016) 22 cópias
Battle Hymn (America Rising) (2018) 20 cópias
Snake Eye (2008) 12 cópias
Red Ice (Winds of War) (2018) 12 cópias
Red Sands (2021) 3 cópias
Red Tide (2021) 3 cópias
Crickets (2022) 3 cópias
Red River (2022) 2 cópias
Red Thunder (Winds of War) (2020) 2 cópias
EarthGrip 2 cópias
Ejecta (2013) 2 cópias
Resistance, Ein Sturm zieht auf 01 (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Red Dog 1 exemplar(es)
MASS EFFECT - DECEPTION (WILLI (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Naujasis legionas 1 exemplar(es)
The Seeds of Man (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Crickets 2 (2023) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Elemental (2006) — Contribuinte — 175 cópias
Infinite Stars (2017) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
Steampunk'd (2010) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe (2013) — Contribuinte — 78 cópias
Treachery and Treason (2000) — Contribuinte — 77 cópias
The War Years (1990) — Contribuinte, algumas edições62 cópias
Hath No Fury (2018) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Horrors Beyond 2: Stories of Strange Creations (2007) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
The Siege of Arista (1991) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
MECH: Age of Steel (2017) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The Razor's Edge (2018) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Dietz, William Corey
Outros nomes
Dietz, Bill
Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Seattle, Washington, USA
University of Washington
science fiction writer
United States Navy
United States Marine Corps



Thin and lame.

Let's be clear, when I'm reading military sci-fi, I'm not expecting Pulitzer material, or even Heinlein and Pournelle. Even with those expectations, this is still weak.

The few pages of military action are actually not bad, and if there'd been more of it, I would have got some of what I expected. Instead I got endless pages of poor attempts at political intrigue and a half hearted try at a love triangle Harlequin readers would giggle at. And no, mentioning null G sex in passing a couple of times with the only character that's ever described as attractive doesn't help any.

Plot holes like Swiss cheese and no real redeeming features. Skip it.
… (mais)
furicle | Aug 5, 2023 |
I've heard mentioned many times this is the 'way of the future' - Video games spawning books and movies rather than the other way around. This book is a perfect example of how not to do it.

After reading [b:The Fall of Reach|60229|The Fall of Reach (Halo, #1)|Eric S. Nylund|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170538877s/60229.jpg|1881174] I had decent expectations for this one, and ended up pretty disappointed. The Fall Of Reach is an OK novel with elements of the game folded into it. The authour worked hard to make a storyline and plot that hung together and fleshed out what we knew from the game.

This book on the other hand is mostly vast swathes of extra descriptive game walk-thru. And trust me, while I really enjoy playing Halo, a first person shooter game walk thru is not gripping reading material.
Turn left, shoot three Grunts, go up stairs, use grenade on group of Elites on walkway, turn right, shoot Grunt...
you get the picture.

I'm guessing the authour had zero lattitude to play with the story line. There are some original touches here or there, expanding on things from the game or adding bits not there at all. Those parts are actually pretty decent, and the only parts that read like a story. As for the rest of it, Master Chief and Cortana show more character in the game than they do here.

If you're a Halo fanatic and haven't read the book, then maybe there's something here for you, but otherwise try something else.
… (mais)
furicle | outras 25 resenhas | Aug 5, 2023 |
"The countdown continues
in Earthrise, coming from
Ace Books in the fall of 2002!"

After investing 19 precious days reading a book that I thought had an ending, and I come to the above statement, I believe I have a right to be disappointed. I quadruple-checked Deathday's dust cover and located no notice that it was "number 1" in a series of books.

Deathday by William C. Dietz (another author who should go faceless)is a good old fashioned Earth versus alien invaders story. And while having one big strike against it being a 'Surprise! I'm book one in a series', it also deserves kudos for not having even one explicit sex scene in it.

Oh but Dietz's character's utter the most powerful word in the English language (sadly it is no longer 'freedom') and that is 'nigger'. And author Dietz will probably be hung with a noose from the nearest tree for using it too. (Oops, forgot we cannot use the word 'noose' either. Sorry.)

His concept is that the insect-invaders, the Zin's, being dark-brown, and many African-Americans also being dark-brown, the Zins make our human blacks overseers of the whites just as the Zin's are masters of their own lighter-skinned brethren, the Fon. Got that?

The ruling Zin race is able to leap thirty feet straight up and sometimes come squat down on an unwary human, and are as ruthless as ruthless can be and I loved it. Their religion, which causes them to conquer Earth in order to build their temples, has more fables and falsehoods than Scientology. (Knock! Knock! Who's that at my door but Cruise, Smith, Travolta and Phoenix, Arizona's own 'Wonderful Russ'?)

'White Separatists,' American-Blacks segregated out by the bugs for the higher slave positions, professional ex-soldier bodyguards for the black human 'president', 'Survivalists', a love triangle, and hidden unrest among their fellow-cockroaches-made-slaves, all add to the suspense, turmoil and action of Deathday.

The title of Deathday refers to another unique and interesting concept author Dietz dreamed up concerning the life-cycle of our alien-invaders.

Some of the metaphors are silly. One being that, since the Zins have pincers and not hands, several times an idea is rejected "... out of pincer." Har! Get it, ha, ha, ha, not.

I found more than one odd metaphor along the lines of, "... as the Suburban's huge mud and snow tires whispered down the street ..." I've heard mud and snow tires, but I've never heard them "whispering down" any of my streets. He also lards his sentences with so many adjectives that rather than drawing the reader deeper into the scene, he is distracted by having to chew up and then spit out so many unneeded descriptors.

Deathday is a good 'Mankind versus the Aliens' book. And if you don't mind reading several books to get to the conclusion, it'd be a fun series to read. However, I continue to be upset by being tricked into buying a book that does not end when I have a good-sized unread library of books that do have endings and are waiting to be read.

… (mais)
AZBob1951 | outras 2 resenhas | Oct 27, 2021 |
Dietz, William C. Deadeye. Mutant Files No. 1. Ace, 2015.
William C. Dietz is best known as a writer of military scifi, including novelizations based on the Halo universe. So, it is no surprise that when he writes a near-future police thriller, his heroine is a crack shot, the bad guys are very bad indeed, and there are lots of them. Bioterroism has produced an America divided into norms and mutants, with a few cyborgs tossed in for good measure. The heroine is likably kickass, but the plot is a bit predictable in places. A strong 3 stars.… (mais)
Tom-e | outras 6 resenhas | Apr 12, 2021 |



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