On the Horizon – station eternity (Mur Lafferty) – Unpopular Opinion Time!

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Here be me honest musings . . .

Title: station eternity
Author: Mur Lafferty
Publisher: Berkely Publishing Group
Publication Date: TODAY! (paperback & e-book)
ISBN: 978-0593098110
Source:  NetGalley

Station Eternity (The Midsolar Murders, #1)

I really enjoyed some of the author’s work in the past so I was excited to read this murder mystery set aboard the Eternity space station.  Supposedly this be the first book of a series.  I wish I would have known that before picking it up.  Though I am not sure if that would have completely helped.  I really don’t get all the four and five star reviews.

This book had a fun premise in that Mallory Viridian, a human, seems to be a magnet for death.  Where she goes, it seems someone gets murdered.  So she spends a lot of time avoiding people and hopes that by fleeing to the space station, where there is only one other human, she can finally relax.  I really enjoyed the set-up and how she gets to Station Eternity.  I liked the ridiculous human diplomat.  I also enjoyed the different aliens on the station itself.

Sadly once the other humans are scheduled to come to the station and  murders begin, the plot began to be beyond strange.  I did enjoy the effects of the unhappy space station.  I did enjoy learning how all the humans related to Mallory.  I also liked the side characters of the feisty grandmother, the rapper, and the rock princess.  I did not enjoy any of the murder mystery.  Mallory does not actually seem to do any sleuthing.  Also most events seemed to be either completely nonsensical or contradictory.  This book was a choppy mess.

I am not sure exactly where the plot is supposed to go in the next book.  Curiosity may lead me to reading the next book but the expectations for it have been lowered substantially.  Just know that pretty much everyone disagreed with me and loved this.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

From idyllic small towns to claustrophobic urban landscapes, Mallory Viridian is constantly embroiled in murder cases that only she has the insight to solve. But outside of a classic mystery novel, being surrounded by death doesn’t make you a charming amateur detective, it makes you a suspect and a social pariah. So when Mallory gets the opportunity to take refuge on a sentient space station, she thinks she has the solution. Surely the murders will stop if her only company is alien beings. At first her new existence is peacefully quiet…and markedly devoid of homicide.

But when the station agrees to allow additional human guests, Mallory knows the break from her peculiar reality is over. After the first Earth shuttle arrives, and aliens and humans alike begin to die, the station is thrown into peril. Stuck smack-dab in the middle of an extraterrestrial whodunit, and wondering how in the world this keeps happening to her anyway, Mallory has to solve the crime—and fast—or the list of victims could grow to include everyone on board….

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Mur Lafferty – Author

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4 thoughts on “On the Horizon – station eternity (Mur Lafferty) – Unpopular Opinion Time!

  1. Hm. Really good murder mysteries are far harder to write well than many folks appreciate – and I reckon that’s why a lot of authors who haven’t previously specialised in them come to grief. For starters, you do need a plot outline and a strong sense of whodunit and why before you dive into the story. It sounds as if there are a great beginning – and then when the nuts and bolts of the murder mystery came into play, it all starts fraying around the edges. Thank you for a great review, Cap.


  2. I’m really curious about this one because it seems like a send-up of the traditional murder mystery book, but I haven’t seen a ton of hype about it. Maybe middling expectations for it will help my enjoyment of the book.


  3. I’m about halfway through and having similar issues. It was strange that the first 5 or 6 chapters were told form Mallory’s POV but then it suddenly switches to other characters. I wonder if the story would work better staying with her for the entire book?


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