• Title: Template
  • Author: Matthew Hughes Jay Lake
  • ISBN: 9781601252647
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Template When professional duelist Conn Labro escapes indentured servitude as the star player of Horder s Emporium he abandons the gaming world of Thrais and sets out on an interstellar journey filled with mu
    When professional duelist Conn Labro escapes indentured servitude as the star player of Horder s Emporium, he abandons the gaming world of Thrais and sets out on an interstellar journey filled with murder, deceit, and self discovery His only friend on Thrais, discovered dead and tortured, left him enough money to buy himself out of his contract and a curious encrypted beWhen professional duelist Conn Labro escapes indentured servitude as the star player of Horder s Emporium, he abandons the gaming world of Thrais and sets out on an interstellar journey filled with murder, deceit, and self discovery His only friend on Thrais, discovered dead and tortured, left him enough money to buy himself out of his contract and a curious encrypted bearer deed to a mysterious property on the distant edge of the galactic Spray With the seductive, secretive showgirl Jenore Mordene at his side and a villainous pleasure cult dogging his every move, Labro sets out to learn the truth behind his bearer deed and about his own past than he had ever dared bargain for.

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    1. Indentured professional duelist Conn Labro finds his sole friend murdered and his debt cancelled. Among his friend's affects was the deed to an entire world, willed to Labro. Can Labro figure out why his friend was murdered and where he belongs in the universe?Template was a pretty good tale. While on the surface it's a detective story/space opera, it's really a series of culture clashes. Conn's homeworld of Thraiss is centered around greed. Conn's interactions with his eventual love interest, J [...]

    2. Matthew Hughes is one of this country's ten best SF writers, and if you are not already familiar with his work, you should really make a point of picking up one of his books to see if his brand of droll Edwardian dialog and Jack Vance world-building is not exactly what you've been missing. An excellent place to start would be his latest novel, Template. Set in the Archonate universe, Template is nevertheless a self-contained mystery that has no overlap in characters and requires no previous fami [...]

    3. Excellent Vancian Gaean World inspired novel, comparable with the best standalones from that series like Night Lamp. Mr. Hughes is better known for a bunch of Dying World inspired novels - The Archonate - of which I own several but did not really enjoy any so far - stopped in the middle of the first Fool book and tried Majestrum several times until deciding it's not for me - so while I have had a pdf review copy of Template for two years now from PS, i never really looked at it until i saw the b [...]

    4. Vance is gone, thank god that we have Hughes to carry on and fill the void. This is copy 175 of 200 signed numbered copies.

    5. Very entertaining light science-fantasy adventure, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Coming of age story of a young indentured duelist who works his way to the top of his profession on a strange, mercantilist planet. He earns his freedom, and meets a sweet girl. He solves the mystery of his mysterious origin and defeats a nasty villain, with the timely aid of the Archonate police. By the book’s end, he’s growing out of his narrow upbringing, and looking forward to exploring the universe with his n [...]

    6. When I started reading Template, I wasn't sure what to expect other than the basic description. This description did not adequately prepare me for what was coming. (And two months that elapsed between reading the description for purchase and actually reading the book probably did not help matters.)Mr. Hughes style is pretty easy to read, but I had to look up quite a few words (Thank you, Kindle integrated dictionary!). It turns out not all the words appear in the dictionary, so I don't feel quit [...]

    7. Matthew Hughes' mind never ceases to amaze me. The level of invention apparent in every side character and briefly-mentioned world in his Archonate stories is enough to sustain entire stories on its own, and yet we get some new, equally intriguing idea every time we turn the page.The fact that the world he's created can contain so many stories is another testament to his versatility as a writer. This story is a stand-alone (at least so far) among his other Archonate tales, and it feels like an e [...]

    8. Fairly decent unofficial "addition" to the Wyst books by Jack Vance, taking place in the Spray of the 10,000 worlds.A very "Vancian" personality individual, Conn Labro was brought up to be a duelist, but manages to purchase the freedom from his indenture, and goes on an adventure to solve perhaps his background.Along the way, he finds new enemies, defeats some, finds love, and discovers a lot more about how humanity and culture work among some of the various human cultures.The hero is very likab [...]

    9. While at first the detached narration is a bit off putting, as the subtle nuances of the universe Hughes creates and the mystery around the main character intensifies, it becomes fitting. Overall this book had great action, interesting plot twists, and beautiful worlds. My only real complaint is that I would have liked more character development from the secondary characters, but this can be forgiven when balanced against excellent social commentary and a good plot of self-discovery.

    10. Matthew Hughes is an under-appreciated writer. For years he has been toiling in a mainly Jack Vancean sort of vein, turning out stories and novels set in a world where science is just about to turn over to magic, but not quite yet. Old Earth, with a baroque and dizzying array of ancient cultures, is a rich field for Hughes to explore. On an even larger scale, Old Earth is itself but one planet in "The Spray", Hughes's answer to Jack Vance's Oikumene. A dizzying array of planets of even more dive [...]

    11. All the best sci-fi novels are, at their cores, novels of ideas. Template is no different, exploring philosophies of the defining traits of societies and what it means to belong. Here's the thing with this book, tho: while written in the third person, it takes the narrative view of the hero of the piece, Conn Labro, an orphan raised by a gaming house as a master duelist on a world that abides by a philosophy that reduces or, generously, simplifies human interactions to profit/loss transactions. [...]

    12. koeur.wordpress/2014/05/27Publisher: Matthew Hughes Publishing Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9780988107847 Genre: SciFi Rating: 4.8/5Publisher Description: When professional duelist Conn Labro escapes indentured servitude as the star player of Horder’s Emporium, he abandons the gaming world of Thrais and sets out on an interstellar journey filled with murder, deceit, and self-discovery. His only friend on Thrais, discovered dead and tortured, left him enough money to buy himself out of his contract an [...]

    13. Highly entertaining,deep,understated SF adventure set in the far future about strange,different human cultures. Conn Labro was a compelling hero.Clearly inspired by Jack Vance SF but also a very good book on its own. The only weaknesses in the book was the slight standard ending,the female characters.Mattew Hughes was interesting,different enough that i look forward to reading his other Archonate stories.

    14. win. Will read and review once received.When I first started reading this book I felt a little off about it. I believe that to be the writing. It was something different and something I needed to get used to, but once past that I really got hooked by the story. I can't believe I have not came across this author before. It was a great read. i would recommend.

    15. nhwvejournal/1034017ml[return][return]In style, it is a conscious homage to Jack Vance, whose Tales of the Dying Earth I enjoyed a couple of years ago. There are three notable differences. First, Hughes' hero, Conn Labro, is a na

    16. An interesting story, although the ending is fairly evident about halfway through. Also, the writing felt stilted, although that might have been the protagonist's stunted perspective. Definitely open to reading more from Hughes.

    17. Fantasstic light reading. It's been a while since I've read a straightforward sci-fi where there are straightforward plotlines and no overbearing emo undertones. I wish we learned to think beyond ourselves, think big, and not take the the meaninglessness of the vast universe personally.

    18. The author was kind enough to provide a pre-publication copy of this work, and I just haven't been able to put it down. It's fascinating reading for any fans of his Archonate works.

    19. bland, obvious after i thought about the title, philosophical musings too transparent not well integrated

    20. The worlds, cultures and characters Hughes creates are expansive and richly detailed. While sometimes those details weighed upon the story's pacing, it was an overall satisfying read.

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