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ELH Fiction
« on: 07 May 2021, 12:01:22 »
Hello, all-

I start a thread about the ELH fiction we're receiving this summer!  When I was a kid, the ELH were the unit I wanted to be in, you know?  So I'm excited about this, and can't see where it goes!

(Yes, I know this all sounds incredibly self-serving,  ;) but I really AM excited for this whole series!  :)

The first story in the series had an incredibly difficult task, to set up the whole future of the ELH, while also being its own great story; I think it nailed it.

I think Craig's story knocks it out of the park: while I had a suspicion the main character wouldn't shoot I wasn't 100% sure and that's a good thing!  I think its depiction of grief and rage was solid and overall, I enjoyed it!

Can't wait to see where it goes from here!

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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #1 on: 12 May 2021, 23:01:50 »
I really enjoyed the first two stories and felt the same tension as you in the second story. That's good storytelling. Looking forward to more.

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« Reply #2 on: 21 May 2021, 07:23:29 »
I've bought some of the stories, especially the pre-Succession War or about to accrue.  Their too darn short for me, i want a book!

I may wait getting rest of it when collection / anthology comes out.
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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #3 on: 21 May 2021, 07:37:08 »
I am waiting for the PoD Omnibus that is hopefully coming once all the stories are done (like Tukayyid and the Proliferation Cycle)
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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #4 on: 24 May 2021, 20:18:38 »
The first story in the series had an incredibly difficult task, to set up the whole future of the ELH, while also being its own great story; I think it nailed it.

I really enjoyed the first two stories and felt the same tension as you in the second story. That's good storytelling. Looking forward to more.

Thanks!  I'm really glad you enjoyed "Conflicts of Interest."
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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #5 on: 04 June 2021, 07:11:55 »
 :bang: ??? ::) OK! I have part 1 and thinking of buying part 3 ,BUT WHERE IS part 2 and is that Craig Reed story. I look all over for part 2 but I can't find it . I need some help here.

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« Reply #6 on: 04 June 2021, 09:24:52 »
:bang: ??? ::) OK! I have part 1 and thinking of buying part 3 ,BUT WHERE IS part 2 and is that Craig Reed story. I look all over for part 2 but I can't find it . I need some help here.

https://www.amazon.com/BattleTech-Tears-Eridani-Light-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B092HW6J1G/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&qid=1622816615&refinements=p_27%3ACraig+A.+Reed&s=digital-text&sr=1-3&text=Craig+A.+Reed

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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #7 on: 04 June 2021, 21:26:26 »
I liked this one, showing how the ELH is striving to hold true to its ideals even as the Inner Sphere collapses around them.  Good Stuff!

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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #8 on: 04 June 2021, 21:49:17 »
Yeah, but what's wrong with a little bank robbery when it's Steiners you're ripping off?
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« Reply #9 on: 05 June 2021, 08:04:02 »
 ;D Thank you sir for the link. trboturtle so it is your story.  ??? Question here why on Amazon? I go to the Cat store and wait for at least 3 or 4 items before I buy , which just did. I'll get your story it just I'm going to have to get other items there as well.

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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #10 on: 05 June 2021, 21:29:42 »
Yeah, but what's wrong with a little bank robbery when it's Steiners you're ripping off?

Almost a victimless crime! hahaha

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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #11 on: 06 June 2021, 23:30:51 »
just finish the 3rd book, i know understand the steiner being job jokes.  While the story was OK, i just couldn't get into it.  It was too short and paint by numbers type of story.  Much like the rest of the light horse so far.  maybe i am getting jaded. 

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« Reply #12 on: 12 June 2021, 16:36:05 »
I've just finished the second one.  I left a review on Amazon stating I knew the Eridani Light Horses but I really don't.

I've read the unit histories and what they've done over the years then you read these books and suddenly you understand just how brutal the earlier fights or the BattleTech universe were and what... had to be done

Both stories sucked me in and I couldn't put it down until I was done.  Both stories worked for me and I liked the length and characters

I loved the fact that the first story they refused to kill them all then the next one became more personal different stakes and showed if you push someone you'll get a reaction
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« Reply #13 on: 12 June 2021, 17:44:45 »
I've just finished the second one.  I left a review on Amazon stating I knew the Eridani Light Horses but I really don't.

I've read the unit histories and what they've done over the years then you read these books and suddenly you understand just how brutal the earlier fights or the BattleTech universe were and what... had to be done

Both stories sucked me in and I couldn't put it down until I was done.  Both stories worked for me and I liked the length and characters

I loved the fact that the first story they refused to kill them all then the next one became more personal different stakes and showed if you push someone you'll get a reaction

Looking at Battletech history, every time a mercenary unit's dependants were killed, the results for the people doing it are not good......

Wolf's Dragoons and Hansen's Roughriders come to mind....

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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #14 on: 13 June 2021, 00:05:04 »
Looking at Battletech history, every time a mercenary unit's dependants were killed, the results for the people doing it are not good......

Wolf's Dragoons and Hansen's Roughriders come to mind....

Craig

You would think of some point someone would stop trying to hold family hostages.  the only one that work that i know of so far was the 21 century lancer who dependents were held hostage so the word could take there place

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« Reply #15 on: 13 June 2021, 13:19:32 »
Looking at Battletech history, every time a mercenary unit's dependants were killed, the results for the people doing it are not good......

Wolf's Dragoons and Hansen's Roughriders come to mind....

Craig

or that Lyran Guard unit I saw in FM:LA this morning whlle I was skimming it, lemme pull it up on PDF to find out which one ... ok, so I don't have it?  Odd!  Ok, lemme go to the store and WHY IS THIS STILL NOT AVAILABLE?? GAHHH???

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ok, so, yeah, it happened to a Lyran unit once, too -I PROMISE-  :D :D ;D

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« Reply #16 on: 08 August 2021, 16:05:47 »
Mendrugo just read the last ELH story and is like, "CRIMENY HANSA, I have to REORGANIZE, like, HALF of the Succession Wars chronological pages now!"  ;) ;D

(for the record, this slides in EXACTLY after Chapter 2 of "Warrior: Coupe," like a Chapter 2.5... )

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« Reply #17 on: 15 August 2021, 05:36:55 »
Mendrugo just read the last ELH story and is like, "CRIMENY HANSA, I have to REORGANIZE, like, HALF of the Succession Wars chronological pages now!"  ;) ;D

(for the record, this slides in EXACTLY after Chapter 2 of "Warrior: Coupe," like a Chapter 2.5... )

reading the account of the latest Light horse book. (there no we in mercenary)  Overall i enjoy the story, it was basic one long battle but told as a debriefing.  the events of the battle was not something i was aware of previously so to me it was just a little nice backstory of what had happen including how the light horse manage to push a warrior house off world but still retaining  combat stregth.  It also show how Comstar had gotten some of the event wrong.  The only thing going by the note mention in another thread if they had reported the death of winston.  Perhaps don't mention he survive in the middle of the battle.   Of course you couldn't hide that he was still alive since he was the one giving the debriefing, but as far as comstar intel has to know they got to think he had died when he didn't and that had to be reported in the battlefiend at some point.  Overall an enjoayble read

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« Reply #18 on: 19 August 2021, 07:32:32 »
Mendrugo just read the last ELH story and is like, "CRIMENY HANSA, I have to REORGANIZE, like, HALF of the Succession Wars chronological pages now!"  ;) ;D

(for the record, this slides in EXACTLY after Chapter 2 of "Warrior: Coupe," like a Chapter 2.5... )

The reorganizing wouldn't be so much of a pain if it weren't for the per-post character limit. 
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Re: ELH Fiction
« Reply #19 on: 10 October 2021, 22:35:53 »
Story seven is up on Amazon, and I really kinda liked it.  talking to Alan about his plot a few months ago, I thought this was going to be tenser and all grr-grr-grr but it was a quiet little world-builder.  I honestly feel like, once the ELH campaign is done, this would be a wonderful little story to post for free on amazon and on the Catalyst home page / downloads page, etc., as a "taste" of the universe (alongside other stories with more shooting) to show the humans and the humanity behind the Mechs.

good stuff!

I will note that's 2 stories in a row someone's woken up with a hangover. Hmm, I wonder if the next story will give us the hat trick...   8) ;D

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« Reply #20 on: 11 October 2021, 02:09:51 »
Story seven is up on Amazon, and I really kinda liked it.  talking to Alan about his plot a few months ago, I thought this was going to be tenser and all grr-grr-grr but it was a quiet little world-builder.  I honestly feel like, once the ELH campaign is done, this would be a wonderful little story to post for free on amazon and on the Catalyst home page / downloads page, etc., as a "taste" of the universe (alongside other stories with more shooting) to show the humans and the humanity behind the Mechs.

good stuff!

I will note that's 2 stories in a row someone's woken up with a hangover. Hmm, I wonder if the next story will give us the hat trick...   8) ;D

It was good. I expect nothing less from Alan Brundage. I would describe View from the Ground as a slice-of-life story. It can be read as a standalone, but unless the reader is familiar with BattleTech events, the foreboding foreshadow at the end will not land.

Brundage manage give me a gut punch without having any on screen characters deaths or a climatic battle.
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« Reply #21 on: 11 October 2021, 07:31:59 »
It was good. I expect nothing less from Alan Brundage. I would describe View from the Ground as a slice-of-life story. It can be read as a standalone, but unless the reader is familiar with BattleTech events, the foreboding foreshadow at the end will not land.

Brundage manage give me a gut punch without having any on screen characters deaths or a climatic battle.
you mean how the ELH doesn't make it, or was she in a different, later story?

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« Reply #22 on: 11 October 2021, 14:47:58 »
you mean how the ELH doesn't make it, or was she in a different, later story?

I'm referring to the characters hopes that the Second Star League will bring more years of peace to the Inner Sphere. Many of us know that the FedCom Civil War is about to kick off which leads to the disbandment of the new League.
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« Reply #23 on: 11 October 2021, 19:57:04 »
I'm referring to the characters hopes that the Second Star League will bring more years of peace to the Inner Sphere. Many of us know that the FedCom Civil War is about to kick off which leads to the disbandment of the new League.

ah. what I thought, but thought I'd check. :-)

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« Reply #24 on: 11 October 2021, 20:30:58 »
Story seven is up on Amazon, and I really kinda liked it.  talking to Alan about his plot a few months ago, I thought this was going to be tenser and all grr-grr-grr but it was a quiet little world-builder.  I honestly feel like, once the ELH campaign is done, this would be a wonderful little story to post for free on amazon and on the Catalyst home page / downloads page, etc., as a "taste" of the universe (alongside other stories with more shooting) to show the humans and the humanity behind the Mechs.

good stuff!

I will note that's 2 stories in a row someone's woken up with a hangover. Hmm, I wonder if the next story will give us the hat trick...   8) ;D

It was good. I expect nothing less from Alan Brundage. I would describe View from the Ground as a slice-of-life story. It can be read as a standalone, but unless the reader is familiar with BattleTech events, the foreboding foreshadow at the end will not land.

Brundage manage give me a gut punch without having any on screen characters deaths or a climatic battle.

Oh wow. Thanks, guys. :)
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« Reply #25 on: 23 October 2021, 00:29:03 »
well finish the latest of the stories, view from the ground.  Like all the light horse stories this one feature a slice of life moment of a new mech lance just reform and the hope and dream of its mechwarriors on the new star league.  Hindsight being what it is we , the reader know how it turns out but for the people on the ground it was about the uncertainly if the experiment will work.  The event of the story seem to take place right after Operation Serpent and right to the change of the new elected  first lord Theodore. 

it was short and sweet and i found myself intrigue a bit on the characters but like all these story just too sure to get completely invested just enough to hold your attention.  It was also the first time i seen a battlehawk being use in fictions that am aware of.  So yeah for that