Originally read January 24, 2014
Behemoth: Seppuku is the first sequel in this series that I enjoyed as much as the original Starfish. I can’t put a finger on exactly what elevated this book over books two and three, but I found myself more invested in the story and I had trouble putting the book down. When I did put it down, I often continued to think about the story off and on until I was able to pick it up again. In fact, this morning I woke up half an hour before my alarm went off and started thinking about the book. I ended up picking it up and reading it until it was officially time to wake up. Usually, if I wake up early, I just go back to sleep!
As with the third book, there were very few passages of a primarily technical nature. The book was more story and character-based, and I think it moved at a faster pace than the earlier books. The ending was decent but not amazing. It was what I would call a “hopeful” ending (with plenty of unhappiness mixed in), but it definitely didn’t wrap everything up. I had a few unanswered questions after I’d finished it and there were some small threads that were left hanging.
Overall, I would have liked a more extensive ending. However, I have to admit it’s pretty rare for me to feel completely satisfied with an ending, especially if I like the story. If I really liked a story, I almost always want more details before the story comes to an end.
Note: The author has made all the books in this series available for free under a Creative Commons License. You can download them here: http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts.htm.
The third and the fourth book in this series were originally intended to be published as a single book entitled Behemoth. So, on the author's site, they are packaged together as a single book.