This is book one in the Needlecraft Mystery Series and this series came recommended by one of my fellow scifi book group members.
This was another bra...moreThis is book one in the Needlecraft Mystery Series and this series came recommended by one of my fellow scifi book group members.
This was another brain-candy, light mystery. I was particularly partial to the Twin Cities setting being from there myself and could follow the streets and highways and places. However, I was a little disappointed in that I figured out "who done it" almost immediately, but since I liked the characters, it wasn't hard to keep turning the pages. Another good beach or vacation book.
This is the second time I've read this book, but I wasn't posting reviews at the time of the first reading. I also "read" this as an audiobook. As I'v...moreThis is the second time I've read this book, but I wasn't posting reviews at the time of the first reading. I also "read" this as an audiobook. As I've mentioned before, a narrator can make or break a book for a reader, and I'm bouncing off this narrator. The voices and accents just aren't working for me.
I recall detesting this book the first time I read it (I'm guessing it was about 15 years ago?), but not having anything to review, I couldn't recall exactly why. Well, time didn't make this book better - I still loathed it and contemplated returning it unfinished to the library.
What didn't work for me? The over-the-top minor antagonist of Pavel Young. The sexual innuendo and outright blantant language didn't fit the book. Yes, we find out the details of Honor's sexual assult while at Saganami Island, but having to listen to Pavel talk about "another notch in his headboard" when he is an officer of HMS didn't seem congruent.
So Admiral Parks doesn't like his assigned Flag Officer (Honor) and so he doesn't invite her to The Meetings. Didn't make sense given the military hierarchy Weber has established; so an officer doesn't like another, you still act and behave in accordance with RMN protocol - as Admiral Parks told Honor to do at the end of the book when instructed to bring Pavel Young back for a military court marshal.
The Peoples Republic of Haven "revolution" - the reader really doesn't have enough background information to be able to tell if this whole subplot works - and in my opinion, it didn't.
Too much tactical information. A peeve of mine. I really don't care to know how fast a missle is going in deep space, nor the logistics of trying to turn a Reliant Class dreadnought in the heat of battle and which nodes are exploding.
Romance in scifi/space opera rarely works.
Ultimately, this wasn't the book for me. If you like in depth and detailed space tactics thinly disguised under the guise of a military engagement, this would be a book for you. (less)