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Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Jul 01, 2010

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bookshelves: in-space, science-fiction
Recommended for: space opera fans
Read in July, 2010

Ethan of Athos is a fun, fast-paced space thriller. Perhaps a little too fast-paced, since there were some intriguing characters and bits of worldbuilding that I would have enjoyed seeing in more detail.

The main character, Ethan, is a doctor from a planet, Athos (gotta love a title that tells it like it is) where there are no women. (As a side note, I find it hard to believe that the all-male Athos could be quite so idyllic.) For the 200 years since the planet was founded, the men have reproduced using artificial uteruses and cultured ovarian tissue. Ethan must head off into the wider universe to get replacements for aging ovary cultures. His head is stuffed full of anti-female propaganda. As he's forced to interact with women, especially a mercenary named Ellie Quinn, it's interesting to watch Ethan's struggle between everything he's ever been taught and his basic human decency. There's a whole lot of intrigue, including some misuse of newt meat. It's also nice to see a non-straight main character in a sci-fi novel.

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