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In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S.M. Stirling
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Jul 23, 2010

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bookshelves: alternate-history, sci-fi
Read in July, 2010

I think I enjoyed this one even more than The Sky People (first in the series.)
The literal translation of the Martians' speech was occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.
(A favorite quote:
[mercenary captain to ship crew:] "I don't care what you think about the Terrans as long as you fear me as you do personal extinction."
[crew, in chorus:] "We do fear you, even to the relaxation of sphincters!"
)
I found myself admiring the highly pragmatic, straightforward, and rarely dishonest Martian culture.
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