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In Conquest Born by C.S. Friedman
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Aug 09, 2013

really liked it
Read in January, 1995

I did not realize till much later that C.S. Friedman was a female author. I hate to admit this but I avoided female SF writers as a rule because I was fearful of the story becoming a romance novel. Sad, I know. Anne McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley were among the great female SF writes that really changed my mindset. Enter C. S. Friedman who's book I had enjoyed so much in the 90s. I hate to even say this but... Friedman writes like a man. Looking back now, it makes more sense now. His ... uh, her female characters are not the 2 dimensional female cutouts that we see too often from that awful SF writers. Characterization is done very well and their fears become your fears. Speaking of fear, C.S. Friendman is the queen of tension, so much so that I'd almost classify this novel as "SciFi horror" , though scifi "thriller" may be more appropriate. Anyway, I enjoyed this and thanks to Goodreads I now know a sequel was made. Sweet!
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