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The Praxis by Walter Jon Williams
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Aug 13, 10

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Read in August, 2010

Walter Jon Williams fell victim to the convention of so many sci-fi writers who pretend to write trilogies when what they really write is one beginning, one middle, and one end in three volumes. In case you're wondering, I don't like that. My one-person protest is to rate the trilogy as a single book. In order to discover the complete rating, all three reviews must be read.

The Praxis is a great beginning. It sets up a fascinating multiple sentient empire ruled by the Shaa for eons. The two main characters, Lieutenant Gareth Martinez and Lady Sula are introduced as they work together to save a sun-racer's life.

Everyone is living in a kind of limbo as the last Shaa is about to die. No one knows how the empire will survive, but everyone hopes that life will continue to go on as normal. It doesn't.

The Praxis quickly pulled me into the Shaa's universe and enveloped me in politics, cultures, and fascination with the breakdown of a static civilation.

It's a great beginning.
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