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Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder
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Nov 05, 10

bookshelves: audiobook, fiction, science, sf-and-f, space-opera, science-fiction
Read from November 01 to 05, 2010

I liked Queen of Candesce better than Book 1 of Virga (Sun of Suns). I love the cranky, complex, action-oriented female protagonist, Vanera Fanning. I am impressed by the way she develops over the course of the story.

I absolutely love the narrator, Joyce Irvine. She has an unusually harsh voice, but it really works for this book (the POV is mainly the protagonist's).

The overall plot is space-opera based (various governments and government agents trying to defeat each other), which isn't a genre I'm keenly interested in, but the characters are interesting enough that they pull me along.

I don't know enough about physics and engineering to comment on the plausibility of the world-building, but it's clear that the author put a great deal of thought into it, it's different, and it provides opportunities for exciting action.

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