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Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: queer, sf
Read from July 23 to 25, 2011

I'm wavering between three and four stars. I think I liked this one more than a lot of you did. I like that Bujold felt confident enough in her series that she could step away from her main character entirely. I'm not sure whether this one was written earlier or whether she slotted it into the chronology of the other books. Either way, I enjoyed getting to know more about Elli Quinn. Ethan's terror about women and skewed world view made him an entertaining character to follow as well. It was fun watching him adapt to the secular world. Bujold's gender reversal on the B-movie style Planet of Women was clever. I found the cast of characters in Cetaganda confusing at times, so I appreciated this book's smaller roster. Like that one, it's essentially a mystery in SF clothing; unlike that book, this one feels self-contained. I don't know if we'll encounter Ethan again, but I feel like his story has been told.
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message 1: by Marlee (new)

Marlee Pinsker I liked this book, too. I liked the character of Elli Quinn because she seemed to be your typical "strong man, some humorous asides" kind of character, except she was a woman. The way it fitted in with the other books was good too, with the strange birth ships of Cetaganda involved. As usual with Bujold, it was involving and interesting. I sure would like to see a sequel when Elli Quinn would meet some of her sons!


Sarah I'm guessing they don't pop up again, then, since you've finished the series and I haven't. I was wondering if they would work back into the story.


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