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Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Oct 13, 11

Read in October, 2011

"Shards of Honor" is classic, fast-paced science fiction. It doesn't try to be fancy and covers familiar ground in new ways. There's enough world-building to make the environment and politics come alive, but not so much that it slows down the pace. It's the world as seen by how it affects the two main leads rather than a dump of information about how every detail of the cultures work. I liked that.

The romantic development wasn't obvious, but it did make sense. The two seemed to understand each other due to some basic similarities in their personality, and Vorkosigan seemed to grasp that Cordelia had the answers to some things that bothered him about his culture and way of doing things. They were good together.

There was a fair amount of explicit bad language. There was a near-rape scene that involved a mention that she was now naked, but body parts weren't mentioned and it was more a threat build-up that an actual assault. There were no "having sex" scenes. I'd recommend this engaging novel.
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