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Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
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Nov 22, 11

bookshelves: author-female, female-protagonist, space-opera, romance, war, military, distant-planet, sf, first-person
Read from November 12 to 22, 2011

I like this in theory more than in practice. A prickly, ambitious, sympathetic, PTSDing female protagonist, a romance that reverses a lot of the cliches of the genre, and interesting, slow, psychological bit, all sound good in theory. But reversed cliches are still cliches, and the protag is also, it so happens, a super soldier, amazingly beautiful and a princess. That slow bit makes for somewhat stilted pacing, the technical infodumps become too much and, weirdly, theres something very 80's about the visual imagery. If the book happened to hit my particular buttons, I probably could have overlooked a lot of that and really enjoyed it, but it didn't so it was more of a miss for me, though still hardly a chore.
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