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Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Nov 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, intrigue, romance, science-fiction, social-commentary, war, tragedy, audio, series-open
Recommended to Meredith by: Tina Falkner
Recommended for: Those who like thinking sci-fi.
Read from November 25 to 27, 2011 , read count: 1

I hadn't listened to any science fiction in a while. This was a good reintroduction. A multi-planet universe where each planet has its own unique culture. At first it might seem that Beta is more cultured than Barrayar. Betans perceive the Barrayarians as blood-thirsty fighters, but are clueless of their other qualities. That honor matters (at least to most). While Beta is more cerebral than Barrayar, many of them seen oblivious to the concept of honor.

During the war, Cordelia faces a physical rape. But afterward facing emotional rape on multiple fronts is as deeply is not more disturbing. Where psychiatrists treat patients without identifying themselves as doctors. Where it's considered appropriate to change rooming arrangements so that a psychiatrist is one's roommate, so that even sleep is not safe for fear of talking in one's sleep or being drugged against one's will. And Cordelia's fear of being drugged against one's will is not paranoid, as she discovers after she is home - a place where she thought she'd be safe.

It's one of the interesting things of this novel - the writing is so spar (such that I wondered if the audio book had jumped over pieces), yet full of concepts that make one think and emotions that stay with one.

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