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Blind Space by Marie Sexton
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Apr 26, 2012

Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Captain Tristan Kelley is head of Prince Rickard's guard, but is unable to convince the prince not to take a risky route to a pleasure resort, resulting in their ship being taken hostage by pirates. Kelley is blinded (temporarily) in the attack, and his attempts to fight back have drawn the attention of Valero, one of those disturbingly ethical pirate captains who sets out to seduce Kelley. In addition, Kelley begins to wonder if the Prince, and the regime he represents, are really worthy of his service...

There is absolutely no need for this book to be set in space, rather than, say, yet another cod-medieval Europe (historical or fantastical, I'm not fussy), and it's kind of annoying that it is. Space pirates, flash guns and raids on helium mines all have the potential for a much more exciting space opera, but while I enjoyed the romance to a certain degree - I did think Kelley needed to be a hell of a lot less passive for a guard captain, as he only really gets one tiny bit of a fight scene - it really is a waste of a setting. There's no real sense of the corrupt Empire that's supposed to be behind everything, there's no nifty use of the minimal technology mentioned (and I do mean minimal. Kelley has no form of electronic communication with his guards), and even the food - hard cheese, dried meat, ice wine - felt medieval. No aliens, no robots, no cyborgs. Possibly this is also because I just finished playing Mass Effect 3, but I do expect more from something set IN SPACE.

My general disgruntlement over this has probably masked the rest of the book. The temporary blindness is an annoying gimmick (Kelley appears to only have trouble pissing when he's in Valero's quarters, for example), but does have one nice moment when Kelley is trying to pick out Valero from the terrifying gang of pirates once his sight's returned. I like that Kelley has a kink (dressing in lingerie) that Valero enjoys indulging him in. I did want to actually have scenes with the space pirates doing piratey things, and I wanted to have some idea of how the spaceship actually worked (does it land? dock? travel entirely through its hyperspace variant) and possibly I should just read something other than romances for this, but Marie Sexton did a perfectly good job of conveying contemporary settings in Strawberries for Dessert (which I loved), so I will stick to feeling that this could have been done better.
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even the food - hard cheese, dried meat, ice wine - felt medieval.

Fucking robbed, man. If she couldn't even be bothered inventing protein injections and amino acid eyewash, she's got no right to be setting it in space. Hard cheese, wth.


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