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Red Lightning by John Varley
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Jun 16, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

Almost as good as Red Thunder. Again great characterization, the people come alive. I'll keep these two until my daughter is old enough to read them. I guess when she is 13, 14 it would a good age to start her on realistic SF with strong female (and male) characters and the topics of substance abuse, hangovers, sex, life... I do like that both these books do not shirk toilets, vomit, etc... these are parts of life. Some of the politics in here are interesting - quite existentialist, lots of self determination, lots of hard choices, but trying for a democratic approach. (Of course, keeping up my belief in the possibilities or the European Union and the United Nations, I had to disagree at some points...). I will try the third one in this series (?), even though the descriptions I am finding on the net do sound less convincing...
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