Five stars because perfect | I wish more books were like this | not enough books like this | so affirming to introverts and other ignored people who wFive stars because perfect | I wish more books were like this | not enough books like this | so affirming to introverts and other ignored people who want to be liberated AND recognized as valuable.
Maybe not five stars "amazing" like bowl-you-over-intense, but that's exactly why it's five stars "NEED MORE/perfect". It even ends perfectly like a bedtime story. Before the first chapter was over I wanted to share it with a bunch of loved ones.
This is the third Elizabeth Moon I've read; I'm enjoying piecing her work together. The three have been different (not of a series, for one thing, but different in more ways than that): The Speed of Dark was the first one I read, then Trading in Danger. I'm excited to have so many of her books to look forward to. They're entertaining without being terrifying or stressful, and feel in line with my introverted values (though I wasn't super stoked by the slut-stereotyping in this book, I can still appreciate being annoyed by the pathological flirt character) and address topics most relaxing entertainment doesn't but without beating you over the head about it. Stuff just is, matter-of-factly, but NOT apathetically.
There's a solid trustworthy steadfastness about the Elizabeth Moon books I've read -- her characters, the stories, AND the way she writes them -- that feeds, inspires, comforts and affirms. She fills needs like Star Trek does (for me). She writes about things that interest and matter to me (communication, aging, being different/what is "normal"/who is valuable, solitude, power, art, technology, THE WAY MUSIC FEELS, brains, daily rituals/routines, change, fighting, uniforms, making hard choices to grow, and sensual things like BEING NAKED). And she makes it accessible without being SIMPLE, so it was an easy decision to buy a copy of this for my mom when I was only in chapter 2 even though I don't think she's read any sci-fi except maybe some Ray Bradbury a long time ago. She's on chapter 7 now and she loves it too!...more
Super refreshing solid suspenseful gratifying entertainment. This is only the second Elizabeth Moon book I've read (the only other one being The SpeedSuper refreshing solid suspenseful gratifying entertainment. This is only the second Elizabeth Moon book I've read (the only other one being The Speed of Dark, which appears to be pretty different from most of her other books) & I don't know if I've ever read a whole sci fi *series* (not even Dune yet), but I can't wait to read this one and all of her others.
One of the best things about this book is tackling a HUGE taboo from a female protagonist: enjoying something we rarely get to hear about women enjoying and struggling with (but just a little ;).
There is an emotional detachment (NOT a total lack of emotions, just a solitude & distance you rarely get to enjoy in pop culture, especially from woman characters) that is so comforting to me / so good to retreat into (and you still have an emotional experience with the story and her, it's just not so !!!!!!!).
One feature of this story that is reassuring as pleasure reading is a story about someone - especially a woman - who doesn't talk to her mom or besties or some dude every day, or every week, or even every month. Instead it's NORMAL to not talk for months. Without even crying about it. Thank you very much!...more
My pleasure-reading enjoyment of this was kind of tainted by noticing this stupid-sounding Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore book exists and he wrote it (aMy pleasure-reading enjoyment of this was kind of tainted by noticing this stupid-sounding Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore book exists and he wrote it (about the "SORDID" life of a sex worker), along with the extra unnecessary super-exploited-girl twist thrown into this one where dad and son bond in manly heroism. I don't know when I'm going to either stop wanting to read books like this and/or stop being disappointed when these kinds of books by these kinds of men do these kinds of things. Not anytime soon, I guess. It is what it is, and I'm still comforted by reading aspects of these kinds of books. Maybe it's just the ease and familiarity....more