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Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
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Sep 03, 2011

liked it

Looks like I skipped the second book, but as each one focuses on a different character that doesn't seem to matter.

Anyway, I liked this better than the first one. I thought it was a fun, light read, and I liked the main character. Even considering that, I had two problems with the book, but they weren't enough to ruin it:

1. The explanation of how in the midst of this seemingly never-ending civil war, almost all the southern states had freed their slaves just seemed way off to me. I mean, I'm a white dude from North Carolina, so I'd love to imagine that my state was just a hair away from freeing its slaves, but you know what? I can buy an army of (view spoiler) but I just can't buy that. Call me cynical, but it felt like a detail stuck in there to make it okay for people who hate slavery to enjoy this book, set during the civil war, and starring a southern character. It's not my alternate history, it's Cherie Priest's, but that was my reaction.

2. Regarding the aforementioned (view spoiler): They just appeared out of nowhere because it was time for them to appear. Oh crap, we're four chapters from the end? Well, here they are.

Anyway. It was fun. I just had issues with it. I think I'll go back and read the second one.
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