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Spiders & Spice by E.J. Randolph
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it was amazing
bookshelves: sci-fi

Another great story by EJ Randolph about Kate Stevens, Federation Diplomat. This is my fifth read in the series. I received an ARC copy through StoryOrigin. Yes, it is a space opera--of sorts. But tech and space are setting and incidental challenges, not the main story. NOTE: you don't have to read the others before this one--each stands alone. But to paraphrase the food jingle-- "Bet you can't read just one."

Revisit (or meet for the first time) the same cast of quirky characters on the crew of the transport that takes Kate to strange planets. This time it's one with an intentionally backward planet that chooses to avoid technology and change. Consensus is the rule--a very strong rule. For those who can't abide that requirement, there's banishment to a more freewheeling town.

As always, Kate is challenged to save a planetary culture from itself--and a nefarious enemy. What makes the series worthy of reading is the world and culture building--with a well-developed sense of engaging diplomacy in peculiar political environments. Randolph does a fine job of doing that. With a good bit of humor thrown in. Humor like her supervisor (humorously referred to as "Really Big"), who plays his usual shell game on her. All part of the reality of those who have ever worked for any form of bureaucracy will identify with. Or the stomach churning food combinations like marshmallows on sauerkraut that crewmember Nick produces from the food fabricator.
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October 12, 2020 – Finished Reading
October 24, 2020 – Shelved
October 24, 2020 – Shelved as: sci-fi

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