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Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
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Oct 15, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: sff

I had the impression from somewhere that Catherine Asaro wrote space romances, as in a kissing book, not as in swashbucklers. This make me hesitate for a long time before reading this.

And, well, there *is* a lot of that sort of romance, but there's also really good space opera, the kind with psychic powers and armies and brutal dynastic struggles and lots and lots of cybernetics and ftl travel and battles. You know: good stuff.

And so far the romance hasn't really convinced me, but it hasn't annoyed me enough to make me stop wallowing in computer interfaces to one's own brain.

She reminds me a bit of Elizabeth Moon - complete with somewhat excessive use of psychotherapy to emphasise the goodness and innocence of the stubborn, stoic heroine. The therapist was less annoying, though.

Not Bujold-level brilliant (although the technological parts of the worldbuilding are *gorgeous*) but very good escapist fun. I'm going to pick up the next book when I can.

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