The protagonist is a female captain in the royal navy of her planet Manacor ( wasn't that the name of an evil company, in the TV series "Angel," who made super soldiers of children and put bar codes on their necks?) Anyway, Honor battles her way out of impossible situations directly or indirectly against the socialist planet "Haven." The two planetary systems vie for territory in the form of other inhabited planets.
In this particular book Honor comes up against two planets where the men totally subjugate the women. So Honor has to save a planet for people who won't accept her against an even more fanatical planet.
Sometimes there is a phrase in a book that really kicks one out of the books and causes one to think about the phrase thus not listening to the book. Honor, the protagonist, periodically folds her "arms under her breasts." I am a woman and I can't figure out how to do that. I can hod my arms under my breasts but fold them? No. Perhaps Honor has extra long upper arms or maybe her breasts are extra high and perky, up closer to her shoulders... Well the men in the book only fold their arms but Honor has to fold hers under her breasts. Well, I thought maybe someone would have given the author a clue but again in the second book still has Honor doing it again while men merely fold their arms.
Okay, David Weber's series is feminist and for that I applaud him but it is written for teenage boys. Lots of action. I guess teenage boys do need to learn that women are created equal.
Narator's childlike voice makes it hard to listen to.
Story unremarkable to science fiction. Could be anywhere anytime.
That's pretty much it. Sounds like a Barsoom novel except not on mars. An earthling wakes up as someone else on another planet.
This is supposed to be historical. I find it hard to believe that any woman of that time would write down some of the sexual stuff in this book. Don't be fooled by the lame cover art.
It is a good story but don't let your kids listen until the hot barn scenes are edited out.
Not much happened in this book. It was good but Brin ruminated so much about his family obligation that I wanted someone to hire the Assassin's Guild to take out his mother just to quit hearing about her. I can't believe the Atevi monarch didn't know what was going on there. Oh well, he finally moves on and things start happening so that I have already downloaded the next book.
C. J. Cherryh is a magician in cultural indoctrination. It is almost irritating in her books to refer to humans as a culture we know. She puts the isolated human in a completely Alien society and makes us see through that culture's eyes. By the cover of the book we always know that thorn is human but he doesn't. Sometimes the dialoge may seem tedious but it is worth the wait to see the results.
The conclusion actually begs for another book involving re-contact. I hope she writes it.
Too many people running in different directions and every one is in constant peril. Gorier and less interesting.. Feels like a literary trick to try to hold up a failing story but how long can you raise the bar of drama until one needs a nap.
I saw some criticism of the Narrator. Well, Katherine Kelgrin certainly isn't monotone. I like to listen to books while I do other things. Monotone authors don't grab me into the stories unless I stop working and pay close attention.It isn't a bedtime story. I have also heard the narrator in other books.
Ashes kept my interest enough that I'm am already listening to the next in the series.
I don't usually like dystopian novels but I like this one.
I have read most of her books and the Barryaran universe books several times. I think her sci-fi is far superior to the Fantasy. I gave this one 4 points for performance but it just makes me want to go back and read about Miles.
This book is another female breaking the mold in a world of lots of evil magic, ho hum...
I believe in women's power but another medieval magic story...ho hum...
I have read every book of this series. Bernadette Dunn is an excellent narrator. I have listened to many books she has narrated and her voice makes a big difference. She is clear and her characters are easily recognizable. I find that changing narrators change the books. In later books it gets disjointed as same characters are read so differently that they are barely recognizable from book to book with narrator changes. In this series she does "Local Custom" and "Mouse and Dragon."
I get the feeling that Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are under pressure to make their books more raunchy. This is not their forte'. The story of the pilots in this book is well written but the story of the villains was too S&M sexually centric which is an odd quality for universe destroyers. I would picture such a culture with lack of interest or empathy for life.
I also love their books but am getting pretty worn out of hearing the word "Pilot" as an overused pronoun.
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