I was a little put off when it was revealed that Athos was an all male planet with all that implies. But, that aspect is not explored in depth. This story follows the typical vorkosigan pattern of mystery, machinations, manipulations, all finally tied up in a neat bow. If you're into the series, you won't be disappointed.
So atmospheric! Spot on. Excellent escapism.
A bit like Earthsea but very steampunk.
No, but hearing the pronunciation of Melnibone by the author was a revelation.
I could happily leave and come back to it such was the satisfaction of the listening.
Better than reading it myself. So much richer...
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