Five minutes of listening to this book convinced me I ought to have had it as a guide for my last five relationships. Oh well.
I was feeling a bit guilty for all the aristocratic romances I've been reading and this series was the antidote! Milan's characters are very aware of their privileges and work hard to make whatever difference they can (while having delicious love affairs). They encourage each other to do more and BE more.
Also, it's refreshing to read books with really smart heroines who have other smart women in their lives. Too often, romance novels have one great lady surrounded by a bunch of silly ones. Milan provides depth and motivation to ALL her ladies.
:: Runs off to download the next one::
This came up on a search for erotica. I don't know why. The title maybe? I gave it a shot since the narrator did her best but the main character was awful (AND 21!!)
Maybe if these were slightly older characters I could have bought the story, but even then...
White authors writing about race in southern America often makes me uncomfortable, but I haven't been as uncomfortable as I was while listening to this book in a long time. The main character is, of course, a liberal ex-native of the Southern locality in question, and comments on her family's inappropriate generalizations frequently.
However, there is a certain sense that "this is just the way people talk" that leaves me cold. Coming to this book from Laura Lipman's Baltimore mysteries only made this distinction more clear. Lippman always manages to tread that line without verging into offensive territory. Kelner is either not as fine an author or not as cognizant of the issues with her topic matter. I couldn't get past the first few chapters.
This book takes place while Peter is giving Harriet her space, so she doesn't appear. It does meant that Peter is in a more introspective frame of mind for the whole adventure which makes the conclusion that much more poignant. It's also absolutely wonderful to see Wimsey interacting with a completely different set of characters.
Pissed off colonists come up with the best revenge ideas.
He brought Mike to life. I've read many books where the author/narrator got the humans right but couldn't quite make the AIs relatable. Maybe it's because Mike is still figuring himself out that it works so well here.
There was a large period of Heinlein's writing when he would go off on tangents about group marriages and other polyamorous unions. I tend to gloss over those bits because he wrote wonderful stories. Also, the non-traditional relationships allow his heroines and heroes to end up together without having to be everything to one another. I just wish he'd had a few more original ideas of how to do that.
I really liked the inside look an Ranger's life and backstory. It would have made a good ultimate or penultimate chapter to the series. Unfortunately the books just got worse and more ridiculous from here on out.
Some of the side characters voices have begun to get ridiculous
This is the last book where Stephanie Plum is a likable character.
If Card had just told his story. This is where his politics start to read their ugly heads and interfere with the characters that he crated in his more liberal younger days.
I've always loved the way that Lois McMaster Bujold paints her characters, but I was stunned by her subtle illustrations of the world and theology of Chalion. Without taking any of the easy routes, she builds a mythic world that weaves in and out of the more concrete world of her characters. The ending is satisfying and complete. A marvelous book.
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