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Posted July 23, 2013
Fun Standalone Story in the Vorkosigan Universe
Think a young Gregory Peck: earnest young doc must undertake vital mission to bring material back to home planet so that life can continue. He will face beings that reflect his deepest fears and prejudices.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Really an enjoyable book. Bujold turns expectations inside out to entertain both sci-fi fans and lovers of good characters.
Posted November 10, 2005
An exciting story
Though I frequently came across her name as a highly recommended science fiction author, I missed out on Lois McMaster Bujold until recently, when I read Ethan of Athos. That scifi adventure involves a man from an all-male planet who uses technology to provide children for his world¿s population. Ethan happens to be gay many of the other Athosians simply practice celibacy. Unfortunately, something goes awry, and Ethan must leave Athos on a mission that will cause him to rely on a woman for help. Despite the strange plot and the comical tone, Bujold delivers an exciting story and characters that seem real. I like that she doesn¿t remind me of any other writer. As someone who enjoys reading (and writing) science fiction or fantasy novels with queer themes, I suggest this novel, as well as Wraeththu (by Storm Constantine), Cinátis (by Ronald L. Donaghe), The Left Hand of Darkness (by Ursula K. Le Guin), Stealing Some Time (by Mark Kendrick) and The Handmaid¿s Tale (by Margaret Atwood). Other readers could suggest more, but I loved those and plan to read many related titles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2004
It's a fast read once you get past the begining. It isn't really anti gay male. The story begins describing a remote gay male planit. The culture is isolated and very naieve about the rest of the universe - untill something goes wrong . Then things start to get very interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2014
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