March 4th, 2013

Me 2012

Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold, and books 10-12 of the Aubrey/Maturin series

I haven't been reviewing books lately, although really reviewing books as widely-known as these seems redundant anyway.

I enjoyed Memory quite a bit. In some ways it echoed Mirrordance to me, in that both books have a long section of contemplative time in the middle, between action. Memory's worked better for me, because there was less of a sense of looming disaster about it. I particularly liked watching Miles and Simon go fishing. One thing I miss in fantasy and sf is scenes of the characters just enjoying themselves. It gets overridden by an authorial compulsion to make everything super-tense and exciting. As if good things can't be interesting. Anyway, still plenty of tension and excitement in this one. I am giving it a 9.

Books 10-12 in the Aubreyad did a good job of wrapping up most of the dangling threads from book 9. I read 9-12 as part of the omnibus collection, so all printed as one book. Curiously, it felt a lot like one boook. I am kind of jonesing for more Aubreyad already, on the one hand, and on the other the end of book 12 is . So lovely and sweet that I almost want to stop there and imagine it as the conclusion. I suspect the end of the actual series will be less satisfying., given the author's untimely death. :/ I will give these and 8 as a whole. Still having a great time with the series and still not understanding two-thirds of the jargon. ♥