Monday, May 21, 2018

The Flowers of Vashnoi, by Lois McMaster Bujold

★★★☆☆ Nice Setup

(Space Opera; Vorkosigan Saga) Ekaterina’s project to reclaim Vorkosigan Vashnoi hits a snag when someone starts stealing the genetically modified beetles that separate out the radioactive waste. (22,379 words; Time: 1h:14m)

This work is only of interest to people already familiar with the other stories in the series

"The Flowers of Vashnoi," by , published on by .

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Review: 2018.308 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Not only do they put a stop to the beetle theft, they rescue three children from the wastes (plus one adult who doesn’t want to be rescued). Happy ending for almost everyone involved.

The writing is flawless. Plot, narration, and dialogue all are spot on.

Con: Not much really happens here. Although the plot is technically complete, it feels like the setup for a longer work. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking . . .

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