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It's here!

  • Jackson's Whole's neighbors find it a "secretly useful interface with the sub-economy" – fic plz?

  • JW was a hijacker-base only a century or two back – wasn't this about when Barrayar was rediscovered?

  • Money laundering, weapons deals, bio/gene stuff, fence and ransom deals... such delicious fic ideas.

  • Poor Bel, so lonely – and aware of Miles' secret identity, perhaps?

  • Saris on women, coffee-colored skin on Bharaputrans, the very name Bharaputra – it would seem that JW got a significant population/cultural influx from India.

  • Uterine replicators practical only for last ~200 years – so the Cetagandans, herms, and quaddies are significantly more recent than I'd thought.

  • Quaddies aren't widely known of outside quaddiespace.

  • The treatment of Bel being in love is rather ... heterocentric. Bel flirts with a man? Bel's playing up the womanly side! Bel flirts with a woman? Bel's playing up the manly side!

  • Bel's suggestion of "Fry 'em from orbit" re: Ryoval was very apt, especially considering what will come up later.

  • Nicol's contract woes are sadly familiar to all who've looked into migrant workers from Southeast Asia.

  • Between The Vor Game and this, Miles seems to be a bit of a duct expert.

  • why is there a dubcon sex scene here WTF LMB no

  • Oh, Miles, and his lessons on tactics.

  • Tung quotes Sun Tzu in the orginal Chinese? Oh Ky.

  • Hey, a timeline! 4 000 years after the death of Sun Tzu, which happened c. 496 BCE – so it's c. 3500 CE.

  • Needed: Miles strangling an enemy with pajama pants/successfully crashing an aircraft by throwing underwear in the air intakes.

Next: "The Borders of Infinity" on the 13th of November.

Date: 2016-10-16 07:54 pm (UTC)
liv: Composite image of Han Solo and Princess Leia, labelled Hen Solo (gender)
From: [personal profile] liv
I really hated that bit about Bel, making it so het even though it's supposed to be NB. It's up there with Cordelia saying that Aral isn't bi any more now he's married, or some of Ivan's sympathetically portrayed attitudes to Dono. I think it's partly that the books have aged badly; I get the impression that the latest one is trying to do better with Aral's bisexuality

Date: 2016-10-17 01:13 pm (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath
I conclude from the latest book that Cordelia was just *fibbing*.

Ivan says stupid things, I've always chalked that up to "Ivan is an idiot" personally. But I do wish the authorial voice was less on Ivan's side.

Date: 2016-10-18 12:26 am (UTC)
xochiquetzl: Dreamwidth (bi sheep) (Dreamwidth (bi sheep))
From: [personal profile] xochiquetzl
This, yes. (The availability spectrum in addition to the orientation spectrum.) As it was, I winced and moved on.

Part of the issue is that society has changed a lot. Ethan of Athos could probably be rewritten nowadays to have a lot more steam or smut in it, but I imagine it was pushing the envelope pretty hard at the time.

Date: 2016-10-16 11:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shanejayell
The character POV is important to remember too. As much as Miles has tried to develop culture and such, he deep down is still backcountry Vor. It's a tribute to Cordelia and his trips to Beta that he's doing as well as he is.


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