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2018 books: Shards of Honor, Stardoc

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Know how you put off a task because you know it will disappoint people? I should have reviewed this book as soon as I gave up on it, because at least then I could have better written my reasons for it, but I know a lot of people loved the series and I hated the idea of disappointing you guys.

This book didn't work for me, but I suspect the later books in the series, maybe once Miles is the main character, might work better for me. I did like a number of parts of the story: the war, the background, and I liked both main characters. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, when she was trapped on the planet and trying to stay out of the enemy's hands.

But then she was caught by them and... she fell in love. In days. Something like five days after they met, these two enemy people, alien species to each other, were in love and talking about long-term relationships.

Someone on Goodreads described this book as more romance than anything else, and that's how it felt to me as well. They had a 'love at first sight' (or at least lust at first sight) thing going on, and so so so quickly moved into a relationship.

I stopped reading at 45% (sorry!), but will try one of the later books.

Stardoc by S. L. Viehl
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

After I gave up on Shards of Honor, I wanted something different. "Not another woman-in-space book!" I said to myself. Looking through the tiny, tiny covers on my kindle, I saw what I thought was Stardogs. "Ah ha! Perfect! That should be completely different!" ...but the font had been so tiny, it was actually Stardoc, which was about a woman in space.

Stardoc, about (hold onto you seat) a doctor in space, wasn't a bad book. It followed the main character as she left Earth and went to some frontier planet to practice medicine there. The aliens were interesting, the planet was interesting. At times the medical cases were interesting. But, like Shards, this one seemed to be leaning towards romance as well. She meets a sexy blue alien, experiences love/lust at first sight, and days later the two are talking about a lifelong relationship. There was also some Dark Mystery subplot about her father, but that held no interest for me.

While on the surface, things kept happening in the story (medical case after medical case), there was no overarching plot through the whole book other than the rarely mentioned Dark Mystery around her father, and the romance. Like Shards, this book felt more like a romance book than anything else. I stopped reading at 40%.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in these books: 45% + 40%
Previous abandoned book total: 708%
New total: 793%
Tags: 2018 books, book review, book: shards of honor, book: stardoc
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