Just finished the omnibus The Serrano Connection by Elizabeth Moon. I read some earlier books in the series and had this sitting around. While overall enjoyable, it had a couple of distracting things. The first story ends with a rather lengthy portrayal of the main character’s therapy sessions – a lot of which seemed incompatible with “space opera”, combat and adventure genre. Just too slow in pacing (maybe that’s just me). The second story suffered a bit from the nature of the villains – a fairly stock misogynist fundamentalist sect (i.e., women are to be silent, breeding machines). While I agree there are misogynists, it seems an awfully convenient villain – and the kind of villain that perhaps has other authorial agendas behind it. Such stories sometimes make me feel a bit used…  It may be that this is a particular slice (or slices) of Texas history that Moon is commenting on (the intro hints at something there and I believe she hails from Texas), but I think there might be more interesting and nuanced villains to find even in Texas.

One more note. For someone with some theological overtones in her work (e.g., the atonement theology in The Deed of Paksenarrion), I’m not entirely sure how this informs the worldview reflected in the overall story arc of this series.  I’ll think on this issue a bit more, I reckon (imagine a Texas drawl).


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