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Reviews of Trading in Danger (2003)

Review by fastfinge (2005-10-29)
This review is going to be a demonstration of reviewer bias, I guess. When I reviewed _sheepfarmers daughter_, I wasn't particularly impressed because it was typical fantasy, and that's not really my thing. However, this book is typical space opera, and that is my thing. I personally enjoyed it. Until reading the review just below mine, I even thought the plot was a new one. Yes, I know, I know: I'm probably the only SF fan in the entire history of the universe not to have read anything by Lois Mcmaster Bujold. Look, I've only been around for 18 years or so, and for the first 8 of those I wasn't really reading all that much. I can't have read everything.

Review by sTalking_Goat (2004-01-21)
Mediorce.

This book seems to be a poor imitation of a much better book; Lois McMaster Bujold's "The Warrior's Apprentice". Both are space opera. Both have essentially the same plots.

The quick witted scion of a rich family gets themself booted from military academy for a piece of tomfoolery. Then gets exiled on a family ship for what is supposed to be a milkrun. Said scion, decides to engage in some more well meaning tomfoolery, picks up some stragglers, finds themselves in the middle of a war, and has to use quick wits to get themselves out of the situation.

Even their solutions are similar.

Bujold's book is much better however. This is just basic space opera fare. Entertaining if you like that kinda thing, but nothing great. Which frankly is about what I expect from Moon. I'm disappointed however that she stole someone's idea and didn't even bother trying to make it better. Plus it's short. I read it in a few Sunday afternoons at the store. Saved myself $25. Do the same or wait for the paperback.




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