LMB (was Re: [DWJ] Burbling and an introduction)

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Wed Jul 25 13:53:24 EDT 2007

Phil Boswell wrote:

> I would be interested in your reasoning as to how the book "reeked"
> and what you think might have been done any better.

I thought it was uncharacteristically lame in terms of having very 
little plot, and what plot there was was extremely predictable (it had a 
real Mills and Boon feel); I also didn't really think the development of 
the relationship was believable, and it was also very conventional to 
the point of being, again, kind of Mills and Boon. I mean, look at the 
way Bujold normally does relationships - Miles and Ekaterin, Aral and 
Cordelia - where the partners are equal and both bring strengths and 
weaknesses. In this book the emotional dynamic was really skewed - naive 
young girl in a predicament falls for her protector, and no, I don't 
think his physical handicap made up for the imbalance at all.

On top of all of that, it was only half a book. Nothing really happened 
(except the oh, so convenient loss of the baby), and the only possibly 
interesting thing got delayed until book 2.


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