May. 5th, 2017

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You might be busy if you look forward to an airplane flight in economy because it gives you time to read a book. I have recently found myself in just such a situation, and I read two books. Herewith are thoughts.

Book #1 Cold Welcome: Vatta's Peace

The latest space opera from Elizabeth Moon and start of a new series, this book takes off with Kylara Vatta, hero, returning to her home world. Rather than getting a hero's welcome, her shuttle is sabotaged and she is marooned on an "uninhabited" and frozen continent. Although it carries forward characters from the Vatta's War series, it's completely free-standing. It's also a fascinating tale of survival and intrigue. I have to admit I felt the books' end was a bit "to be continued" but that may just be me. Highly recommended.

Book #2 At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic

Continuing the cold theme (doubly ironic in that I was flying to and from 90-degree hot and humid Orlando Florida), this book promises much and delivers little. The promise is to be a riveting story of a murder in a remote village in Canada's arctic Hudson Bay region. It's not very riveting. The murders which take place in 1941 are mundane, caused by a couple of local Inuit people who get a twisted idea of Christianity. This fairly straightforward tale is randomly interspersed with memories of the author's visit to the region just before, during and after 9/11. It left me cold.

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