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Book Title: Against The Odds|
The author of the book: Elizabeth Moon
Date of issue: September 6th 2001
ISBN 13: 9781841490793
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.1
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I get that there's a mutiny on and that Moon has a lot of balls in the air. But the best authors manage to balance and control those balls; Moon doesn't quite. The plot ends up scattered and confusing, without a center or a sense of progression. Characters drift in and out. Plot threads start up out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing or sense of place.
The characters are still great. The sexist overtones that began to be introduced in the Esmay/Barin relationship made me roll my eyes, the brilliant Gary Stus that solve characters' problems keep popping up out of nowhere (in this case, the professor), and Brun's character development continues to underwhelm me. But Heris, Cecelia, and Esmay continue to be wonderful (and we even get a scene of Heris and Cecelia together, for old times' sake).
I believe this is the end of the series. Moon's way of tying it off is to dump all the (living) main characters in a bar together, give them all happy endings, and have them sing "Jerusalem" (to updated lyrics). I would have liked a slightly less abrupt & pat ending, but it is what it is.
On the whole, I have enjoyed this series, particularly for the main characters (Heris, Cecelia, and Esmay; not so much Brun) and for their interactions with each other, as well as a rich cast of secondary characters. I don't think Moon does romance very well, and her plots and pacing are of variable quality. Still, the world she creates is an interesting one, and fun to explore.
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Read information about the authorElizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She married Richard Moon, a Rice classmate and Army officer, in 1969; they moved to the small central Texas town where they still live in 1979. They have one son, born in 1983.
She started writing stories and poems as a small child; attempted first book (an illustrated biography of the family dog) at age six. Started writing science fiction in high school, but considered writing merely a sideline. First got serious about writing (as in, submitting things and actually getting money...) in the 1980s. Made first fiction sale at age forty--"Bargains" to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword & Sorceress III and "ABCs in Zero G" to Analog. Her first novel, Sheepfarmer's Daughter, sold in 1987 and came out in 1988; it won the Compton Crook Award in 1989. Remnant Population was a Hugo nominee in 1997, and The Speed of Dark was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and won the Nebula in 2004.
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