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  • Crime thriller space opera

    While this has been categorized as sci-fi/space opera, it's also a mystery with elements of classic mystery/crime novels. Mysterious clues, isolation, personal and moral decisions, an investigator brought in for spurious reasons who becomes endangered by the investigation - it's all here. You don't have to be interested in outer space or the future to have an enjoyable reading experience with this one!

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  • Fascinating Conflict of Views

    This was an interesting read with the story told from two somewhat conflicting points of view. The setting is a space station named Prosper, tending towards a lack of prosperity thanks to a multi-planet war that has called away the most educated and capable family members. The station has been left in the hands of its AI mind — the Honoured Ancestress — and Quyen who is now in charge of the station, despite not having been properly trained for the role. On the other side of the story there's Linh, recently a magistrate, but now a refugee from the war. She comes to Prosper station seeing refuge thanks to a family tie and ends up clashing with Quyen. The story mainly follows the problems facing the two women, which have significant overlap as they come at them from different angles. I found the switching in points of view, when we swapped between Quyen's view of Linh to Linh's view of Quyen (and both their views of other characters) quite fascinating. There was very little agreement between them and their opinions of each other were starkly different to their opinions of themselves. Their overlapping problems came together in the ending in a satisfying way. I enjoyed this story enough that I went and bought the other available novella as soon as I finished it. I also hope to read some more of the short stories set in this universe sooner rather than later. I recommend On a Red Station, Drifting to fans of science fiction generally and, in particular, to anyone interested in reading about a Dai Viet-inspired space-based culture.

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  • Good

    The human interactions were suburb, but I didn't find the setting as convincing as it could be. A good length for this type of story.

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  • Manières de cour et réconciliation

    Encore une fois Aliette de Bodard nous plonge dans une space opera dominée par une culture qu'on ne connaît pas très bien la culture vietnamienne qui ressemble un peu à la culture chinoise par ses fonctionnaires qui doivent passer des examens et les manières de la cour impériale. cette histoire se déroule dans une station spatial dont l'intelligence directrice commence à avoir des blancs de mémoire ce qui inquiète beaucoup l'administratrice tandis qu'une magistrate en fuite, Linh, arrive d'une planète qui aurait été envahie par la rébellion. Dans cette histoire, les deux femmes s'affrontent car leurs visions sont très différentes. Les étincelles qu'on voit proviennent davantage des poèmes que d'explosions, et c'est très bien.

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