Lois McMaster Bujold
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Humorous Planet-Bound Mystery


Cetaganda is a planet-bound mystery that introduces the structure of the society of the Cetagandan Empire. I enjoyed reading about the practical Cetagandan approach to genetic engineering, and how that interfaced with their strictly class-based society. Miles and Ivan work remarkably well as the main characters, and the contrast of their personalities injects a lot of the humor into the story. There's relatively little dependence on past characters and events, soCetaganda felt more like a stand alone novel than most others I've read in the series. Altogether, it felt like a light, humorous side adventure that would not suffer much from being read out of sequence.

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