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The Marann (Tales of Tolari Space Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A 'civilized' school teacher from a outwardly technologically advanced world, Earth, travels to Tolar to be a tutor in Earth languages to the Suralian heir-to-be. She is to be isolated from her species, home world and familiar things. Observing new customs, finding ways to interact with a people who look human and coming to terms with her own buried terrors of intimacy. Even Earth technology is offensive to these sensitive and turbulent people.
Does this sound like "The King and I"? Maybe if Tolar were Siam(aka Thailand) but it is not and the layers of lore in this book are fantastically crafted. Though no real techno-babble is flagrantly tossed around regarding how Earth has made interstellar travel feasible, the biological and mental topics explored make this a science fiction jewel.
Well crafted story, great characters, science in the science fiction and excellent editing make this well worth the reading time. Five out of five semi-gratuitous units of pleasure are henceforth awarded.
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Liked how the tech remained secondary to the story, any not getting deep into trying to explain origins of the "natives".
What I liked:
It was an interesting new world that the author built very well.
I liked both the H and the h
The author made me care and learn about the sub characters. It wasn't all about the H and h. I liked the other characters and knew who they were (how many books have 6 new people introduced over 2 pages and you end having no idea who they heck the author is talking about?!?)
The story line was interesting and not predicatble (is there something different about these people and, if so, what?)
What I didn't like (spoiler):
The fact the H was in love with the h the whole time and never spoke up or said anything. That was a little confusing to me. However, I did find it easy to overlook since there was so much world building and character introduction going on.
All in all, a good book that I will be keeping to read again.
I might recommend this book to a friend, with this strong caveat, as one reviewer put it, the child rearing situation on this planet is definitely a "mood killer." It dampened my enjoyment of the story, even though I can understand it from a purely intellectual standpoint. Therein lies the problem--this purely intellectual "mate with the fittest" mentality seems at odds with the empathic nature of these aliens.
I want to read the sequel to this novel. I hope that the author can somehow resolve this issue or at least explain it in a way that I can accept.
Update: April 2013
After thinking about it and thinking about it and then finally reading this story for a second time, the inflexible and unyielding nature of the main male character really bothers me more than it did when I first reviewed the book.
For me, this novel is less of a romance and more of a novel about adjusting to a different culture. Not that I expected this book to be erotic (I go out of my way to avoid explicitly sexual novels) but you don't go "ahhhh, that was so beautiful and romantic" at the end of this novel, you feel slightly disturbed. Still, there is definitely a place for this kind of book if you know what to expect.