The book that came to mind while reading this great SF story was Citizen of the Galaxy (Robert Heinlein) - but only the part about the main character's time on the family ship. This story revolves around a hyperspace professor, Jazz, whose political naivety placed her life in jeopardy and ultimately a fight. A spacer happens to be around to save her; and through the next few hours of their 'escape', Jazz has to make some quick decisions and ends up as the spacer's Courtesan - temporary partner, but not contracted to do more than keep him from boredom. The book is initially about Jazz's integration into the ship's company - The Family - and the tensions between the major characters. The story also moves into Jazz's research and her theoretical ideas. I found the book a great read that had many aspects of a Heinlein book within the characters and the settings. While part of the story revolved around hyperspace maths (as a concept), there was obviously no mention of what was involved - it still seemed to all be credible within the environment of the story. The bottom line is that it was a good book and I would love to read more in this possible series.
I hesitated when I saw the cover of this book, but at least when you get it on Kindle you don't get to see it again. The cover artist either hadn't read the book or was on a mission to mislead the buyer. Anyway, forget that colossal error and let's get back to the story. This is a superb little jaunt into science, intrigue, politics, inter-planetary business practices and a good old fashioned space romp. No un-necessary sex scenes (as a potential reader might be led to believe from the cover and title), just ocassional non-gratuitous violence, romance, blackmail, iminent peril and a well conjured up family run space ship setting. My only groan is over the ending came rather to neatly and abruptly for my liking. This is good fun and ultimately a satisfying read. Buy it.
I enjoyed the flow of the book, it built slowly into a fine climax. The story is similar to other Science Fiction stories I have read, and is obviously the start of a series of stories built around these characters. These are stories for people who like and read science fiction, but also would be enjoyed by people with a liking for adventure and crime, although there are no real twists or unexpected events. The science is all fairly fictional and not complex to follow, an adventure story based in space.
This was a nice suprise in a book that I read on the strength of sketchy reviews. It is a people and personality driven plot with the good the bad, the weak and the strong, the proud and the shy, even genius and naif all taken into an adventure with technical science in just enough detail to interest without overloading.
A good book, a bit short, without enornmous pretensions, not by any means a 'purple-prosed bodice ripper' either, in case the title misled. The characters, their cultures, limited world views and motives are detailed and interact very convincingly. The world and its science are credible and interesting. The way the writter uses Glimpses here and there leaves more to the imagination than the pen, and it works well like a catalyst for the intelligent reader.
Better than many more expensive, and I'm keeping it in my collection. It's in no way a Heinlein, though I think I see where an earlier review may have found something of a tenous flavour...