[LMB] Cazaril vs the Ransom

Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Mon Feb 3 05:36:03 GMT 2020

On Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 01:30:33PM -0500, Royce Day wrote:
> If there's a weakness in LMB's writing, it's this. Caz and Ista? Nobles.
> Penric? (minor) Noble who becomes a powerful sorcerer. Dag? A legend even
> among Lakewalkers. Not to mention the entire Vorkosigan saga after Cordelia
> marries into the clan. The only exceptions I can think of are Fiametta,
> who's "only" the daughter of a notable mage, Thur, Fawn, and the kid from
> Cryoburn. Side characters can come from all walks of life, but the
> protagonists are usually the Beautiful People. It's the saving grace of

I don't think this is a particular weakness of Lois's writing.  A bigger
weakness for her is the use of coincidences.  As for telling stories
about highly competent/exceptional/possibly ennobled people, that's
pretty normal for SF, or storytelling in general.

-xx- Damien X-)

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