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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-06-02 20:31
Subject: #144 Elizabeth Moon: Hunting Party (The Serrano Legacy #1)
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Elizabeth Moon: Hunting Party (The Serrano Legacy #1)

Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (1 Jul 1999)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1857238818
ISBN-13: 978-1857238815
Category(ies): SF

(The first of the Serrano Legacy stories, this is also available with books #2 and #3 in an omnibus volume. This has been a public service announcement. Thank you.)

If there's a theme that Moon seems to repeat, it's that of promising young military officer who's been forced to resign due to circumstances beyond her control, and who is now on the civvie side of things. Unlike the Vatta's War series,our heroine here, Heris Serrano, has no big family shipping company to slot into, so she accepts a commission to become the skipper of an eccentric old lady's private yacht. This is not going to be a particularly onerous command, since such an employer won't want to spend that much time in space. Lady Cecilia is no different.

The first trip is out to a private estate planet. Yes, the rich are even richer in this world than ours, and the social set-up is like something from a Republican's wet dream. Lady Cecilia is an enthusiastic horsewoman, a pursuit she tries to interest her captain in, and much of her social life involves horse trials and the like. This trip is to go for the fox hunting season - and there's a clutch of somewhat feckless young things along too, partly because of trouble at court.

As it happens, foxes are not the only things that will get hunted, and some of the characters have to grow up fast if they're going to survive.

This is a well-paced, good fun initial outing in what is a 7 book series.
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2007-06-02 15:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's really a 3-book series followed by a related 4-book series following some other characters we meet in the first three.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-06-02 17:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've not started book #4 yet - and it's not obvious yet (in the packaging) that there's a pair of sequences rather than a single one. But I'll bear your comments in mind: if I suddenly find the series turning to Esmay Suiza aboard the RSS Harrier, say, rather than Heris, I'll know you were right.

(The back blurb on 'Once a Hero' is enlightening: ONCE A HERO is the fourth volume of The Serrano Legacy. You see why I might have been confused?)
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2007-06-02 17:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed. The packaging is books 1-7; the content, however, isn't. ISTR I'm parked in book 5 ATM.
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User: rmc28
Date: 2007-06-04 19:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
5 & 6 are disappointing, 7 is a reasonable finish.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-06-04 19:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hving just done #5, I enjoyed it quite well - the set-up could have been much worse.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2007-06-02 16:29 (UTC)
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Just out of interest, have you read her prequel(s?) to Paksenarrion, and if so, is it/are they worth reading?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-06-02 16:57 (UTC)
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Nope - or rather, not yet. I intend to continue through her works because they are decently entertaining - entertainment without any huge depth, perhaps, but entertainment nonetheless.
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Just a random swede
User: vatine
Date: 2007-06-03 06:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The onces that deal with Gird? They're interesting, even though it's semi-obvious what's going to happen.
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User: rmc28
Date: 2007-06-04 19:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They're ok but I didn't like them nearly as much as the Pakesennarion trilogy.
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