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CHARACTERS ½ Hunting Party ☆ Heris Serrano formerly a commander in the Regular Space Service must take whatever job she can get after her resignation under a cloud What she can get is the captaincy of a rich old lady's space yachta rich old horsewoman who has little liking for the military and whose spoiled nephew Ronnie and his eually spoiled friends hHeris Serrano formerly a commander in the Regular Space Service must take whatever job she can get after her resignation under a cloud What she can get is the captaincy of a rich old lady's space. I was re reading the Esmay Suiza books from this seriessetting which start with Once a Hero and suddenly I got the urge to read the first trilogy which starts here So First a cosmetic complaint Heris is described as dark enough that it's not as obvious when she blushes On the covers of the US editions she's depicted as Caucasian; on this UK edition she's depicted as a very very very pale blonde Paler than me and when I was born I was so pale the doctor thought I must be anemic I'm not Just really ridiculously paleIt amuses me that this series began with some of the author's friends asking her Why not fox hunting and spaceships Why not indeed And it's not as if there isn't precedent — Brightness Falls From The Air had show jumpers and spaceships though if there was fox hunting I don't believe it was mentionedSome general thoughts on the series old people especially old women are not worthless That's one of the big themes here Plus the possible variety of women's experiences There's another one too — the social conseuences of effective immortality but the first two seem striking I feel bad for saying this but here Jo Walton talks a little about the appeal of bad books And in a way I think these fall into this category kind of Cool ideas and characters not sufficiently well executed These aren't guilty pleasure books but they are kind of easy comforting reassuring stories of people mostly doing their best and biding their time punctuated by occasional bouts of heroism and terror


Ady Cecelia's only apparent interest is horses she intends to go fox hunting on the private pleasure planet of a friend of hers Lord Thornbuckle But events conspire to make it far than a fox hunt. I expected action the first part was ship life a la uarter Share the middle part contemporary fox hunting with 18th and 19th century England social touches the last part very unlikely coincidences heading to a man hunt on an island with an even unlikelier chanced mix of participants on either side What I liked the characters talked and conflicts were not born out of lack of communication They accepted their own limits and acted accordingly Not a boring read even though I could imagine non horse people hated the fox hunts I rated it a wobbly 35 stars and Elizabeth Moon sure rides on my expectations for because her original book covers are as ugly as the ones of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga a series I inhaled ;

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Hunting PartyYachta rich old horsewoman who has little liking for the military and whose spoiled nephew Ronnie and his eually spoiled friends have been foisted on her after his folly embarrassed the family L. Otherwise known as Fox hunting and horseback riding in spaceAnother capture from a scout to a used bookstore I discovered Elizabeth Moon and was intrigued by the woman wielding a weapon on the front coverCaptain Heris Serrano used to be an officer in the Regular Space Service that is until she was forced to resign Now the captain of Sweet Delight the private space yacht of Lady Cecelia Heris must deal with things she never expected a badly disorganized ship a seedy crew a very ignorant owner six spoiled brats and learning how to ride a horse But once the ship lands on the planet four of the young guests decide to skip off to an island getaway with terrible resultsGoodThe primary reason I was attracted to the book was its promise of having a strong female character in the military This appeals to me and I wanted to see how Moon treated this subjectWhile I was reading I noticed the amount of detail and it became obvious that Moon put a lot of time and effort into her research She went to great lengths to establish the horse training and the fox hunting scenes And her detail to the ship and how it is run is admirableAlso I enjoyed reading how Heris showed Ronnie a thing or two that someone should have shown him a long time ago I will be bold in saying that the best scene was between Heris and Ronnie when he barged on the bridge during jump in which Heris whacks him across the face good for you HerisOnce the four youngsters crash land on the island the action picks up a lot Most people have probably read better survival stories characters trapped on an island being hunted by somethingsomeone but this one has its fair share of heart racing action and spine tingling suspense Definitely one of the highlights of the bookLastly I give Moon credit for writing about a subject that most people would never have thought compatible with the science fiction universe Moon's characters spend considerable time horseback riding or fox hunting two activities that I have never seen in science fiction beforeBadOne person described a particular class as being so boring that contemplating eating sand was interesting That is probably a perfect description of reading Hunting Party The events are so dull I could hardly read than a few pages before stopping and wondering why I bothered to continue The most exciting event in the first 100 pages occurs when Heris discovers a malfunction in the environmental controls that kills one of the environmental technicians but don't expect great action seuences insightful character revelations or mysteries to be unearthed Up until Ronnie George Bubbles and Raffaele run away from the hunt I wish I could have most of the book had covered unimportant conversations events seemingly endless horseback riding and character development on this aspect later that really did not connect with what occurred in the last 150 pagesAnother thing I did not like about this book was the subject matter Heris is to take Cecelia and her young guests to a planet for horseback riding and fox hunting Old Earth traditions This in my opinion is a big no no Personally when I see an author do something along these lines ie heroine goes back in time to the era in which the author lives heroine has hobbyinterest not common in hisher time period I feel that the author can't think of anything better so goes back into history digs something up and writes about a highly advanced civilization partaking of the old pastime Just to give you an idea how ludicrous this seems to me on a list of favorite pastimes today how high does gladiator events rank Chariot races When was the last time you hiked on down to watch a dog fight I don't know about you but these aren't my hobbies and never will beBesides the aforementioned characters are colorless clichéd or downright boring Heris Serrano is about as interesting as an empty roll of toilet paper Her comments about life are so bland that I began to wonder if she were a robot Moon attempts to make Heris seem human by having her laugh or be upset but after over 100 pages in which Heris is described most by the word military all descriptions of her acting otherwise come across flat And then once the youngsters crash on the planet Heris seems to be unimportant and thrown in for some reason that only the author knows Cecelia attempts to defy the old lady stereotype on one hand hating the gaudy decorations of her yacht and enjoying the freedom of horseback riding but is so burdened by it on the other being persnickety not wanting to talk with the young guests being obsessed with horses to the point of comparing everything I mean everything with horses Then there's Ronnie George Raffaele Bubbles and Buttons who came up with these stupid names after all They sound like pets than children whose characters are aptly described by the words spoiled rich brat and have personalities as mindless lame and irritating with a capital I I wasn't fond of Heris or Cecelia but I never wanted to chuck them out of the nearest airlock like I did with Ronnie and his friends no matter how much I wished Heris never did chuck the little mongrels Not even when Ronnie George Raffaele and Bubbles crash on the planet did I muster sympathy for these pathetic excuses of humans and how do they get so comfortable hauling weapons when just days before they are giggling over the opposite sexCharacter interactions were laughable Heris and Cecelia's interactions in the beginning were good almost as if each was toying and prying delicately into the other without revealing much of herself; it was after Heris took horseback riding lessons on the simulator cue eye roll that their relationship deteriorated to corny auntie niece btw how does a woman trained in a simulator so effortlessly transfer to the real thing Even pilots need real flight time to hone their skills The scenes between Ronnie and his aunt were eually stereotyped It's not fair is a favorite line of you guessed it Ronnie Moon certainly did not recreate the wheel with the other interactions in the book namely Ronnie and friends and Ronnie and Heris and how she threw Heris' arch nemesis in the book is plum out of a middle school book how convenient that the admiral likes to hunt on the same planet that Heris is on aren't there millions of planets in the galaxyLastly Moon sometimes wrote something in a confusing manner so that I would have to reread several times read ahead and then go back and reread again in order to figure out what was being saidDialogueSexual SituationsViolenceTypical da he and shRonnie and his friends are almost always surrounded by copious inferred sexual situations including the overt mention of why Ronnie is stuck on his aunt's ship One of the crew mates mentions her lover Heris alludes to a being unwilling to have a sexual relationshipA crewmember is killed from exposure to a high concentration of hydrogen sulfide yucky stuff if you are interested A major part of the plot involves illegal hunting in which people die Several characters major and minor are shot and killedOverallZzzzzHuh Oh you woke me I feel asleep while recalling this bookThere is one word to describe this book Boring I was really excited to read this book science fiction strong female character military background but after only 40 pages I began to contemplate picking up something better I still can't believe how Moon took this book and filled it to the brim with endless pages on fox hunting Heris learning how to ride a simulator about as exciting as reading about people playing video games and the terrible horrible clichéd young people If it weren't for the fairly interesting story that is almost 180 degrees different from the one set up in the first 175 pages I would have rated this book 1 star I thought about trying the others in this series but if they are anywhere near this drenched in boring Old Earth pastimes with no scent of science fiction and action until halfway through then I will have to skip the rest in this series Maybe one of Moon's other series is better