Reading roundup 17/08/22

Welcome to this week’s Reading Roundup! This last week turned out to be rather annoying in terms of my reading. Unusually for me, I had three false starts (awful clunky writing) before turning to something more tried and tested. The extreme heat didn’t help. In the end, I returned to the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, as I knew that I would enjoy her writing.

Here is the book…

Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold

I am still trying to tackle this series in the reading order, rather than publishing order, although, in this case it didn’t really matter. Ethan of Athos is a kind of side story to the series and doesn’t involve any of the previous main characters. Anyway, this is the short blurb:

“Dr. Ethan Urquhart, chief biologist from the all-male world of Athos, must travel to other planets in search of new genetic material, as their current supply of ovarian tissue is no longer viable.
Ethan encounters what to him is practically an alien species — women! — and also finds himself hunted by Cetagandan ghem lords and helped out by Miles’ Dendarii officer Elli Quinn.”

And here is my response as posted on Goodreads:

Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am really enjoying the Vorkosigan Saga so far but I think that this book is not my favourite. Just a note that I am using Bujold’s reading order for the series.

The idea behind the book was interesting: a world without women and how a man from that world would cope when he left the planet. I just found the whole thing irritating after a quite amusing beginning. There was definitely Bujold’s wry humour in parts and this lifted the story, but I became rather lost in the plot twists this time.

On to the next one!

View all my reviews

So, I am not sure what to read next. I only gave this book three stars – is the Vorkosigan Saga losing its spell? Oh dear! Anyway, you will find out my choice of book in next week’s post.

Until then, Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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