Master of Formalities Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.
Enter Wollard, the impeccably distinguished and impossibly correct Master of Formalities for House Jakabitus. When he suggests that Master Hennik be taken in as a ward of the House, certain complications arise. Wollard believes utterly and devotedly in adhering to rules and good etiquette. But how does one inform the ruler of a planet that you are claiming his son as your own - and still create enough goodwill to deescalate an intergalactic war?
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 58 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 28, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,425 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#996 in Adventure Science Fiction
#3,630 in Science Fiction Adventures
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It's way better.
Great book - thought out universe, interesting characters, interesting things happen, it's funny - in places in a very dry way, and in others in a more broad sense. The pacing is spot on. This really feels more like a mature effort from an author who's really gotten the handle on things, rather than a funny guy with some good ideas. And see the first paragraph - the magic 2.0 books are very enjoyable and I like them a great deal - no disrespect intended to them, but the author is really cranking now.
Go write some more books!
I liked that the majority of the main characters were the servants, I just enjoyed that point of view. And I laughed, though nite quite as much as the author wanted me too.
My biggest problem with this book is probably that to fully appreciate the comedy, you have to understand all of the rules of this household, the futuristic tech, and relationships with other planets, who also have very different customs. So, a lot of the jokes are "Because you see, the customs here in this sci fi future don't allow for this - thats why this is hilarious." So much information is thrust at you, trying to explain this new and different world, that it becomes difficult to appreciate all of the comedy.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is spectacular. Pure Meyer wit but imbued with more spirit and character development than I've ever seen from him. Master of Formalities has shades of the great Iain M Banks but is undoubtedly a Scott Meter tale, exploring the character as well as the circumstances that develop and change people. It's a masterclass in politics as well. Very well done, sir.
Scott has created an interesting universe with heroes and villains. And of course there is the kitchen. Read and enjoy.