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Still addictive, but beginning to annoy me
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
I'm finding enough interest in each book (I'm up to #4) to keep on going so I feel obliged to give it a reasonable rating. So far, the books seems to follow a formula of a dangerous threat to 'good' planets, and it's the MC and his people (including aliens) to the rescue and these stories are inventive. However there are sexist annoyances. Firstly, the key relationships are strictly hetero - this may change in successive books in the series. Secondly, although the author gives women equally heroic roles - e.g. they are strategists, fighters etc., if they fall in love with a 'strong' man they become a cross between coy, adoring sex kittens/mothers whose role is to keep their man healthy. These women 'giggle self-consciously', 'squeal', 'gaze adoringly up at their man', 'scamper' and on it goes. It's teeth-grinding stuff. I admit I'm hooked into these books because of the story-telling but it's getting harder to push on.