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Andrea K Höst

Australian writer of science fiction and fantasy.
City of Ruins - Kristine Kathryn Rusch This is an unusual series. On some levels it's more about being a people manager than anything else. The protagonist is known (so far) as "Boss" and between this book and last she's increased the number of people she is the boss of exponentially. A second viewpoint character who could reasonably be called "Captain" continues the theme. There is a vast number of named characters, drawn in swift strokes, and in their way all management issues for Boss or Captain.There are strong similarities between this and the last book - there's a place Boss is investigating. She tells us the things could go wrong. Something different goes wrong. She blames herself, resolves not to be wrong in that way again. Progress is made. But even though most of the book is little more than delay for Boss and Captain having a conversation (and then, suddenly, action) I was still very invested in finding out what happens when they have that conversation.Slight negative in the depiction of the locals of the planet. They're just vague sexist people who want to keep things secret from outsiders, yet put most of that information in museums.