Post by James Nicoll
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds
Finally got down to this in the pile. This was one of those cases where I liked the background a lot more than the actual story that painted on it. I would have been happier with more exploration of the "baubles" leading to information on the significance of the "quoins". As it was, that was mostly just infodump at the end.
I did wonder why, after Bosa's explanation of her true purpose, Fura didn't ask why the need for all the brutality in the means. Slaughtering of crews is inefficient pirating. You want a reputation of viciousness when too much resistance is put up, but that if one cooperates then the crew and ship can live to keep plying the system and maybe get plundered another day.
I suppose that in this case, then this story might not have been possible, but then I didn't like this one that much anyway.
Definitely seems room for further books. Then again, I thought so about The Prefect, but nothing seems to be happening there.