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Hexarchate Stories (Machineries of Empire) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07QKRFSTS
- Publisher : Solaris (June 25, 2019)
- Publication date : June 25, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 773 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 232 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,269 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cheris being Cheris, of course, quiet and under the radar can become boring.
Highly recommended for series fans, especially Machineries of Empire fans, and fans of character-driven action!
If you haven't read Lee's work, this is a great introduction.
My only complaint is that there wasn't more to read.
Top reviews from other countries
I think out of the stories, I far preferred the longer entries and particularly those that focused on existing characters. Whilst some of the flash fiction was engaging enough, it isn't a form of fiction that I really enjoy. I liked how the collection was chronological, so it felt like you were on a fast forward through the timeline. I think The Battle of Candle Arc and Glass Canon are the strongest longer entries in the collection, offering both a prequel and a sequel to the main series in a way as well. I'd have liked there to be more full shorts here rather than the bulk of the collection being flash fiction, and there were a couple of entries that would have done well in a slightly expanded format.
I would also have really liked to see a full novella on the heresy game and the cover up of Ruo's suicide; a lot was made of this event in Jedao's past in the main series and I was quite disappointed that Yoon Ha Lee didn't take the opportunity to fully realise it one way or another. I did like the mix of bitter sweet, fluff and trauma that is depicted through the various pieces in this collection; it shows multiple sides to the series and allowed for some more humourous scenes to be shown.
All in all, a solid collection of works although it's a pity that so much of it is flash fiction. Personally, I'd have preferred the collection to be made up of slightly longer works and punctuated by a handful of flash. That may just be personal preference though.
However the second half of the work is a much more meaty and involving continuation of the series, full of rapid developments and perilous predicaments.
The quiet humour continues, and there are additional insights into the histories of Jedda o, Cheris and other characters, as well as the features of the universe they inhabit.
The end of the story leaves plenty of scope for further galaxy-shaking emprises.
Please read Ninefox Gambit and other preceding volumes in the series in order to make sense of this book.
Really an amazing collection of stories; beautiful short snippets and wonderfully evocative words. And, some wonderful smut, too.
It is an amazing universe and I am so glad to have read more of it