A solid sophomore effort from a writer to watch, and I'm not just saying that because she reads rec.arts.sf.written, to which I first posted this. I agree to some extent with the consensus I've gathered on that newsgroup, that China Mountain Zhang was a better book overall, but frankly McHugh's second-best is head and shoulders above most authors' primes. While I was in her submarine Caribbean banana dictatorship, I had no problem believing in it; McHugh has a way with verisimilitude that I think is essential for a good sf writer. I'll be looking for #3.
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