Some Desperate Glory (2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

All her life Kyr has trained for the day she can avenge the murder of …

Dark but not heavy

5 stars

This book really stuck with me after reading it. I had to stop reading it before bed because I would stay up too late reading it, which is a trait I cherish in a book and is also hard to pull off in a book with such heavy themes -- brainwashing, abuse, reproductive coercion, war,.... And the characters were so well articulated. I really live for books where characters seem like actual humans who are capable of being really truly horrible to each other and also capable of kindness and growth.

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@AndreasD I have read it, I really loved them both but I found them quite different and hard to compare. I see surface similarities, but Tesh's book felt more about trauma and interpersonal relationships less about politics, whereas A Memory Called Empire shines when it's describing far future civilization more broadly and speculating about alien life more philosophically? Both great, just very different vibe for me.