I'm not all that happy with this book. We are back to merc-n-slang speaking Miri, a lot of conversations that imply actions, and a lot of contemplations with jumped-to conclusions. There is some interesting history about Pod 77 and Pod 78 that was fun to learn. And Clarence shows up again. But...
The book jumped from scene to scene very quickly, leaving me little time to warm up to a scene or person. It also walked around previously pubished short stories ("Allies" for one), leaving readers either wondering what happened or wishing for their chap-book collections to be right at hand for reference. As the unification of the I Dare plotline and the Saltation plotline, as well as two short stories, Ghost Ship was an encore performance for every speaking member of Clan Korval. I mean all of them, from Lukin to Padi. Because of the effort to get everyone in on the action and move forward on the main plot lines, the story read like the middle of an 80's space opera trilogy. You know: that's the book where everyone is scattered to the far ends of known space, everything is going wrong, and the bad guys are winning. It had its moments, to be sure. But very little got resolved, and almost none of that resolution was immediately meaningful.
Why am I following this series still? Because it will start to trail off, then something like I Dare comes along...
Eta: This is the first new-to-me book that I have tried to read solely in the iPad. I wonder if that contributed substantially to my feelings of disjointedness and lack of connection to the story. It could be that I simply could not get into the story because of the jumpy interface and incredibly short "page" length (due to my preferred font size). I will have to ponder this thought some more.
-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty)
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name, with a pre-finished commentary here
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love
Must Love Hellhounds
Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)
Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
The Initiate Brother
City of Pearl
An Artificial Night
After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
Ghost Ship (e-ARC)
-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --
Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff
-- Books Still in Progress --
These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now. And gee, look at how many of them are non-fiction!
The Brand Within
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Wise Man's Fear