Date: 2017-05-20 08:30 am (UTC)
novin_ha: Zuko is having all his feelings and I feel that ([avatar] zuko is completely calm)
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Woo, free again. So, where was I? I apologize in advance, this will be chaotic.

Ah, yes. Heteronormativity hour! Well, I can absolutely agree with most of your criticisms! I mean, I also still think Tej is... not a great character. She's inconsistent and occasionally suffers from plot-necessitated-stupiditis. (I love her lack of ambition though.) Rish/Byerly was very marginal for me and I never thought of Ivan as potentially not straight, so maybe that's why this didn't bother me too much, but overall I agree that having Byerly get together with a guy would have been much better (and I just love Byerly, I confess).

But Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is also a novel that does so much for Simon, Simon/Alys and Alys! I loved those parts so much. And just - Simon becoming Ivan's father. Ivan growing up. That was my catnip. I mean, the one thing I *didn't* like about Aral was how clearly he fucked up at being a father figure for Ivan. He just didn't have the time, obviously - being a Regent *AND* fathering Miles is like four full-time jobs in itself - but their relationship being summed up in "where's that idiot Ivan" makes me so sad for that fatherless little boy that he must have been between Barrayar and The Vor Game. So Ivan and Simon teaming up and Ivan regretting not being more caring about Simon earlier is a great and emotional moment for me.

...which sort of shows why this 5 book thing is so difficult - these novels are only good to very good on their own, they SHINE thanks to all the backstory and connections.

Miles: I don't like Miles too much (well, there are books where I do, like Mountains, Mirror Dance and I think The Vor Game, and possibly bits of Komarr?) but I agree that he works for the series. Still, absolutely, Aral & Cordelia all the way.

I will wait with my feels re: Aral/Jole/Cordelia for the future post then! There's a lot of them.
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