Ahoy there me mateys! While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read. In me enthusiasm of discovery and taking suggestions from me crew, I did not revisit a single old port for plunder! And part of what I love about readin’ is re-visitin’ old friends. So I decided to remedy that in this here new(ish) year and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it were, upon visitin’ it again . . .
windswept – Adam Rakunas
This be a lovely sci-fi novel that I read back in 2015 after randomly finding a copy in a local library. It is one of the books that helped bring me attention to the Angry Robot publishing house wherein I joined the Robot Army. Their books tend to be quirky and to my taste. In any case, at the time this book was a stand-alone and it can be read as such. But when I found out there was another book in the series, I was excited to have the chance to re-visit an old port.
And Santee is a great place to spend time if ye like sarcastic bad-ass women, crazy times, and, of course, rum. The story involves me favorite wench, Padma, who is a union recruiter who deserted the corporate culture of the Big Three to make a better life for herself on a little “mudball” planet. If she recruits just 33 more people to the union then she can buy her dream business (a rum distillery – Arrrrr!). When word comes of a breach of 40 people that would help her reach her union quota and her dream, she takes a chance. Of course nothing goes to plan and all hell breaks loose . . .
The characters are what made the story for me. Padma be me favorite but there are plenty of strong women in this book – from police officers, pub owners, and tuk-tuk drivers. While there is very brief mention of sex in this novel, it does NOT have romance as a major element. There are however strong male and female friendships. I loved Jilly and Banks. I loved to dislike Bloomberg. Several of the bad guys and girls were not as fleshed out but it didn’t really effect me enjoyment. There are screwball characters and fantastic character interactions that I loved re-reading.
The world building and politics are not extremely complicated but Santee feels solid and believable. The story was even-paced at the start but ratchets up into a fun mad dash towards the end. Basically this book is just plain fun. A quick read, I am glad I chose to revisit this port and look forward to finding out what the gang has been up to in the next installment.
Check out this review by Skjam!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she’s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She’s only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out — against her better judgment. It turns out, of course, it was all lies . . .
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