The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm actually pretty impressed with this one but I have one major complaint...
I feel like I'm missing a LOT of worldbuilding nuance here. I've never read any of her Xuya novellas and I feel the lack.
Sure, the whole mystery in space surrounded my Mindships that are pretty awesome is all pretty awesome, but the rather odd bits of Tea and special brews feel like they need a lot of backstory. Otherwise, I'm stuck just thinking about Ann Leckie's Raddich series. And maybe that's kind of a side-jab.
I found it rather fascinating in an Ian M. Banks kind of way, too.
And oddly, I'm more impressed with Bodard's SF than her Fantasy. I obviously need to keep an eye out for more of these.
Nommed for '19 Hugo for novella.
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