Usually I read a great book, and then I reluctantly see the TV or movie adaptation and say, basically, Meh. (Still waiting for a Dune adaptation that isn't cringe-inducing. Fingers crossed for 2021...)

In this case, I got hooked on the TV version and only then read all the books as fast as I could absorb them. And there was no disappointment either way. There are divergences (and in general I wish they'd stuck closer to the books) but hey, what a great long crazy story arc -- what a ride! -- and they did far less violence to the original text than most adaptations.

I could pick a nit here and there, but on the whole I have to agree... this one is just hella fun plus decent physics (and with very few embarrassing lapses into sitcom territory). And Shohreh Aghdashloo has to be the scariest most charismatic practitioner of brutal realpolitik since Smiley's Karla :-) Like the Witch in Sondheim's Into the Woods, she's not good, she's not nice, she's just right (most of the time anyway).

Good stuff. More, more.. but only until the end of the novel series, please... no fabricating "written for TV" episodes to keep the franchise going...

Retired; ex-software engineer. Paleo-feminist. Sailor. Arduino tinkerer. Enviro. Libertarian Socialist (Anarcho-Syndicalist, kinda). Writer. Altermondialiste.

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