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Splintegrate, Deborah Teramis Christian 10 April 2023

2019 SF, a loose sequel to Mainline. Kes is the top dominatrix at the top club on the planet, but one of her clients has attracted the wrong sort of attention.

It's only a loose sequel, and the characters I cared about from Mainline weren't the ones who came back. We learn more about the setting (which the author has been developing with RPGs since the 1980s) but I didn't really care for any of the people, except insofar as they were at the whim of nastier people. There are many good bits, particularly when we reach up from these petty criminal squabbles into Imperial-level politics, but there wasn't quite the sense of enthusiasm which brought me back to reread Mainline after twenty years.

Or maybe I'm just a prude for not finding D/s relationships intrinsically fascinating. Yeah, I get it, you have friends in the scene and you're not just doing it for the titillation, but just because it's D/s that doesn't mean I want to read about it if I don't also care about the characters.

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