book review: the mountains of mourning

The Mountains of Mourning is a long short story in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. Miles is sent out to the countryside to dispense justice in the murder of a deformed infant. Dispense justice with restraint. It was a thoughtful story about soft power and knowing your audience. The big problem Miles faces is that the villagers he’s investigating have no reason to trust in his ability to do the right thing and not just trample them. It’s very reminiscent of the stuff we’re talking about in my Community-Led Libraries course, to bring things from sf nerdery to library school nerdery.

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