History Literature / KrisLongknife

7th Apr '18 3:19:47 PM kbissett
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** The titles of the first two books are actually subversions: In ''Mutineer'', the mutiny doesn't take place until the very end of the book, and is technically an anti-mutiny. In ''Deserter'', the so-called desertion is more of an accidental AWOL than a desertion - Kris fully intended to return to her post before her leave was up, but her return flight got cancelled when the area ended up quarantined.
31st Mar '18 10:12:54 AM StarSword
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# ''Commander'' (2018)



And another series of ebooks picking up in the Alwa system after Kris left:
* ''Kris Longknife's Replacement: Admiral Santiago on Alwa Station''
* ''Kris Longknife's Relief: Grand Admiral Santiago on Alwa Station''
* ''Kris Longknife's Successor''

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And another series of ebooks picking up in the Alwa system after Kris left:
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left and was replaced by Sandy Santiago:
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''Kris Longknife's Replacement: Admiral Santiago on Alwa Station''
* # ''Kris Longknife's Relief: Grand Admiral Santiago on Alwa Station''
* # ''Kris Longknife's Successor''
14th Mar '18 4:29:09 PM StarSword
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* ''Kris Longknife's Successor''
1st Mar '18 1:26:18 PM StarSword
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* BornLucky: Kris's ability to evade events that should have killed her is actually acknowledged in her official Greenfeld Intelligence file.
24th Feb '18 1:28:38 PM StarSword
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** The Iteeche are a blend of Imperial China and Imperial Japan, with a bit of ancient Persia for flavor. They're a deeply tradition-bound culture with a GodEmperor, and in the event of the Imperial Planet falling to the rebels in a civil war, the victors typically wipe out its inhabitants and replace them with their own (in reference to several dynasties in China attempting to erase all trace of the one they overthrew). Nobles are followed around by halberdiers who behead Iteeche who break norms or are suspected of rebellion (or even make grammatical mistakes), and people who commit dishonorable acts are required to "make most sincere apology to the emperor" (i.e. drink a cup of poison that causes an extremely painful death, evidently a variation on {{seppuku}}).

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** The Iteeche are a blend of Imperial China and Imperial Shogunate Japan, with a bit of ancient Persia for flavor. They're a deeply tradition-bound culture with a GodEmperor, and in the event of the Imperial Planet falling to the rebels in a civil war, the victors typically wipe out its inhabitants and replace them with their own (in reference to several dynasties in China attempting to erase all trace of the one they overthrew). Nobles are followed around by halberdiers who behead Iteeche who break norms or are suspected of rebellion (or even make grammatical mistakes), and people who commit dishonorable acts are required to "make a most sincere apology to the emperor" (i.e. drink a cup of poison that causes an extremely painful death, evidently a variation on {{seppuku}}).



* HonorBeforeReason: The Iteeches' {{samurai}}-like culture and overpopulation-induced WeHaveReserves mindset leads to a lot of this in the sequel series, with officers who survive a lost or drawn battle considered disgraced and ReassignedToAntarctica. Kris instead sees them as potentially TaughtByExperience and recruits them into the fleet she commands in the name of the Emperor as people who can be taught to fight in [[HumansAreSoldiers humans' more soldier-like style]].



* OverrankedSoldier: Kris makes Vice-Admiral at 29, and full Admiral at 34. She has the talent for it, but even by wartime standards that rate of promotion is somewhat excessive. {{Justified}} somewhat in that her promotions from lieutenant commander up to three-star were originally "frocking-up", i.e. provisional {{Field Promotion}}s to ensure she would remain in command of the Alwa force despite its rapid expansion from a few ships into a fleet of hundreds. Kris refused to be reduced back to her legal rank after leaving command and had the clout to enforce her will.

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Kris makes Vice-Admiral at 29, and full Admiral at 34. She has the talent for it, but even by wartime standards that rate of promotion is somewhat excessive. {{Justified}} somewhat in that her promotions from lieutenant commander up to three-star were originally "frocking-up", i.e. provisional {{Field Promotion}}s to ensure she would remain in command of the Alwa force despite its rapid expansion from a few ships into a fleet of hundreds. Kris refused to be reduced back to her legal rank after leaving command and had the clout to enforce her will. She also wonders occasionally what aspects of learning to be a commander she missed due to her unusual career arc.
** Vicky manages to outperform Kris in her own series. Her last legal rank is only lieutenant junior grade, but she's frocked up to vice admiral as co-leader of the rebellion against her EvilStepmother. To her credit, even ''she'' thinks this is a bit nuts, and is taken aback when Kris performs official admiral-to-admiral honors to welcome her aboard in ''Bold''.



* StarfishAliens:
** The Iteeche are seven-foot-tall amphibious vertebrates with four eyes and four undifferentiated, two-jointed grasping limbs who reproduce by ejecting gametes into the surrounding water. During the war human soldiers quickly learned to ''never'' get into melee range with one.
** The Alwans are flightless omnivorous birds who find it great fun to tear strips off of live prey, but balk at interpersonal violence in favor of noisy dominance displays.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: The dart weaponry used by all factions in the series uses varying charges of liquid propellant. Loading sleepy darts automatically reduces the charge, and you can manually vary the power, and a max-power rifle round results in BlownAcrossTheRoom at 500 yards.


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* SnipingTheCockpit: Kris and Jack narrowly avoid being barbecued by a 24-inch laser through the bridge of her flagship in ''Admiral''.


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* StarfishAliens:
** The Iteeche are seven-foot-tall amphibious vertebrates with four eyes and four undifferentiated, two-jointed grasping limbs who reproduce by ejecting gametes into the surrounding water. During the war human soldiers quickly learned to ''never'' get into melee range with one.
** The Alwans are flightless omnivorous birds who find it great fun to tear strips off of live prey, but balk at interpersonal violence in favor of noisy dominance displays.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: The dart weaponry used by all factions in the series uses varying charges of liquid propellant. Loading sleepy darts automatically reduces the charge, and you can manually vary the power, and a max-power rifle round results in BlownAcrossTheRoom at 500 yards.
24th Feb '18 1:10:49 PM StarSword
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* ImpossiblyTackyClothes:
** Kris and Vicky both complain at various times that the full dress uniform for female naval officers is awful: dress whites business jacket with a floor-length skirt. In ''Target'', Vicky hires an admiral's fashion designer wife to improve on it, and ends up in a much more flattering white gown with a bolero jacket on which her rank and party salad can be worn.
** Also in ''Target'', Vicky's father issues the Order of St. Christopher, Star Leaper decoration to survivors of the expedition in ''Daring''. Vicky, and Kris when she receives hers in ''Bold'', find that the bright orange sash on which the medallion is supposed to be worn doesn't go with anything.
24th Feb '18 12:57:20 PM StarSword
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* OverrankedSoldier: Kris makes Vice-Admiral at 29, and full Admiral at 34.

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* OverrankedSoldier: Kris makes Vice-Admiral at 29, and full Admiral at 34. She has the talent for it, but even by wartime standards that rate of promotion is somewhat excessive. {{Justified}} somewhat in that her promotions from lieutenant commander up to three-star were originally "frocking-up", i.e. provisional {{Field Promotion}}s to ensure she would remain in command of the Alwa force despite its rapid expansion from a few ships into a fleet of hundreds. Kris refused to be reduced back to her legal rank after leaving command and had the clout to enforce her will.
24th Feb '18 12:44:33 PM StarSword
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* UnclePennybags: In the early books Kris frequently uses her trust fund to buy her way out of problems (for example, establishing and funding an NGO to cover relief work on Olympia to get around an ObstructiveBureaucrat holding up government aid).
24th Feb '18 12:41:44 PM StarSword
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* NoPartyGiven: Kris's father is a party leader in Wardhaven's parliament (and except for a snap election-inflicted TenMinuteRetirement in ''Defiant'', the prime minister), but what that party is is never stated. All that's known is that Kris spent part of her childhood campaigning for her father in the agriculture sector (and was being groomed to be her brother's campaigner before she defied her parents to join the Navy), but his policy goals aren't even consistent from book to book: he's said to have both cut and raised science funding at various times and thinks it will be difficult to raise taxes enough to pay for expansion of the Navy for the war with the PlanetLooters (until Kris captures a matriarch alive and sends her home). Probably the best theory, given the books' apparent opinion of both far-left socialist welfare states and far-right plutocracies and the indication in ''Furious'' that Wardhaven has a minimal level of state-required health and retirement coverage, is that he represents a European-style centrist party.
2nd Jan '18 5:14:43 PM Bissek
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* OverrankedSoldier: Kris makes Vice-Admiral at 29, and full Admiral at 34.
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