So, what I’d like to do is for you to go and read the comment series starting here – and note, this is an invitation for y’all to criticize me, not the commenter, so however much we may disagree, let’s keep it civil, please – and give me your thoughts on any and all topics raised.
‘Cause it’s not like I haven’t had some thoughts of my own regarding a little dissatisfaction of mine with some things lately, and before I try to figure out whether I’m right about that, wrong about that, or whether it’s a sertraline artifact, I’d like to take the temperature out there in readerville.
(Although I will certainly admit to presenting them as smug. For various reasons such as these, I maintain that it would be horribly unrealistic if the Imperials, and for that matter the rest of the Core Economic and Cultural Zone, were not quite splendidly smug by our standards. For all the reasons that the Culture gets to indulge its smuggery, with the added side-benefit of not being pets.)
Anyway. Please think at me, gentle readers. I’ll respond once I’ve got a feel for the temperature out there.