The first time I tried to read this book, I nearly burnt down a motel in New Zealand, because I was so into reading the book, I didn’t notice a fire on the stove until my Dad came into the kitchen yelling at me (and taking away the book).
I am quite certain I did eventually finish it, though I don’t remember when.
This time reading through, I’m noticing a few things I didn’t think about before, like how much of a ‘sci-fi’ novel is really just a historical military fiction, set in a far away place, but otherwise basically low-tech. The other part that’s standing out is an assertion near the end, wherein the authors basically say that the end of the age of slavery had more to do with the technology of the horse collar, than it did with any societal change of heart over the treatment of fellow mankind.
That and I really need to get around to reading the mainline of the Moties books.