I’ve just finished Blade Dancer by Sheila Viehl. Here’s another great opening line for you: All I was trying to do when they caught me was bury my mother in an unmarked grave. This opens a very strange book, but truth to tell, most anything Sheila writes (and she writes in five genres, so that’s a lot!) is a little strange. My daughter said that she and her husband agreed that Blade Dancer was the best book they had read in 2005. And MY husband has rapidly become a Sheila fan himself. If you enjoy science fiction with a twisted sense of humor, give this book a try!