One of the things I like is they have a similar ambiguity to Perdido Street Station with elements of both fantasy and science fiction woven together quite cleverly.
Just finished Bujold's Ethan of Athos;
an offshoot from the Vorkosigan books. An interesting and unusual book in some ways; it is good typical Bujold adventure but it also explores the unusual idea of a man coming into the outside 'normal' universe from a planet that has no women and all births are male and from 'artificial reproduction units'.
However there was one writing/editorial gaff that I had to share. This slightly unusual but otherwise unexceptional phrase appeared at one point:
...bored-looking young woman on duty eating little fried morsels of something from a bag.
Less than 20 pages later:
A Security person sat, feet up, eating little fried morsels of something from a bag and...
Am I being picky to feel that using a phrase like that twice so close together is just a little messy?