I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
I've enjoyed the other books by Varley that I've read, so I'm struggling desperately to refrain from judging this one too soon.
But, having just finished Lady Slings the Booze by Spider Robinson, I'm a bit weary of the assumptions of straight white men about sexual matters. I knew Robinson was a big fan/friend of Robert Heinlein, but I didn't realize that Varley was also Heinleinian. Sigh!
The story isn't bad, but I keep bumping into assumptions that annoy me and I'm getting grumpy about it.