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(eng) Catherynne Valente is nonbinary and uses any/all pronouns.

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A high two stars for this one. The pace finally picks up the way I had been hoping for about 75% of the way through, and then I had to finish the rest in one sitting. And that was pretty good! But it's a *slog* to get there, with tons of interesting ideas poetically over-described for (what felt like) hundreds of pages. I get the impression everything was the author's darling she couldn't bear to cut, and you have to read a book like that to realize why writers have to cut so much of the good stuff.

There are dozens of characters who I frequently couldn't keep straight, and they all have mythologically significant names. A good sprinkling of bi and gay characters.

I cared more about Severin before we got to the final few chapters; the ending felt a little cheap. When it still looked like she had died horribly and tragically young, instead of turning into a disembodied omniscient being. And how did Percy learn all that stuff about callowhales anyway---just further scientific advancements, since it's like 40 years after the main action? And no, Severin's fate isn't particularly ambiguous---the author is clearly putting her finger on the scale for one reading, while also technically leaving it "open to interpretation." Whatever, man.

Probably would make a neat film, with the advantage that you wouldn't have to read all the damn descriptions. I would also read the book Valente has set up for 6 generations down the line, with genetic and social changes and when the averted colonial-powers conflict finally hits, but I don't think I trust Valente with story-via-documents anymore.
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caedocyon | 37 andere besprekingen | Feb 23, 2024 |
Not my normal fare. I tried to get into it but I couldn't do it. While I understand the parallels made to "the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy", it lacked the wit of Douglas Adams and was more like ChatGPT on cocaine.
 
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jdowner | 81 andere besprekingen | Feb 17, 2024 |
Honestly….uuugh. This is essentially the 2017 move Mother. Not as well executed, not as creative. I’m annoyed. The elements that were brought in half way were so underused.
 
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cmpeters | 25 andere besprekingen | Feb 2, 2024 |
 Hey Ava!

I think you'll like this one (and it comes out tomorrow!). It's one of those stories that starts out normal, then gets kind of strange, then subtly creepy, and then smashes headlong into WTF territory when you're too far in to stop. Since it's so short, the effect is doubled! And of course the mystery-ish aspect of trying to get a better sense of what exactly is going on in Acadia Gardens will definitely keep you going.

Alright... I'm... a little embarrassed about how long it took me to figure this one out. It wasn't until I was basically bashed over the head with it that I realized. But let me tell you, once I realized? I suddenly saw all the I had already read with clear eyes, and understanding rushed in carrying a flurry of admirable details that snapped together. Suddenly all those little moments that had seemed odd to me -- but I couldn't quite figure out what was going on -- made sense! Each click came with a tiny spark of satisfaction at the knowing. And damn if that isn't just such a perfect mirror of Sophia's experience in this.

The horror comes from when I realized what Sophia couldn't yet know. Man, when I as the reader know something that the character doesn't? It really gets me riled up! It's like the equivalent of shouting at the characters in a slasher film because *I* know the killer is behind the door they're about to open, but *they* don't know, and I just have to watch helplessly while it happens! The grim knowledge is the thing.

This is a short story (which I didn't realize at first, so just a heads up that this is a quick read), and yet it packs so much into it. Around the middle, I admit I was getting a little fuzzy with it because the strangeness and the (deliberately) unclear writing was wearing me out. And then I came to the moment where everything made sense and I was reinvigorated!

Here's a tiny hint, where if you know about this one thing, you likely will put this all together fast than I did:
the Bible.

I got this one from NetGalley (thanks Tor!), but as always you know these are my thoughts. :) 

Enjoy!!
~Jennifer 
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Jenniferforjoy | 25 andere besprekingen | Jan 29, 2024 |

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