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When they were split apart, only Abby got any mojo, making Makeda a useless, normal, human. This is their story during a family crisis.
I have been wanting to read Nalo Hopkinson ever since meeting
Tobias S. Buckell at a Shared Worlds reading. We chatted about Caribbean fantasy and sc ...more
A totally original modern fantasy with a unique, exotic perspective. The protagonist Makeda, a twenty-three-year-old woman, was born to a family of demigods, but she doesn’t have magic of her own. Her twin sister Abby has a double share, in addition to being gifted by an unearthly musical talent. While Abby creates beautiful music and earns money for the family by performing, Makeda is trying to make sense of her directionless life.
I enjoyed having an entrée into a mythology that I was not previously acquianted with (heavy Googling of Vodoun, Hoodoo, Orishas, Yoruba, etc. was instrumental to understanding the characters in the story). The interesting characterization of all the enthralling (literally) demigods was the highlight of the book for me.
The humans, however, I could have done without. The protagonist was annoyingly juvenile for a woma ...more
Sister Mine was a bit of a slow-starter for me, and I struggled at first to understand what was going on. In particular, one early change of scenery and point of view didn't make sense to me until about two chapters later in the book. However, in the second half of the book everything came together and things got really exciting...more
Not to mention who their daddy is. And who their uncle is. Because Makeda and Abigail were born into a family where some of the members usher humans into life and death. They are Shiny, in Makeda's words, and what Makeda wants more than anything else in the world is to find her own mojo; jus ...more
As the blurb goes, the main storyline is Abby and Makeda are ex-conjoined twin daughters of a mortal woman and a demi god. At their separation Abby got all the mojo, where as Makeda is the family outcast with no powers. As punishment for their forbidden union, their mother is turned into a sea monster (residing in Lake Ontario!) and their father is made mortal. Now susceptible to illness, he develops Alzheimer's. T ...more
Meanwhile, she’s moving into an apartment, trying to establish boundaries with her sister. But then life happens. This is a delightful book! I’m very glad I read it.
Makeda and Abby are sisters, twin sisters bound closer than by only sharing a womb. But Abby has a huge talent and Makeda has no talent, no affinity linking her to the world, no individuality. Then when Makeda tries to launch out on her own to live her own life, however simple and dull that may be, the girls learn that talent may be more than they know of.
I read this urban fantasy novel in two sittings. It is almost compulsively readable.. yet I felt somewhat meh once finished. This is about conjoined twins, who are no longer conjoined. They also happen to be the daughters of a demigod & a human, who has been turned into a water monster that lives in Lake Ontario. There is an eclectic cast of characters, which I really liked. It is a weird book, which I am known for loving. Give me ...more
"Uncle likes to keep things lighthearted. It’s important to him to always have a smile on his face. It keeps his spirits up, and sometimes it prevents people from being too scared when it’s their time and he shows up to ferry them to the other sid ...more
And the simple story is spiced up by the fact that the sisters' family is the local pantheon. Yes, it is reminiscent of Neil Gaiman, but Nalo Hopkinson adds a unique flavour to the proceedings, in particular a running riff on racial stereotyping (Aunt Suze's diatribe on 'Obamanegroes' i ...more
However, I felt thing was a YA book that was classified as an adult book because of some mild incest (yes, I know that sounds bizarre but in context, it's not). The POV was very juvenile and seemed to be a coming of age story at its heart. The characterization of the si ...more
This book did feel a bit slapstick sometimes which wasn't my favorite but I really enjoyed this.