The New Moon's Arms
This may seem like a strange and perhaps obvious epiphany to have. Indeed, some of you might be advanced enough not to need to read an entire book before arriving at it. Some of you might be even further advanced (say, doctorate in philosophy) and question the veracity of this proposition. So allow me to explain what I mean, and you philosophers can decide for yourself.
I should explain that there are things about Nalo Hopkinson, or specifically about The New ...more
The day Chastity’s mother’s empty rowboat drifted ashore, Chastity stopped finding things forever. She dared not find the thing she missed most, so she couldn’t find anything at all.
Years later, 52-year old Chastity (now called “Calamity”) rediscovers her long-gone talent in the unlikeli ...more
My biggest problem with this book was the writing. It read like a log. There was a lot of, this happened, then we went here, and there we saw that, yada, yada, yada. The characters were like stick figures going through motions. I didn't feel connected to any of them and I didn' ...more
This was a fun listen, although I had reservations at the beginning when the opening scene was the protagonist's father's funeral. Almost immediately, though, one learns that this isn't a sit around and cry kind of book. Our protagonist, originally named Chastity, renamed herself Calamity and intends to carry on that way. Indeed, things are getting increasingly calamitous ...more
I liked the setting although the island, Dolorosse, is imagined. The langua ...more
the book has a great tone and a generous sprinkling of several everyday/modern issues of caribbean life, along with neat layers of mythological history and faerie-type magic. i actually liked that the main character is infuriatingly self-centered. that, at 53, she's still figuring out how to be a grown-up.
i struggled with the flow of the plot.. i found all the sudden offers of help and folks showing back up in her life ki ...more
However, I don't think the book ever came together. It felt a bit uncooked, and the mythology and minor strands of the story were never as incorporated as they should have been.
So, I really liked this book. I love how abrasive Calamity is. She's mighty flawed, and it's really great to follow the narrative from her perspective. That is, until she gets all homophobic. And she doesn't appear to be on her way to learning a lesson by the end either. While I love that there's more than one queer person in this book (and a bisexual man! rare in media!), and their portrayal is nothing but positive, we only see them through Calamity's eyes, and she's NOT into it. I keep wave ...more
But that soon change when she finds a toddler wash up on the beach. Now she is lovely dovely with the opportunity to be a mom again and ha ...more
Unfortunately, the story of mysterious children etc etc did little to appeal to me.
For me as a non-native reader the book is also extre ...more
I debated on several of Nalo Hopkinsons novels and opted this one. I am so glad I did...it took me maybe 15 pages to get hooked, probably because of the "accent" it was written in, but man when I got into this one I didn't want to put it down. I now look at seals completely different and yes I know this is fictional but the way Nalo makes you think is amazing. I want a part two! ASAP! Was Calamities mother a sea person? What ever happened to the little girl she play ...more
Once again, Nalo Hopkinson breathes fresh life into a genre that too often centers the stories of the young, the idealistic, the mainstream. The New Moon’s Arms tells the story of the old, the ancient, those pushed to the edges and forgotten by time. After a life spent running from her own past identity, then spending two years nursing her father through his fatal battle with cancer, Calamity (AKA Chastity) Lambkin hopes to be able to move on with her life. An anonymous fling with a chance-met f...more