I really liked this. When I try to think of what to write in a review though I don't come out very coherent. It's definitely not a typical YA dystopiaI really liked this. When I try to think of what to write in a review though I don't come out very coherent. It's definitely not a typical YA dystopia, although it sort of follows that. And it's a future Brazil. And gender. And race. And quiltbag. And stuff. And yea.
I'm giving it 4 stars because my attention started to flag about 2/3rds in, but I'm still giving it the tag of awesome. I wouldn't at all mind Goodreads recommending me more books like it!
I had to ILL it, but I'm going to suggest to our YA librarian that we get it here too....more
Somehow I failed to add this to Goodreads and review it! It's been awhile since I've read it now. I hate doing that. Details get lost.
Suffice it to saSomehow I failed to add this to Goodreads and review it! It's been awhile since I've read it now. I hate doing that. Details get lost.
Suffice it to say that Alison Goodman can read my freaking mind! She's got elements in this she totally stole from me. If she was looking into my brain anytime in the last 10 years or so. (Ones which I initially cobbled together from Sailormoon and fanfic and other sources, so, y'know.)
I can't even properly describe this since all the names of things have dropped out of my head. But, basically Eon's a girl disguised as a boy so she can train and be a candidate to be selected by one of the 12(13) dragons. And it's just so much cooler than my description says.
It's set in a world somewhat like ancient China. And the dragons are somewhat related to the Chinese zodiac. And there's swords and martial arts. It's sort of like a totally awesome anime got turned into a totally awesome Australian fantasy novel.
And while many elements of the plot were predictable, inevitable, she nonetheless managed to surprise me and interest me with things I could not have seen coming.
And it's so much harder to review a book you really loved. Did I mention it was awesome?
The second book isn't out yet! Argh!
But to tide me over, I did ILL another book by her. (Which was also totally awesome, btw.)...more
Another awesome book by Alison Goodman in which she steals some of my ideas! She even uses a name I used in an online game -- Jorel. (Which people kepAnother awesome book by Alison Goodman in which she steals some of my ideas! She even uses a name I used in an online game -- Jorel. (Which people kept thinking meant Superman's dad, though it totally isn't! Do you see a hyphen in there?!)
This is like.. a YA time travel school/first contact story. And like, more awesome than the title would lead me to believe. I don't like music in my fiction, as a general rule, and blues and jazz is about the worst.
The main character's name is Joss, which I only remember because it's the first female Joss I've run across. Not that I've run across more than.. one before. She's been accepted into this elite program at the university to study to be a time traveler. Each student is paired up. But this class will have an alien as a student. So you can guess what happens there.
The aliens come in pairs. They're born as a pair and have a telepathic bond and if one dies or the link is severed, then the other dies. Except when that doesn't happen, as in this case. And so the two heroes of our story have to learn how to be partners and etc. And did I mention there's also some computer hacking and a black market underground hacking thing involved? To make it that much more cool, of course.
The only thing negative I have to say, which is something I also said about her other book I read, is that there are things about the plot that are predictable and inevitable. And in one particular case, I was just waiting around for the main character to figure it out already. Yet Goodman still manages to slip in a surprise here and there that I never saw coming. And the characters are enjoyable enough I'll go along for the ride in any case.
So yea, awesome. And she needs to write more stuff so I have more to read!
Also, if you're not reading Australian YA authors, you totally need to be. There's something in the water down there that's producing some great stuff....more
I read this because it made the Tiptree Award list this year. I really enjoyed it. It's an alternate history of Japan in which a plague has wiped outI read this because it made the Tiptree Award list this year. I really enjoyed it. It's an alternate history of Japan in which a plague has wiped out most of the men. At first, it was reminding me of A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer.
Then we get to the "inner chamber" of the shogun. Traditionally, this was full of women. But because of this alternate history, it's full of men. Really greedy of the ruler to keep all of these men just for herself, when they could be out reproducing. Men are still in scarce supply.
There are all these rules, and customs, and traditions of the inner chamber that we slowly learn about. Even as the main character in this volume is learning about them, being a new arrival to it himself. There are different levels of men and it can all get rather confusing if you don't pay close attention.
The one negative comment I do have to say about it is that I felt like some of the rules were being contradicted in later chapter by different rules. Which is a problem I've seen in other manga. It may be a result of the serial nature of most manga. The author thinks of some cool thing to add and doesn't care or doesn't remember what's gone before that might not match up with the new idea. And of course that earlier bit has been published, so it's a little too late to revise it.
So, I don't know. We'll see if the further volumes make other bits make more sense, or if it brings up new problems for me.
It did convince me that I want to read other things by this mangaka....more
This book is the most awesome book ever! Seriously. It was written just for me. I don't know how I missed not reading it sooner. LibraryThing suggesteThis book is the most awesome book ever! Seriously. It was written just for me. I don't know how I missed not reading it sooner. LibraryThing suggested it as a 'read alike' based on the limited amount of data I've put in there. I am not a big fan of LibraryThing's read-alike feature, even if it does want me to read every CLAMP manga volume ever. (I don't even object to doing that.)
And I see this book was on the Tiptree list. But it didn't win! If I was on the jury that year, it would've totally won. Even if I had to drug or bribe all the other jurists.
It's a world in which men are rare. Society's organized by groups of mothers and sisters. And the main character is boy almost old enough to marry. His sister's are trying to arrange a good match for him, so they can either swap with another family for a husband of their own, or afford to buy one with the money he fetches.
At the heart of everything, it's a love story. But it's about gender. And I loved the characters. And of course since the world is mostly women, the women are all out there doing everything. It's kind of weird to hear about a gang of bandits, and then to realize.. oh yea, they're all women! A little mind warpy. In a very good way.
And it's just totally freaking awesome!
I've borrowed some other books by her, but I'm afraid they won't be quite as awesome. Since this was a stand-alone, and presumably the only book set in this world. But maybe the other books will be awesome in other ways.
I finished this a couple of weeks ago and should've written the review then. All I can really say about it now is that it was very, very good. I reallI finished this a couple of weeks ago and should've written the review then. All I can really say about it now is that it was very, very good. I really, really liked it. It didn't repeat itself over and over, but brought something new to the discussion in every chapter.
I don't remember it well enough to summarize it, alas. I wouldn't want to get it wrong. But essentially it's about how to make changes in your life and in your business. And fortunately was not as heavy on the business end of things as other books of its type are.
There is some real advice, concrete advice, for making a change. Some of it even worked for me, for a day. For a day, every time I came back into my bedroom, I picked up for a couple of minutes.
Now if I had managed to keep that up past a day, I might've gotten somewhere.
But it's not the book's fault. The theories are sound. I just need to put them into practice.
And remember what they all are.
Fortunately, I did photocopy a cheat sheet summary from the book.
Awesome. How come I never heard of Susan Palwick before? How come she hasn't been on the Tiptree Award lists? How come how come?
I really liked all ofAwesome. How come I never heard of Susan Palwick before? How come she hasn't been on the Tiptree Award lists? How come how come?
I really liked all of the stories in this collection. My favorite might be the first one, "The Fate of Mice", about a smart, talking mouse and the girl who tells him stories.
Then again, "Ever After" is pretty cool too. And I didn't even get what was going on with the godmother until most of the way through.
And it was "Jo's Hair" that I read in an anthology that made me seek out more of her stuff, so that must be pretty good too.
I wonder how much she realizes she has a pregnancy theme going on here. There's at least 4 in here you could read as being about that.
I'm very glad I skipped Paul di Fillipo's introduction until after I'd read the book. Not only do introductions like that tend to spoil the stories, but he completely missed a major point. He gives passing reference to her 'feminist concerns' in a paranthetical. I don't think he grasps how almost all of the stories are about women. No matter if the protagonist is male. No matter if it's a mouse.
I've borrowed more Palwick from the library. They're high on my to-read list....more