Man, I am ripping through this series, I cannot put them down. They're so much fun! And while Phryne's 21st century sensibilities (both in the books aMan, I am ripping through this series, I cannot put them down. They're so much fun! And while Phryne's 21st century sensibilities (both in the books and on the show) feel a little heavy handed-- the episode where her friend turns out to be gay and they talk about interracial marriage, for example-- I still can't help giving a little cheer for a character who lives such a zero-fucks-given life of independence and acceptance. Also, I LOVE the feminism of the series!! Phryne is all about women helping other women, and it's SO AWESOME. I'll be starting book 4 tonight, for sure....more
I had to put this on a shelf so I could add a review, but I haven't actually read it. Because perpetuating the "queers are evil" trope in 2015 is inexI had to put this on a shelf so I could add a review, but I haven't actually read it. Because perpetuating the "queers are evil" trope in 2015 is inexcusable. Because erasing an important queer historical figure, and an important queer historical romance, is inexcusable. Herman didn't try to create "an accurate historical picture", as she claims, by creating an original female character to shoehorn into a factual historical gay relationship. This sort of erasure is cruel and bigoted, and I hope my review serves to warn off anyone who might be thinking of reading this book....more
I have a lot of thoughts about this series - about how it's not terribly groundbreaking or surprising, but its familiarity with and ties to the greatI have a lot of thoughts about this series - about how it's not terribly groundbreaking or surprising, but its familiarity with and ties to the great body of sci-fi that came before it make it comforting, even when it's profoundly uncomfortable. I liked this installment a lot - and intrigued by what I now know about the projected future of the series, 5 more books to come. Whoowee, we're in for a bumpy ride, and I can't wait....more
I really missed Bobbie and Avasarala in this installment - the new voices were strong and I liked them, but not as much. The plot, however, just keepsI really missed Bobbie and Avasarala in this installment - the new voices were strong and I liked them, but not as much. The plot, however, just keeps ramping up. I loved the ship politics and the mutiny, it was exactly the kind of frustrating/gripping that had me turning pages. Couple of unexpected deaths that served as a reminder that the stakes are getting higher and higher - as they should, frankly, in a series of this scope. I'm really quite hooked on knowing where it's going next. Wish I'd remembered to do updates as I was reading, since I feel like I had thoughts along the way that are now lost, but I'll add them if they come back to me.
ETA: OH RIGHT (view spoiler)[I had to say I loved Bull so much, and I liked the treatment of his paralysis, it felt thoughtful and honest and the image of him in the mech was too badass to actually handle. Mixed thoughts on him dying, though-- could be read as a statement about handicapped people's worth with regard to their usefulness/ability level, though I'm sure that's not what was intended, nor how it felt; I really only got on that train of thought while thinking through the whole book after I was done, but it's worth mentioning. Maybe it's just that I liked him so much I wanted him to stick around. :) Also, I read in a friend's review that there are actually going to be THREE trilogies in this series, which gives me lots of !!! thoughts and makes me think about the Mass Effect trilogy, there's a lot of comparison to be made there, I think. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
I wasn't quite sure how to shelve this. Is a superpower a superpower if it only lasts a week? Does it count as paranormal if a person gains an abilityI wasn't quite sure how to shelve this. Is a superpower a superpower if it only lasts a week? Does it count as paranormal if a person gains an ability by mixing the remains of a desiccated bat with a can of cheap beer and drinking it? This is what happens to Glory O'Brien and her sort-of best friend, Ellie. Glory's a few days from graduating high school; Ellie lives on a commune and isn't quite sure when she'll be officially done being home schooled, but her mom says not yet. Both out of sorts and at loose ends, the girls drink the bat on a whim, totally unprepared for the consequences. Waking up the next morning, both have gained the ability to see things when they look at a person-- in Glory's case, she sees truths about the person's ancestors as well as their descendants. This is a neat reflection of her state of mind; her mother committed suicide when she was four, and since no one's really ever talked to her about it, she has a lot of questions-- about her history, her future, and how to be certain she has either one. Ellie's visions reflect her state of mind too-- romance, relationships, family. The girls couldn't be more different, but as their visions start to paint a frightening picture of the future, they have to come to terms with what they each plan to do with their present. I really enjoyed this book-- Glory's wry, dry narration, her fraught relationships, and her confusion about herself and her place in the world really grabbed me. I loved the way the visions slowly came together to form a picture, and I loved the reveal at the end. Even if I had seen it coming, Glory hadn't, and her reaction was a really wonderful moment. This was my first AS King, but it definitely won't be my last.
Girl quotient: 5/5 (Main character and lots of major supporting characters are female, lots of different kinds of girls' storylines and frank discussions of feminism. Didn't love the "what real women look like" conversation with the dad but thought it was mitigated by the rest of the content.) Geek quotient: 3.5/5 (sort of sci-fi, sort of fantasy, definitely a genre-bender) Gay quotient: 0/5 (but the story felt complete even without)...more
I just stumbled upon the GR page for this book and had the sudden visceral realization that I've read it-- somewhere in the murky past of my teenage yI just stumbled upon the GR page for this book and had the sudden visceral realization that I've read it-- somewhere in the murky past of my teenage years, when I devoured every fantasy book I could lay hands on, this one made its way into my hands. The fact I remember it means I probably liked it, so I'm going to give it a retroactive three stars. Maybe I'll try to snag a copy from the library to see how it's stood the test of time....more