This book is great. I'm excited to have found a new author with a whole lot of books out, and I'm hoping she continues this excellent start into a greThis book is great. I'm excited to have found a new author with a whole lot of books out, and I'm hoping she continues this excellent start into a great series. Ginger is a woman working for the Spirit Corps in WWI. Only, secretly, the Spirit Corps is not about keeping morale high and "raising the spirits" of the boys. Instead, its about talking to ghosts, and gathering intelligence and information from the spirits of men who died on the front. Only the German's have figured out what they're doing, and want to copy it, and are willing to do anything, to anyone, to learn how it works. And it seems like there's a spy in their mix. ...more
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The main character is basically an inherent asshole. And I know thats "supposed" to be part of the story.I have very mixed feelings about this book. The main character is basically an inherent asshole. And I know thats "supposed" to be part of the story. He's a teenage boy, and he's got issues. He's oblivious to the realities of the world around him, and yes, thats actually part of the plot. But its still really irritating after awhile. But the world the author creates is interesting and fun. The author is clearly a lover of Narnia, and the book somewhat revolves around this world parallel creation to Narnia and the series of books (because of course, they couldn't actually use Narnia). But yes, the main character absolutely loves a series of children's books where a couple of British siblings keep finding themselves in this other world, which they get to through a parallel world sometimes by jumping into fountains. And that other world has adventures, and talking animals, and morality figures, etc etc etc. Anyways, apart constantly wanting to smack the main character upside the head and say "grow up, look around you, stop being so self involved" the book is pretty decent. ...more
Full confession, I couldn't really end up finishing this one. I got 90% of the way through, and just got distracted, and dropped it, and couldn't findFull confession, I couldn't really end up finishing this one. I got 90% of the way through, and just got distracted, and dropped it, and couldn't find the interest to continue.
It had some good interesting twisty bits, but the pacing was horrible. Good action and intrigue mixed with weirdly draggy areas, not to mention a single character that I could really find myself interested in. I know that was sort of the POINT, that these characters are human, and flawed. But dang, they're just so unbelievably self involved.
And then, mixed in with the awkward pacing and the irritating characters, the book just has periods of weird wtf is going on I don't understand the mechanics of this world.
The mixture just left me wishing I was reading other things... so I did. This story did have its redeeming moments, and maybe I'll need to give it another try in the future, the timing might just not have been right for me. But......more
This one was certainly a diversion from previous books in the series. The characters held true to themselves and to the world, and I enjoyed it... butThis one was certainly a diversion from previous books in the series. The characters held true to themselves and to the world, and I enjoyed it... but..... It was unexpected. ...more
This book was difficult to read, as I think it should be. This book attracted my attention because by some it is considered to be the first science fiThis book was difficult to read, as I think it should be. This book attracted my attention because by some it is considered to be the first science fiction novel written by a black woman. While it doesn't fit my usual definition of "science fiction," I'm not inclined to argue with that title because it is a unique and interesting story, and I can't imagine how difficult it was for Ms. Butler to write it and get it published in 1979.
Without giving anything away, I can tell you that Dana is a young black woman growing up in 1970s California who mysteriously finds herself drawn back in time to a slave plantation in Maryland in 1819. There, she is forced to confront, in brutal reality, who her ancestors were and what they went through.
While Ms. Butler seems to have done an excellent job researching and making real the historical life of her characters, their story isn't unique, and hopefully is something we've all heard at some point. What I think is truly unique about this story is watching how a modern woman lives through and deals with this knowledge, and how it changes her. Its easy to say "horrible things happened in the past." It is much less easy to say "horrible things are happening right in front of me." How much of that past is still affecting us now? What can you look at as a "just a part of the time" and what is inexcusable at any time? Where do you draw the line? When you're living in a system that is inherently wrong but overwhelmingly large, how do you balance "right for history, and right for the future" versus "right for right now, right for the people in front of you." How much of yourself is okay to hide, just to survive, and how much is it worth to risk? Is the past real? Is it changeable? Where is "home" ?
Watching the main character confront all of these questions and more is the powerful message of this book, and hopefully the reader tries to confront some of them in themselves, too....more