For most of this book I was hovering around maybe a 3.5 rating. The prose is lyrical, and the stories are brilliantly off-kilter, but for several I haFor most of this book I was hovering around maybe a 3.5 rating. The prose is lyrical, and the stories are brilliantly off-kilter, but for several I had that, "Well what exactly was the point here? Why exactly did it end there?" feeling that always leaves me dissatisfied. Also, a couple of them seriously CRUSHED MY SOUL, which, while admittedly a testament to the effectiveness of the story, is not a feeling I usually like to be left with, and so would negatively impact my personal rating.
But. But! Then I read Augusta Prima. It was one of those lightning bolt moments that leaves you with a cold wind inside. Stories like this are why I read (and especially why I read the weird) - stories that leave you with that eerie sense that you're not sure what you just saw, but you're pretty sure it was somehow a glimpse of some core truth of the universe. You guys, I just really, really liked this story, okay.
Even if it weren't for that story, I'd probably be looking to add more of Karin Tidbeck's stuff to my list - while most of the stories didn't quite hit home for me, I did still really enjoy reading them, and they have a way of making you want more. But after Augusta Prima, I'm really looking forward to it....more
I bought this book when I was 11? 12? years old and I recall my confusion when the main character was described as a dark-skinned black woman. I keptI bought this book when I was 11? 12? years old and I recall my confusion when the main character was described as a dark-skinned black woman. I kept flipping back to the cover, wondering if I'd misinterpreted the picture, or the text, but no. I couldn't figure out why they'd gotten that so wrong. Oh, child me. So innocent. Anyway, yes, this cover is whitewashed.
I remember very little about this book, except that it freaked me right the hell out and I didn't like it and I never finished it. I think I checked out when the main character started dreaming about screwing her boyfriend from behind or something? (Jesus shitting Christ, what the hell was I even doing with this book.)
LOL, welp, now that I'm a grown ass woman, all those vague freaky memories of this just intrigue the hell out of me, so now that I've found it again, on the to-read list it goes. Actual review pending, hopefully....more
This was a fun, light read, and I liked the flavor of the narration - it was touched with a little bit of western, a little bit of noir detective, andThis was a fun, light read, and I liked the flavor of the narration - it was touched with a little bit of western, a little bit of noir detective, and it made for a different feel than your typical sword-and-sorcery epic fantasy. I also liked that the setting was Middle-Eastern-ish, rather than your typical McMedieval-Europe filled with nothing but white folks (even if some aspects of the depiction were face-palm worthy). The world-building is not exactly stellar, and the plot is pretty leaky, but eh, I'm not inclined to think to deeply on those issues with a book like this. I'm not inclined to think much at all, which is kind of the point. Sometimes you just want to read something relaxing and fun and not think for a while.
Only problem was, my fun kept getting interrupted by my desire to repeatedly punch Tiger in the face about once a page. For one thing, I prefer my roguish handsome heroes WITHOUT the raging unmitigated sexism. For another thing, I am really getting tired of the attempts at feminist storytelling that fall into this whole exceptional woman trope. But SIGH, I've already ranted about that in my review of Prophecy by Ellen Oh.
I did enjoy it overall. I'm just not sure whether I enjoyed it enough to pick up the next in the series. We'll see....more
I wasn't so sure about getting this antho, because - well, it's not exactly that sci-fi's not my thing, there's a lot of sci-fi out there that I've loI wasn't so sure about getting this antho, because - well, it's not exactly that sci-fi's not my thing, there's a lot of sci-fi out there that I've loved, but I'm not typically excited about it like I am about fantasy, you know? But I knew Alex's tastes and my tastes have significant crossover area, and THEN I saw the authors on the TOC, and I was pretty much sold.
Omg, y'all, this antho is amazing. This is everything I forgot I loved about sci-fi - the sense of deep wonder/terror/awe and the pushing of the boundaries of perception and possibility, the longing to know "what's out there?" and getting an answer you completely didn't expect. (And inclusivity? AND HOW.)
Some notes on stories I thought were highlights to be added later....more