I read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin's debut novel, waaaaaaay back when it came out and I genuinely enjoyed it. Jemisin's brand of storyI read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin's debut novel, waaaaaaay back when it came out and I genuinely enjoyed it. Jemisin's brand of storytelling was something uniquely all her own, and so was her writing. As soon as The Broken Kingdoms came out I was all over it like butter on bread and I loved it even more than the first book in the Inheritance trilogy. Then book three came out and I couldn't even finish it as it was a bit too much-much, in the sense that it was full of sexual situations I couldn't wrap my head around (insest, quasi-molestation and so forth). I also realized that I didn't actually care about any of the characters featured in the story so I jumped ship.
A few years later I went back and read the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and I didn't really love it anymore, the writing was messier than I remembered, not quite cohesive, though I went on to reread the Broken Kingdoms and discovered I still had a special place in my heart for it.
I genuinely came to the conclusion that maybe N.K. Jemisin wasn't for me, or possibly she was a one-trick pony of sorts. So I didn't read the next series she wrote.
Then at the tail end of 2015 I discovered everyone was peeing their pants over N.K. Jemisin. It took me a while to pick up the Fifth Season because I don't tend to enjoy most books that the rest of the world loves as they are typically predictable and formulaic.
All that said, I'm glad I took the plunge and purchased the Fifth season. It really is all that everyone is claiming it to be. Original storytelling, interesting writing and full of adventure. Though it was all new to me it felt familiar in the best way possible. The Fifth Season has all the elements I appreciated from the Broken Kingdoms and then some.
The world building is done in an easy-to-digest fashion, where bits of information are doled out only when necessary so it comes up in an organic manner. I never felt overwhelmed as there never is an info-dump.
POVs are switched from time to time and one POV is told with second-person narration but it works because of the character's situation, you need to read it to understand why. I believe there is a total of 5 different POVs but 2 of the 5 are very minor.
I could go on, discuss the plot extensively, but that would take much too long and it would do no justice to the story.
If you're looking for a great fantasy/sci-fi (honestly I never really thought of what genre the Fifth Season falls into until now, though I feel its much more fantasy than anything else) please consider giving this book a try. It is worthy of all the hype.
ETA: The Fifth Season is easily among my favorite reads in recent years.
ETA: Please excuse any mistakes in this review, I have a baby that's learning to crawl. It's so difficult to write anything these days....more
Hate that this is being compared to Mindy Kaling's book because I read that crap and this is so much better. It might be that Mindy's brand of comedyHate that this is being compared to Mindy Kaling's book because I read that crap and this is so much better. It might be that Mindy's brand of comedy doesn't really work for me, or that her first book seemed like it was trying too hard.
Felicia is pretty amazing and she's not shy about talking about that, but not in a braggy way, just in a this-is-who-I-am sort of way. Regardless, it's difficult to not like her even more after reading this book. She worked hard to get where she is and I admire her for it.
If you're a fan of Felicia's or really like The Guild or are just a geek you will probably like this book. ...more
I hate when I finish a book that no one I know IRL has read, which btw is more often than not. It's frustrating because I want to talk about the bookI hate when I finish a book that no one I know IRL has read, which btw is more often than not. It's frustrating because I want to talk about the book but no one knows what book I'm talking about. And when I recommend a favorite book to people I know they tell me it's not something they'd be interested in.
Fast-forward three or four years later: these exact same people tell me about THE EXACT SAME BOOK, and insist I read it. Because they're assholes who wait until a book is famous before they give it any attention.
Well, the tables have been turned. Now I am the asshole who gave attention to a book once it finally became a best seller.
My review: great book. Five stars. Read it now if you haven't read it yet.
Pro tip: maybe avoid this book if you can't science or math. I keep reading reviews about how technical and science-y this book is. Truth is the science is dumbed down to a pretty basic level so a broader audience can understand what is going on, but still many people complain about how difficult it is to understand. ...more
Probably deserves 3 stars but it's so much better than that garbage Just One Day book of Foreman's I couldn't even force myself to get one-quarter ofProbably deserves 3 stars but it's so much better than that garbage Just One Day book of Foreman's I couldn't even force myself to get one-quarter of the way through. And anyway, I have little time and energy to sift through the trash that's being published these days so my standards have been lowered. 2011 me would have given this 2-3 stars.
I recommend this as a summer read that isn't full of fluff but not too deep. Those that liked If I Stay are likely to enjoy I Was Here. ...more