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Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
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Jan 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: written-by-poc, sff

** spoiler alert ** Ahhh, that was SO much fun! I really liked Paama. The main comparator I thought of is Terry Pratchett -- Lord's narrative voice is funny and compassionate in equal parts in a similar way, though less impressed with its own cleverness (and I say this with all due affection for PTerry, who taught me that stories are allowed to be ridiculous and serious at the same time).

I liked how everybody gets a chance in this story. The book is clear-eyed about how destructive and absurd humans can be -- and not just humans, either -- and it's not sentimental, but it's very warm.

I did see stuff coming from a mile away (Kwame and Paama, and who the babies were -- initially was puzzled by the fact that they were twins, but that was 'cos I'd forgotten about the Trickster). But because it's kind of folktaley in style anyway, the plot twists are meant to be -- not so much predictable as inevitable.

Will definitely be seeking out more of Lord's books.
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