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Witchcrafty-Cyperpunky SF: “Killing Gravity” by Corey J. White
I am not sure which word I hate more, "badass", or "Kickass". Both, and often the situations where they are used, make me feel like we are celebrating being aggressive and mean rather than being strong. Why is being successful always equated with winning over others? Why do people encourage someone with "go kick some ass'. Speaking for myself, I would love to make a success ...more
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Mariam Xi ("Mars") has miscalculated and left herself in a vulnerable position after a run-in with a bounty hunter. When she's picked up by a small spaceship crew who befriend her it's the first in a series of events where she learns more about her past and confronts the people who are pursuing her and would use her for their own ends.
This is a tight story that gives the bare ...more
The main character is bisexual but no attention ...more
Mars is a voidwitch (an engineered telekinetic) on a mission of self-discovery/revenge/reunion. She doesn’t give a damn and will probably kill you.
What I like: the inclusion of non-binary characters, atypical sexualities, cute experimental flying-squirrel-cat-things, and space witches.
What I dislike: the pacing (things move too quickly) and the lack of depth, which really is due to the short length of the book. So m ...more
What else? Well, the author obviously attended a ...more
The magic (well, for lack of a better explanation of the author) aka telekinesis (maybe?) was interesting and different. However, almost no explanations of the dynamics of it. And our MC just flung it around with so little effort and lack of reflection or emotional in ...more
Very quickly, the narration pulls you in through the eyes of Mariam Xi, or Mars. The action starts with her being rescued from the wreck of a spaceship, but all is not as it seems. White succeeds in creating a colourful and complex setting in a few sentences, never weighing us down with extraneous descriptions, and through the microcosm of the story, we are given glimpses of something huge and fascinating. This universe is peopled with a myriad of different beings, from ali ...more
Unusually, in this case, I enjoyed the mixing of "super powers" with the science fiction, though... And Mars is a fun and interesting character, if a bit blood-thirsty.
I very much liked this quote:
Ring One is where my people live. Well, not my people, but the closest thing ...more
In a sense, it's quite a mess. The book needs another 50-100 pages to really get fleshed out...and some serious character work to make me care about the characters ...more
Mariam Xi (Mars) is an experiment, an ultimate weapon, a soldier with immensely powerful telekinetic powers – too powerful for my suspension of disbelief. There are lots of fight, lots of killings, lots of gore and blood spilled all over.
“We clamber around the hull fast, or as fast as one can in zero gravity.
I sweep my hand across, and they tumble sideways, spinning. The shocktroopers are all tethe ...more
Basically: take River Tam, give her telekinesis, take away Simon Tam and the crew of Serenity, and send her off on her own. More or less. That’s what the main character, Mars, is like, except maybe a bit more mentally stable. Mostly.
I found this a lot of fun, and I’ll definitely read more in the same world. I’m a little disappointed about where it cut off, because I really wanted to see a particular character home safe — but at l ...more
Edit: nah I'm giving this 5/5, it was too good
I loved this novella so much I can’t find the words, so this will be short, but know that I had the greatest time while reading it. I mean, it is set in space and the protagonist has killer powers linked to gravity!
Out of the 106 pages (on my ereader) of this novella, I bookmarked 24 of them. Whil ...more
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First person POV did not work well at all for this author. The character building was very lackluster. It was blatantly obvious from the get-go that Corey J. White had a diversity checklist that he needed to tick off. And they had to be visual flaws.
✔Gender fluid character...more
✔Butch looking female character with prosthetic arm
✔And poor Mookie has no hair on his ball
The premise, the setting, the characters...they all have so much potential, but none of these are fully developed and remain rather superficial. I was the most disappointed in the lack of character depth. Neither t ...more
This was a great action packed scifi story. If you love science-fiction, be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever ebooks are sold.
The main character, Mars, reminds me strongly of River Tam from Firefly. Head beyond screwed with, susceptible ...more
I’m sure a lot of you know by now that I don’t really get on with short stories and novellas... I like to get to know a character over many pages and really get my teeth into a story, but short fiction doesn’t let me do that as much as I want. However, Killing Gravity didn’t feel all that short to me. White effectively told the story he wanted to tell, and for once I didn’t feel like I missed the length of a full nov ...more