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The Redwood Revenger

(The Redwood Revenger #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In 2043, Olivia Ermine survives The Great Warming safe in Cascadia, yet a maniacal woolen devil would see her dead. Her blood holds the key to the VanDirks Corporation’s domination of the planet, and they will stop at nothing to get it! Can she beat the rising tide? A genre-bending journey through solarpunk sci-fi and science fantasy awaits.
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Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published April 23rd 2018 by Otztal Doggerland Groupe
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Solarpunk book of the month for October 2019 - thanks to the group and to Johannes for a great discussion!

The Redwood Revenger is a tale of dashing pirates (sock monkeys), fair maidens (finding each other), and standing up to corporate behemoths in a future-world of the independent Arcadia - an independent and ecologically-concious state that has it's roots firmly in the Solarpunk staple, Ecotopia.

I had a great time with this book - it's a lot of fun, quirky in places, and has a strong undercurr
A deeply weird and funny adventure set in Cascadia, a future post-dystopia I’d actually want to live in.

Strong female protagonist (check), an evil sock monkey antagonist (yup), a friendly(ish) floating Cheshire pig, surf-rock Sasquatches, an ancient pirate queen, mustache-themed art installations, parkour and clever uses for swazzles — a future world I’d actually want to live in!

The Redwood Revenger isn’t a dreary dystopia. It’s vibrantly colorful and lush. It doesn’t talk down or bore with a si
Jun 17, 2020 marked it as sony-or-android
Shelves: more-wi
hopepunk sf?

Author offered me fair warning that this might be too intense for me right now! But he was articulate, compassionate... I'm def. still interested in the book/ trilogy. Also he recommended Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities which I will check out now.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lena by: Solarpunk BOM
Shelves: solarpunk
Welcome to the new Cascadia! Jumping off 300 years from Ecotopia, Johannes Johns has imagined a divided America between Cascadia and Jebus’n’Meth.

Now add a sock monkey assassin, piratical ancestors, a cult of puma worship, parkour, whispered intergalactic hegemony, and enough teen drama to bury in the back forty under bioluminescent poop.

The poop thing was a bit much.

Still, this is a great addition to the Queer YA Solarpunk genre.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed loved The Redwood Revenger! The 2043 world of the RWR is built up pretty efficiently through the characters and their relationships. Once up and running, the plot races along with good writing. Plausible near-future sci-fi, kinda post-apoc utop/dystop, NA, ecothriller, + a dash of T.C. Boyle’s magical realism. The three main characters attend an odd “Pynchon Academy.” Not Thomas Pynchon, but an 1800s era Ezekiel Pynchon, who was a Hearst-like newspaper baron with a bizar ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging & enchanting world. A rollicking tale of high school adventure in an idyllic post-US not-quite paradise in a near-future Pacific Northwest. Homicidal stuffed animals, international food conglomerates, evil twins, organic food, and genuis-grant winning artists all serve as windows dressing for the amazing adventures of Olivia Eskine & her quest to kiss a person & navigate the first year at her new school. But don’t worry—whatever else happens, there’s always plenty of chocolate mousse.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world where freshly baked organic scones are coupled with supernatural struggles of life and death. Imagine a world where precocious teenagers live out their lives in a Goonies-like adventure as authored by Thomas Pynchon. Imagine a world where a possessed child's toy becomes the ultimate assassin set against the backdrop of an idyllic open-minded society. If you're starting to think these ideas are not complimentary to each other (like oil and water don't mix) fear not, the mind of th ...more
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Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun near future romp set in a fictional Cascadian republic. Lots of creative ideas and a well thought out future world, stayed light enough to be a breezy read and actually very funny at times despite a distopian future worldview. Ding a star due to somewhat clunky exposition and sometimes cardboard characters - hopefully should improve in later books, now that we already understand the setting of the books and know the characters.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok, this was a 2.5 * read for me. It took me too long to finish it because I had to keep setting it aside. There were too many far out concepts for me it was too busy and a bit to pseudo cerebral. I enjoy a good Fantasy and I love adventure, bit the story was strangled by the over the top weird concepts that the author put forward. It took me almost 4 months to read ☹️
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. There truly are not enough enough adjectives to describe how much I enjoyed this book, I will definitely be purchasing the 2nd and 3rd books to complete the story. I enjoyed every moment and every page, recommended to everyone who enjoys the alternate future history. Love!
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kept my attention from the first page to the last
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Irreverent, hilarious, audacious, and the most imaginative read I’ve had in years.
I laughed so hard my stomach cramped. Part camp, part satire, part Mighty Boosh, this book was a refreshing change from hopeless sci-fi and cli-fi I’ve been reading. I’m inspired to start looking for more solarpunk sci-fi. The literary voice is brisk, unapologetic, and vibrant, painting a dystopic-yet-still-salvageable world, inhabited by characters almost larger than life, most notably an adorable sock monkey vil
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I was pretty excited to read a cli-fi book depicting a positive future written by a current author. I found the plot to be extremely slow moving and burdened with excessive description. I was not able to relate to the teenage girl main character and I wonder if this book is aimed at a young adult audience. I only made it about 30% through the novel when I put it down. I really wanted to like this novel and I feel like I gave it a good chance. My search for an interesting cli-fi utopian novel con ...more
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Johannes Johns is the author of the darkly comedic, cross-genre, near-future literary sci-fi solarpunk, science fantasy The Redwood Revenger trilogy. He has spent many years studying the culinary, martial, and anthropological arts. Johannes is happily married to a strong female protagonist. They live and play in the Bay Area with their two cattle dogs, an Alsatian rescue python, a growing collecti ...more

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