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A bold and clever political thriller science fiction debut

Go deeper, they said. Look closer.

Pleo Tanza is a survivor. Her father was broken by tragedy, her twin sister is deadchewed up and spat out by the corruption and injustice of Chatoyancebut shes going to make it, whatever it takes. Shes going to get off this rock.

But escape is for the rich or lucky. Pleos
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Abaddon
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Reid Edwards
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow - reading Liquid Crystal Nightingale feels a little bit like the first time you read Snow Crash or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - things are happening, you're doing your best to keep up, you start to understand that you won't understand everything, and by the time you realize how invested you are the finale, it's over. Lee does a remarkable job at tossing you into a fully formed world, where bits and pieces of the history of Chatoyance and the Tanza family come at you in fleeting ...more
Mark Parnell
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book isnt for everyone. My guess is that it will split readers into two distinct camps, loved it or didnt finish it. I fall into the former camp. Lee continues the growing trend of the emergence of female authors into what I am calling the second Golden Age of Sci Fi. Leckie, Hurley, Chambers, Martine and now Lee (I am missing a lot of authors, apologies!) are providing us with a visceral depth to their stories. At its heart, Liquid Crystal Nightengale is a murder mystery. Weaved around ...more
Jamesboggie
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ebook copy of Liquid Crystal Nightingale in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly did not like Liquid Crystal Nightingale. It has style. It has interesting elements. I just did not understand any of it. I found it frustratingly confusing all the way through.

I wish I could provide a summary of the plot. I really cannot. I think you could describe it as a revenge plot with a mystery on top. There seems to be aliens, some class conflict, and space
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Azrah
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, adult-sff, reviewed
**I was gifted a copy by Rebellion Publishing in exchange for an honest review**

Liquid Crystal Nightingale takes place in a future space colony that orbits a distant star. The story centres on a young woman whose life is surrounded by tragedy and is much more influenced by the machinations of the government and aristocracy that she lives amongst than she thinks.

It's a space opera/murder mystery mashup however, the latter part is less of the "who dunnit?" type and more of a "wtf is going on and
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I Read, Therefore I Blog
Eeleen Lees debut SF thriller (the first in duology) successfully creates a future that feels very alien while also facing similar issues of unaccountable corporations, unchecked oligarchies and systemic corruption. However the thriller part didnt work as theres so much world building that the pacing falls away while the mystery is a little obvious but theres a lot of interesting ideas here such that Id definitely read the sequel. ...more
Paul
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is quite good. Interesting setting and characters. along with some mystery. The story kept me engaged and is written in a nice style. Recommended for space opera fans.

Thanks very much for the review copy!!
Jd
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The preview on Googlebooks kicks ass. A return to old fashioned space opera with some very original twists and stylings.
Pat
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Great detailed worldbuilding, interesting cast of characters and surreal far future tech which reminds me of Tom Toner's The Promise of the Child. You can really feel the history of the city and every character's personal backstory. Perhaps the sum of the novel's whole parts did not always add up but that was not a drawback for me.

I do not understand the other reviews that say the book required too much brainpower, knowledge of science and geology or effort from the reader. Sci-fi and
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Emma Cathryne
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Liquid Crystal Nightingale defied my expectations, doing something I hadnt expected: being utterly unique. I am often bothered by the repetitive nature of science fiction, and while some of the tropes were familiar the backdrop of the story was cutting-edge (yes, Geology pun intended).

Most of my difficulties stem from the rapid pace of the world-building and the amount of trust in the author required of the reader
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Anna Tan
Well, where do I start with this one?

I haven't been reading much sci-fi lately, mostly because I don't seem to enjoy them as much as I imagine that I used to. I don't know if it's because of a shift in my reading tastes, or if it's an overall change in the style of writing in newer sci-fi books.

Liquid Crystal Nightingale is a case in point. I picked it up because it was written by a Malaysian and it sounded interesting enough; it's basically a murder mystery with political underpinnings set in
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Paula
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I have a feeling Liquid Crystal Nightingale is going to be one of those books that other people rave about but that leaves me cold - it's not badly written, it just didn't really do anything for me and I ended up skimming the last quarter of it to see if anything actually got resolved (which it didn't, as far as I could see).

It's written from three points of view, the first being that of Pleo, who is the child of the only survivor of a mining accident, who ends up being framed for the murder of
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Rache
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-progress
The title reads like a young adult science fiction but I was pleasantly surprised that it is not it.

This novel reminds me of one of those "difficult" science fiction films (like 2001 Space Odyssey, Solaris) that feel very alien but so absorbing that you can't stop watching, although you may not understand everything that is going on. Characters are strong, and I can root for the protagonist just like in a young adult book. I suppose some people did not like this book because they found it hard
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Kris
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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bogo_lode
Mar 22, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: read-in-2020
Made it about a fourth of the way through and (at least for now) its a DNF. Theres stuff I like but its so grim and Im not hooked enough. ...more
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