Upright Women Wanted
"That girl's got more wrong notions than a barn owl's got mean looks."
Esther is a stowaway. She's hidden herself away in the Librarian's book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her--a ...more
It's time for Esther to make an escape and she does so by hiding in a librarian's book wagon. She's spent her entire life pretending to be someone else in order to survive in a fascist society. Continuing the role as a librarian --- an upright ...more
I really, really enjoyed this one. Only a few small issues ...more
Resistance Librarians in a future Wild West. When one girl escapes her good-for-nothing town to find a place where she can be free to love who she wants, she's taken on the desert adventure of a lifetime.
This is a short novel, so I'll make my review short and sweet.
Upright Women Wanted is great. It had a fantastic title, so I picked it up. I read the blurb "fight the State, be a Librarian" and I got excited. Then I opened it up, and I read it in ...more
What I had a hard time grasping was what the world was like. Something had happened in our future to render the world to the state it's in at the ...more
I was really looking forward to this. I absolutely loved River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow, and the alt-history with a Western feel that Gailey captured so well there. In Upright Women Wanted we have near future with a Western feel, but unfortunately I didn't feel Gailey pulled it off quite so successfully.
The main problem I think for me was that the world building was just not ...more
Tor.com Publishing has developed quite a name for themselves when it comes to incredibly well-written, weird, and original science fiction and fantasy reads. And Sarah Gaileys upcoming novella, Upright Women Wanted, is no exception!
Playing off the classic western genre, Gailey kicks up dust, sweeping the reader away to a world they wont soon want to leave. A future, near-dystopian, world where the State controls everything from ...more
Read a Western
(This isn't a true western but I'm counting it *shrugs*)
This was an interesting world. It's a futuristic western. Something happened in this world (a large scale war I believe) that caused them to revert back to living life as the people depicted in "westerns" lived (wagons, six shooters, sheriffs and their posse, travel on the dusty open road by horseback). Cars, diesel fuel, electricity and other modern things exist but they are scarce. The ...more
I really enjoyed this latest book by Gailey! They did a fantastic job with this short little thing, wrapping it in a concise plot with characters that left me wanting more. I'd love it if they revisited this world again because I'd definitely read another book or two. I want to know more about the world just in general, but I also want to just see more of the characters, especially Esther and Cye's relationship!
Esther was, she realized, nothing more than a hand of cards in a poker game between these three women. She was only a symbol. She wasnt the thing they were playing for. And like a bad hand, she could be discarded at any moment.
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This was so good! Granted I think I have read all of Gailey's full-length works and they have all been really ...more
I loved Sarah Gaileys American Hippo books, so I keep picking up her other work and expecting better than what I end up getting.
While this is a far better book than Magic for Liars in terms of narrative quality, it suffers from the same problem of being far, far better in concept than in execution.
Parts of this are cute and charming, but mostly the whole thing feels flat. Add in a protagonist who melodramatically ...more
I was intrigued and entranced by this Western-inspired dystopian, which took the idealized ...more
Its kinda difficult to ...more
Esther journey was a fantastic one to follow - it was so great to watch her come into her own. We see her go on a journey - not just one of finding her strength but also one of accepting who she is and that there's more than out there for people like her than a tragic ending. It ...more
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