First Chapter Thoughts for… The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
I was puttering around Twitter and saw LESBIANS IN SPACE and then followed that to aFirst Chapter Thoughts for… The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
I was puttering around Twitter and saw LESBIANS IN SPACE and then followed that to a quip about “bisexual bounty hunters and women giving birth to spaceships” (https://twitter.com/KameronHurley/sta...) so I loaded up the preview for this novel. In only a few sentences, with a couple smart quotes from in-world sources really, I was pulled in. If I’m honest, I didn’t even read the blurb first.
“Set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, this breakout novel of epic science fiction follows a pair of sisters who must wrest control of their war-torn legion of worlds—and may have to destroy everything they know in order to survive.”
First we meet Zan, who has a lot of memories missing, and something about her initial vibe and the importance of memories reminds me of Ghost in the Shell (the good one). Zan gets fed a story that she immediately doubts, but I like thinking that we won’t get a typical inversion where she thinks the world is a lie, that it turns out she’s being told the truth, but I like thinking she’s not completely wrong, that her world takes a lot of bitter pills to understand. That she was complicit in something deliciously dark.
In the preview, about halfway through chapter two, we've met Jayd whom Zan would very much like to have non-sisterly relations with, an old lady name Gavartra, and then Sabita who gave some real answers though she probably shouldn't have. I also think she’s kinda sexy? But that might have just been because she was described as slender and has something acidic to her tone.
I like the use of a memory wipe to introduce us to this unfamiliar world (or ship?), and I find it interesting that all the characters we've met so far use female pronouns. It could be a counter to all the sci-fi that only uses male characters for 100 pages and then gives us one throwaway female who is a love interest or something, or it could be like Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch series where the language and culture only recognizes one gender.
Status: I do not own this, I read the Kindle preview, but am putting it on my wishlist ASAP...
Verdict: ...because I am so game for this book. It's well written and so enticing.
Pages: 400 Year: Feb. 7th, 2017 Publisher: Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster...more
I was only able to preview 8 or 10 pages of this 350 page book and can see myself reading this when I want something a little moFirst Chapter Thoughts
I was only able to preview 8 or 10 pages of this 350 page book and can see myself reading this when I want something a little more ‘easy’ or ‘light’ but fun. Really what got me was the front cover, and description. Also there are no red-flags of racism or sexism yet. The main character for those pages is a bad-ass knight for the empire named Mira Delsol. I read some reviews while deciding whether to buy this ebook, and saw that the story may seem familiar to long-time readers in the genre, that the prose is as purple and a bit stiff at times, that this reads like an old knight’s tale of legendary Europe set in space. And none of that was so terrible in the bit I read....more
I completely adored The Invisible Library. It was funny, tongue-in-cheek and intelligent.
It all starts off with Irene on a job, coming back to find shI completely adored The Invisible Library. It was funny, tongue-in-cheek and intelligent.
It all starts off with Irene on a job, coming back to find she's got a new assistant and a pretty dangerous job in store. What follows are run-ins with dangerous Fae, vampires, cat thieves and detectives all with secrets and fabulous outfits. And at the center is always a book, and probably another secret. Just wonderful.
Genevieve Cogman immediately pulls you into the story of a secret agent of an organization whose sole duty is to procure books from alternate worlds in order to keep the forces of order and chaos in balance. But immediately you begin to wonder if there is more than she has clearance to know, and what exactly is in that deserted city just outside the Invisible Library’s windows?
When I first began reading, and Irene's new assistant, Kai, was introduced as impossibly handsome, in the way that makes you aware he is not available, I began worrying that the mission and the intrigue would be distracted by attraction. It was not. (Question: is Kai Chinese or did I read that wrong? Kai is a code name, so I'm basing this on his physical description.)
It feels very comfortable in the assumption that readers will share Irene’s love for books, her appreciation for detective stories, and her requirement of tea. The characters are almost all self-aware of the tropes, and fall into them even as they explain why they did. This book isn’t young-adult, and even if the main duo of characters appear to be in their twenties or so, there is much beneath the surface.
I am so glad that there are at least three more books in this series. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author.
I’d recommend this to anyone who likes the idea of a romp through paranormal-steampunk London with a couple of Literati. Here’s hoping the next mission they go on is just as fun....more