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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
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it was amazing
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This book caught my eye mostly because it's been winning just about every award ever this year.

So I picked it up when I was on tour. And as soon as I started it, I could see why it was getting such attention. It's exceptionally well-written. I was almost immediately pulled in.

I should mention here, it's Science Fiction. I don't review much sci-fi these days because I mostly read fantasy. For the most part, what's where my taste lies these days.

But that wasn't always the case. When I was younger, I read sci-fi almost exclusively. It's pretty much all I read for several years....

So in some ways, reading this book was like going home again. I could feel it stretching my brain in ways it hasn't been stretched in a while. Making me think in different directions than I'm used to.

It was good, gritty, realistic sci-fi. Far-future. Big differences in tech. But what really makes this book great are the big *cultural* differences in the world. I've read a fair chuck of sci-fi, but I've never run into anything like this before. I love it when I run into something fresh and new.

This book will make you work a little. It's not going to spoon feed you. It's going to drop you in the middle of the story and let you figure out what the hell is going on by yourself, no long explanations of how the culture developed because of blah blah blah.

Nope, this is a novel that leave you to make up your own mind about things. It leaves room for ambiguity. That's a rare thing in books these days.

And I love it. I've already ordered the sequel, so I can see where the next piece of story leads.

If you're willing to work a little, this book is absolutely worth your time.
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November 16, 2014 – Shelved
November 16, 2014 – Shelved as: books-i-would-blurb
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message 1: by Mike (new) - added it

Mike Nice review Pat. This looks like an intriguing read indeed.

Lumpy Hernandez I second that. I'll have to read it.

message 3: by Jim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jim Saul Just moments ago I finished the sequel, Ancillary Sword. I have only one bitter criticism - not to bring up a sore point, but it's that there isn't a third book to immediately plunge into. It's a great, satisfying story on its own, but there are some tantalizing seeds of the next story that I can't wait to read.

Justine I also just finished Ancillary Sword. I feel the same way…there are so many things that I can't wait to see the outcome of. That said, it is one of the few books I can see rereading in fairly short order. It's that good

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Heart Weaver Great review! I picked this up about a week ago and dove in. I really like what I've read so far, but my brain hasn't had to work this hard since college. I feel it getting all spongey again :-)

Jackie I just started it. Dont
know if I can hang. People seem to think its woryj the effprt, but "what the hell?"

Ziyaad Thanks. You've pretty much nailed why this book has won the awards it did. It's different. Not good, in my opinion, but different. Slow. Mildly interesting, but not yet exicting (Use of reanimated corpses being the only exception to the above - that was very interesting - but not really explored as yet). Characters that are difficult to care about. I'm 25% in and struggling to keep at it. Perhaps I should put it down - I have a copy of "Name of the Wind" waiting to be started..

Looney Good review but I agree with Ziyyad and Jaqueline. New idea, and technically well written, but plot is too meandering in the beginning hook. I never connected with the protagonist and the ending... I just wasn't into it. Maybe my expectations were too high because of all the awards...? My advice- put it down and start Name of the Wind (speaking of books whose sequels I CANNOT wait for)!

message 9: by Gary (new)

Gary Ault OK I’m going to read this as I’m still waiting for your book. :-)

message 10: by Ben (new) - added it

Ben Patrick Rothfuss?! Well, I’ll take this review as a sign to read this book

message 11: by Sage (new) - added it

Sage Willow 420 likes. Sick.

message 12: by Jo (new) - added it

Jo Sé Ziyaad & looney, think you could get your tongues any further?

message 13: by Eric (new) - rated it 5 stars

Eric Literally this

message 14: by Jim (new)

Jim I started it but couldn't finish it. The plot meander s, I don't really care for the main character just too slow for my liking.

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