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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
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did not like it
bookshelves: load-of-wank

New updated review.

I'm told N.K. Jemisin won YET another ((probably) deserved) Hugo Award this year. Her third in a row.

As some of yaz are probably well aware of, I'm not fond of her writing style nor of her bullshit books. What can I do? I just don't like her stuff. Anyways, where was I? Oh yes, when I tried to read the first installment of "The Broken Earth", I just failed to finish it and ended up throwing the bastard on the barbie along with some shrimps and prawns... ruining both the shrimps and the prawns, just so you know.

Also, a few days ago, I was amiably discussing the novel in question with some peeps in a... let's call it "forum" on the Interwebz... but, as soon as I pointed out what my personal feelings were when it comes to this series of books and the author, well, let's say that my views weren't met with enthusiasm by the admin and I got an instaban. I swear I didn't call anyone funny names and shit. I was like wtf, why?

Anyway, I'm digressing. I know I should be talking about "The Fifth Season" but, I'll tell you what? I think I've learned my lesson so I'm going to be writing about my day instead, aye?

The weather has been glorious lately so I thought I'd take my camera for a walk in order to show you where I live.

All right, this is the church, you can see the white cross where our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified for all our sins. Present, past and future ones.

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Also, the premises of 7 Network SC.

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And then... oh shit... no... no... no....

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No... no... no.... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT NOW!!!!

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Old review

8:36pm, Sunday, August 21st, 2016. Noosa Heads

"The Fifth Season" won the Hugo for best novel.

And I'm like...

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Aye, anyway... I guess if I say it's an utter load of wank, nobody will notice.

I honestly tried, without prejudice, and - go figure - failed. DNF.

Not only is this book written in present tense - which bugs the ever loving fuck out of me -, it's also written in second person which is *possibly* even worse, it just kicks my feeble, tiny, weak brain in.

I gave it a go a few months ago because of the hype and the praise, and 50 pages in or so, I was this close to tossing the bastard on the barbie and calling it all the known names on earth. I eventually didn't burn the steaming pile, and gave it to a friend of mine who - ha! - equally loathed it.

I reckon it's probably my issue. I mean, there are way too many enthusiastic reviews on GR, y'know. What can I say? I still think "The Fifth Season" is a waste or trees.
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August 21, 2016 – Shelved
December 14, 2016 – Shelved as: load-of-wank

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Bradley Uh. Right. Puppy?


Twerking To Beethoven Nah, mate. I just didn't like the book.


Bradley Shame, that. Different tastes!


Twerking To Beethoven Look, I know about the puppies. And, to be perfectly candid, I agree with some of the points they make. That said, I love Scalzi's work, I think Martin's "ASoIaF" is awesome, I've read plenty of leftist authors and enjoyed (some of) their books a great deal.

Jamisin's work is just not my cup of tea.


Bradley no problem, lol. I know someone else who didn't like the work, I was just surprised you came out with the review on the day of the hugo anouncements lol


message 6: by Twerking (last edited Aug 21, 2016 08:09AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Twerking To Beethoven The Hugo award was like... ok, get this, I don't know if you've read "infinite Jest" and "House of Leaves". Everybody out there seems to be in love with those two books. Everybody but me. When I saw TFS had won the Hugo, I went "Oh, there you go. I like xxxx better than VB, and I don't like vegemite"... and posted that rant. You get the picture.


Bradley Nah, I didn't love Infinite Jest or House of Leaves, either, but I was kinda blown away with the big discoveries in Fifth Season as well as the clever way the single MC made her way across the page (and time) :) But like I said, it's different tastes. :)


Twerking To Beethoven It's the present tense... and the "you" bit, mainly. I'm not an avant-garde guy, I guess.


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Basia I too couldn't handle Infinite Jest, so I relate. But boy, I LOVED Fifth Season.
How about Library on Mount Char? That was my pick for the Hugo. Shit, for every award conceivable to man/womankind! Perhaps that would redeem where Fifth failed you....


Twerking To Beethoven That's another book - The Library on Mount Char - that sort of scares me as I've heard/read mixed opinions about it. I might end up halfway in losing the plot and going full Tourette, if you know what I mean. And then there'd be another ranting review with plenty of f-words and barbie talk.

Anyway, I'll give every bastard a chance so I'll add Scott Hawkins' offering to my tbr.


Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ Awh so sorry this didn't work out for ya Twerk! Honestly I can totally see how reading this (especially the first 50 pages) in the physical version would've been frustrating. The audio book really aided in my patience for that first bit where you're just floundering like "what's going on!?" and once I got past that it was GOLDEN haha


Twerking To Beethoven Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ wrote: "Awh so sorry this didn't work out for ya Twerk! Honestly I can totally see how reading this (especially the first 50 pages) in the physical version would've been frustrating. The audio book really ..."

Well, I no longer have a physical copy of the book. I might give it another go one day... when I lose my job, that is. :-)


Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ Bahahah fair enough ;-P <3


Esther finally someone who feels like me. Cannot finish it and I hardly ever abandon books


Twerking To Beethoven Aye, it's a piece of junk. Imho, that is.


message 16: by Mary (new)

Mary I felt the same way about The Library at Mount Char.


Twerking To Beethoven Oh, tell me about that. I guess we're not into avant-garde, hey! :-)


Ferus How far did you get? The entire book isn't told in second person, only Essun's parts. It takes a bit of getting used to, yes, but if that's your main complaint with it you really need to give it another chance.

Or don't, I'm not a cop.


Twerking To Beethoven Ferus wrote: "How far did you get? The entire book isn't told in second person, only Essun's parts. It takes a bit of getting used to, yes, but if that's your main complaint with it you really need to give it an..."

Roughly 100 pages or so. Honestly, it's really not my cup of tea.

Also, to be perfectly candid, I find NK Jamisin to be a particularly despicable human being. Last time she visited our shores, she ranted on ad nauseam about how racist Australians are, she said her father had warner her not to come. Also, I found out she did exactly the same thing when she went to Italy so, quite honestly, fuck her.


message 20: by L.P. (new) - rated it 4 stars

L.P. Logan You've got me contemplating removing this one from my TBR list.


Cokey Cohen The use of second person is not just a stylistic choice, it's a plot element that becomes clear in the second book.


message 22: by Scott (new) - rated it 1 star

Scott I hated this and couldn't get through it either, but I thought The Library at Mount Char was great, so I'd recommend giving it a try!


Twerking To Beethoven Scott wrote: "I hated this and couldn't get through it either"

Woohoo! High five, mate!


Brent Well, I couldn't stand Ancillary Justice, so there you go.


Twerking To Beethoven Brent wrote: "Well, I couldn't stand Ancillary Justice, so there you go."

I'm not even going to try that one.


Ashley Will Yay I am not alone. The insertion of so many You drove me crazy. Me, the reader, does not want to be inserted into the story for no explained reason. I wanted to like this book because she's on the JoCo Cruise and she'll be there, so I wanted to have something to talk about and relate to. But I forced myself to read it, not feeling engaged with the characters. The concept of geological force wielders was unique to me, I just wish it would have been written in a way that led to my enjoyment.


Twerking To Beethoven Ashley wrote: " I just wish it would have been written in a way that led to my enjoyment."

High five. That's the main issue, really.


message 28: by Hbomb (new) - rated it 1 star

Hbomb Can't agree enough! I loath this book


Twerking To Beethoven Hbomb wrote: "Can't agree enough! I loath this book"

High five!


novelteathoughts Auuugghhh I’m trying to read it now and it’s bugging the fuck out of me. But I bought it and don’t want to waste money so I’m trying to read it. *bangs head on desk*


Twerking To Beethoven Myda wrote: "Auuugghhh I’m trying to read it now and it’s bugging the fuck out of me. But I bought it and don’t want to waste money so I’m trying to read it. *bangs head on desk*"

I feel you. :-)


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Noreen Thanks for mentioning that its written in the present tense. That’s a dealbreaker for me.


Twerking To Beethoven Noreen wrote: "Thanks for mentioning that its written in the present tense. That’s a dealbreaker for me."

High five, mate!


message 34: by Evan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Evan Zamir I also couldn't really get into it. Maybe just not my style. The switching around from 2nd to 3rd person at times confused me as well.


Twerking To Beethoven I'm all about third person and past tense when it comes to reading, and what you get here is present tense and second person. Anyway, apart from that, there's a big bunch of issues in the book I just couldn't get past (no pun intended).


message 36: by Clay (new) - rated it 1 star

Clay Hales I'm having a hard time with it as well. The second person and present tense is rough, but I just can't make myself like the characters. There are things that characters do that just don't make sense. I tend to push myself through to finish books, but I won't get book 2 unless something mind mindbogglingly amazing happens in the last half of the book.


Twerking To Beethoven Clay wrote: "I'm having a hard time with it as well. The second person and present tense is rough, but I just can't make myself like the characters. There are things that characters do that just don't make sens..."

At the end of the day, it's all a matter of personal taste. Don't get your hopes too high anyway.


message 38: by Aaliya (new)

Aaliya I understand how it can be confusing and itritating and not what everybody particularly likes, but i think you should have gotten a bit further because the whole perspective thing is explained later on. And once the world building is done, everything becomes clearer and makes a lot more sense. It just needs time. (Also I don’t think the author’s work should be affected by what they’ve said if it's not in the content)

Just my opinion


message 39: by Aaliya (new)

Aaliya Ps. I dont think it deserves so much blatant hate either for being different and maybe something some people don’t like


Twerking To Beethoven Aaliya wrote: "I understand how it can be confusing and itritating and not what everybody particularly likes, but i think you should have gotten a bit further because the whole perspective thing is explained late..."

Aaliya, bear with me, I'm 47 now and I no longer have the patience I used to have back when I was a happy young thaaang. ;-)


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Sigridur Thorarensen I like different and could have gotten used to the present 2. person thing. But the story is just plain boring. It does not flow. I didn't want to continue reading. It did not do any thing other than make me suffer. It did not delight me. So no point to keep reading it.


Twerking To Beethoven Sigridur wrote: "I like different and could have gotten used to the present 2. person thing. But the story is just plain boring. It does not flow. I didn't want to continue reading. It did not do any thing other th..."

And she's going to be awarded another Hugo this year, wanna bet?


chris I wish I would have known about the second person and present tense before I bought this, but hardly anyone ever talks about the POV. So kudos to you for addressing that. I’m generally a third person limited fan. I think I’m going to try to keep going, but so far it’s been a chore to get through.


Twerking To Beethoven That's one of the many issues I had with the book, all right. I hope you eventually enjoy it as much as I loathed it. :-)


message 45: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo Salgado This guy is a troll, don't take this review seriously. All his reviews have 1 star.


message 46: by Twerking (last edited Oct 14, 2018 12:25AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Twerking To Beethoven Ricardo wrote: "This guy is a troll, don't take this review seriously. All his reviews have 1 star."

I love it when peeps say that every time they stumble upon someone whose opinion differs from theirs. Absolutely delights me. So, so, so sweet. Have a good one, Ricardo.


message 47: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo Salgado It's OK to give this (or any) book 1 star. People have different tastes. I'm just stating that ALL your reviews on this site have 1 star - that means your opinion shouldn't be taken serious.


message 48: by Marc (new)

Marc Jones Ricardo wrote: "It's OK to give this (or any) book 1 star. People have different tastes. I'm just stating that ALL your reviews on this site have 1 star - that means your opinion shouldn't be taken serious."

Ricardo wrote: "It's OK to give this (or any) book 1 star. People have different tastes. I'm just stating that ALL your reviews on this site have 1 star - that means your opinion shouldn't be taken serious."

Maybe im not an awesome math guy like you but if someones reviews are all one star how does he have an average review score of 3.9 ?
You saw someone disagreed with opinion on something you like and cried troll


Twerking To Beethoven Marc wrote: "Maybe im not an awesome math guy like you but if someones reviews are all one star how does he have an average review score of 3.9 ?
You saw someone disagreed with opinion on something you like and cried troll "


I'm afraid we might have a language-barrier issue here. I can't utter a single Portuguese word myself. So there's a very slight chance the bloke is trying to take the piss out of me. Either that or he thinks I'm someone else. Or he just didn't bother to go through my reviews... which is absolutely fine anyway.


ijeoma Agbaje lol wow!!! i feel hurt.... My heart!!!! Is this how people feel when other's detest a book they loved? Such a weird feeling..
I need to lie down.


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