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Cormorant Run by Lilith Saintcrow
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really liked it
bookshelves: go-to-author, speculative

“Cormorant Run is brilliant” is the headline. The attention to details makes this strange, melancholy tale shine. First, a recommendation for readers who don’t enjoy footnotes: Hang in there until around page 18, where the frequency and number of glossary words drop off significantly once the narrative pace and framework of this imagined universe are established.

Some Outer Limits, Maltese Falcon, and a sinister spin on Cannonball Run thrown together with themes from Laura Croft, The Dome, Inception, and Little Shop of Horrors mix with L.S.’s beautifully bent storytelling to present an existence made of metamorphosing environments and parallel realities.

Provocative ideas about human beings in an unpredictable environment that strips them to their fundamental essence beyond the trappings of civility, and brings their hind brains to the forefront are woven into a compelling treasure hunt.

The frequent and casual usage of misogynistic terminology by men and women felt jarring and outdated (which may be the author’s deliberate intention). Here’s the thing: At a time when there are more women than men enrolled in medical school and law school in the U.S., it feels so odd that science fiction stories imagine all of these fanciful elements of advanced science and technology in the future, but can’t seem to embrace the idea of parity for women (without having them simply mimic entrenched hyper-aggressive leadership philosophies and sex-in-an-emotional-vacuum behaviors along with disdaining traits that are traditionally viewed as feminine). So many sci-fi/fantasy stories are written under the overwhelming assumption that a patriarchal, colonial imperialistic hierarchy is the default template for human civilization regardless of the millennium or galaxy.

Too much description about bodily functions and fluids along with too much f-word (my favorite profane word for expressing fury, horror or excruciating pain) usage for my reading tastes. And the cynical attitudes toward sex and genitalia were downers for me.

Cormorant Run is an immersive tale that engages on multiple levels of thoughts about what drives humans.
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Reading Progress

September 19, 2017 – Started Reading
September 19, 2017 – Shelved
September 21, 2017 – Finished Reading

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