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review 2018-12-16 18:52
[REVIEW] The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1) by N.K. Jemisin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
The priests' lesson: beware the Nightlord, for his pleasure is a mortal's doom. My grandmother's lesson: beware love, especially with the wrong man.

I really enjoyed this which isn't hard to believe because I devoured it in 24 hours. 

The worldbuilding is well done (even if I was confused at some points), the prose was delicious at certain points which thrilled me. I fell for the problematic Nahadoth, and my heart broke for Yeine. Don't know if I will continue with the series but hot damn, I really liked reading something so original. I also enjoyed how awesomely subversive it was.



Reading progress notes


1% - My loan from the library expires soon and because of dentist appointments and other things, I totally forgot about it until now.
6% - This is legit scary, in a good way. 
9% - Hot damn, I'm in.
18% - It is important to appreciate beauty, even when it is evil.
22% - I am scared for T'vril. Or maybe afraid of him? I don't know yet.
70% - There is so much happening that my head is spinning. I feel for Yeine.
76% - "Do with me as you please, Nightlord," I whispered.

Holy crap.
79% - Love can level the ground between mortals and gods, Yeine. It's something we've learned to respect.
90% - WHOA.
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review 2018-10-23 08:04
Tickboxing Exercise: "The Fifth Season" by J. K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

"Back to the personal. Need to keep things grounded, ha ha"

in "The Fifth Season" by J. K. Jemisin

Surely most decent SF is unique, each story is different from other stories, each writer is different from each other writer? 

Most of the speculative/dystopian/ science fiction I've read has been written by women and queer people, including non-white women and queer people. It's all been "different". But having got used to reading those imaginings (e.g., Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr.), encountering the kind of white-hetero-male-dominated mainstream stuff mentioned in some comments regarding recent SF does feel really limited/limiting. There's often an absence of racial difference or gender variance in the story lines, lazy stereotyping and dialogue whenever these "others" do appear (and in many stories they don't) and no thought given to how whatever changes have taken place in society might impact on those with less of that kind of privilege.



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-09-13 01:14
Review of The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin

I enjoyed this second book in The Broken Earth trilogy.  The world building is fascinating in these stories, and the characters, while intense, are memorable.  This book built off of the first story, and it had a new focus on one of the characters that was only alluded in the first book.  I can't really say more without giving things away but I am really looking forward to the third and final book to the series.

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review 2018-08-26 18:36
Review of the Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

This was a great fantasy read and worthy of the Hugo award. The story takes place in what appears to be a very distant future earth where geologically the earth is always threatening to bring a catastrophic event that would lead to widespread death and destruction (a "fifth season"). There are multiple characters with fantastical powers and the world building is very well done. The story follows three different female characters at different places and times (it was just a bit confusing to follow at times), but there is a big reveal in the later parts of the book that I for one did not see coming.


I think the story ends perhaps a bit too abruptly, but with two more books in this trilogy, I can't wait to read the next.

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text 2018-08-07 23:35
Reading progress update: I've listened 278 out of 927 minutes.
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin,Robin Miles


So... I've listened to over 4 hours and I'm still not really feeling this one. I've heard it's good but it takes a long time to get into it. Maybe half the book - that's another 4 hours before it gets good. I'm not sure if it's worth it. 


I just had a library hold become available. I'm going to listen to that one first.


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