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Blackfish City
Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
'An incisive and beautifully written story of love, revenge and the power (and failure) of family in a scarily plausible future. Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder' Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Clarke Awards After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, it has started to crumble under the weight of its own decay - crime and corruption have set in, a terrible new disease is coursing untreated through the population, and the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside deepest poverty are spawning unrest. Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor - a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will lead to unprecedented acts of resistance. Blackfish City is a mesmerising novel from a stunning new voice in science fiction.
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BreakingRad1977
Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
Mehso-so

Interesting ideas. Believable to an extent but seemed as though there was something missing to me. The story built up quite nicely, but seemed to plateau and fizzle out in my opinion.

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Settings
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Panpan

Didn't like it.

Imaginative, but it drags and there's not enough literary insight to make up for the boring plot and unpleasant characters.

Can't clearly explain why but the underlying morality seems rather gross.

Settings Something to do with the differing levels of blame the narrative seems to assign characters based on their interactions with the leads and how important their goals are weighted versus background characters' lives. Hard to explain. 2mo
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AshHisson
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Mehso-so

Really liked the world and the characters, but felt the story was wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly. 3.5/5

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TracyReadsBooks
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After war & the irrevocable march of climate change leads to environmental disaster(s), people flee to floating cities in the Arctic. A woman riding an orca accompanied by a polar bear arrives in one such city & changes everything. Miller‘s writing is assured & the worldbuilding is phenomenal in this story populated with intriguing characters living in a fascinating (possible but let‘s hope not) future. I really enjoyed this book. Great SF read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Sleeping isn‘t happening so I guess reading is...Honestly, I‘m ok with that!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Next up.

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Mogoeg
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A lot of moving parts here, & it somehow mostly works. Convincingly terrifying post-climate change dystopian city? Check. Mysterious yet conveniently exposition-y plague ravaging said city? Check. Technology that's basically magic but not quite? Check. Getting the rag-tag band together to pull off the impossible? Check & check. Throw in a woman riding a killer whale & this is pretty much as advertised on the back cover. I enjoyed it a lot.

Mogoeg Photo credit: Kwakiutl killer whale vat Museum Rietberg, Wikimedia CC license. 4mo
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Mogoeg
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“Kaev went to the railing, watched the sea slosh at the struts underneath him, sipped his milk tea, smiled at the weird good fortune of being alive and unmiserable while so many people were not.”

SauerPatch Love this quote! 5mo
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ssravp
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Mehso-so

It had just moments but ultimately left me a little underwhelmed.

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Skyrimir
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I love reading with my calico lady.

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Skyrimir
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc I‘ve been doing well with some goals, and others not as much. I‘ve been keeping up with exercise and have been steadily cutting out the bunches of coffee cups I drink every day. The goal to go teeto isn‘t doing as well, but I‘m cutting back, so there‘s that! I started swimming again this week and remembered how much I love it! I‘m slow, but it‘s so relaxing and I still feel like I get a good workout.

BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 9mo
4thhouseontheleft Cutting back is a great start! It is incredibly difficult to go cold turkey. 9mo
Caterina Sounds like you're doing great!! 🙌 So glad you're enjoying getting back to swimming. 😊 9mo
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BethM I‘m in awe of your swimming ! 9mo
Clwojick This is awesome! I love that your watch shows the different strokes! 😱 My sisters-in-laws New father-in-law was just telling me his watch did this! 9mo
Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏 9mo
TheEllieMo Well done, that is brilliant! It‘s great seeing people seeing improvements; we haven‘t all hit our goals but we‘re all working hard towards them! 9mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A fascinating sci-fi book set after the collapse of civilization as we know it on a multi-cultural floating city. Several POVs intertwine, giving us a glimpse into the difficult lives of the people living in this corporate-run city where landlords have no restrictions & masses are dying from a mysterious new disease. Other highlights: epic worldbuilding, a woman bonded to an orca, seeing how all these characters fit together.

4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

rachelsbrittain @sebrittain definitely up your alley, I think 9mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Audio dog walking 😅 (with a truly amazing audiobook btw)

Readergrrl Love your dog AND can‘t wait to read this book myself!! 10mo
hermyknee 😍😍😍 10mo
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NotCool
Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
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I appreciate the humanity of the characters in this book. Some of them hurt other people, but they do it for such understandable reasons that it‘s hard to hate them.
”Stories prime us to search for villains. Because villains can be punished. Villains can be stopped. But villains are oversimplifications.”

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lesliemarie
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@Readergrrl thank you so much! I have not read any of these books but they are all totally books I would (and will) read. I also love the socks, bookmark, and journal. P.S. I think we got each other one thing that is the same!
@Avanders thank you for putting this together! It was a blast.
#sffs #SciFiFantasySwap

catiewithac Love that edition of neuromancer 😍 10mo
Melissa_J Those socks are cute. 10mo
Readergrrl I just opened mine! 😊😊😊 10mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️♥️👏🏽 10mo
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juliegumdrop
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Started this #dystopian #scifi this weekend. #sciencefiction

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tokyoseg
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3.5/5 I spent half the book without a clue what's going on, but kept on reading because it was just so interesting and I wanted to know more. The next half when the story started to unveil was more disappointing, as the great elements introduced in the first half just didn't come together as great.
I certainly enjoyed the story, but it could've been so much.more.

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Cinfhen
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#KindleDailyDeal picked this up today as a possible alternate for #Booked2019 #CliFi
I‘ve seen really good Litsy reviews 🤞🏼🤞🏼

Caterina Thanks for posting, this looks really good! I picked it up too! 👍 1y
Cinfhen Oh, yay!!! It does sound really good @Caterina 😀I think I was sold when it mentioned a woman arrives on a polar bear with a killer Orca at her side 😂😂 1y
MaleficentBookDragon Sold! Well, actually, bought.😁 1y
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BarbaraBB Sounds good. But I think I‘ll settle for this one, since it has been on my shelves for ages. 1y
Cinfhen The other book I‘m considering is this one @BarbaraBB 1y
Cinfhen Haha @MaleficentBookDragon can‘t really go to wrong for $1.99 ~ right!!?! And it does sound promising 1y
BarbaraBB That other one seems good too. I loved her 1y
Cinfhen If your book doesn‘t hold your interest I‘ll be happy to share Gold Fame with you xx @BarbaraBB 1y
BarbaraBB Thanks, that‘s so sweet. I‘ll let you know if my book doesn‘t work for me 😘 1y
Bklover Thanks! Just bought this one! 1y
Cinfhen Hope it‘s good @Bklover 🙏🏻 1y
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Ostaff1
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I‘m the wrong audience, I suspect. Waterworld + cyberpunk + First Peoples. I read fiction for escapism, and dystopia doesn‘t do it for me. The book is well-done, and skillfully plays with shifting narratives. I also liked the inclusion of older adults, and the unconventional lifespan of one of the main characters.

Tonton @Ostaff1 on my TBR list for a few months 1y
Ostaff1 Me too. My turn came up on the library queue! 1y
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Ysabet
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"Stories are where we find ourselves, where we find the others who are like us. Gather enough stories and soon you're not alone; you are an army."

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Ysabet
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"People who only know suffering from stories are never prepared to find themselves inside one."

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TheLibrarian
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This #ebookdeal looks interesting!

2BR02B This has been on my wishlist! Thanks for pointing out! ❤ 2y
Alicia Looks so good! Just picked it up too! 2y
TheLibrarian @2BR02B You‘re welcome!!! 2y
TheLibrarian @Alicia Hopefully it is good!! 2y
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NicoleCeBallos
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A really enjoyable Sci-Fi story. How could I not read a book where a woman shows up to a floating city, riding a killer whale, and has a polar bear with her?

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catiewithac
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I love CMM‘s quote here, “a gorgeous, queer, muscular novel.” That‘s an accurate summary of Blackfish City. Let this story weave a fine net around you. Let it ensnare you. And may you be bewildered, dumbfounded, mute with heart-joy. 🐳🕸

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catiewithac
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1 Blackfish City 🌃 just got it and can‘t wait to dig in!
2 Giving the dog 🐾 a bath in the backyard
3 I‘m a fan of briny side dishes. Pickles!
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho I love Pickles! 💚 2y
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catiewithac
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@amyrohn This #bottleandbookswap box of goodies was TOO MUCH!! OMG look at all the books AND the gorgeous bottle!! Thank you for such thoughtful gifts! Look in the mail later this week for another little package as a token of my gratitude 🤓 Thank you @JoScho for organizing such a wonderful #bookswap!!! 📚📦🎉

amyrohn I'm so glad you love everything!! 2y
JoScho Wow! What a great package 💝 2y
CoraHirashiki How do you get involved with a book and bottle swap? 2y
catiewithac @CoraKimiko follow @LitsySwaps ! Various people organize swaps that you can sign up for and they are so fun! 2y
CoraHirashiki Thanks! 2y
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MirrorMask
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In Blackfish City, there is no #hometownglory . The USA no longer exists, having self-imploded decades after the climate wars. The refugees find themselves in Qaanaaq, a floating city in the Arctic Circle ran by A.I. and shareholders. The story begins after the arrival of a mysterious woman riding an orca with a caged polar bear by her side. It's a beautiful story told through multiple narrators. #AdelesMayMashup @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the cover!! 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Just picked this up between shifts. Gonna give it a quick sampling before heading back to work and dig into it proper like later tonight!

All I know is it's supposed to be 'cyberpunkish', takes place in the Arctic and it has orca whales and polar bears in it.

Color me interested! 😍

LeahBergen I like that West Coast orca graphic. ❤️ 2y
Redwritinghood Color me interested too. I love the cover design on this one. 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @LeahBergen @Redwritinghood It was the cover that made me take it off the shelf to take a peek that's for sure! 2y
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Heideschrampf Really interesting cover! 2y
TricksyTails Cool cover! Where‘d the snow go? Was I hallucinating? 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @TricksyTails Haha. Sunny part of the city. ☀️ The other pic was down by a river where its still iced over. 2y
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BethFishReads
Blackfish City | Sam J. Miller
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This week‘s roundup is speculative fiction! Dystopian, fairy tale retellings, sci-if. Descriptions on my blog or looks the titles up here https://www.bethfishreads.com/2018/04/7-new-books-for-speculative-fiction-fans.h...