I‘m really enjoying this so far, as it seems to be at least a “science fiction of manners“.
This was a very political intrigue...y? (that's a word, right?) sci-fi! I think it struggles with pacing in parts and the plot became a little fuzzy to me at parts. There was a very clear disconnect between the political background of the world and the world of the characters which...I don't know if that was done on purpose. I hope the sequel will give a new POV to fix that. It was like the Lunar Chronicles but no POV of a worker
I've been trying to get along with this book for quite some time, but after dragging through half of it I just want to move on 😐 It's a mix of space opera, detective and political intrigues, which sounds really interesting and it is! But it uses lots of clichés, and all the promising ideas are deploying too slowly to get me into them. Maybe I'll give it another chance someday 🙄 #UnpopularOpinion
If you are in the mood for an audiobook with no political intrigue, do not listen to this book. If you want to read a brilliant story about a woman who faces an empire as a new ambassador dealing with solving the murder of her predecessor, a faulty/sabotaged memory, and trying to save her home/space station, read this amazing book!!! I loved it so!
I was initially reluctant to read this book. The voice, the cover, the subject matter all screamed Anne Leckie to me and I was a bit worried that it would just be a clone. However once I gave it a proper go, I was satisfied that it was it's own, very good story. Well worth a read for those who enjoy complex political machinations in their Sci-fi.
Has anyone read this? I'm thinking about picking it up. Is it worth it?
I'm not sure how I feel about this one so far! On one hand, there is a lot of worldbuilding and infodumping which is making the pace drag a bit, but on the other hand the writing is just SO GOOD that I can't seem to put it down! I'll have to read more of it to see if I really love it or not, I think! #catsoflitsy #littenkitten
THIS IS NO BEACH READ! It absolutely requires your full attention, but the payoff is worth the effort. An awesome political space opera with more opera than space and vaguely reminiscent of ancient Asian Empire epics. If you have the time, energy, and patience to commit to this book I highly recommend it.
A fantastic debut novel. Like Leckie‘s Ancillary Justice, it takes a few pages to figure out the language (role of poetry is fascinating), the naming conventions & the world but once you do, wow—it just goes & I found it hard to put down. The story is filled with political intrigue, murder, empire, war, passion, mystery & all the things you want in a great space opera. Excellent writing, memorable characters & a great story. Highly recommended.
this pretty much ensured a solid half hour of silence on a drop in at the cafe at B&N this weekend. Arkady Martine is a conjurer of world-building & political intrigue & i'm here for it.
also, C.J.Cherryh has a new book in the Alliance-Union series, called Alliance Rising. i have so much series catch up to do in 2019 📚 #scifi #sciencefiction #weekend
March is not going well for me. I thought this was the full book via NetGalley but it ended up being just the 1st 4 chapters. I guess that's good, though, because I don't have to count it as a bail. I just don't have to finish it. Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2640975771?book_show_action=false&from_rev...
TL;DR - heavy world bldg, slow, obnoxious character names - not for me.
This one took a while to get through. It was just so different and full of symbolism. The new use of language with a combination of poetry and prose. Beautifully written. The characters are constantly driving the plot with surprising choices. It's brilliant and something that definitely needs to be read again to fully grasp.