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Norah

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Fat loud lesbian. Leftie. SF/F writer, pop enjoyer, cat lover.

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Sam J. Miller: Blackfish City (2018, Ecco) 3 stars

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable …

The first half was far weaker than the second half. Second half was good, but not fantastic; writing a rotating cast of characters takes a lot of skill, and in the first half especially we didn't understand how they related to each other. In the second half, once we understood, it was far better.

The prose, especially in the first half, also got in its own way a lot. Once we actually got narrative up and going--which took a hell of a long time considering the length of the book--the prose fell to the wayside (as it largely does in good genre fiction imho) but the first half was something of a Pretentious Prose Fest™️.

There's a lot of cool elements here and I'm probably being generous with my rating because of how much I loved Soq, and how decent the ending turned out to be, but I'm not …

N. K. Jemisin: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Hardcover, 2010, Orbit) 4 stars

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under …

Review of 'The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

HAHAH this took me like 18 months to read and then i finished abt 2/3rds of it in 24 hours. p funny. anyway

3/5 which, on goodreads, means "i liked it" (which i did and do)
- interesting romance, decent smut
- nuanced discussions of colonialism, slavery, racism, etc, done in interesting ways
- jemisin's prose is, as ever, interesting and cool
- the worldbuilding was like.... mid. super mid. i found the names and people super confusing
- VERY young adult in tone. like, young adult with a side of p*rn, i guess
- so much stuff about like "Later I Would Understand" "In The Future" blah blah. also the ending was somewhat predictable, but in a kinda fun way

Tasha Suri: The Jasmine Throne (Paperback, 2021, Orbit) 3 stars

Review of 'The Jasmine Throne' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

okay. so. im actually on my pc to write this because i could not contain thoughts thru my phone

i wanted to like this book DESPERATELY. like, i wanted to like it so much. i can't say that i really did, though.

here are the things i liked about it:
- two wlw woc. woc/woc romances are SUPER rare, so i'm v grateful for that
- the indian setting was GREAT. very into that. definitely need to read less eurocentric fantasy/sci fi
- discussion of colonisation is very important and needs to be talked about more
- the prose itself is well written. Tasha Suri is very good at writing clear, accessible, and enjoyable prose, and for that she garners my respect.

here are the things i did Not like about it:
- for the first 200 pages, the pacing is super weird and janky. it speeds up, and then …