SFFKIT for May: Rise Up!
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Many SFF books involve insurgencies. Individuals fighting the regime in power, the people rising up to throw down the powerful, or an organized rebel alliance attempting to take over the galaxy.
Any small group fighting for freedom, or any goverment fighting insurgents works.
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Ooh, I have Red Rising out from the library at the moment! Excellent timing.
I'm planning to read C.J. Redwine's The Shadow Queen, which I think would work...it's a retelling of Snow White in which the fugitive princess, with the help of a neighboring kingdom, seeks to overthrow the wicked queen.
I am planning on reading Half the World by Joe Abercrombie which is the 2nd in his Shattered Seas trilogy. The trilogy deals with the many upheavals and manipulations that occur as various groups come together as allies to fight a war that will bring peace to the lands around the Shattered Seas.
The Stone Sky is tagged with revolution and science fiction. I hope that means it would count for here.
Would the second novel of the Expanse series, Caliban's War, work?
I read The Power by Naomi Alderman.
What can I say about this book? I know it will be very divisive--some people will love it, some will hate it. I loved it. It posits what if a power awakens in women, an innate ability to generate electric power, so that they can defend themselves and hurt other people, so that they, in just a few years, become more powerful than men? I found this book exciting, challenging, uncomfortable, sometimes horrific, and just thought-provoking on so many levels--our assumptions about gender roles, about power structures, about religion, about history and who writes it. And it's also just a really good story, with lots of characters you care about and back-stabbing and power plays and revolution.
I chose The Amulet of Samarkand for this month's challenge:
Nathaniel is an apprentice magician who summons a djinni before he's technically allowed and *way* before he should be able to do so, skill-wise, but he's precocious and cocky and hell-bent on revenge. Bartimaeus is the irritable, summoned djinni, who does as he's ordered but chafes under the command of a 12-year-old boy. The narrative switches between the two, and from both viewpoints the story of the apprentice's stumbling plan for revenge-cum-saving-the-country-from-a-magical-coup unfolds.
The alternate London (one openly governed by wizards) and the intertwining stories of Nathaniel's dissatisfaction with his lot and the plot against the government are great, plus Nathaniel and Bartimaeus are both fantastically drawn (the djinni's sarcastic and witty first person narrative makes him especially fun). Definitely recommended, and I hope to get round to the read of the series soon.
>18 sturlington: I am one of those people that loved the story of The Power (by Naomi Alderman)!
I didn't write/post a review, but from my notes in case others might be interested:
There's a lot to unpack and discuss in this novel, which on the surface is about women becoming the dominant gender in society when they develop the ability to zap men like electric eels with their prey. But it's really an exposition on the dynamics of power (biochemical, political, religious, gender, sexual, etc.) It's an interesting story but I hated the casting choice, a British woman takes on three POVs: the voice of a young British lower class girl, a Southern American from Louisiana, and a young man from Sierra Leone. I would have preferred three more appropriate narrators and definitely one with a greater facility for the American accent if not an American narrator for the role of an African-American young adult. There are also small interstitial sections describing museums exhibits and punctuating with an airplane PA system-like alert with an uncredited male narrator. These bring attention to the fact that there are illustrations in the book that the listener obviously cannot see. The strengths of this book lie in its writing and if ever want/need to re-read this, I will pick the print edition instead.
One of the things that I've wanted to discuss was the masculinization of those who come into power. It seems that those who came into power suppressed their feminine side in varying degrees, trading aspects in for aggression. Is that what power is? Is that what is required for women to achieve parity or even ascendancy?
There is an English-dubbed French film, "I am Not an Easy Man" on Netflix which addresses gender roles and power in a sort of comedy: A womanizer runs into a street sign while he's ogling two girls walking by on the sidewalk. He wakes up in an alternate reality in which the women are in power/gender roles are reversed. I have to say, that even though I'm a female perfectly aware of the innate challenges of being female, this move woke me up even more. Highly recommend (Even if you think the movie is ridiculous or you are bored, wait until the end.)
I read the second book in a YA series about kids saving their Mars colony from being shut down: Das Marsprojekt : Die blauen Türme. We still don't know what these blue towers are...
Finished The Fifth Season, which preps us for what I expect is a coming insurgency in the next book -- speculative fiction at its best, in framing some questions of how societal power structures come into being and are maintained with a bit of earth magic, slavery, and intertwining stories of experiencing society at different life stages.
Finished The Bees which I read for the Horror Kit but was happy to find it fits here too. Flora 717 is a bee, she is of the lowest cast in the hive, she is bigger and uglier than other bees but manages to stay alive and to become necessary to the life of the hive. Something terrible is going on the hive and bees rise up against bees. There is a bit of Orwellian, a bit of Handmaid's Tale and a bit of the Hindu Caste in this tale set in a bee hive in a farmer's field.
>23 pammab: I'm reading the last in the trilogy The Stone Sky for this challenge. Thoroughly enjoyed the first two, and am eager to see how it all ends.
I'll be re-reading (or "finishing" as they would say in some literary circles!) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Cuz, um, uprising from up above, eh?
>27 threadnsong: I enjoyed that book, some 25 years or so ago? Hmm. Perhaps it's time for a reread.
I read Lord of Thunder by Andre Norton for this challenge:
I'm glad that Andre Norton did a sequel to The Beast Master, mainly because I liked the characters, but partly because there were a couple things in the plot that I felt needed to be addressed. Good news is that one item I was wondering about does have a follow-up in this volume, but unfortunately the author again left some unfinished story lines, they're just hanging there. Still, if you like this author, and especially if you liked the first book, I'd say this was worth reading. I'll probably keep it around on my shelves, as some of these books are getting hard to find.
I finished The Collapsing Empire which was terrific fun. I do love a Scalzi. And FTW it was narrated by Wil Wheaton.
>23 pammab: Oh maybe I will read that! I have been caught up in the Liaden series & the Wheel of Time series, neither of which quite fit the bill for this category.
That said, in an off-topic comment, I have been really enjoying the Liaden series recently! I ended up spending most of the past weekend reading a few of them (Mouse and Dragon, a reread of Fledgling, and then buying & reading Saltation) and had to tear myself away to read some of my other books.
I started Cress by Marissa Meyer. This is book 3 in the Lunar Chronicles where our fairy tale inspired heroes are trying to stop the evil Queen Levana. I couldn't finish it though. I used to enjoy this type of young adult dystopian story, but they just aren't working for me any more. This is the third series I've given up on so far in this genre. I'm finding the teen romance angle of the stories a bit annoying for some reason. If you do like this type of story, I would recommend this series. It's definitely an interesting take on the fairy tale retellings.
As I am going to be out of town, I've set up June's thread a little early: http://www.librarything.com/topic/291304
finished The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein, perfect for this kitten. I enjoyed it.
I have finished by selection for May, Half The World was another exciting story from Joe Abercrombie.
I finished Red Rising on audio, which was really enjoyable.
>35 Kristelh: I was just thinking of that book yesterday, and how it'd been a long time since I read it...maybe time for a reread?
I realized that I have gotten as far as I can with The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and now that it's already the end of June, I'm going to put this one on the "done" pile. I finished the first two sections and at any time in the future I can pick it up again and read the conclusion, but it's definitely time to move on! Vive la Revolution!
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