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The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel (edition 2013)

by Karen Lord

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Title:The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel
Authors:Karen Lord
Info:Del Rey (2013), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Karen Lord's second novel is difficult. A love story, encased within a tragic space operatic genocide staged all upon the homestead planet of Cygnus Beta. The book is reminiscent to an anthology, almost a therapeutical diary of one women's journey to love but at the very same time something much more. It dances upon the very idea of what a science fiction book should be.

For my full review visit: http://girlsguidetoscifi.blogspot.ca/2014/11/something-new-review-of-best-of-all... ( )
  HollyBest | Jun 9, 2016 |
Karen Lord's second novel is difficult. A love story, encased within a tragic space operatic genocide staged all upon the homestead planet of Cygnus Beta. The book is reminiscent to an anthology, almost a therapeutical diary of one women's journey to love but at the very same time something much more. It dances upon the very idea of what a science fiction book should be.

For my full review visit: http://girlsguidetoscifi.blogspot.ca/2014/11/something-new-review-of-best-of-all... ( )
  Girlscifi | Jan 16, 2016 |
Oh my god, it's a Vulcan romance novel! I was expecting hard sf and I got a Vulcan romance novel, loosely based on the reboot movie. I'm not complaining, but I might have had an easier time getting into it if I'd known what I was getting into. ( )
1 vote jen.e.moore | Jun 22, 2015 |
Loved the complex optimism of this book. The starting point might be planetary apocalypse and genocide, but this develops into an exploration of the refugees' rebuilding of their society, on a planet that's a refuge for many. Post apocalypse might sound YA, but this is a very adult book. Some terrible things happen and don't get fixed. Some imaginative solutions to some terrible problems clearly haven't worked out. Yet the overall message is one of hope - because some things do work, pretty well. And I loved the way I can see my increasingly diverse family reflected in these pages. Plus a reminder that diversity in SF has a long history, with a lovely nod to Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles stories. ( )
  Bernadette877 | Nov 1, 2014 |
This is a peculiar book: one part meditation on how you go on when nearly your entire race is exterminated, one part science fictional adventure story, and one part screwball comedy (as the io9 review put it). No, really. ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
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Think “Moonlighting" with aliens. And some action, adventure, psychological thrills and thoughtful examination of the power of culture. The Best of All Possible Worlds has moments that are laugh-out-loud funny and tear-provokingly sad, which puts it on the list of best of all possible science fiction novels for this year.
added by KelMunger | editLit/Rant, Kel Munger (Jun 17, 2013)
 
In sum, The Best of All Possible Worlds rings refreshing changes on both the formula romance and the ensemble SF adventure series. . . . Still, if the novel isn't entirely successful in all it sets out to do, that is perhaps forgivable, given the scope of its ambitions.
 

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Karen Lord’s debut novel, the multiple-award-winning Redemption in Indigo, announced the appearance of a major new talent—a strong, brilliantly innovative voice fusing Caribbean storytelling traditions and speculative fiction with subversive wit and incisive intellect. Compared by critics to such heavyweights as Nalo Hopkinson, China Miéville, and Ursula K. Le Guin, Lord does indeed belong in such select company—yet, like them, she boldly blazes her own trail.
 
Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. The Best of All Possible Worlds is a stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story.
 
A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.
 
Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.
 
“This fascinating and thoughtful science fiction novel breaks out of the typical conflict-centered narrative paradigm to examine adaptation, social change, and human relationships. I’ve not read anything quite like it, which makes it that rare beast: a true original.”—Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series and the Spiritwalker Trilogy

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When their homeland is destroyed, the survivors of a proud and aloof alien society struggle to reach out to the rest of the galaxy for aid and understanding while striving to preserve their cherished way of life.

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