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The Entropy of Bones by Ayize Jama-Everett

The Entropy of Bones (2015)

by Ayize Jama-Everett

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The Entropy of Bones is a martial arts urban fantasy. It's part of Ayize Jama-Everett's Liminal People universe, but it can be read as a standalone. There also is a numinous thread running through the novel, perhaps driven by the author's own master's degrees in psychology and divinity.

Ayize Jama-Everett is concerned with the intersectionality of race, gender, and class. He closely examines these constructs with the tale of Chabi, a young biracial woman searching for a mentor and trying to secure her place in a society in which she's an afterthought. Jama-Everett's lens often veers into paternalism, particularly in its insistence that a young woman needs a father figure in her life.

The Entropy of Bones doesn't quite live up to its billing as a fast-paced story. Too often, the action sequences are bogged down in philosophical descriptions of the technique or ruminations by the characters. The novel probably will appeal to readers of urban fantasy who like a bit of politics and spirituality in their stories. ( )
  LibraryPerilous | Aug 23, 2016 |
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Although this book is the third in a series, it holds up fairly well on its own. Taggert, the point of view character from the previous books, is mentioned in passing, but this installment belongs to Chabi.

Chabi, a liminal young woman in California, is trained in martial arts by the mysterious and dangerous Narayana Raj. We follow her as she comes into her own as a fighter and is ultimately drawn into the war between the Liminals and the Alters. She's a well developed character, the story is paced well, and the action sequences are very well done. ( )
1 vote Euryale | Jul 17, 2015 |
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Chabi, a half Mongolian and half Black young female, falls under the tutelage of Narayana Raj a martial arts master. She has little interest in school, an alcoholic mother and no father. She trains assiduously, becomes the bodyguard of a pot farm and later a security chief for a mysterious organzation. Her mentor has a habit of leading her into aggressive encounters and then leaving her alone to test her skills and new moves. Finally she has an end all be all match that moves her into the world of the luminous. This is a fast action piece, a real page turner and surprise. Not your ho hum and its over action drama. Great read. ( )
1 vote mcdenis | Jul 14, 2015 |
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To the fam. I don't take a step without you.

To Jumoke, 'cause you're still my brother.
To roadie, 'cause you're always my little girl.
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Last time I'd been this deep in the Northern California hills I was on a blood and bar tour in a monkey-shit brown Cutlass Royale with Raj.
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"A young martial artist finds there is more to the world than she can kick, more than she can see."--Page 4 of cover.

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