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Nil by Mouth by Lync

Nil by Mouth

by Lync

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My readers know that I don’t read much in the way of speculative fiction, but I bought the eBook version of this one on impulse when I met the author Lyn C at the Indigenous Language Intensive workshop. I was curious… and at $4.31 AUD for the Kindle edition it was cheap enough to experiment with an unfamiliar genre. I started reading it over breakfast at QV Square before the workshop… and soon found myself totally hooked by the story.

Nil by Mouth is what I recognise as classic SciFi. It has aliens who invade earth and they have various capabilities which enable them to exert control over the humans, but they have a fundamental flaw which enables the situation to be resolved. However, what makes this an interesting and satisfying book to read is the character development so I was not surprised to learn that it was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award Best Science Fiction Book in 2014.

The portrayal of an Earth defeated in war reminded me of other occupation novels I have read. The central character comes to be known as Ale, a shorthand version of Alien-lover, and he is scorned as a collaborator because his pub on the outskirts of Melbourne is taken over as a base by the Aliens. His point-of-view narration reveals a sense of resignation and despair...

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2016/11/26/nil-by-mouth-by-lyn-c/ ( )
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How do you help a man that doesn't want to be helped? A man, used by Aliens as an incubation tank, who believes his only friends are Aliens? He becomes an Outcast when he finds himself back amongst humans, not sure of his role. Alone, Ale stands between two opposing forces - Aliens and Humans. How can this damaged Human protect his loved ones from an Alien force so powerful that they dominate our planet? Can a man this broken, find love again? And where?

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