Change Or Die These Are The Only Options Available On The Planet Jeep Centuries Earlier, A Deadly Virus Shattered The Original Colony, Killing The Men And Forever Altering The Few Surviving Women Now, Generations After The Colony Has Lost Touch With The Rest Of Humanity, A Company Arrives To Exploit Jeep And Its Forces Find Themselves Fighting For Their Lives Terrified Of Spreading The Virus, The Company Abandons Its Employees, Leaving Them Afraid And Isolated From The Natives In The Face Of This Crisis, Anthropologist Marghe Taishan Arrives To Test A New Vaccine As She Risks Death To Uncover The Women S Biological Secret, She Finds That She, Too, Is Changing And Realizes That Not Only Has She Found A Home On Jeep, But That She Alone Carries The Seeds Of Its Destruction Ammoniteis An Unforgettable Novel That Questions The Very Meanings Of Gender And Humanity As Readers Share In Marghe S Journey Through An Alien World, They Too Embark On A Parallel Journey Of Fascinating Self Exploration Una din cele mai neobi nuite lecturi ale ultimilor ani, cu o idee de societate veche, dar totu i nou i interesant , i cu o execu ie care mie mi s a p rut mult mai reu it dec t n cazul c tig toarei premiului Nebula, Slow River Personajele sunt diferite i bine executate i, chiar dac ac iunea treneaz de multe ori, fiindu i luat locul de tr irile suflete ti ale personajelor i de metaexperien ele lor transcedentale, nu prea ai de ce s te plictise ti Una din marile c r i ale SF ului mondial , ajuns , iat , i la noi, la 23 de ani de la apari ie O lectur proasp t , totu i, care se autosus ine i la peste dou decenii de la apari ie Recenzia, pe FanSF nicola griffith is one of the best writers out there and if you haven t read her books you should the only book of hers that left me cold was the third aud torvingen novel, Always, and the reason it left me cold is maybe similar to the reason why i found that this book, Ammonite, lost some steam 3 4 of the way through it got it back before the end let me start with saying that this is griffith s first novel it s an absolutely phenomenal first novel the writing is perfect, the pacing is perfect, the characters are perfect where another author might spend words explaining, griffith gestures deftly with a word or a sentence, and you are all set and, occasionally, blown away i admire this i admire the precision and focus of her work i also admire that she writes books about people who happen to be women who happen to love other women this is not women s fiction or lesbian fiction anythan Mrs Dalloway is women s fiction or lesbian fiction her characters are complex and rich and tough and tender, and she manages to build entire worlds in this case, literally in which very real people experience the full gamut and complexity of human emotions and dramas those traditionally assigned to men and those traditionally assigned to women as a sci fi author, griffith is up there with the best both Ammonite and Slow River are top notch sci fi novels, from writing to story to characterization Ammonite is about a planet far off into the wide wide universe which is entirely inhabited by women there are still men on our green planet earth, but they can t go to this faraway planet the earthlings call it jeep because they will contract a virus that will kill them women contract the virus too but, unlike men, have a chance to survive it a sinister company is dying to get its greedy paws onto the planet and its riches, but until a cure for the virus is found this is a no go plan there is a little bit of gender dig in this, cuz of course if women can survive the virus they can also run things for the company female earthlings, it must be said, consider their chances to survive the virus very very low, so there s that, but one cannot but perceive the company as distinctly male let me point out that the novel does not have a single male character, in any role at all, however tiny i don t think men are even mentioned no other author comes to mind who has tried this with such resounding success Charlotte Perkins Gilman tried something of the sort in Herland which does have a couple of entirely clueless and ridiculed guys but the novel, though interesting, does not reach griffithian levels of mastery.i think griffith puts to sleep the question of whether a world run by women would be a gentler world the answer is a definite no, in all respects the crux of the book is the us vs them conundrum jeep is populated by its own people some variation of early human settlers , but until our heroine gets on it, no contemporary earthling has even thought of entering in any sort of conversation cultural or economical with them these distinct communities nations are treated pretty much the way herds of bison would, which is of course horribly reminiscent of the various colonial discoveries effected by europeans in the rest of the world if you haven t, read Laila Lalami s The Moor s Account, a sobering report by an enslaved african accompanying a spanish expedition into the west indies of the ways in which european discoverers felt that entire villages, cultures and people were theirs to name, pillage, and dispose of this is not to say that the earthlings who are currently on the planet they are all military are abusive to the natives they simply find no reason whatsoever to start any sort of exchange with them and of course the watchful eye of the company hovers overhead the book is the story of how marghe, our heroine and a linguistic anthropologist, decides to get to know some of the locals it s well done and engaging and fun and brutal, the last of which won t surprise you a bit if you have read any griffith at all it seems to me that griffith is at her best when she does women in danger when her troubled women get cozy and safe her writing grows slack i saw this in Always and in a small part of this book fortunately, the cozy doesn t last long and we go back to true blue griffithian writing, of which i, for one, can t get enough. Damn this is a good book.It s a first novel, and it has some of the weaknesses I associate with first novels it jumps through time a lot, and those jumps aren t always telegraphed adequately some of the descriptions, while each individually quite beautiful, ended up feeling repetitive when taken as a whole But most impressively, it already displays a great deal of the maturity and style that I loved in Slow River Even in this first novel, Griffith s voice is assured, her characters are well drawn, and her themes are delicately presented yet rigorously worked out.Griffith s style is quietly exquisite, understatedly lyrical in contrast to Catherynne M Valente s muscular lyricism or Patricia A McKillip s ornate lyricism or Peter S Beagle s cooly intellectual lyricism and what is with my favorite authors and all their middle initials in ways that seem all thesurprising because this is a science fiction novel rather than a fantasy novel This is Griffith s description of Marghe s landing on GP The doors cracked open and leaked in light like pale grapefruit squeezings, making the artificial illumination in the gig seem suddenly thick and dim.Jeep light.Wind swept dark tatters across a sky rippling with cloud like a well muscled torso, bringing with it the smell of dust and grass and a sweetness she could not identify She sniffed, trying to equate the spicy sweet smell on the wind to something she knew nutmeg, sun on beetle wings, the wild smell of heather.Okay, so maybe that passage wasn t so understated I delight in that sort of passage in fantasy novels, where I expect magic I delighted in it in Griffith s Slow River, which is SF but in therealist vein, practically Mundane SF Here, in this near planetary romance, it took me aback as it should not have, and I am grateful to Griffith for reminding me that there can be so much beauty in the alien.Part of the reason Jeep is so beautiful in a stark fashion is that we see it mostly through Marghe s perspective, and Marghe is a woman deeply attuned to both the world around her and to her own body She looks outward and inward, and Griffith paints that dual focus with an incredible eye to detail that made the book startlingly visceral I have been thinking lately about female SFF characters relationships with their bodies, and the way that Marghe is so firmly sited within hers made the beatings, the starvation, and the sex come alive on the page Also it really sends the message Jeep s a tough place The way that that character trait completely informs the way Marghe reacts to and advances the plot is just another sign of Griffith s immense skill as a storyteller.But the thing I am most struck by is how perfectly the jacket description captures this book it is a book all about change It s about characters changing, and it s about societies changing, and it s about the way those changes amplify or counteract each other, and then it s about everything changing again It s not a book for people who like tight plots where every question raised is answered by the finale the finale just raisesquestions about the future of the characters and the world Instead it s a book for people who like history, who like to explore the hidden ways the past shapes the present and who are drawn to those turning points where the smallest decisions by individuals have the power to dramatically alter the fates of whole societies. I enjoyed this from first page to last, and it s different enough for a five I like its attitudes for one, how it takes a spanner to our sacred biology Here a virus enhances our senses and by accident grants uscontrol over the body Bring it on The story is of an anthropologist who learns the wisdom to go native Its theme, I m told, is change, and I can see that change to escape extinction, on a personal level the main, among others , or a cultural a group of horse nomads on the planet becomes destructive self destructive because their way of life has ceased to fit their environment , or biological The main already has taught herself exercises to school her body functions, and she is still traumatised from the time she had her face rearranged even though she looks unlikely at first, closed up and scientific, she s just the one to make the leap of identity, lead the military remnants out of the compound, into the risks and gains of the new I cared about secondary cast Aoife and thought bit parts deftly portrayed Twissel For much of the novel I forgot about its messages and had a romp with the adventure The writing, besides, has a lovely way with descriptions Although my copy doesn t have the author s note bummer I see around the traps that she wrote this, or began to write this as an experiment, in that it only has women in the cast As Ursula Le Guin said, But a lot of books, like Moby Dick, eliminate one gender, and yet nobody thinks anything about it Women readers grow up used to this I m a major fan of Moby Dick and identify with ease with male characters But I guess you need science fiction to get aboard a whale ship of women I choose to see as half humour, half homage, the plot whereby she kills off the men with a virus, as Joanna Russ had to do on Whileaway to study women on their own Men once eliminated, she just goes on as usual, she doesn t note their absence, they re not discussed, the book s not about them for better or for worse If it was an experiment, then it did its job on me Four or five times I forgot that we only have women on the planet a bunch of sailors, a draggle of kids I pictured males for a moment, and then went, oops I m ashamed to say it may have been the rowdy sailors or the bratty kids that popped up a male image in my head Which means the book wasn t wasted on me, I needed the exercise I see that Griffith was moved or provoked to write this by the state of the portrayal of women in speculative fiction in the early 90s I wasn t paying attention at the time What I did notice, though, was that the feminism we had perfect faith in when I was at university namely, that there are no innate differences between the sexes, there is only socialisation vanished without much of a trace that I saw in my society even on campus people embraced their gender distinctions, and the world was never so pink and blue It s been a sore puzzle in my life that change so if she felt the need to pull out Joanna Russ at them again, I can understand.
Nicola Griffith has won the Washington State Book Award, the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award, Premio Italia, and six Lambda Literary Awards She is also the co editor of the Bending the Landscape series of anthologies Her newest novel is
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