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Emily Tesh

Teoksen Silver in the Wood tekijä

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Sisältää nimen: Tesh, Emily


Tekijän teokset

Silver in the Wood (2019) 913 kappaletta, 62 arvostelua
Some Desperate Glory (2023) 577 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Drowned Country (2020) 372 kappaletta, 23 arvostelua
Silver in the Wood & Drowned Country (2020) 20 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

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I adored this book. Our hero, Kyr, has grown up on Gaea station, where the last humans are holding out against the aliens who have destroyed Earth.

And all of that is true, but the world is a complex and difficult place. With great themes around ‘how do we know we’re the good guys’, ‘how do we heal and move on from trauma’ and ‘what would happen if we could do things differently’

I loved the characters too. And how they remain similar but different in the parallel worlds.… (lisätietoja)
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atreic | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 7, 2024 |
I. Loved. This. Book. Kyr is a really compelling protagonist, even though she starts out wrong about a lot of things. (In a way, she reminds me of Adora at the beginning of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.) She's competent and dedicated and has a lot to learn about people and the world outside what she was taught from childhood. I loved watching her grapple with what to do when reality didn't match her worldview.

And then the Wisdom lets Kyr go back and change things, and OMG! That was a huge twist that changed everything, and gave another angle on how we're shaped by our environment and what might have been. And the ending was perfect, just perfect, seeing how Kyr has grown and changed and a chance at a different future for everyone. Yes!… (lisätietoja)
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lavaturtle | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 8, 2024 |
In a world with a military bent, where you're a soldier until you're not. Where you're bred to avenge the destruction of earth. We meet Valkyre or Kyr. She's finished her schooling and now is waiting for her assignment. Her brother is sent to certain death and she's sent to breed. She decides to take things into her own hands and she ends up learning more about what she believed to be true and how messed up things can be.
There were a few times where I was kinda lost in the story but persistence paid off when things revealed themselves.… (lisätietoja)
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wyvernfriend | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 4, 2024 |
My initial response to this novel when it came out was that it was another "hero's journey" story in the form of a military procedural, two types of novel which I have developed some skepticism towards over the years, so my inclination was to give it a pass. This is with the caveat that I thought I might give it a chance if it made the "short list" for the various main awards.

So, guess what, when the Hugo short list was released it turns out that between the list, and my own nominations, this was the only novel of the combined set that I hadn't read. Oh well, time for a trip to the library!

The level on which this novel most impresses me is that of thematic seriousness as, whatever else Ms. Tesh does with her page count, she does a fine job of hammering the conventions of a lot of standard stories of warfare between galactic empires, between the futility of preemptive strikes, the narcissism of victimhood, the cultist mentality of self-proclaimed military elites, and the dead-end of pawning off decision on supposed superior intelligences.

One also has to like how Ms. Tesh puts her main character through their paces, as Kyr goes through the process of getting wisdom, and there's a lot of processing to go through; such was the depth of their indoctrination.

Less good is that this is still a "hero's journey" (or is that anti-hero) and it also turns into something of a time-war story, another less-than-favorite trope of mine. I'm also still questioning a little whether this story is more than the sum of its parts. Let's put it this way; having finally read this novel I still wouldn't have swapped it out any of the other five books I nominated from last year.

However, what I might like best about this work is that it has echoes of classic Iain Banks about it, and that is certainly a good thing. Going forward, I will be looking at new work from this author as an opportunity, not a chore.
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Shrike58 | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 30, 2024 |



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