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Wake of Vultures (The Shadow) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Lila Bowen (Tekijä)

Sarjat: The Shadow [Lila Bowen] (book 1)

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"A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see. But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first. "--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Wake of Vultures (The Shadow)
Kirjailijat:Lila Bowen (Tekijä)
Info:Orbit (2015), 352 pages
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Wake of Vultures (The Shadow) (tekijä: Lila Bowen) (2015)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 38) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I am not the target audience I think. I was overwhelmed by all the monsters. I was waiting for a more definite sense of Nettie/Rhett/that 3rd name she went by.
It did draw me along and I love the alt-western setting. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
This is an ambitious book. That is what struck me about 70% into it. The author really makes an effort to break stock fantasy molds and do something new here. And in my opinion she succeeded.

The following may contain spoilers.

So our protagonist is a teenage Black-Indian mixed breed girl, who would prefer to identify as a boy, with bisexual leanings, who lives in the Old West with all its macho culture, misogyny and homophobia.

The setting itself is quite quite dark. Monsters are real and rampant. They will kill and eat you. And the big bad of this book is a monster that targets and eats little children. In fact going by the premise, setting and events, judging by the levels of gore and pain I would feel quite comfortable labelling this book as gritty grimdark.

And in this we have our protagonist who undergoes a version of the Heroes Journey, though there are enough non-conventional narrative elements to separate this book from the more elements of that trope. The first person POV greatly helps the reader to follow her slow self awakening - to her sexuality (in fact to sexuality in general) to herself as a mixed race person - who may not always be a pariah but actually someone who can be loved and accepted, who can have a purpose and a life.

This is a fascinating and at times endearing journey to follow. The cast of supporting characters is fairly interesting and holds promise for the future.

So everything is good, except for one thing that caused me to dock a star. At the very end of the book, the author, due to some inexplicable reason felt compelled to tack on a silly cliffhanger ending. This was stupid and made me angry. There was no actual reason for this to happen ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
Nettie Lonesome was found as a baby and taken in by the Lonesome family. Which is to say used by Mam & Pap Lonesome to work and work and work some more. One night she encounters a man who wants what she doesn’t want to give. There is a struggle and the man turns out to be no man, but a monster, and suddenly Nettie is caught up in a whole other world.

But then again, maybe it has always been part of Nettie’s destiny.

This is a book I came across through twitter, it made it onto Mount TBR back in August and I pre-ordered it back then. And I’m so glad that I did. It is such a great read. Nettie, or Nat, or Rhett, whatever name is used, is a great character. Throughout the book Nettie is referred to as she, but often she refers to herself as a man. So I’m not sure exactly which pronoun to use, I think I’ll stick with female ones as that is what the author uses in online references to the character. Nettie wants to be a man in part because all her life women have been weak and powerless. Men are the ones who can take control of their own lives. In an utterly male-driven society wouldn’t you want to pretend to be somebody with at least a modicum of power rather than someone who must live at a man’s sufferance.

Because Nettie is bottom of the pile, not just because she is female. Or an orphan with no one to look out for her interests, but also because she is half black, half Native American, and in the white dominated world she has grown up in the colour of your skin counts.

Apart form all that awesomeness there is also a great story and great characters in this book. It has revenge, monsters, gun fights, Rangers, brawls and hints of romance. It’s just a great story. I look forward to reading more about Nettie as this is the first book in a proposed series. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
CW: rape, violence, harm to animals, brief body horror, historically accurate racially insensitive terms, possibly poor Native American representation (about which more in my review)

If you put Lonesome Dove in a blender with Supernatural and added a generous heaping of queerness, I think you might get Wake of Vultures. Nettie Lonesome is half Black and half Native American, though she knows nothing of her parents or to which tribe she might belong. She is more comfortable living as a man than as a woman, and she comes to understand that she is attracted to both men and women. Oh, and after killing a man in the barn one evening and watching him turn to sand, she can now see monsters. And she's haunted by the ghost of a woman who wants her to kill a monster that has been feeding on children in the desert. Nettie goes on a journey--a literal one to fulfill her quest and a figurative one to sort out what she can about who she is and how she will be in the world.

This was a strangely compelling read for me, "strangely" because I can't quite put my finger on what kept pulling me through it. I felt a little kept at a distance from everything, especially Nettie, but the setting and premise were interesting, and I wanted to see how Nettie would get on. I just... kept going, without really fully knowing why.

Aside from that ambivalence is my concerns about the Native American representation in the novel. This is not an own voices story, and I'm just unsure about Bowen's use of words like "Injun" throughout the novel, used by most of the characters as a label only and not as a derogatory term. Bowen discusses in her author's note the problem of how to make choices about words in historical narratives where the accurate word may be hurtful to readers now, but her discussion feels a little... off-hand and not nuanced enough and almost flippant? Then there's the question of her use of Native American shapeshifters in the story and of some other figures which may or may not be from Native American spiritual practices. I've done some research on the novel, and I can't find much about these aspects of it, save a handful of one-star Amazon reviews which literally say only that the representation isn't good and nothing about why or how. So I don't know. Proceed with caution, I guess. I will say that nothing struck me as awful or icky itself, beyond just my questioning of whether someone not from this background should be writing about such things in this way. But, as a white woman with very little knowledge on this subject, I also don't know what I'm talking about. There are two sequels to Wake of Vultures. I don't think I'm going to read them. Do with that what you will. ( )
  lycomayflower | Aug 17, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this one. It’s fun, for starters, the sort of read that doesn’t quite feel like reading, and Nettie’s voice makes it come even more alive. I liked how the mythologies of the West were woven together, too, and the whole Wild West feel of the piece—characters, towns, desert, you name it. I liked the interstiality too—Nettie’s half-Black, half-probably-Comanche, genderqueer, and bisexual, and she’s not the only character who’s brown or not straight, either. And I really liked the adventure plot of the story, which had me the edge of my seat a few times and twists nicely.

8/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
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"A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see. But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first. "--

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