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Calculated Risks (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Seanan McGuire

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Kirjailijat:Seanan McGuire
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Calculated Risks (tekijä: Seanan McGuire)

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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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"I have so many knives," said Annie. "I am the Costco of having knives. You really want to provoke me right now, cuckoo-boy?"

"I am not a good place to store your knives," he said. "I don't know how many times I need to tell you this, but sticking knives in living people just because they say something you don't like is the reason no one likes you or the rest of your fucked-up family."

WHAT'S CALCULATED RISKS ABOUT?
So, the cliffhanger ending of Imaginary Numbers led to Sarah Zellaby transporting herself, her adopted cousins Artie, Annie, James, and a fellow cuckoo, Mark, to an alternate universe. Part of that transporting resulted in Sarah being deleted from their memories.

Which is a pretty inconvenient thing to do. Sarah has to spend a lot of time convincing the Prices (and friends) to not kill her. And then she has to earn their trust. Just so they can all survive long enough to allow her to attempt to return them to their home dimension.

Of course, they have to learn how magic works in this reality, find ways to survive the indigenous flora and fauna, and try to keep the humans that were dragged along with them alive, without breaking their minds by realizing where they are.

THE MICE!
You can't talk about an InCryptid novel without talking about the Aeslin Mice. As usual, they were a delight. But better than that, their presence is important for the plot. But not important enough—they almost vanish for most of the book, but what they do at the beginning of the novel allows everything else to happen (and is frequently invoked), so it's hard to complain. But I'd have like to see them a bit more.

NATURE VS. NURTURE
One of the givens of this world is that the Johrlac (aka cuckoo) are nasty, territorial, apex predators that must be killed. With the exception of Sarah and Angela Baker. And now, Mark. Something about their circumstances has allowed them to not fall into the mind-controlling sociopath mold that every other one has been fit into.

So...why? What's made them different? It can't be something inherent in them, as we're told time after time after time, the various members of this species are so similar that they're practically interchangeable. So is it something in their environment? Or are they just individuals like humans, gorgons, or dragons? And as such, shouldn't the Prices abandon their stab first-ask questions later approach to these? Sarah starts to ask questions like this in this novel, and I'm hoping it's revisited soon.

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT CALCULATED RISKS?

I hate it when people tell me not to be afraid. They never do that when something awesome is aout to happen. No one says "dont' be afraid" and hands you an ice cream cone, or a kitten, or tickets to Comic-Con.

This was a fun adventure—making up for whatever reservations I had about Imaginary Numbers—and together they serve as a good follow-up to the Annie-trilogy that preceded it.

The last chapter was a perfect way to end it, a great mix of magic, hope, and heart. My heart didn't grow three sizes or anything, but it was certainly warmed.

I have no idea where this series is headed, and I don't care, I'm eager to find out. There's nothing like this in Urban Fantasy, McGuire tells different stories with this series, the kind that show what the genre is capable of when it breaks outside the typical mold (nothing against that mold, I love it). ( )
  hcnewton | Apr 29, 2021 |
Sarah Zellaby, adopted Price, survived her instar and the equation that tried to kill her when they made the transition to another universe. They came over with a slice of the college and some innocent bystanders. The dominant society is insecticide derived and just as eager to see them on their way. But the worst part is where she inadvertently erased herself from their memories. ( )
  bgknighton | Apr 8, 2021 |
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

The book has a prologue of when Sarah first met Artie, a cute scene, but also one that grounds us in Sarah’s loss. The first chapter starts right where Imaginary Numbers ends, as though a year hadn’t fallen between the two releases. Imaginary Numbers and Calculated Risks form a duet, or perhaps more accurately, a two-part episode in the style of television shows. There are reminders of what happened before, but where the InCryptid series can be read as individual, if related, stories, these two cannot.

Oddly, Calculated Risks can also serve as an introduction to the series as a whole. Sarah realizes in those first moments that the adopted cousins she’d grown up alongside, trained, and even fell in love with, no longer remember her existence. She’s gone from family and more to irredeemable cryptid that should be killed on the spot, cutting the emotional ground from beneath her feet.

She spends the first three chapters tied to a chair, desperate to make her case without manipulating them further. Explaining their memory loss is all her fault doesn’t help them trust her, but it does offer the opportunity to remind readers what happened in the first book. Sarah didn’t mean to change their memories. Instinct drove her to save them from the pain of realizing the equation had killed her…only it didn’t.

The book is not lacking in action. They encounter the various species native to this dimension, along with more troubles Sarah brought with the campus. The indigenous sapiens are similar to Earth hominids, while other species bear some commonalities and significant differences. Also, natural forces in this dimension, including those governing magic, are not the same as on Earth. There’s a lot to explore. However, like the previous book, this is more of a personal story, but remains in Sarah’s perspective throughout.

Sarah learns more about her species, including how many assumptions the Price family has been basing their actions on, but it’s not cryptozoology like how Alex details a discovery. This is her life, even more so with all family members in the new dimension having no memory of her. Worse, their recent connection with Mark, another cuckoo, is unaffected. They remember Mark survived puberty without losing his feelings for the human family that raised him. He’s safe and comfortable while she’s the enemy.

Nor did Sarah’s protective instincts spare Artie or their brand-new status as a couple.

She’s not used to being isolated. The Prices are forever finding new people in need of family, always growing. But in her case, it shrank with Sarah on the other side. This is the heart of the story. Her trying to convince them she’s their beloved cousin while taking responsibility for the fact that they can’t remember her…or having consented to her using them for the equation.

Without specifics, I’ll say the relationships form the foundation of this book. Not only those destroyed and built in these pages, but also those that came before. The biggest plot thread is how Sarah functions with her family, and the love of her life, having forgotten she exists while they still depend on her, as a cuckoo stranger, to get them home.

Imaginary Numbers ended in a cliffhanger, but this one has a satisfactory conclusion. There are still consequences to be dealt with, but the big questions, the urgent questions, are all resolved one way or another. Still, this book opens the possibility for many more stories, whether novels or novellas, meaning the series still has room to grow. One such novella appears in the back of this book, even.

P.S. I received this Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in hopes of an honest review. ( )
  MarFisk | Mar 11, 2021 |
Calculated Risks by Seanan McGuire. At the end of the previous book (Imaginary Numbers), Sarah and company had saved the world but were stuck in another dimension. This book picks up right where the other one left off and takes us on a ride with giant spiders, even more giant praying mantises, math, cuckoos (the Cryptid kind, not the birds), and more. It was awesome. Bonus novella at the end where Annie, Artie, Sarah, and Verity go to Emerald City Comicon to track down a murderous siren. ( )
  tardis | Feb 24, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is the 10th book in the InCryptid series. I got an eGalley of this from Edelweiss to review.

Story (3/5): This was an odd story and mainly follows Sarah and crew as they struggle to get back to their own dimension. It was interesting and unique but also a bit out there. It didn’t really fit with the rest of the series well. I enjoyed it and thought it was intriguing but it also wasn’t at all what I had been expecting and hoping for.

Characters (3/5): The characters that were at the end of the last book were all here. There are a bunch of random characters thrown in that traveled to this dimension with the University and other characters that live in this dimension. All of those new characters mainly seemed to be filler...and are pretty forgettable. We don’t get to see a lot of deep interactions between Sarah and her friends/family because none of them remember her. Additionally, Antimony is in the story a lot and I just don’t like her character.

Setting (4/5): This is set in a different world/dimension. It was a unique setting but seemed odd considering the rest of the series. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.

Writing Style (3/5): This is decently written but I had some issues with McGuire’s writing this time around. There is an absolute ton of recapping here and a lot of the story is wwaaaayyy over explained. This is one of those books where you can literally skip pages of material and not miss much. Sarah spends sooo much time in her own head worrying and rehashing stuff. I normally love this series because it is fun and action-packed. This book felt long and drawn out and the pace was slow.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was disappointing for me. I read this series because it is fun and action-packed and has some great humor in it. I also love the cryptids. This story didn’t fit well with the rest of the series and was full of way too much over-explaining and rehashing. In addition to that we don’t get any of the fun characters interactions because the other characters literally do not know who Sarah is. I loved the last Sarah book but this one was kind of a dud. I didn’t even want to read the short story at the end, I just wanted to be done with this and move on. ( )
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