It took me a long time to get through this book, but not because I didn’t like it. I really loved many of the stories in this collection. Jemisin’s prose is tight, and fresh, and wonderful. She creates full-bodied characters in small spaces, and in many ways, the largest reason it took me almost a whole month to read was because I’d be so bereft at having to leave a character or environment that I love, and I simply wasn’t ready to move on to the next one. It was like experiencing book grief over and over again, which is […]
I picked this book up purely on the strength of my love for N.K. Jemisin. I’m generally not a fan of the short story format. The only short story collections I’ve read cover to cover are the ones written by Neil Gaiman, who is very high on my favorite author list. N.K. Jemisin is an incredible author who creates fantastic worlds so I anticipated enjoying the book, but I was blown away at how her short fiction thoroughly engaged me in a way that the form usually doesn’t. Every time I put down How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? I looked […]
Even in her weakest books, N. J. Jemisin creates the kind of detailed, sprawling, fully realized worlds that would make C. S. Lewis weep. At the end of The Shadowed Sun is a six page glossary of terms invented for this world she has brought to life, and the book has the worldbuilding to support it. Very few authors can create whole-cloth the way Jemisin can. I wish I could live in this woman’s imagination. The Shadowed Sun in book two in the Dreamblood series, following The Killing Moon. Her worldbuilding is so dense it creates almost a barrier to entry (I’ll admit […]
I received this book in 2015. The fact that I haven’t read it until now says far more about the depth of my “to be read” pile than it does the quality of this novel. I promise you that.
I keep hearing things about N. K. Jemisin, but my reading list is so long. HOWEVER. Jemisin ticks so many boxes for CBR 10 Bingo – award winner, birthday, start of a series, etc that I made space. I was very surprised to find that my library had no Jemisin books in the collection, so requested a copy of The Fifth Season via interlibrary loan based on recommendations on the CBR FB page. Thank you, folks, for the excellent recommendation! This is the first book in a trilogy, with the story following three different protagonists at three different time periods. […]
Bingo Square (Round 2): This is the End In this final Hugo Award winning novel of The Broken Earth trilogy, Jemisin finally takes us back to the Shattering, the beginning of the Seasons and explains exactly how the world as Essun and Nassun know it came into being. There have already been many reviews singing the praises of this trilogy so I am going to keep it short and basic. Hoa has been the narrator throughout the trilogy but in this one, he finally narrates his own origin story while also telling the story of how Essun and Nassun reach the final […]
In my reviews of book one and book two, I was pretty forthcoming with my disappointment – they were better than most, but fell far short of the greatness I knew was coming later in her career. Y’all were sweet and let me know that if I didn’t like these, I should really call the whole thing off, but for reasons that escape me I ploughed on through. And hey, I’m not totally sad I did. Maybe it’s because I don’t remember the first two all that well, but I think this might have been my favorite. It was definitely […]
While reading The Inheritance trilogy, I keep having to remind myself of how much I adore the author and man, the second one – The Broken Kingdoms – does not make that easy. There’s just something really jarring about exploring this new fantasy world and then suddenly your narrator bemoans getting “dumped” by her ex-boyfriend. But I’ve read her later books and I know how freakishly talented she is. Reading these is watching her get there, and it’s a nice reminder that people don’t just fall out of the ether that way. If you’re like me and you’d forgotten where we left off, […]