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Maureen F. McHugh

Författare till China Mountain Zhang

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Verk av Maureen F. McHugh

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I liked the premise (airports are all so alike that you can wander between them sometimes), and setting it against Amelia's mundane relationship and work problems added to the eerie feeling of unreality in the airports. The ending kind of underwhelmed me, though -- I was expecting Amelia to leave the underwhelming boyfriend behind since that's clearly what she wants, but instead she just takes him along to the other airport?
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lavaturtle | Jan 17, 2024 |
4.5 stars really. McHugh has such a gift for telling naturalistic, character-driven stories that are nevertheless intense and dramatic. Her books teach me so much about how to write SF.

Jan(na)'s story of loss and self-discovery on a colony world doesn't have a tidy plot or global stakes, but it is so memorable and rewarding—a study of character and culture in the tradition of Ursula K. Le Guin.
 
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raschneid | 12 andra recensioner | Dec 19, 2023 |
A very sad SF novel about the obligations of culture, family, and situational necessity, set in a future Morocco. Hariba is biologically programmed to be an indentured servant; Akhmin is an artificial person bred to serve humans. They're drawn to one another, but even if they can find freedom, it's difficult for either of them to distinguish love from obligation.

I read McHugh's short story "Nekropolis" years ago and adored it. The prose is spare and beautiful and the characters are alive on the page. The novel, with its multiple points of view, is bleaker but more complex. Akhmin emerges as the most interesting character; his perspective is brilliantly alien, yet we empathize with them during his toughest decisions.

Additionally, I have now read a few romances featuring androids, cyborgs, etc. (hint: have written one) and I was so relieved that Akhmin had a complex inner life and was not merely an object on which our oppressed protagonist projects her fantasies of desire and control. (Obviously he's that too.)

The plot has the trademark McHugh elements of structural oppression, prolonged suffering, bad things getting worse, and characters muddling through to a possibly but not necessarily brighter future. It's probably her darkest novel, and I can't say I found the end totally satisfactory, partly because of the shape of the story. We never return to Akhmin's perspective, and the story felt incomplete without it.

Alas, I have now read every novel by one of my favorite writers! Someone pay this lady to write another book.
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raschneid | 13 andra recensioner | Dec 19, 2023 |
This book didn't grab me until page 126, but I'm so enamored with China Mountain Zhang and McHugh's short fiction that I kept plodding along anyway.

McHugh does a great job creating an interesting near-future science fiction world and immersing readers in her characters' lives. David and Mayla spend the novel disoriented and traumatized. There's a definite pleasure reading about non-heroic characters dealing with tense situations in fumbling, human ways.

But the plot / pacing were muddled, and on top of it I suffered from false expectations - the back copy promised a "21st-century thriller" and "tropical adventure." (I don't know why I believe book jackets. Possibly a librarian bad habit.) I'm pretty sure adventure thrillers are supposed to be high concept; this novel wasn't high-concept at all, and often I felt a bit mired, watching the characters struggle moment by moment, not certain where the book was going or what the payoff was going to be.

If the novel had been more atmospheric or had a stronger narrative voice, it might have worked, but McHugh's understated, on-the-ground narration meant that it felt more like an intense but unwieldy fever dream. (China Mountain Zhang didn't even try to attempt novel-length pacing; instead it had a few related narratives, so this was her first published attempt.)

Sum up: Definitely a somewhat weak second novel, but was a fast, interesting read (after page 126!) and will certainly read more.
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raschneid | 8 andra recensioner | Dec 19, 2023 |

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