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Son of a Trickster av Eden Robinson
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Son of a Trickster (utgåvan 2018)

av Eden Robinson (Författare)

Serier: Trickster Trilogy (1)

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Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he's also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can't rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby)--and now she's dead. Jared can't count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can't rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he struggles to keep everything afloat ... and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. Mind you, ravens speak to him--even when he's not stoned. You think you know Jared, but you don't.… (mer)
Medlem:kristinashl3y
Titel:Son of a Trickster
Författare:Eden Robinson (Författare)
Info:Vintage Canada (2018), 336 pages
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I found this an engaging read. It would be easy to stereotype Jared as a stoner and a burnout, but he has a strong core of compassion and sense of duty, looking after his dad and stepsister financially and helping his elderly neighbours with chores. I liked the juxtaposition of the fantastical elements with the mundane details of being a teenager. And I especially liked the Doctor Who marathon some of the characters have at one point. (This definitely caught my attention in the table of contents.) I look forward to reading more about Jared in the next book in the series. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 13, 2021 |
I had to read this as it will be a CW show coming up soon! I did like the subtle nod to another CW show, Supernatural, in this book, as I was sensing a bit of influence there. I think this story will fit right along. I would NOT say this is a young adult novel, even though the main character is a teenager. This book is fierce, brutal, real. Maybe I don't know YA books anymore, but I'm wondering who the target audience is for this. Sometimes the characters are a little too real and spicy. NO Jared's mom does NOT kiss her mother with that mouth as her mother is the one being targeted with the name calling. Irrational mothers are tough. But there is a bit here to appreciate about Jared's mom - just as long as you aren't the one living with her. I feel like the book ends just as the supernatural stuff begins... most of the book is Jared's difficult teenage life of taking care of everyone else when not partying and that gets a slight bit repetitive. But your heart never stops bleeding empathy for Jared from the first page. This kid could be so responsible if he gets away from these bonehead adults. But Robinson does a great job balancing the Native culture/ supernatural/ teenage hijinks and making it seem like a natural fit in a very real way. Robinson is good. Looking forward to the remainder of the trilogy and the show and definitely whatever else Robinson wants to write. ( )
  booklove2 | Dec 30, 2020 |
This is not the Thomas King trickster I was expecting! King's Coyote trickster is ironic/satirical and mischievous, and the King quotation at the start led me to believe it was this kind of trickster. Instead, it's the more West Coast trickster, more evil in intentions that comes out in the final third of the book. While that switch is fine, and I can read a book with that kind of magic/witchery, it was unexpected and a bit of a swerve. I didn't relate to all the drugs and drinking and violence of the pre-spirits part of the book, but I was very intrigued and curious to know where it would go. The writing and the wit of the dialogue kept me captivated. I like the characters who are real and flawed but interesting. When the spirits come, I have a harder time envisioning or relating to the plot, but it's still intriguing enough that I'll at least read #2. This book does feel like an introduction, a scene-setting for a bigger story, so I'm interested to see where it goes from here. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
This is a very raw book. Robinson has a very sparse style, never a word extra, and a gift for character and dialogue. Every character feels like she’s genuinely pulled them from real life, even the teens, and a lot of the scenes and situations do too. She does not stint on dealing with things like poverty, abuse, and drugs. At all.

This is probably the most baldly realistic book I’ve read in a while, possibly forever, and that’s with the grace notes of magic threaded through it. (Is First Nations magic realism a thing? It is now.) It also has the slow, wry narrative style I’m familiar with from Native legends, where things kind of just happen, what’re you gonna do, and that works really well for this story too.

My biggest issue? When she writes people texting, she uses the abbreviated textspeak stuff (l8r, etc.) which felt less accurate to me than the rest of it.

Warnings: Drug and alcohol abuse. Child neglect and abuse. Implied spousal abuse. Dog dies in the first chapter. Side character attempts suicide and self-harm.

8/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
It's propulsive, it's compelling, it kept me up late and it made me wake up early to finish reading. The characters are brilliantly drawn, flawed, human (even the ones that aren't technically human...), and the story is plainly told. I can't wait to read the sequel. ( )
  pjohanneson | May 5, 2020 |
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Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he's also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can't rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby)--and now she's dead. Jared can't count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can't rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he struggles to keep everything afloat ... and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. Mind you, ravens speak to him--even when he's not stoned. You think you know Jared, but you don't.

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