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The Tea Master and the Detective (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2018)

av Aliette de Bodard

Serier: Xuya Universe, chronological (22nd century), Xuya Universe (novella)

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The Shadow's Child is a living mindship that was discharged from military transport service after an injury and now makes a living brewing mind-altering teas to help space travelers. When abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau requests a corpse from space for scientific study, the ship accepts the odd assignment. When the body she brings back turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow Child with her.… (mer)
Medlem:Rusty37
Titel:The Tea Master and the Detective
Författare:Aliette de Bodard
Info:Berkeley : Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc., 2018.
Samlingar:Wishlist: kindle
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Taggar:speculative fiction, mystery, kindle

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The Tea Master and the Detective av Aliette de Bodard (2018)

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I went absolutely feral reading this. The setting alone was almost enough to sent me into a fit of uncontrollable salivating, but put on top of it a Sherlock Holmes riff with a female consulting detective and a Watson, who’s actually a sentient space-ship (also female, mind you)? I am THERE.

Absolute gem of a novella, with lush prose, and so much care and humanity packet into its compact form. Phenomenal. I read a couple of de Bodard’s things earlier and really enjoyed them, but this one felt like a shot of pure ecstasy. Now excuse me, while go and read everything in the Xuya universe I can get my hands on. ( )
  tetiana.90 | Jun 11, 2021 |
A tantalizing would that is only glimpsed at--and a thrilling, driving climax.
  quantum.alex | May 31, 2021 |

Aliette de Bodars has just been added to my Read ALL her stuff list on the basis of this ninety-six-page novella. They say write what you know and it seems what Aliette de Bodard knows is how to conjure a whole universe from her imagination and capture it in a story of a strange friendship and an odd mystery that displays facets of the universe like a jewel being turned beneath a light.

I was deeply impressed by how well built this universe of mindships, and a fractured empire interstellar empire, centuries-old was. I was even more impressed that none of it was dumped into my lap like a systems manual. Everything I learned about this universe, I learned because it was important to the two main characters and the mystery that they are trying to solve.

The two main characters are striking and memorable: a traumatised mindship that no longer enters Deep Spaces where reality bends but blends teas that allow others to endure it and an abrasive, heavily drugged, difficult to work with detective with her own secrets and her own agenda.

This novella is a wonderful example of how much can be imagined and how deeply we can be immersed in it in the space of fewer than 100 pages. This is the kind of Science Fiction that addicted me to the genre when I was young and has never let go of me since.
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1 rösta MikeFinnFiction | May 3, 2021 |
I never imagine mentally unstable AIs, but Aliette de Bodard did when she wrote this short book. I have imagined crazy AIs but in The Tea Master (the AI by the way) and the Detective (not the AI), the main character (the AI; the Tea Master) suffers from very human like mental problems.

The book starts with the Tea Master being asked for a brew that will allow entering the "deep spaces" without breaking down. As far as I can tell the deep spaces is some kind of orthogonal dimension. Being there puts a lot of stress on matter and mind and you need special drugs to handle it.

The story is kind of interesting, but I didn't quite buy into the human like flaws in the AIs and therefore could not really connect with the book. There is also a mystery embedded among the rest but that comes second, or third to the mental state of the AI while I would have liked a book where those things are just the background.

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  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
This is pretty good. Sherlock riff set in Bodard's Xuya universe. Great/weird character development, not straining anything by nodding too hard at Holmes, and the setting (weird space opera with non-Eurocentric culture) is superb.

Full review: http://www.positronchicago.com/2019/02/the-tea-master-and-detective-by-aliette.h... ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
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The Shadow's Child is a living mindship that was discharged from military transport service after an injury and now makes a living brewing mind-altering teas to help space travelers. When abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau requests a corpse from space for scientific study, the ship accepts the odd assignment. When the body she brings back turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow Child with her.

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