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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy, 1) (utgåvan 2020)

av Tamsyn Muir (Författare)

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The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense. Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead.… (mer)
Medlem:AshleyGG
Titel:Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy, 1)
Författare:Tamsyn Muir (Författare)
Info:Tordotcom (2020), 496 pages
Samlingar:Audiobooks, Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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One day eighteen years ago, Gideon's mother had tumbled down the middle of the shaft in a dragchute and a battered hazard suite, like some moth drifting slowly down into the dark. The suit had been out of power for a couple of minutes. The woman landed brain-dead. All the battery power had been sucked away by a bio-container plugged into the suit, the kind you'd care a transplant limb in, and inside that container was Gideon, only a day old.

This was obviously mysterious as hell.


Man that's a ride.

I've heard [b:Gideon the Ninth|42036538|Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)|Tamsyn Muir|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1546870952l/42036538._SY75_.jpg|60943229] described as Lesbian Necromancers in Space.

Lesbian:

Check. It's fairly subtle for the most part, but it's a definite part of the personality of a number of the main characters. The best way (in my opinion) to work a character's sexuality into any book not explicitly about sexuality, no matter what their leanings may be.

The relationship between the titular Gideon and her childhood frenemy turned whatever the relationship between Necromancer and Cavalier Harrow is absolutely a joy to read and really the core of the book. They love to hate and hate to love one another and the snark between the two is fantastic.

Necromancers:

Oh yeah.


"God, no!" said Harrow. "All you need to know is that you'll do what I say, or I'll mix bone meal in with your breakfast and punch my way through your gut."

Which was, Gideon had to admit, entirely plausible.


While we never do get all of the answers to how worldbuilding works in this universe, the essential idea is that there's an undying Emperor, lord of Necromancy out there somewhere and under him are eight nine houses, each with their own specialties. The Ninth House seems really good at controlling bones and being creepy. Impressive, the latter, being the creepy ones even among necromancers.

On top of that, the core of the plot revolves around said Emperor summoning the leaders of each out house to a sort of competition to become new Lyctors--even more powerful necromancers--through some initially unspecified series of tests.

In Space:

That was a good point. If there was one thing Gideon knew about necromancers, it was that they needed power. Thanergy--death juice--was abundant wherever things had died or were dying. Deep space was a necro's nightmare, because nothing had never been alive out there, so there was no big puddles of death lying around for Harrow and her ilk to suck up with a straw.

So... yeah. It's Lesbian Necromancers in Space. And it's so much more. It's dark, it's funny, it's touching, and it's got some crazy and wonderful worldbuilding.

I think my only real complain with the series is I was not at all happy with the ending. That's not at all to say it's a bad ending, but ... I wanted something else. It's not my book to right and I am so going to read the sequels (wherein maybe this isn't a problem after all), but in some parallel reality somewhere, I would really like to see where else it could have gone.

Well, well worth the read. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Wow, I love this book. It is by turns exciting, scary, romantic, poignant, tense, sad, and funny as all hell. Before I read it a friend described it as being about "Lesbian space necromancers. In space!" Well, less than half of the characters are necromancers, and the same is true for lesbians. And most of the novel takes place on one planet or another. But other than that it's a really good description ;-).

This was actually my second read of this, after I read it a few months ago in preparation for playing a customer RPG based on it. Friends had told me that it was worth reading again after the sequel (Also great! Also deserves a re-read) and wow were they right! So many small details reveal their significance only when you know more about what is to come, or about the book's universe in general.

The book is set at least 10,000 years in the future, maybe in our solar system, or another one that has nine planets (don't be a pedant!). It contains tons of seeming anachronisms, in terms of objects, language, clothing, etc., which bothered me at first, until I decided they just didn't need to be taken literally. Instead, they are like swearing in Deadwood, which did not use words common during its time period, but which carry for contemporary watchers the right emotional and cultural weight. Once I figured that out, this was pure enjoyment.

My only complaint is I guess we have to wait a couple more years for the last book of the trilogy, and that's so long! ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
Meh. I really wanted to like this book. I did like the character of Gideon, but for the life of me I just couldn't get into it. Got about 3/5 through and had to put it down. Read like the novelization of a dungeon crawler. Or maybe the novelization of someone watching someone else play a dungeon crawler. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
I am definitely in the minority here, but much as I wanted to like this one, it fell flat for me. Some of my disappointment was that Gideon was a little too millennial for me. While some of the dialogue was amusing, much was not. The book was very light on plot, and even lighter on world building. Nine houses, each with a specialty that was not explained in the course of the book. Necromancers or their bodyguard getting killed without much reason or explanation. It was too hard to follow what was going on with 18 principals and some additional hosts on the isolated planet, where the book took place. I liked the scene where Harrow used Gideon's strength to survive a very deadly test, and Muir's piecemeal explanation of the strange relationship between the two main characters was fairly well done. I'll skip the sequel. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Gideon gave me so many emotions. I highly recommend ( )
  Conni_W | Jul 7, 2021 |
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„Ich bin Gideon“ ist sprachlich überschäumend, grell und laut wie eine romangewordene Fahrt mit der Geisterbahn. Zugegeben, es gibt Passagen, in denen es noch ein wenig ruckt und rumpelt. Aber Tamsyn Muir ist jung, erst 1985 in Neuseeland geboren und „Ich bin Gideon“ ist ihr Romandebüt. Dieses Debüt ist ihr großartig gelungen.
 

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The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense. Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead.

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