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

av Tamsyn Muir (Författare)

Serier: The Locked Tomb (1)

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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:elixxis
Titel:Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series, 1)
Författare:Tamsyn Muir (Författare)
Info:Tordotcom (2020), 496 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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My plan is to try and write at least a tiny review of everything I read this year, but this book is making it difficult. I liked it? I found it a little complicated and weird, but wholely engaging. I definitely don't mean weird in a bad way either, it was just pretty unlike any other book I've read. I'm definitely on board for Harrow the Ninth and will probably reread Gideon when it gets closer to coming out. ( )
  quenstalof | Nov 26, 2021 |
DNF ( )
  seitherin | Nov 12, 2021 |
Viendo que tanta gente no lo ha acabado me hace desear haber hecho eso tambien.

El primer tercio del libro no es salvable. Es aburrido, es cliche y a la vez es confuso.
El segundo tercio es muy bueno, 5 estrellas.
El final es muy peliculero, bien descrito pero meh.

( )
  trusmis | Nov 11, 2021 |
i knew that it was pretty unlikely that i was going to actually like this book, but i wasn't expecting to be so confused by it. i don't know if it's that i really don't read epic sci-fi/fantasy and so am really not used to the world building, or if it was this particular book and writing. but i couldn't picture what was happening most of the time. i never understood the world, not really. and some of the relationships were hard for me to track as well. this made it really, really hard to get into.

the first 75 pages of this book were particularly hard for me. i had no idea what i was reading, what was happening, what the hell she was talking about. i like when the book unfolds as you go and things become clear as you read on, but i needed more of an anchor early on in this one. nothing made sense to me. around page 275 (way too late to keep me happy) this started getting better for me. it was more fun and interesting even when i still didn't quite know what was going on. by the end i was more or less enjoying the writing and the parts of the story that made sense to me, but i was never able to really understand the world or picture what was actually happening. i was mostly able to keep the people straight (who was paired with whom and often even which house they were in) by the end, but not entirely, and i never was able to keep track of which houses were supposed to be associated with which alchemy/magic. (i don't even know if that's the right way to say it.) there were a handful of epic fight scenes that probably people who like fight scenes would appreciate, but that's not my thing either. there were a few mistakes throughout that made it even harder for me to track things (calling a cavalier a necromancer, switching pronouns for someone a couple of times - in a scene where things are really hard to follow anyway, these things very much threw me off and made my understanding of the story take a bit longer).

this is labeled as lgbtq and the blurb on the front cover even claims "lesbian necromancers" and while we know that gideon is at least attracted to women, that's about all we get from the book. there's something to calling a book queer when the point of the story isn't the queerness, but this is only very peripherally queer.

i do think, from the little i understand this book, that the idea is a cool one and is a story that seems interesting. it's just not written for me, at all. (which is fine. i never wanted to pick this up and would never have if it wasn't for a book group. but since i did, i can definitely say that even though this got much, much better by the end, it wasn't for me.)

i did like the voice of both gideon and harrow, and i did like the development of the relationship between them and how we were to understand their clashing personalities. i really liked seeing their relationship become what it did, and i thought this was well handled and was believable. their relationship arc is easily my favorite part of this book. i imagine that some people will read their relationship as a love story, but for me it's a beautiful friendship and more an emotional bond of sisters. i loved watching it evolve. i also really loved that gideon died at the end, as i thought it would have been a cop out if she didn't. but also, she kind of lives on in harrow, which is perfect as well. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Nov 1, 2021 |
After my previous disappointing attempt at a Halloween read, I presented Areg with two books and asked him to choose one for me: Gideon the Ninth and [b:Burn the Dark|45046611|Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica, #1)|S.A. Hunt|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1562247192l/45046611._SY75_.jpg|45858194]. With a cover as cool this one, there wasn't much competition.

This is an awesome fantasy-fueled and serious-action-packed book full of creepy dark necromancers (who all specialize in a different aspect of death, which is so cool) and their cavaliers (bodyguards/right hands) from eight different Houses on eight different planets who converge on a creepy old pile of ruins on a ninth planet* to compete for the position of Emperor's newest Lyctor, or high necromancer. The catch? The only clue they're given to what they need to do is not to open any locked doors without permission. That's it. Is it a race? A treasure hunt? A series of lessons? A matter of surviving whatever is picking off necromancers and cavaliers one by one? They have to find out on their own.

(*Not in space. That quote on the front lies!)

Gideon isn't really a cavalier. She's a necessary evil, at least according to Harrowhawk, the Ninth House's necromancer. Gideon is snarky and insubordinate and so much fun--I don't think this book would be half as enjoyable without the filter of Gideon's eye-rolling attitude toward life. But she's also the healthiest, strongest human on the Ninth's planet who can wield a sword well enough to (reluctantly) protect Harrow from the competition, so she goes undercover as a cavalier and hopes no one notices her lack of manners and skill with a dainty rapier.** A hefty double-handed, medieval-type sword is much more her style.

(**I was a bit confused here, because Gideon's trainer says she's terrible with the rapier, but then Gideon proves to be one of the best sword users of the eight cavaliers.)

Our main cast of characters is 22-strong, which does make it a bit tricky to keep track of everyone. Even with the list of dramitas personae in the front, I sometimes struggled to remember who was the necromancer and who was the cavalier, and what the specialties associated with each house were. It got easier as characters started to get bumped off. That said, just because I couldn't align the characters with the houses in my head doesn't mean that I didn't recognize and love the different personalities. I wish we'd had a little more time to get to know some of them better, but, well, Gideon probably does, too.

Don't let the marketing copy's obsession with dirty magazines and the fact that Gideon is a lesbian fool you, as it did me. Gideon may be sarcastic, and she and Harrow may be a bit cartoonishly violent, but the humor isn't raunchy, the magazines don't stick around when there’s cutthroat competition to deal with, and Gideon's sexuality is just a casual fact of life the way it would be if she was a man. And while I was caught out in my heteronormativity for assuming that "lesbian necromancers" in the Charles Stross quote meant we were doomed to a romance subplot, I felt that the relationship was nicely ambiguous enough for someone like me, who found the idea of a romance between the characters that I *think* Stross was referring to as toxic and disturbing, to read it as something more complex. For once, thank god, I wasn't groaning at the characters getting distracted by romance when life and limb were on the line. Gideon felt far more realistic to me, that way, than most of the characters I have to read about: honestly, how many people are actually going to let themselves have anything more than a casual crush when you have no idea who might want to pull your bones out of your skin? Yeah. It’s been well-established by now that I am not a romantic.

I loved how many layers Muir built up in the plot. We had small reveals all along the way that built up to bigger and bigger ones, with hints dropped about big reveals that are going to happen in later books. (Most readers might not notice them if they’re not obsessive English majors.) The worldbuilding was fantastic, with great “visuals” and a really feeling of the weight of history—even if a thousand years seems a bit unlikely, given some of the recognizable technology scattered about the ruins. That said, you do get dumped into the setting pretty quickly. There are a lot of things that aren’t explained until much later in the book or aren’t explained at all. This is right up my alley, but again, probably won’t appeal to everyone.

My only complaint is that some of the emotional developments felt a bit abrupt. Gideon’s evolution from snarky loner to friend of several cavaliers and houses felt natural and earned, but her two biggest shifts, related to her relationship to Harrow and the Ninth House, didn’t feel like they were changing, so her final decision seemed, to me, to come out of nowhere. But the book’s many positives outweigh this negative for me. The subsequent changes in behavior related to these shifts was well done, not a total reversal of personalities but noticeable nevertheless.

If you’re a fan of complex fantasy worlds that aren’t traditional sword-and-sorcery (despite the abundance of magic and swords), snark and sarcasm, serious goth vibes, and big casts of characters, you’re probably going to love this one. I definitely recommend it.

Quote Roundup

p. 209) “I need you to trust me.” “I need you to be trustworthy.”
I enjoyed Harrow’s development from entitled House scion to a leader who realizes that she has to earn trust and loyalty.

p. 267) A challenge has been issued…
“You have no cause.”
“Neither do you, if we’re all being honest with ourselves…”
“If you want to cast me as the villain, do it… I’m trying to save our lives. You’re giving in to chaos. There are rules, Third.”
“On the contrary… You’ve amply demonstrated that there are no rules whatsoever. There’s only the challenge…and how it’s answered.”
I am definitely projecting too much of my anxiety about the current political climate onto everything I read. I can’t help but seeing shades of the Republican and Democratic parties on both sides of this exchange.

p. 203) At the last remark—which was a sledgehammer of a statement, not a stiletto—Harrowhawk fell silent.
Just appreciation for Muir’s writing.

p. 426) I think the copyeditor got distracted by the action in the climax, because the word “purchase” (as in, “Her feet slipped for purchase on the ground”) showed up at least three times in the course of about five pages. To be fair, I probably noticed this word because it was the very same word that caught me up when writing my own long-comatose fantasy novel. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 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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In the myriadic year of our lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth.
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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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