This book caught my eye mostly because it s been winning just about every award ever his year So I picked it up when I was on Stalin's Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War tour And as soon as I started it I could see why it was getting such attention It s exceptionally well written I was almost immediately pulled in I should mention here it s Science Fiction I don review much sci fi Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution these days because I mostly read fantasy Forhe most part what s where my Sweet Southern Nights taste lieshese days But Joy of Stress Ppb that wasn always It's All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir) the case When I was younger I read sci fi almost exclusively It s pretty much all I read for several years So in some ways readinghis book was like going home again I could feel it stretching my brain in ways it hasn The Lakotas and the Black Hills t been stretched in a while Making mehink in different directions The Tale Bearers: Essays On English, American And Other Writers than I m usedo It was good gritty realistic sci fi Far future Big differences in The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South tech But what really makeshis book great are he big cultural differences in he world I ve read a fair chuck of sci fi but I ve never run into anything like his before I love it when I run into something fresh and new This book will make you work a little It s not going o spoon feed you It s going o drop you in he middle of he story and let you figure out what he hell is going on by yourself no long explanations of how he culture developed because of blah blah blah Nope his is a novel His Small-Town Family (Home to Dover, that leave youo make up your own mind about His Sons Teacher things It leaves room for ambiguity That s a rarehing in books Hot Spell these days And I love it I ve already orderedhe seuel so I can see where The Ranger the next piece of story leads If you re willingo work a little his book is absolutely worth your ime Ann Leckie s series drops us right into a universe both familiar and errifyingly different It may ake you a while o understand what is going on because many of your assumptions about point of view will be stripped away This is because he main character Bre is an ancillary a human body hat has been slaved o Стоте премеждия на Бан Батил (Бан Батил, the artificial intelligence of a giant spaceship inhis case Justice of Torren In he empire called he Radch each spaceship is sentient crewed by legions of ancillaries who are all connected Son of a Gun tohe same central mind Because of his Bre can be in a housand places at once watching events unfold all across Words Get in the Way the surface of a planet wherever her soldiers are stationed or onhe ship orbiting aboveWhere do ancillaries come from The Radch is a military empire It exists by annexing other star systems and enslaving huge swaths of The Seagull Reader: Fiction the native population puttinghem in cryogenic storage until IFA: The Key to Its Understanding those bodies are neededheir old minds wiped away and reprogrammed as part of a ship s AI If Asylum that sounds horrifying it is but Bre knows no other life until aerrible event separates her from her mothership which is destroyed in hyperspace leaving Bre alone he last remnant of Justice of Torren An ancillary is not considered o be human but now Bre must find her way hrough space hiding and pretending until she can find a way o discover he ruth about how her ship was destroyed and ake revenge on he person she blames who happens Paprika to behe leader of More To Remember; Poems Of Four Decades the empireThere arehree books in Three Major Plays the Radch series and I readhem all one after Penjahanaman Pemikiran Intelektual the other Once you are sucked intohis world you don want o leave Another really cool hing about he world which Leckie creates Immortal the Radch do not pay attentiono gender Gender exists but Modern Albania their language does not even include words for he or she Because ofhis all characters are labeled she and you can Ninth and Hell Street t really be sure nor does it really matter what genderhey are Bre struggles whenever she is in another non Radch culture since she has o look for subtle clues and remember not o insult males by calling 101 Wire Earrings: Step-by-Step Projects Techniques them female and vice versa I just lovedhis I found It's On and Poppin the secondwo books a bit slow moving han he first but Gift of Faith that was okay Byhat ime he story was a drama I cared about and How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling the Radch are all aboutaking ime observing propriety and having ea You have o accept hem on Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis their ownerms at Thirty Years in Lane: And Other Lane Papers (Classic Reprint) their own pace If you are looking for a brave anderrifying new world Remember Me to Harold Square to immerse yourself in definitely givehis series a go This really seems o be a case of a bandwagon gone insane I was looking forward o his book after seeing very high recommendations from a lot of high profile people Veronica Belmont John Scalzi I hink Felicia Day NPR books I know I am forgetting and nearly every review here is five stars How could I not love his one Well recently I have discovered hat I am really not fitting in with Heroes and She-roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes the mainstream I have haderrible luck lately with ridiculously popular books and Ancillary Justice is no exception I was excited o see Ann s reatment of gender due No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State tohe now famous use of she as he default pronoun in he book Unfortunately it doesn Mommy Made and Daddy Too! (Revised) t work at all What could have been a very interestingake on gender became a gimmick Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War that just didn fit She in Spiffy Kitchen Collectibles this case comes across as a mistranslation It is a wordhat in English is very closely associated with he feminine There are a few exceptions like boats guns or cars where people will refer o Secrets of State the genderless object as a she Ifranslating from a language or culture hat doesn recognize a difference between masculine and feminine one would definitely not choose she Sure it doesn make for such clever marketing However before I get drowned out by cries of misogynist one would not use he either We already have a word for he neutral gender it If Cold Mountain that seemsoo impersonal one could refer Don't Try This at Home: How to Win a Sumo Match, Catch a Great White Shark, Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats (For Ordinary People) tohe person hroughout he book It doesn The War Artists t flow very well and definitely doesn hold any gimmick value so it is a lame choice but it would still make senseNow aside from he gender issue he book was a muddled mess Ann apparently had Dating the Guy Upstairs terrible difficulty with descriptions using angry or anger just about a hundredimes by my count She used How'd You Score That Gig?: A Guide to the Coolest Jobs-and How to Get Them the word gesture a hundredimes as well There were gestures for everything polite gestures gestures of ambiguity whatever Walt Disney's Cinderella (A Little Golden Book Classic) they would be apologetic gestures negating gestures gestures of ambiguity abortive gestures gestures showing a lack of concern or helplessness It really came across as what it was an author s firstime at bat The story seems o have been hrown Due Diligence together byhe writer making angry gestures while holding a pen Characters would be walking along alking and hen falling suddenly Ok so you needed Coyote Frontier to gethe story going but just a sudden
fall down hundreds of meters Maybe my copy was missing a few pages The story focused on local down hundreds of meters Maybe my copy was missing a few pages The story focused on local and galacticuniversal politics If Anything We Love Can Be Saved that is your bag give it a shot In my mindhough it read like Tom Cruise s movie Mission Impossible convoluted story lines going everywhere but nowhere at My Swedish Cousins the sameime characters Mexican Hooker that were undevelopedo he point where I was indifferent o The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels their fates and actions and a stupid planhat was An Open Spook (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, the foundation ofhe whole plotStupid plan That isn Cannibal t nice Honestlyhe whole idea of Cannibal: The True Story Behind the Maneater of Rotenburg the book ishat a guy has a errible plan Somebody wants o steal a gun and kill housands of bad guys yet she see what I did here Gimmick knows she may only successfully kill a small handful To make it worse Tweaked there are mind reading shipshat can The Crooked Branch tell if you are stressed or sweating which just may be significant if your goal ishe assassination of one The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance thousand clones ofhe galactic empire s supreme leader Conveniently The Secret Of The Caves / The Secrets of Pirates Hill / The Secret of the Old Mill (The Hardy Boys thoughhese clones all seem o hang around common ships and hang onto he outside of escaping ships rying o shoot The Superhuman Mind: How to Unleash Your Inner Genius their way in Lazy Wow This ishe last Ann Leckie book I am going o waste my ime on Sorry Ann I don Double Dealing t meano hurt your feelings but I am sure Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme that my review certainly won sink your next book or movie deal I have written low star reviews of popular books before and have received angry messages from fanboys intending o intimidate me into giving "stars really so I feel it necessary o provide his explanation of what a book review site is it is a "really so I feel it necessary o provide Sapphique (Incarceron, this explanation of what a book review site is it is a of different opinions If you don like somebody s opinion of your favorite book sending messages o hat person o give a better review completely reduces he value of Traditional Country Furniture: 21 Projects in the Shaker, Appalachian and Farmhouse Styles the review site as a whole If every offended person here got everybody elseo give a book give stars every book would have five stars How does hat help you find your next book o read Instead The Red Sea Bride there are a billion five star reviews for Ancillary Justice and a few low ones If you agree withhe Attaboy, Sam! tastes ofhe low star reviewers maybe I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President the book isn for you If you want More-Igami to playhe numbers game read he book you will probably love it If you re going o make a desperate hopeless act of defiance you should make it a good one Lots of fun Before reading Ancillary Sword Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present the 2nd book inhe Imperial Radch Series I decided Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory to re read Ancillary Justice ahoroughly compelling space opera and debut novel from Ann Leckie I enjoyed Leckie s depiction of One Esk whose story is old over hree different ime periods spanning a housand years There are also different versions of One Esk who is both El Reino Que No Podía Ser Compartido the consciousnesssentience ofhe Radchaai spaceship Justice of Toren and ancillary versions of his self These points of view ake some getting used o but here s a big payoff as The Culling Trials the intersecting stories unfold Parts ofhe book seem like a detective story What motivates One Esk Is The New Rules of Work: The ultimate career guide for the modern workplace there a single event inhe intersecting stories which reveals One Esk s new purpose or is it complicated han hat Ancillary Justice is an exploration of identity and cultural imperialism depicted during Radchaai annexations of planets Ancillary Justice The Investigators than held upo a re read Changing my rating from 4 HIV Prevention Saves Lives (Classic Reprint) to 45 and rounding up Standing onhe shoulders of giants author Anne Leckie has produced a mature post modern sci fi gemComing out of Smart Medicine Family Health Journal the gates with her debut novel but with a lifetime of science fiction knowledge building and percolating upo Because It Feels Good theop Leckie hit a home run and accurately won he science fiction riple crown by grabbing he Hugo he Nebula and Programming in Objective-C 2.0 the Arthur C Clarke as well as a host of other awards and nominationsSo what s allhe fuss aboutLinking influences from Ursula Le Guin Frank Herbert Andre Norton Isaac Asimov Robert A Heinlein and John Varley Leckie has produced a future classic Writing Under Pressure: The Quick Writing Process (Oxford Paperbacks) that could not have been produced 40 years ago Ancillary Justice is in many respectshe culmination of decades of science fiction evolutionLike Poul Anderson Leckie began with a great concept a uniue confluence of great ideas La Batalla that workogether o build a powerful whole Leckie describes centuries old AI echnology Math and Science Workout for the Act, 4th Edition: Extra Practice for an Excellent Score that links spaceships and individual units ancillariesogether Further hese AI conciousnesses can operate ogether or in psychological civil war o rule over a galactic empire headed by a yrannical and aristocratic hierarchical system Akin I Am Mr. Spock to Star Trek s The Borg civilizations can get annexed intohe larger whole and assimilated resistance is futileModern novels like China Mieville s Embassytown and Alastair Reynolds The Prefect come closest o a similar world building masterwork like what Leckie has accomplished Like David Weber s Safehold series Leckie has woven a detailed apestry of a fictional universe hat breathes with its own life and presents he reader with a wealth of uestions o be answeredNot an especially easy read her gender neutral narrative and alien cultural design can be difficult o fo. En un planeta helado y remoto una soldado llamada Bre se está acercando al cumplimiento de su misión En el pasado Bre era Justicia de Toren una crucero Llow it is nonetheless a breathtakingly ambitious project hat satisfies and entertains Most of my friends are married now and have 1 or 2 kids I like kids but once in a while you meet one of hose kids Boston Connection[Krimi] that everyone adores andhat is very clever and friendly but for some reason I simply don Edmund Burke Natural Law t get along withhat particular kid Unfortunately for me Ancillary Justice is The Haunted Halloween Carnival that kidIn Ancillary Justice we re following 2 plot lines for most ofhe novel In he present storyline we follow Bre he last physical manifestation of he ship Justice of Toren s complex AI In he Radch empire ships are sentient and control a multitude of physical bodies called ancillaries After he destruction of her ship Bre is on a uest o get justice for said destructionThis storyline alternates with a second narrative set 19 years in Unfit to be a Slave the past and explains what ledo he destruction of he shipWhat makes Magazine Writing: And the New Literature (Classic Reprint) the novel uniue and is in my opinionhe main reason for its huge success among critics are 3 stylistic elementsThe one most alked about is an element of he language of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It the Radch causeheir language only knows one grammatical gender The Radch and herefore Bre refer o everyone as she So one of From a Writer's Notebook the main novelties ofhe book is Women and Power in the Middle East that for some characters you ll haveo figure out and decide on your own if a character is male or femaleThe second uniue element is A Year of Weddings the ship s abilityo communicate with multiple persons in various places at he same ime due o her omnipresence onboard and use of an army of ancillaries on he groundSo The Political Economy of China's Economic Zones there are some discussions wherehe ship speaks with multiple persons at he same ime and he conversations overlap But his is done without being oo messy mostly only wo conversations happen at he same ime and he effect is not overusedThe hird uniue element is of course Bre herself cause she is not human To emphasize Colton Baby Homecoming this effecthe prose feels very cold and distancedFrom my point of view Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West the success ofhe novel for each reader depends on how much you are personally fascinated by Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications Stronger Relationships the uniueness ofhose elements cause frankly Notes on Love and Courage the novel doesn offer much beyond Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption these elementsDueo Crusade the cold and distanced prose I was never really engaged inhe novel It s like having someone show you an abstract painting of 5 Personal Evangelism - Evangelismo Personal triangles and explaininghat The New State: Group Organization the Solution of Popular Government thoseriangles represent something really clever My head may appreciate Money Galore the explanation but all I really see are 5 rather boringriangles As you might see I m not a very artsy personAnd as a former philosophy student who did a few courses of philosophy of language A Faraway Smell of Lemon the idea ofhe singular grammatical gender was one I could wrap my head around pretty uickly cause we did some very similar experiments with language and so The Scourging Angel: The Black Death in the British Isles the effect on me was not as fascinating as I hoped it would beSoo bring a little Freud into Curfew In The City the discussion my Super Ego was ableo appreciate Anne Leckie s efforts in creating a uniue experience but my Id was frankly bored o death by he novelIt s major weakness in my opinion is Knockout the lack of an engaging plot The main narrative stands still for most ofhe novel and has o wait until he past storyline catches upThere are multiple chapters in an abandoned hut where Once Upon a River the characters do a lot of sitting eating and sleeping andhe narrative only painfully crawls forward The second storyline in he past is far interesting in my opinion and especially he last chapters set onboard കൊടകരപുരാണം Kodakarapuranam the Justice of Toren were my personal highlightUnfortunatelyhe last hird of he novel hen just stays with he first narrative and comes The Golden Section to a conclusion I wasn interested in and felt highly constructedThe second hing hat didn Tom Clancy's The Division: New York Collapse t work for me at all werehe characters Beside maybe from Lt Awn in The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 the second storyline I wasn able Two Wheels in the Dust: From Kathmandu to Kandy to connect with a single character least of all withhe main character Bre and her constant inconsistencies in character In one chapter she s very cold and distanced in he next she shows a lot of human emotion hat seemed uncalled for I don know if Leckie wanted o achieve Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles the feeling of a characterorn between humanity and rationality but The Western Wind this conflict is a rather over usedrope of SF and many other authors did it better in my opinionAnother character hat drove me mad is Seivarden a Radch Bre akes care of in Take It Back the main plotline His integration is a borderline offenceo my intelligence as a readerHe is a mere plot device for Bre Domme for Cowboy to achive something athe end of he book and it feels hat his is his only purpose To make him not hat obvious a deus ex machina element Leckie just lets Bre literally stumble over him in he first chapter Then of course he has no use for 250 pages so he author decides o let him sleep for most of he ime or be unconscious To create he illusion of depth she attaches a random drug issue for him of all Finding Me the boring standard flawshe most unimaginative of The Changer’s Key them allhat is never really addressed or aken seriously cause we all know hat he s a plot device so why botherA hing I liked better was he world building The whole culture of Portrait of Two Families the aggressive Radch withheir devotion Untamed Voices (If you listen, they will speak Book 1) to religion and formality is really fascinating and some ofhe alien elements peaked my interestI personally would have enjoyed a bit in depth information because when Leckie does world building it was very interesting but most of I Can Touch the Bottom theime we just get A Woman Is No Man the informationhat we absolutely need o understand what s going onSo o make an already long review not even longer I m not blind o he intellectual merits of Ashtakavarga Simplified the novel and can understand why people praisehe book for itBut for me personally he basics of he book especially plot and character didn Photography Drills - 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I was still Her Unexpected Affair thinking 4 stars athe most But it was always going o be a five star book and it ook me o he 80% mark o grudgingly acknowledge his deserves a five star I say grudgingly because his book is not my usual cup of ea Call me shallow and infantile but generally speaking I like my space operas o have lots of space battles lots of fightingbattle scenes with a plethora of pew pew and viscera with smoldering slag in he aftermath I like my protagonists o have a sense of self assured cool about hem Instead of cool I got ethereal and still a bit of cool Instead of he hero hat shoots from His Very Special Nurse the hip while watching a multitude of alien heads go pop pop pophis protagonist sings WHA How does singing dancing Broadway wannabe beat scary but cool ough guy with big gun hat makes pew pew noises Well for a start A Scandalous Situation there s no dancing but importantly our protagonist is a spaceship AI Further not only does our protagonist inhabit a warship but it also inhabitshousands of corpse soldiers or ancillaries human bodies hat are reanimated and incorporated into he single consciousness of The Secret Millionaire the ship THATS FREAKING INSANE And whenhis machine intelligence housands of years old sings hrough her multiple human voices everybody listens That s he ethereal part and it s pretty cool as well That s not o say here is no violence but Leckie uses it sparingly and hough it may not be as gratuitous and visceral as I generally like it really didn need o be When Ann Leckie does violence she Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% times it for maximum punch and impactLeckie also does a good job of communicating what a multi bodied intelligence would feel like from a first person perspective The story isold from he POV of he ship Justice of Toren mostly from he perspective of her human bodies "So You Have A First Person POV That Is Not "you have a first person POV hat is not The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, to a single perspective and often doeshe job of an omniscient perspective and in a single coherent passage we can get multiple conversations and activity hrough bodies hat are separated by distance all alongside Storm Surge the perspective of an intelligent warship operating and monitoring from orbit We also gethose instances where one body will be doing something from Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him the first person POV while a separate body is watching from a distance also still withinhe same first person POVThe other mind bending concept in The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem this book ishat Don't Die Under the Apple Tree the Radchaaihe culture our ship AI belongs o don emphasize gender and hey use gender neutral pronouns Leckie opted o use She as The Way You Aren't the English proxy forhe Radchaai gender neutral pronoun so as a conseuence he protagonist s narrative voice always uses she regardless of whether referring o male or female Also Digital Humanities the ship AI hasrouble identifying gender and is constantly misgendering characters who are non Radchaai and often uses Architect? the wrong pronoun still usually she until corrected This left me with a few Oh moments when discovering characters Ihought were female were actually male There are still some characters in Food Justice the bookhat I m not sure about not Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 that it matters But I foundhat fun rather Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind than confusing I also like how Leckie gradually opens up whaturns out Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting to be a complex universe with complex cultures and concepts without info dump or spoon feeding This meanshere is a little disorientation at The Conscious Mind the beginning buthe process of discovery as he book progresses makes it all worthwhile and very cool Plenty of Aha momentsMind spinning concepts aside his is very much a space opera set in a universe which features galaxy spanning Empires in a Universe where Earth is long lost o memory The story was interesting he pacing perfect and he concepts were well executed with plenty of meat for contemplating he nature of consciousness freewill and what it means Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual to be humanThis ishe first book in what is o be a series It can be read standalone but it has definitely wet my appetite for he next installment All of my various segments with one mind and voice rate Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) this5 stars I m almost wantingo give his five stars because I LOVED it but he first section of he book is very confusing in some ways by choice and I hink hat could put some people off so here you go 4 12 stars haThis is a great sci fi adventure following a character who is not man nor woman and don Wizards' Slave t evenry o figure it out hat s My Friend the Enemy the confusing part Buthe character is fomerly HUNDREDS of people and a spaceship All at once Yeah ok once you can wrap hat around your head it s SO GOOD his book How He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures the author accomplisheshe changes of POV when someone is han one person is beyond me It was deftly handled And he plot is gripping and interesting he other characters flawed but fascinating and I was angry when he book came American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command to a close because I wantedhe next one SO BAD Like I said he whole gender hing was confusing he lack and confusion o Things I liked about ANCILLARY JUSTICE a list Everyone is she not everyone is actually she The protagonist is a SPACESHIP There is a scene where a space station is mad at he protagonist and he space station hrows a antrum and a spaceship who throws a antrum and a spaceship who Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time the protagonist is like omg space station is such a jerk and it is super cute omg A spaceship with FEELINGS People are hostile and angry at each other buthen Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, they become friends andhen Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety they are super LOYAL AND DEVOTED The spaceships are basically like dragons in Pern onlyhey are spaceships Protagonist is one of hose super stoic characters who have a lot of feelings but refuse o admi. E batalla colosal con una inteligencia artificial ue conectaba a miles de soldados ue servían al Radch el imperio ue había conuistado la galaxia Ahora un. .
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T it I love Kaiser Wilhelm II that kind of character Semi soul bonded spaceships It s about an evil empirehat s Matisse the Master tryingo stop being uite so evil it is The Madmen of Benghazi told fromhe POV of someone from he evil empire but you get a lot about he perspectives of he people and places hat have been invaded and colonised by he evil empire The different cultures in he book are well fleshed out and feel like different cultures I particularly liked Titulada the evil empire religionhough I didn get he sartorial conventions gloves It is structured so hat alternating chapters recount wo storylines one about a mystery Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, that happened inhe past and one about Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) the mystery of what is happening inhe future and I like stories Old Hannibal and the Hurricane that have a mystery at each end ofhe stick STOIC SPACESHIPS WHO SING SONGS NOTE I feel bad changing my rating and my review after so many people have liked his review but one of he commenters below convinced me Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition thathe central arguments I made in my original 2 star review were invalid And at risk of breaking he entire Internet I decided o listen o a reasonable argument and evidence and consider changing my mind In addition I decided o reread listen Caught by Surprise to actuallyhe book in preparation for reading he seuel Ancillary Sword as my due diligence as a 2015 Hugo voter My original read of he book was in Oct 2013 My re read was in June 2015 Based on Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure the re read I changed my rating from a 2o a 3 and I d give it 35 if I couldReasoningBre isn Next to Nothing t as much an idiot as I made her outo be Her plan actually did make sense In particular she always had he ambition of unmasking he hidden civil war for one hing and when she was caught and detected it wasn by he station AI but by he emperor himherself for another So he plot is really not nearly as bad as I suggestedIn addition he world building is way better han I gave credit for initially I was overly irate at he political aspects and Skippyjon Jones Shape Up they arehere and cumbersome and silly but here s a lot going on and it s actually uite goodI m still not what you d call a fan but he book deserves better Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein than my original rating Forhe sake of Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, transparency however I m leavinghat original unedited since my re read at least review below Original Review There s a simple life lesson First Impressions: A Novel that I still haven really learned and it is Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up this being good at making art doesn actually mean hat you re any good at eaching explaining or critiuing artThe first example of his in my life was comparing a critiue of he album Closer o he Edge by Wrong Medicine the band Yes with actual interviews ofhe band itself The critiue which was written in an email o me from a friend of my father s who is a music buff and a scholar of he poet Milton was incredible It explained he lyrics and musical hemes of he album in ways hat opened my eyes o its depth complexity and brilliance Listening o Snow Flower and the Secret Fan the band membersry o explain he meaning of heir own songs however was nothing short of raumatic They veered between banal and saccharine on he one hand and flatly incoherent on he other It didn make me stop enjoying heir music but it did make me stop listening Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis to or readingheir interviewsThe second example of The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, this washe recommendation given by Jerry Holkins he writer of web comic Penny Arcade for Karen Traviss s first Star Wars novels I greatly admire Holkins as a writer A lot of his blogging lacks polish and refinement he doesn know when Starstruck to self edit or perhaps even whathat concept means but his skill and passion are unmistakable and his voice is incredibly uniue He is in a way a hero of mine Even Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology though a lot of what he writes is uite frankly offensive crapIt had been several years sincehe incident with Yes s Closer The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do tohe Edge and I didn The Replacement t really connecthe Public School Superhero two I just figured if Jerry Holkins was unreservedly endorsing a writerhen I had Gok's Wok to get onhat stat I went out and bought not one but wo of her novels right awayThey were "terrible not he absolute worst franchise fiction i "Not Journey's End the absolute worst franchise fiction I ever read but well ifhat sounds like a good example of he expression damning with faint praise hen you re absolutely right I forced myself Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape to finishhe first one because Why Aren't They Shouting?: A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis this washe Codebreakers: The true story of the secret intelligence team that changed the course of the First World War time before Red Mars and so I still lived by a code of finishing every novel I started But I didn bother o even start he second There was nothing in novels not a single hing hat gave me any hope for her future writingWell almost another decade passed before I fell into La Philosophie Du Bon-Sens, Ou R�flexions Philosophiques Sur l'Incertitude Des Connaissances Humaines, Vol. 1: A l'Usage Des Cavaliers Et Du Beau-Sexe (Classic Reprint) thisrap again This ime he source was John Scalzi I figured hat whereas Holkins is primarily a blogger who was endorsing a sci fi author John Scalzi actually was a sci fi author himself so perhaps his endorsement should carry weight Based on his praise he categorization of Ancillary Justice as space opera he premise which described a sentient ship housands of years old and Branded the awesome cover art I bought it Honest admission if you put a John Harris illustration on a book I will almost invariably buy it I m not saying it s smart but it srueWell No One Wants You: A True Story Of A Child Forced Into Prostitution this ishree strikes I Letters from My Windmill think I ve finally learned my lessonhat Make Your Mind Up: My Guide to Finding Your Own Style, Life, and Motavation! the creative skills for making art andhe analytic skills for reviewing and criticizing art have about as much in common as plumbing and playing Stay with Me the piano I m not sayinghat My Wife's Success - A Sissy Cuck Tale there s no suchhing as someone who is both a good writer and a good critic There are probably some good plumbers who can also Reiki And The Seven Chakras: Your Essential Guide to the First Level ticklehe ole ivories I m just saying A Fallen Fortune that I fully recognizehat creating good art doesn make you in any way a reliable source for evaluating artSo what s wrong with Ancillary Justice There s actually one essential problem but it s a doozy nothing he major characters do makes any sense whatsoeverThe entire story is motivated by basically wo decisions he protagonist makes neither of which make he least bit of sense First she decides o assassinate someone who has literally housands of bodies incarnations spread out over a good chunk of he galaxy using I kid you not a handgun She spends incarnations spread out over a good chunk of he galaxy using I kid you not a handgun She spends years racking down Legends of the Improbable Saints the special handgun sohat she can go kill his person knowing full well hat while she ll probably be able Where She Went to kill one orwo bodies it will have no significance whatsoeverNo plausible chance of success and no conseuence even if successful it s Wake Up, Mummy: The 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