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An Unkindness of GhostsThis book was interesting I m not uite sure how to categorize it Set on a gen ship with the social constructs of the Antebellum South this book is less about spacefaring heroes or mystery and about the sychological impact of subjugation trauma and class over those generations and what it means to be a Aunt Jane's Nieces person It was a bitjumpy as a read though Theersonal arts were easily 4 or even 5 stars The structural arts were 2 or 3 CONTENT WARNING no actual spoilers just a list of topics view spoiler slavery racism sexual assaultrape schychological trauma loss of child loss of arent body horror extreme homophobia abuse in all its forms hide spoiler Reread RWLChallenge A book with an intersex main character Now that this is out I m looking at everyone likey all gon read this or nahPre Beneath the Moors and Darker Places publication review below the cutI wanted to give myself to some to fullyrocess An Unkindness of Ghosts before writing my review There is a lot to unpack Let s start with how good I think this book is It has multiple layers that one can spend close to an eternity unpacking A number of themes jumped out at me while reading this novel They include inter alia friendship self actualization race class religion and extremely important for me gender An Unkindness of Ghosts was one of the few books I know I wanted to re read even before finishing This is definitely the type of novel that keeps giving with each read and I can guarantee my copy will be well loved While reading there were numerous times when I wished it were a movie It one that could easily be adapted and I need Hollywood to get off their high horses and just adapt this already This book is 100 er cent ambitious and Solomon excels at it World building is by far the most stand out element of the book The world building shines through so much so that one finds themselves being fully immersed in this novel uite uickly The world of Matilda is extremely well detailed and it is obvious that the author spent time crafting it The setting of the book definitely creates a level of cohesion and it is difficult to image the story in any other setting The care and detail to world building is most noticeable in the description of the ship s wings and the decks However while these aspects seemed well thought out without maps to guide the imagery there was a bit of a disconnect I will check with the final copy to see if this was includedThe acing was also one of the book s stand out elements There wasn t much of a lull in any of the sections The major This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor plot developments occurred at the right times and tied in well with the rest of the story This was further enhanced by the structure of the novel While Aster is the main character each section of the bookresents insight into her interactions with key supporting characters who also important We'll Make It Through parts of Aster s life This is a great tool for breaking up any monotony as the majority of the story is otherwise told from Aster soint of view The characters are all fully drawn not one felt like a caricature or stereotype Each voice was uniue and there was no confusion or overlap within these The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy personalities The language used by the lower decks is absolutely beautiful and I could not get enough In fact I may have taken away a tiny weeny star because of it The language variations among the decks is often references but hardly on show within the novel I would have loved to have seen the language Tolkien style extremely intense This is however a veryersonal reference and in absolutely no way detracts from the brilliance of the story In addition this book is chock full of medical jargon which is extremely appropriate since Aster is in our arlance a doctor One nuance that jumped out at me was the misgendering of Flick by The Lieutenant Flick and those on their deck identify as non binary on this further down however the Lieutenant constantly refers to Flick using sheher The Age of Apollyon pronouns The reader is not sure if this is meant to underscore the divergence between the upper and lower decks viz a callous disregard for the self of lower deckersarticularly differences related to culture and gender or if it is an error If it is the former this attenetion to detail further highlights the layering and literary nuances that exist within this novel Gender and sexuality are constantly explored and again extremely layered All this is done without feeling forced or like a diversity checkbox Sexuality is ainted in a ositive light without any slut shaming Despite these Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples positiveortrayals I did find the reveal of one a key character to be acephobic and therefor roblematic I am curious to see if this changes in the final copy In a similar vein I do enjoy that a number of characters are neuroatypical while I do find that their 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community The and ableism are things that I will check against the final copy While these two concerns were jarring to read in what is otherwise a stellar book I am hopeful that they have been revised Pending these changes An Unkindness of Ghosts is a 4 star read In conclusion An Unkindness of Ghosts was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and it did not disappoint This book is one for the ages and I do recommend ending changes to the final copy Shiver shiver tremble tremble I am not nervous about writing this review at all I do not have any of my typical book was too good to write a review for it jumbles Nope Feeling at my most confident here escapes Can we just agree to make this book as *FAMOUS AS POSSIBLE AND LEAVE IT AT THAT NO *as ossible and leave it at that No ll have to elaborate Oh AlrightSo We ve got a spaceship that has escaped a dying Earth centuries ago Naturally it s failing Of course due to various constrictions combined with ure human nature the ship is authoritarian slavery driven and as violent an environment as can be We find ourselves following the story through the eyes of several of the characters but most of them are based on the lower decks as the lowest form of life You can see where this is about to get challenging We explore life through their eyes and search for all sorts of meaning explore all sorts of existences So let s just look at the reasons of why I would recommend this book and let me tell you in advance there was not a thing I was unhappy with it This book is PURE AMAZEMENT and I think absolutely advance there was not a thing I was unhappy with it This book is PURE AMAZEMENT and I think absolutely should read it Yes it was that good and importantReason 1 The Book Is Diverse Without Appearing To Try To Plus It s OwnVoices I don t know if I m making it clear but I think you know what I mean Diversity is important and it s sought out right now but sometimes authors only try to make the uota and so insert diverse characters into their books as laceholders They re just sort of there but they feel so forced This is not the case at all in this book I think it s ar. Odd mannered obsessive withdrawn Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak She's used to the names; she only wishes there was truth to them If she were truly a monster as they accuse she'd be owerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remained of her world save for stories told around. Tly because it s OwnVoices lus it s just so well done emotionally The diversity is just there It doesn t try to convert you it doesn t try to fight a cause it doesn t try to explain itself It s just there And it s so naturally diverse you can t help understanding it relating to it championing it It s not diverse in the laceholder sense it throws away any labels Even the labels diverse groups use for themselves It s diverse on well retty much molecular level as I d say metaphorically You don t have to belong to a group to exist and be validated it s alright if you belong to a group of you That s enough Reason 2 The Ship Is An Amazing Analogy Of Captivity I found this most fascinating Yes a spaceship is a spaceship it s Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde part of a scifi story But at the same time I felt like it symbolized so much Being indentured means there simply being no means of escape wherever you go whatever you do And what better symbol of that is there than a dying spaceship I feel like this draws an amazing comparison to the life of an enslaved trappederson Your life is limited to not even being able to control the choices regarding your own body much less choices of how your life Karneval, Vol. 4 progresses This is truly a song to all enslavedeoples not just slavery in the history of America My heart wept at the tale and I believe so will yoursReason 3 I Have Never Read A More Relatable Tale Of Slavery I have read stories on slavery Even written by the slaves themselves stories of their escape Fictional stories too And although I could feel empathy towards them they are stories from another life a life elsewhere a life in a totally different time That automatically makes it harder for us to relate But a life almost like our own In a technical environment and yet enslaved That is so much approachable And it s also so well written in terms of depicting emotions that I feel it taught me much about captivity than any of the tales I ve read beforeReason 4 Emotion Even Among The Rubble I could have said love But I don t want to make this cheap This is no love story This is not about a love story Yet a love story is ever The Hiding Place present And I m not talking about between man and woman or lovers or whatever you have it I am talking about human love soul love love of the bigger kind Noain and suffering can be survived without it and this book is so good about showing it Human affection human bonds It blooms like a flower in the wastelands It charms you with the way it does And it gives you hope in a whole world full of destruction Reason 5 Non Neurotypical Characters It s hard to say and I m obviously groping in the dark here but I think the main character Aster might be on the spectrum or at least some kind of non neurotypical As everything of the diverse kind in this book it s not overtly mentioned but not because it s taboo rather because it s cultural of the ship there are no such concepts in this society I m not sure the concept of woman is even resent in this society as the lower deck slaves are without an exception all women The way Aster is is not treated as a deficiency in the book it s treated as a way to be It s explained so understandably that you will relate and empathise even if you re nothing like Aster yourself And it s not limited to the main character either Giselle Aster s best friend suffers from mental illness bouts as well and it s also resented in a great way easy to ick up and understand None of the characters are even looked down on for the way they are whatever they re likeOverall I could go on The lot the setting the writing the way you re transported into this incredible world Keep in mind I listened to this book on a read back app And yet it still felt every bit as magical as if I was reading it usually books read back to you by a mechanized voice are harder to get into But I believe you should discover this book for yourselves I would recommend it to anyone and everyone even if you re not so much into scifi it s character driven anyway Scifi is only the setting the backdrop The real stuff you re reading about is the condition of being human in a society that is horribly skewed for The Elephants Journey particular kinds of be Something for theeople who have read this already view spoilerI will admit I am a little Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' puzzled about the ending so feel free to discuss it with me in the comments if you ve read it hide spoiler Maybe 355 I m unsure right nowThere s a lot I loved here but Iersonally was underwhelmed by the lot and by the novel s resolution Aster is an incredible character as is Theo and I loved reading about them even as I read so many horrifying assages about them struggling with being marginalized and brutalized by the Changing Face of the Hero people aboard their ship This has incredible scope and brilliant ideas it s just that many of those ideas get lost along the way or fall short of the final execution I ll need to think about it but those are my feelings for now As in most repressive societies the overlords are hardest on women and children of color and so it goes in An Unkindness of Ghosts Aster is strong and smart but she can only do so much for hereople who inhabit the lowest strata in this society inside of a spaceship that holds the remnants of the damaged earth She makes medicines and The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry performs operations some things self taught and others learned from theowerful Surgeon a kind and decent man and a mysterious one whose motives for helping Aster are slowly revealed Surgeon Aster her Ainty and Aster s friends especially Giselle are all beaten down StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story physically and spiritually but still retain hope that they will be set free from this Hell created by man I really enjoyed this I love how the book incorporated intersectional blackgender identities andaralleled the antebellum South to create a richer story It was a uniue take on the scifi dystopian genre that opens wider It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life paths for inclusive storytelling I m not just giving it diversityoints I truly believe the author s inclusion of autism *and ueer identities was Lignin Biodegradation purposeful inainting a deeper story that reflects our society Aster feels real and I loved being *ueer identities was Pure Chance purposeful inainting a deeper story that reflects our society aster feels real and i loved being her feels real and I loved being her because it s a The Lady and the Lionheart perspective so uniuely told I also enjoyed her uiet and subtle relationship with Theo who is eually as complex The gratuitous violence also helpsaint the harsh realities of slavery and humankindI did not rate this 5 stars because although I was enraptured by the beginning my interest dipped in the middle arts The ending felt a little rushed and unsatisfying There are some issues with acing which is understandable since this is Solomons debut novel I would ve loved to see other erspectives expanded throughout the story to enhance the themes even Regardless I lan on following Solomons work because I m sure it ll continue to be captivating I am a boy and a girl and a witch all wrapped into one very strange flimsy indecisive body Do you think my body couldn The cookfireAster lives in the low deck slums of the HSS Matilda a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South For generations the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land On its way the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark skinned sharecroppers like Aster who they consi. Decide what it wanted to be 4 12 stars This was so good Li Somewhat like a mashup between Battlestar Galactica The Handmaid s Tale and Roots The thematic remise of this story seems to be that even in the future about 300 years in a situation where humanity is traveling between stars the current unjust class system will not only be reproduced but will be exacerbated We won t have some flatline merit based deprivation free world Solomon has created the anti Star TrekThe storyline finds like in Galactica a colony ship traveling from Earth to some distant unknown destination But in Solomon s version the class system is systematized by decks Each deck carries some several thousand individuals The lower decks are eople of color and they are essentially A (kinda) Country Christmas prisoners working the crops that feed the upper decks which arerimarily Caucasian Gender is fluid and ambiguous in this world but rimarily women are at least represented in the story in these lower decks We don t meet any lower class male characters Like Handmaid s Tale the ruling class enforces religious doctrine that must be followed curfews and other checks Guards have free reign to abuse any lower class residents and rape women The ship has regressed to a system of slavery to benefit the upper class Most of the history of Earth has been forgotten and the ship has developed its own cultural systemsThe storyline follows one female character from the lower deck who is apparently a medical genius of sorts and a few of her friends another lowerdeck female who is a bit insane and an upper class surgeon who recognizes her brillianceSo far so good the story has a valuable and meaningful remise Unfortunately I found much of the mechanics of the storytelling to be a bitmechanical And somewhat frustrating and monotonous to read Solomon s linguistic skills the actual writing itself was solid enough Somewhere between the characterization decisions she made and the development of relationships and interactions between the characters combined with some awkward storytelling choices left me feeling a bit cold and bored with the storyFor example the main character is rather robotic in her ersonality She takes everything very literally One might think she was ortrayed as having some National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 profile such as Asperger Syndrome As such her decisions were almost always very frustrating and obtuse Most of her interactions with other characters didn t develop into deeper connections And this was exacerbated by the storytelling techniue where characters seemed to have fairly short and unsatisfying conversations They always seemed to be leaving each other with unfinished communications either running away before the conversation could be completed due to anger or being cutoff by some event that occurs or one individual leaving due to some urgent demand In the end this left me feeling disconnected from the characters And it also felt like herky jerky storytellingthe keylot oints that characters communicate to each other get unnecessarily distributed throughout the story making it feel much longer than it needed to be Some degree of frustration of the reader can be thematically appropriate and necessary But as a attern over the whole book it made it feel too long and dare I say it boring I kept wanting to just get to the heart of the matter and Solomon continually ostponed it It didn t help matters that the main character s childhood friend has been driven rather insane making the story s second most important character also hard to relate to or connect with The third main character is the upper class surgeon While he had an interesting backstory he never uite jelled for me As written he felt too mechanicalOh and I wish the ublisher had googled An Unkindness of because this hrase is in the title of at least two other novels making this less original than it seems Back in 2016 which seems so long ago Barrack Obama was in the last year of his Presidency and I was still sane Anyways that was the year my cup runneth over with slave narratives I read three that year Kindred Homegoing and The Underground Railroad All three were excellent
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they are narratives Painful infuriating and heartbreaking to read Provocative of angry emotions I came to loathe slave narratives for their incongruence to humanity their unfairness *their lack of compassion their torment Of Human Beings The human beings the *lack of compassion their torment of human beings the irredeemable the callous disregard for human rights the unfettered rivileging of a group of Charming the Firefighter people who deserve no absolution Nope don t like the subject and can read only in small doses In the intervening years between then and now I managed to read only one until An Unkindness of Ghosts Because that is what this book is a slave narrative In Spaaaccceee It s a good book that kept my interest but the mainremise left me hollow Slavery on a spaceship doesn t make sense A caste system on a space ship Perhaps but slavery I didn t buy it If you don t buy into the remise the book becomes oppression orn And I just don t love reading about slavery and the indignities the arise due to slavery I m not sure what the Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales point of the novel was Was it to highlight man s infinite ability to be inhumane to othereople I think Solomon is talented and interesting They had some very interesting ideas about the future They had strong things to say about the long term impacts on a society as a whole and how trauma and slavery impactscorrupts a culture and The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles people There are all kinds of oppression in this book racism homophobia transphobia misogyny resource ineuality nepotism etc As I said interesting but in the end it just wasn t for me Almost 35 StarsListened to the audiobook Cherise Booth did a great job I was riveted the entire time But I wasut off by the oppressed characters having what I interpreted as a Carribbean accent I don t know it felt unfair and almost an offensive stereotype Funny how the oppressors did not adopt a detectible accent in the audio interpretation Solomon lives in the UK What would have happened if the oppressors had a British accent Would that be considered too literalpossibly racist Asking for a friend This one is rather hard to rate for one good reason It is good and I did not like it I would reasonably give this 35 stars but let me explainThe goodReally uite wonderful main characters all full of interesting mixtures Astra seems to have autism is rather gay than not but closely binary She s also strong and retty brilliant and she also has a tendency to say exactly what she means and do exactly as she wants regardless of whether it s safe for her to do so This is a mixed blessing Theo is a somewhat distant character but he is also fairly nicely rounded as is a few other of the MC s As a study on slavery and cultural abuse taken up ten notches it is a uite sickening study and this brings us to the title Ghosts are Whites The slavery is almos. Der to be less than humanWhen the autopsy of Matilda's sovereign reveals a surprising link between his death and her mother's suicide some uarter century before Aster retraces her mother's footsteps Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer and sowing the seeds of civil war Aster learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for ,