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SusannaG

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Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 5 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

This novel won most of the major science fiction awards a couple of years ago, and is a very curious novel. 

 

I don't believe I've ever read a novel narrated by a spaceship AI before.  Also, there are some interesting things going on with gendered pronouns - "she" is the default, and it can be hard to determine the gender of many of the characters.  (Because the narrator is also mostly confused, I think.)

 

The story is told in two strands for the first half of the novel - events start in the present, on a bitterly cold planet, when "Breq" finds the body of someone she knew 1000 years ago, lying in front of a bar.  Her former captain, an aristocratic snob, is a dying drug addict.  But the other major narrative, usually in alternating chapters, is set 19 years earlier, when Breq was the ship Justice of Toren, as well as her unlimited reanimated corpses, the ancillaries who are also her, on (and in orbit above it) a planet recently assimilated into the Radchaai empire.

 

I enjoyed it, despite a complicated narrative structure (watch out for multiple first person narration in the past chapters).  I'm giving it 4 stars because I hit my bedtime and went blithely on reading until I was done with it, which was at OMG AM.