The Best of All Possible Worlds Paperback – 1 May 2014
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'Karen Lord's second novel carries deliberate echoes of Ray Bradbury's classic Mars colonisation stories. It's refined, meditative and life-affirming, and its exploration of gender politics and ethnology confirms Lord as the natural heiress to Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin' Financial Times. (Financial Times)
'A rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture. Plus, it has flying monks - a universally improving ingredient!' SFX. (SFX)
'The author is clearly a class apart, and doubly so in terms of her prose ... Utterly astonishing' Tor.com. (Torcom)
The Sadiri were once the galaxy's ruling élite, but now their home planet has been rendered unlivable and most of the population destroyed. The few groups living on other worlds are desperately short of Sadiri women, and their extinction looks imminent...See all Product Description
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The novel begins with a bit of a shock: a disaster / genocide has befallen a race of humanoid aliens. One branch of the remnants from the disaster is now starting a colony on an Earth-like planet that is a kind of refuge for races and nations from across the universe. All are human(ish), and they either live in little colonies and settlements on the frontier, or in big urban cities. There, we meet Grace Delarua, a bubbly civil servant / scientist / researcher, who liaises with the newly arrived aliens. After a while, they decide to form an expedition to sample and meet many of the colonies on the frontier, to check for genetic and societal compatibility, in order to start a breeding programme to revive the near extinct race.
All of which sounds bewildering and high-concept and somewhere outside my usual reading zone. But, truth to be told, this is not really a novel about plot. Or rather: I ended up finding the plot incredibly incidental. The start is slow and confusing. Most of the middle is taken up with an episodic "meet culture, experience reaction, move on" or "have travelling adventure, experience reaction, move on" type chapters. It's a bit like watching a slide show or a nature documentary. Curious, but not perhaps hugely memorable. Some people seem to be very taken with the fact that the Fair Folk make an appearance of sorts, but I had no reaction to that chapter whatsoever. I think part of the reason is that our main characters are scientists, and therefore a little detached, even when in the middle of a grand adventure.Read more ›
This tale is of the research party that explores the world and told from the point of view of a civil servant assisting the party. Karen Lord has told a romantic adventure with real style. The reading is so easy that one wonders how long she took to polish the dialogue. The story reveals surprises as native and Sardiri discover more about each other.
This is a nice, good quality book. I wish some other authors would take lessons.
If I had once criticism (that robbed the book of it's fifth star) it's that Lord at times breezes over her world too quickly. Whilst repeated, extensive info-dumps tend to put off a reader, I found myself wishing she would explain a little more; not because I couldn't understand the world, but because I was genuinely interested enough to want to know more about it.
For those who prefer long exposition to illustrate an unfamiliar world to them, I cannot recommend this book. Lord very much adopts a 'pick up and run with it' approach to the story, with characters bandying about phrases and racial preconceptions as though the reader is one of their own. However, it was this that I found so engaging as it allowed the reader just enough to get by, and letting them fill in the details of the wider universe on their own.Read more ›
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Found it all a bit tedious and meandering, and the voice of the narrator was just all over the place.Published 11 months ago by Bernard O'Leary
This book takes a while to get going. A friend told me it was a "Sci Fi Romance novel" and I agree. You should go into it looking at the hearts of the characters.Published 20 months ago by William Donelson
Poor story, poorly told. Such a shame that the writer chose to publish something that may have been written simply as an exercise in churning out x number of words per day. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Reviewer00001
Have you ever had such glowing things to say about a book that you struggled to find the right words? Yeah. That. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2014 by ABShaef
Reminiscent of Zelazny/Le Guin. Great world building, novel ideas, interesting story and well written relationships. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by S. Peake
I found out about this author from SFX magazine, I have picked up books from there and enjoyed so I thought I woul: give this author a try. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by Mrs Andrea Coates
Well written and in depth look at the strutures of society and the way we interact, wrapped in a sci-fi / fantasy tale that makes compelling readingPublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by Sarah Webster
The concept of this book is very interesting, as are the characters. It is also quite well-written. The main problem I had with it was that it had a strangely episodic pacing, that... Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer