Slow River (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 14 Feb 2013
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A masterwork of feminist SF - winner of the 1997 NEBULA AWARD for Best Novel.
About the Author
Nicola Griffith is a British science fiction author, editor and essayist. Griffith graduated from the Michigan State University Clarion science fiction writing workshop, in 1988, and has won the NEBULA, the JAMES TIPTREE JR., the WORLD FANTASY and four LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS. Although born in Yorkshire, she now lives in Seattle, in the USA.
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Unfortunately my negative points relate to the characterisation. Individually, the character's do make sense and are well drawn in isolation - but together, it doesn't add up. The relationship between Lore and the predatory Spanner wasn't quite believable to me. Neither was Lore's obsession with knowing whether she'd killed one of her kidnappers - I mean, is that really a big deal? Furthermore, almost the entirety of the books characters appear to be lesbian. That in itself isn't important, but Lore hides her own sexuality during her teen years despite being surrounded by apparently gay couples - so why the big secret? I think there was only one heterosexual relationship in the book that I could remember. Finally, the budding love relationship also seemed to come out of nowhere.
Overall, despite the fascinating future depiction, I found the interaction between the characters a bit deadpan and lacking in credibility.Read more ›
Even though much of the environmental science went over my head it worked in context. The more traditional SF parts - debit card implants! Computer tablets! Advert hacking! - feel quite dated now, and it helps to think of Slow River as more of a thriller in that regard, but even as a thriller there's something a little muted in the resolution. On reflection, that lack of tidy resolution - no dramatic confrontation, no cathartic death scene for the villain - feels more true to life and leaves Lore as a fully-rounded character free to make a fresh start. An interesting read.
The main character is the youngest daughter of a super rich family who work to develop environmental clean-ups throughout the world.
I loved the way the author develops mixes flashback and narration. The descriptions were very rich, the book created a real sense of being in this near future world, of living on the margins of society.
Compelling story telling
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Excellent, original and thought-provoking, I will read more by this author.Published on 26 July 2014 by skd
I was impressed with the depth and maturity of the writing in this book.
We follow Lore's story through two timelines (her "present" and "past"), which are cleverly... Read more