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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575118253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575118256
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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The plus points of this novel were the author's rich imagination in a likely portrayal of a future where all sorts of chemicals and carcinogens have infiltrated our ecosystem, setting off a brand new industry which is dedicated to cleaning and combating this gunk in a high-tech environmentally friendly process. The other plus point was the main mystery narrative as the heroine tries to work if something more was behind her kidnapping than met the eye, and an exploration of dark sexual secrets within the family. The way these plotlines were intertwined gave great depth to the story, although I would have preferred more investment in the mystery storyline, which only appeared to come to maturity very late in the book and somewhat abruptly.

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.
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Not my usual sort of thing, I'll admit that at the start. Very near-future SF that, having been written 20 years ago, now looks very much like today's world, replete with hyper-rich corporations, industrial sabotage and commodities monopolies, environmental upheaval, breadline work patterns, and the abuse of self and others to relieve the grind. All of which is seen - in three different POV narratives - by protagonist Lore as she grows into the world.

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.
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This is an impossible to put down book that ends too soon!

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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