Los Angeles Times Book ReviewAmmonite
's story is gripping, many-layered, ever-changing. Griffith has a fine way with character and sure talent. Many passages are beautifully written; most seem to do double duty, shimmering with the many levels and complex meanings of this remarkable first novel.Washington Post Book World
Uncompromisingly packed with nondogmatic feminist and queer ideologies... Griffith reveal[s] herself to be fluent in presenting realistic science and its implications, capable of cinematic clarity in her prose, insightful with emotions and character.New York Times Book Review
Pays homage to Ursula K. Le Guin'sLeft Hand of Darkness
without inviting invidious comparisons.
Ammonite represents a major, no, make that a revolutionary change...a remarkable departure from the commonplace.
Nicola Griffith's first novel, Ammonite
, flies all the banners of traditional sf [but] beneath the banners, it is armed to the teeth against convention.
The New York Review of Science Fiction
A serious assault on conventions so enormous that it is very much more dangerous, sometimes, than writing about lesbianism.
Probably the best debut novel of the year--an accomplished, moving, intelligent, and graceful examination of gender roles, and a helluva good read.
Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith, is the first novel of a major talent.
“A knockout . . . Strong, likeable characters, a compelling story, and a very interesting take on gender.”
–URSULA K. LE GUIN
“A POWERFUL STORY OF CONNECTION, ALLEGIANCE, AND OBLIGATION. Read Nicola Griffith’s book–and keep an eye out for her name in the future.”
–VONDA N. MCINTYRE