Born into a bioengineering family made wealthy by cleaning up after humanity, Lore leads a life of privilege and power. Riches don't bring happiness, though, and the van de Oest family hides its share of dark secrets. Lore is kidnapped, but escapes from her captors when she realizes her family isn't going to pay the ransom. Naked, alone, and wounded, she is saved by the brutally street-smart Spanner, who teaches Lore to survive by exploiting the Net (and human) weaknesses. To learn to trust, though, Lore must face her demons, one by one, until she can begin again.
Griffith's biotech-science details are accurate, and she fits them smoothly into the story in the manner of a cyberpunk master. This novel's real strength is its characters, though. The van de Oest family, Spanner, even characters who appear only briefly, are all distinct and consistent--not to mention very human. Lore herself seems so personal that Griffith's note about the story's disturbing aspects not being autobiographical was probably wise. Slow River is more than good enough to transcend genre and appeal to both queer SF readers and a more broad audience looking for an excellent character-driven SF story. --Therese Littleton
Slow River is a very well written book that tells an incredible story.
As well the protagonist if homosexual without being exoticized or the account being in any way apologetic for her sexuality.
The language is beautiful, the scenery is immersive, tangible and fragrant, and the characters are painted fully into life.
This is one of those very rare science fiction books that I actually enjoyed (and yes, I love fantasy. If you think they are interchangeable, we need to talk). Read morePublished 17 days ago by E. Smiley
Nicola Griffith has created a world much like our own in Slow River. The people are complex and utterly human, the setting is very familiar but with all those things that seem like... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lindsey
Once again Griffith has me thinking so in depthly about the craziest things. I absolutely love her works. This story brings every genre I love together. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Raven Henry
While I liked Griffith's first book a lot, in Slow River she's a master of her craft. The story echoes between the past and the present, adding layers of details to the main... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Beth Bernobich
I am working my way through Nicola Griffith's body of work.
This is the second book she wrote.
It's sort of science fiction but just a wee bit. Read more
A story of loss and damage wrapped in a tale about bioremediation and corporate back-games.
The story and characters were engaging and reflected the truths of self-destructive... Read more
The book contains fantastic speculations on a very realistic future while maintaining realistic characters that exist in a social group that we don't quite have yet. Really fun.Published 22 months ago by Caleb Rogers
I just reread Slow River for the 5th time (or more). It holds up. It's a great work for speculative fiction. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joy
This novel moved a little slower than the sort I usually like, but the prose is engaging, with interesting characters, and kept me reading to the end. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by voxmore