Slow River won both the Nebula Award and the Lambda Literary Award for author Nicola Griffith. The book's near-future setting and devices place it firmly on the science fiction shelves, and the characters' matter-of-fact sexuality further label it as lesbian SF. But make no mistake, Slow River is no subgenre throwaway. Griffith's skill at weaving temporal threads through the plot bring protagonist Lore van de Oest to tragic life, and you will genuinely care about her in the end.
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
Set in a dystopian future, Griffith's second novel involves a woman's search for identity.
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After her abduction, once-wealthy Lore is left with nothing but the questionable aid of a backstreet hacker named Spanner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Juushika
OK I guess...once the author begins to advertise his/hers leanings......lost interest....Published 4 months ago by Jesus Riesco
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 6 months 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 12 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 16 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 19 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 on April 17, 2013 by Caleb Rogers