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Ammonite. by Nicola Griffith (S.F. Masterworks) Paperback – September 1, 2012
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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 six LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS. Although born in Yorkshire, she now lives in Seattle, in the USA.
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The only weakness is that the climax and resolution were far too quick and easy. Greater final conflict and more direct confrontation would have been more satisfying. As it was, it felt like the author just got tired of the story and was ready to move onto the next thing.
Planet Jeep has a virus which kills all men and a significant percentage of the women as well.
So the planet is a women-only society, both the Terran Company and the natives.
I liked Marghe herself, the change she undergoes, and the trials she endures. I also liked the world building, which was very convincing. I didn't like most of the secondary characters, which were too shallow to be real, mainly the commander of the mirrors which was cardboard thick. I also thought the author used vocabulary out of a thesaurus (which is ok, as long as it doesnt feel like showoff, which it did).
All in all - I enjoyed the book, it was a good read.
Griffith's Ammonite fills in that deficiency brilliantly. A planet of all women, none perfect, very few stereotypes. Some are kind, some are vicious. Written (much like LeGuin's works) from the perspective of an outsider that finds her own way in a society that is at first incomprehensible to her.
There are perhaps a few cliches in the relationships that Marghe forms with the both the "real" natives and the "alien" women who have been there a few years, but these are cliches that actually work in a poetic manner.
A fantastic read,somewhere between LeGuin's work and Margaret Atwood's.