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“Ayize’s imagination will mess with yours, and the world won’t ever look quite the same again.”
“The Liminal People has the pleasures of classic sf while being astonishingly contemporary and savvy.”
―Maureen F. McHugh
“Fast and sleek and powerful―a skillful and unique mix of supernatural adventure and lived-in, persuasive, often moving noir.”
―Felix Gilman, author of The Half-Made World
Ayize’s imagination will mess with yours, and the world won’t ever look quite the same again.”
The Liminal People has the pleasures of classic sf while being astonishingly contemporary and savvy.”
Maureen F. McHugh
Fast and sleek and powerfula skillful and unique mix of supernatural adventure and lived-in, persuasive, often moving noir.”
Felix Gilman, author of The Half-Made World
About the Author
- Publication date : January 10, 2012
- Language: : English
- File size : 501 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 202 pages
- Publisher : Small Beer Press (January 10, 2012)
- ASIN : B0069UDOJE
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,615 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These are all questions posed by Ayize Jama-Everett's short, powerful first novel, The Liminal People. Jama-Everett's first person narrator, Taggert, introduces himself while in the midst of conducting a drug sale he is conducting on behalf of his mentor, Nordeen Maximus. Taggert is able to keep the transaction from going sour by putting his would-be assassins to sleep with a mental nudge, a skill he's developed from his greater ability to manipulate his own and others' bodies on a molecular level. The deal resolves in his favor, not surprisingly given his advantage, and he returns to his home near Al Hoceima in Morocco. There, he finds a recorded message from Yasmine Petalas, a woman from his past with her own mental ability - to manipulate fire - who broke his heart. She is calling to tell him she needs him, and he must come quickly.
Taggert obtains Nordeen's permission to leave the country, doing his best to avoid Nordeen's questions but compelled nonetheless to reveal that Yasmine is "like us"; Nordeen would know if he was lying, apparently as part of his own ability. Taggert makes his way to London, telling us his back story (including his history with Yasmine) as he travels. Once there, he finds that Yasmine is married to a diplomat. Yasmine charges him with finding her daughter, Tamara, who is gifted with telekinesis. No one knows whether Tamara has simply run away or has been kidnapped, and no one knows whether it has anything to do with her ability or merely her status as the daughter of a diplomat.
From that point forward, the book is in high gear for adventure, though Jama-Everett never loses sight of the philosophical and moral points, particularly with regard to the responsibilities inherent - or not - in having great power. When Taggart finds Tamara, he finds himself schooling her in the use of her power, both in a practical, how-to sense, and in a moral sense, trying to explain when it is proper to use her power and when it is not. It's an odd lesson coming from a man who has often used his own power in order to run drugs and other contraband in and out of Africa, and Taggart finds himself examining his own life as well.
The Liminal People is an excellent first novel full of insightful characters - however gradually they may gain that insight - engaged in a battle that seems to have only just begun. I'm hoping that this novel is the first in a series, as Jama-Everett has built a world and peopled it with characters about which and whom I wish to know more.
The way Jama-Everett approaches "superpowers" in this world is invigorating. There are so many possibilities for how things could play out but you only start to get a tease of the broader powers at play throughout the book. Taggert's quest for freedom and his humanity is profound and despite his flaws he is an easy hero to root for.
I am so thrilled I finally read this book and am already counting down the days until I can get my hands on the next installment in this world.
How does one make a life (let alone be a hero) in a world of people whose minds you can read, whose ills you can heal, or whose bodies/choices/movements you can control -- without ever giving away who and what you are? The story takes off with a graphic North African drug deal gone wrong, and leads us through the noirish, gritty London of actual Brits -- ethnic imports and rough-and-tumble local upstarts. The book sets up an eye-opening depiction of the gathering storm between those mutants who seek a modicum of normalcy, humanity...and those others with delusions of god-hood who work to control them. Excellent pacing, original characters and imagery, and great, witty writing that kept me turning the pages. I'll be purchasing this author's next book as soon as it comes out. Recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
Der Roman ist gut geschrieben und trotzdem ist die Sprache leicht verständlich - mit Schulniveau sollte man hier schon ganz gut klar kommen.
Der Protagonist ist ein Heiler - er verfügt über die Fähigkeit den menschlichen Körper zu manipulieren wie ein Musiker sein Instrument. Das führte zu einigen Komplikationen in seinem Leben und verschlägt ihn schließlich nach Marokko, als Handlanger eines geheimnisvollen Drogenhändlers, der großes Interesse an allen Menschen mit besonderen Fähigkeiten hat. Es erreicht ihn ein Hilferuf aus seiner Vergangenheit. Hier setzt die Handlung des Romans ein.
Warum gefällt mir das Buch so gut? Mit gefällt das World Building. Besonders Afrikas Einfluss ist mal was anderes und fällt sehr positiv auf. Die Charaktere haben Grautöne, Schwächen und Fehler - und das macht sie trotz ihrer übermenschlichen Fähigkeiten menschlich und interessant. Die Handlung ist in sich abgeschlossen, allerdings bleiben genug offene Fragen und Andeutungen dass man auf eine Vorsetzung hoffen darf.