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Midnight Robber Paperback – March 1, 2000
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On the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint, Carnival is a Lollapalooza of music and dance, a Mardi Gras, a masquerade; and the Robin Hood of Toussaint legend, the Robber Queen, is just another costume, Tan-Tan's favorite. Then Tan-Tan's corrupt politician father commits a crime that sends them into exile on the extradimensional planet New Half-Way Tree, Toussaint's untamed quantum twin. As she struggles to survive the violent criminals, mysterious aliens, and merciless jungles of New Half-Way Tree, Tan-Tan finds herself taking on--or being taken over by--the mythic persona and powers of the Robber Queen. --Cynthia Ward
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There is so much here that is impressive. Ms. Hopkinson's skill with world building is a treat. So much of the standard fantasy and SF scenarios and metaphors are cleared from the field, and a wealth of mythology, story telling and culture from the African and Caribbean worlds are set in place. The result is a departure from what this genre usually has to offer, a deft weaving of myth and technology a grittier and oft-times harsher world-view. The narrator's poetic voice and author's skilled use of language serve to cement the landscape and confirm that the reader has departed from the tried and true paths, into the wilds of another culture, another realm, where anything might happen. The Caribbean flavor of the language is spicy and powerful-strong and primal. These are storyteller words, delicious to read aloud and savor. And Ms. Hopkinson is able to paint her story with this language without making the read ponderous or awkward. Ms.Read more ›
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The story is about a girl from the planet Toussaint, called Tan-Tan. Toussaint is a highly technological planet: most of the work is done by machines, and everybody (except a few resisters) has an implant which connects them to a planet-wide AI. The AI monitors everybody as well as linking them to news and such -- thus crime would seem to be difficult, and when crime does happen, the criminals are treated harshly, exiled to a primitive planet called New Half Way Tree. Tan-Tan is the daughter of the Mayor of her town, Antonio. Antonio is a serial adulterer himself, but when he catches his wife in flagrante, he flies into a rage. Eventually his actions lead to exile to New Half Way Tree -- and more or less by accident, he takes Tan-Tan with him. This whole first section is a bit slow, and not well enough integrated with the rest of the novel. Antonio doesn't seem well-portrayed -- and Tan-Tan's mother Ione is both an unpleasant and unnecessary character.Read more ›
Under arrest for murder, Antonio, accompanied by his daughter Tan-Tan flees their technically advanced planet through a dimension shifter to land on its primitive "twin," New Half Way Tree. On their new home planet, the dinosaur-like Douen that are mythological creatures on Toussaint thrive. As the years pass Antonio drifts into a world of alcohol and sexually abuses his daughter, who ultimately kills him in self-defense. As she flees from her stepmother's ire, Tan-Tan begins to understand her new tree mates the Douen and soon becomes the MIDNIGHT ROBBER, a legend on her former home planet.
The MIDNIGHT ROBBER is an excellent science fiction tale because author Nalo Hopkinson makes both of her worlds seem vividly real. Toussaint appears to be a technologically advanced Caribbean planet while New Half Way Tree seems very primal. Antonio is a strange, but fully developed character while Tan-Tan will steal the hearts of the audience. As with BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, the award winning Ms. Hopkinson proves she has a unique and wonderful perspective that provides a fresh voice in the science fiction arena.
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An excellent example of science fiction not centered on (or featuring any examples of) a Europe-descended culture, but rather on a planet colonized by people of the Caribbean. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zachary
Overall, I really liked the premise of this story but I had a few issues with the continuity. For instance, the man who helped the mayor leave his home (trying to avoid spoilers)... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DisneyGirl
This is my favorite book now! It is wonderful in so many ways! The language is rich, I love the way Caribbean folklore is used creatively here and the characters are so well... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paula Straile-Costa
Lyrical prose that will sweep you away. A story that asks important questions while building a bridge for you to a place where even the most terrible wounds can be healed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carmen R. Hudson
I absolutely love this book! It is one of my all time favorites! I read this book over and over. I love that my imagination runs wild and I am right there in the bush with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by kisha
Great condition. Received quickly and packaged securely.The book was written in a different style that I'm used to but I like it. Very descriptive storytelling. Read morePublished 14 months ago by taia
At first I didn't know what to think of this book but honestly, it wasn't a bad read. There are some parts that may offend people but I thought of it paralleling with life itself. Read morePublished 17 months ago by mkroo
I love EVERYTHING by Nalo Hopkinson! One of the best contemporary sci fi writers--along with Tananarive Due--another favorite of mine. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fofoye