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"Packs an enormous wallop of imagination and world building." - BARNES & NOBLE
"This richly imagined adventure marks Robson as an author to watch." - PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
"Robson, who has garnered major award nominations in a career of only a few years, builds both her future and ancient worlds with convincing detail for such a short novel, populating them with characters who are believable and engrossing, even when they have tentacles. It's likely to be one of the most impressive debut novels of the year." - Gary K. Wolfe, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Sci-fi fans and non-sci-fi fans alike should pick up a copy of Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach. There's enough wicked cool tech to satisfy hard SF geeks, character development to please SF dilettantes, and fantastic storytelling to enamor everyone else." - Alex Brown, TOR.COM
"The story is a marvel." Adrienne Martini, LOCUS
"Challenges and delights." POPULAR MECHANICS Best SF Books of 2018
"The sheer richness of invention in Robson's story... is close to astonishing, and her conclusion is both surprising and dramatically appropriate. If there had been any doubt that Robson is one of the most accomplished and versatile new writers, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach should dispel it." - Gary K. Wolfe, LOCUS
"Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is a splendid read, one that had me wanting far more by the time I turned the last page." THE VERGE
"Rich, nuanced characters, deeply compelling story, and a powerfully conceived world make Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach one of the best novellas of recent times, one of the highlight books of 2018, and something to look for on awards ballots come 2019." - Jonathan Strahan
"Robson creates a nuanced take on how time travel can be used in science fiction beyond the typical 'prevent event from happening' trope. Time travel is treated thoughtfully here, with rules and consequences that enrich the novel to the last page. - RT BOOK REVIEWS
"A full-blown success." THE IMAGINARIES
"Escapism isn't a dirty word in my lexicon, but hopefully we keep getting books like Lucky Peach, that balance out fantasy with the long, uncertain, but rewarding work to fix our world." FICTION UNBOUND
About the Author
KELLY ROBSON’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Tor.com, Clarkesworld Magazine, and several anthologies. Her Tor.com novella Waters of Versailles won the 2016 Aurora Award, and she has also been a finalist for the Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, Sunburst Award, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stories have been included in numerous year’s best anthologies, and she is a regular contributor to the Another Word column at Clarkesworld.
Kelly grew up in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and competed in rodeos as a teenager. From 2008 to 2012, she was the wine columnist for Chatelaine, Canada’s largest women’s magazine. After many years in Vancouver, she and her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica, now live in Toronto.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : March 13, 2018
- File Size : 1445 KB
- Publisher : Tor.com (March 13, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0756JDSZM
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 236 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,872 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What sets this book apart is a rare combination of two things: (1) complex world-building, and (2) a light touch with exposition. Kelly Robson seems to have imagined a future with a rich history, of which she only shows us glimpses, and a present which is less familiar than it seems at first glance. Often, writers who have put a lot of work into their backstory can't resist the urge to share as much of it as possible with us -- whence the useful but tedious custom of the "infodump," not to mention the bloated paperback with 600 pages when 200 were needed. Robson spares us almost all of this; if anything, she gives us a touch too little, but most readers of science fiction will be able to fill in as much detail as they need from the hints she drops.
Robson's light narrative touch means that the end of the novel, when it comes, is abrupt. Other writers might have filled in the blanks with an epilogue or two -- and some readers may feel the loss. I confess that I did, for a moment. But the truth is that she has told the story she set out to tell, and ended it where it ends. That's good writing. Now, if she does decide to write a sequel, I'll be very interested. But if not, I can simply use my own imagination -- which is exactly what this book encourages its readers to do.
A little slow, as the first half of the novel deals with plot and character development, but picks up nicely in the last half.
Without spoiling the end, there is plenty of room for at least one sequel to this new literary universe, and I hope Kelly Robson continues this story arc. I found the characters ikeable, and would really like to know what happens to them next.
While delightful possibilities of technological progress are present on every page, Robson's story reveals how human power structures twist and bend realities and narratives to maintain status quo, such that new freedoms become wallpaper for the old prision.
Robson weaves the perspectives of past and present to build to the only possible but least likely conclusion. Anything is possible but little is probable.
What happens to the ecological survey of ancient Mesopotamia is surprising and yet predictable in hindsight - like the result of most technological and social shifts.
Robson slices the future of humanity into sweet pieces of possibility and delight, while reminding us that monstrous rot lies not far beneath the surface of technological and social change if we are not careful to look before we bite.
Top reviews from other countries
Since Robson is evidently a devourer of sci-fi, this reads like a story for sci-fi devourers. The details come thick and fast at the beginning in simple enough language--habitats are "habs", "bioms" monitor health, "whispering" is like telepathy (right?), there are "bots" helping out around the peach orchard, the protagonist has six legs--to name a few! Yet the writing style is such that it presents these ideas to readers who are already very familiar with sci-fi concepts. If a detail of the world or its history doesn't explicitly relate to the story being told, it's still left in but not explained as in-depth--risking confusion for the sake of denser worldbuilding without sacrificing pace. A daring strategy--worked for me. I guess that's why they say sci-fi is the literature of ideas, and there are a multitude within.
Also, the story naturally leaves scope in and around its timeline for future works, which I've gleaned is the author's plan. Like other readers, I'm holding off speaking more about the plot because I'm not sure I understood it completely (though I re-read the opening chapter again and understood it much better.) Anyway, that's fine: the best books are worth re-reading. And the best authors pursue their concepts with such strong authorial voices that it's like, "Okay, you're gonna have to slow down and learn how to read me, because this hasn't been done before." And Robson is an original to look out for!
The first half of the story lays a lot of this groundwork and background, but then launches into a slightly odder second half – Time Travel! Unfortunately this type of time travel is pretty much useless for fixing the world – you create alternate realities that don’t impact on your present. However it’s still of some use – someone wants to go back and study the unblemished ecology of Mesopotamia in order to work out how to fix it, and they hire Minh and Kiki for the job. The most interesting strand here is a set of quick switches to the perspective of the local king, who has to deal with weird strangers appearing and a priest using the situation as a power play. This whole thing is highly imaginative and has some great characters running through it. If I was to criticise I'd say that I’m not sure the leisurely first half left enough time and space to deal with such a big idea in the second, and so the ending feels a little rushed. This is a clever and imaginative debut.