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On a Red Station, Drifting Hardcover – December 24, 2012
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But war has come to the Dai Viet Empire. Prosper’s brightest minds have been called away to defend the Emperor; and a flood of disorientated refugees strain the station’s resources. As deprivations cause the station’s ordinary life to unravel, uncovering old grudges and tearing apart the decimated family, Station Mistress Quyen and the Honoured Ancestress struggle to keep their relatives united and safe. What Quyen does not know is that the Honoured Ancestress herself is faltering, her mind eaten away by a disease that seems to have no cure; and that the future of the station itself might hang in the balance…"
I don’t often post a book’s copy as the means of beginning a review but in the case of “On a Red Station, Drifting” I believe the quote sets the stage far more succinctly than I ever could, for Aliette de Bodard’s novella is one that invites incoherent fannish babbling while at the same time inspiring one to write a review worthy of her story. I will make a valiant attempt, and I will fail, but in the effort I hope to convey some of what I took away from this unique work of fiction.
Linh is a magistrate of a world falling to the rebel forces who arrives at Prosper Station as a refugee, carrying with her the emotional weight of having abandoned her people at the behest of her most trusted advisor. Quyen is the administrator of Prosper Station, having assumed the mantle after her husband was taken in the war effort. Though she is in direct communication with the station’s A.I.Read more ›
It is really good, much better than my review can ever articulate. The ending is bittersweet and a bit depressing, but strangely satisfying to.
But I expected to feel a little lost in reading a new genre, and I didn't mind very much. There was a lot that felt familiar, too, for those that know the fantasy and science fiction genres well - a once-prosperous place now fallen on hard times with a large population and limited resources. Failing infrastructure. A long, never-ending war that has taken away the heroes and left the defenseless alone. You know the story, right? But that's where de Bodard takes off into the awesomeness of a feminine perspective and an East Asian influence.
It is so rare (really, ridiculously rare) to see a woman's perspective in fantasy and science fiction, and even more abysmally rare to see the perspective of someone of color. It was so refreshing to read this book, with its two central characters both women, and neither of them with a romantic interest or "God, I wish I was prettier" thought in their heads for the whole book! Rather, both women were concerned about their friends and family and their ways of life. You know. Things that normal people care about. And, much like in real life, there is no villain in this story. There are just people with different perspectives who misunderstand each other and want different things.
And the Vietnamese perspective was so great, too.Read more ›
But I digress. This book is ultimately about both the ties of family and the value of when and how to fall in line. How do you know when you're right and should stick to your guns, versus when you're wrong and need to swallow your pride? The relationships between women in unequal roles in society, and how they can resolve the tension between them without hurting others under their control.
The prose is elegant, the characters are well rounded. I would highly recommend this book, particularly to fans of science fiction who want a break from interplanetary Empires that magically all look and sound like Europe or America.
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I adored everything about this story - from the rich voices and inner minds of the characters to the evocative setting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Timothy J. Phin
Gorgeous book. I'm looking forward to more from this author, she's very high on my favorites now.
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Evocative and with a solid feel of a greater backdrop to the events within. The narrative threads could have used a bit more fleshing out in my opinion.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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