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Kathleen Ann Goonan (1952–2021)

Autor(a) de Queen City Jazz

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Associated Works

Engineering Infinity (2011) — Contribuinte — 353 cópias
The Starry Rift (2008) — Contribuinte — 281 cópias
Year's Best SF 2 (1997) — Contribuinte — 262 cópias
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (2014) — Contribuinte — 241 cópias
Year's Best SF 13 (2008) — Contribuinte — 191 cópias
Year's Best SF 14 (2009) — Contribuinte — 171 cópias
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014 Edition (2015) — Contribuinte — 153 cópias
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Contribuinte — 149 cópias
Reach for Infinity (2014) — Contribuinte — 139 cópias
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias
Tombs (1995) — Contribuinte — 114 cópias
Nanotech! (1998) — Contribuinte — 108 cópias
Year's Best SF 18 (2013) — Contribuinte — 93 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 (2009) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
Drowned Worlds (2016) — Contribuinte — 87 cópias
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3 (2018) — Contribuinte — 59 cópias
Blue Motel (1994) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (2016) — Conclusion — 42 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition (2018) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Destination Unknown (1997) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1995, Vol. 88, No. 6 (1995) — Author - The String — 20 cópias
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 20, No. 4 [April 1996] (1996) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 17, No. 3 [March 1993] (1993) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 17, No. 10 [September 1993] (1993) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Telling Tales: The Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology (2013) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Tor.com Short Fiction: Mar/Apr 2019 (2019) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 22 • March 2012 (2012) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Extrasolar (2017) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 15th Anniversary Edition (2023) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories (2019) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 98 • July 2018 (2018) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
The Anderson Project (2014) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Science Fiction Eye #10, June 1992 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum




Charming. A bit too cute, all inclusive and on the nose.
zot79 | Aug 20, 2023 |
The first 60%: amazing and detailed worldbuilding with really original and fascinating ideas. No real story, to be honest, and the female MC is completely passive (in truth just a witness, never a real factor, always pushed around by others), but the sense of wonder more than makes for that. Loved it. The next 20%: endless and boring introspection and inner MC doubts, plus thick packets of infodump served exactly as infodump: the MC, and therefore the reader, simply receives episodes of explanations from the past. Still no story, too many unintersting and unidimensional SC, and too much jazz references, unfortunately (I love blues but really, really hate jazz)... At 80% i couldn't cope with the slugging boredom anymore and gave up. A hugely wasted opportunity of an amazing scifi world...… (mais)
milosdumbraci | outras 10 resenhas | May 5, 2023 |
Three and a half stars.

It was an easier, more accessible read than [b:Queen City Jazz|597159|Queen City Jazz (Nanotech, #1)|Kathleen Ann Goonan|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1312056498s/597159.jpg|583815], but there were some structural similarities.
This feels like one of those books for which my opinion might change later; I'll have to see what persists and what fades over time.
VictoriaGaile | outras 5 resenhas | Oct 16, 2021 |
This is the book that redeems all the books I've slogged through just because my book group was reading them. Because I slogged through this one, too, but it was worth it.

For the most part, I did not enjoy reading it. The beginning, with the neo-Shakers, was interesting and caught my attention; but our heroine leaves home relatively early, and there's a long section in the middle there where things get weird -- like, drug-trippy weird; and even though it's not drugs and there is a science fictional and integral-to-the-story reason for it, it felt a lot like the 70s New Wave SF that was heavily into drugs, which I actively disliked.

But when I was about 60% of the way through, I suddenly realized I was engaged with the story; I cared about the character; and I wanted to see how things would work out.

The book is at once a hero's journey, a coming-of-age story, a post-apocalypse story, a druggie vision quest story, and a story with some very interesting science fictional ideas, and I think it suffered by trying to do all of this at once. It also uses a storytelling strategy in which neither the viewpoint character nor the readers have any idea what is really going on, and everything is bewildering and confusing until gradually, in flashbacks, things start to become clear: in other words, the story is told backwards for much of the book. This seems to be an increasingly popular storytelling strategy which I find increasingly annoying, and I think I finally became engaged when I did because by that point I finally had enough of the backstory to start caring. I will say that the flashbacks are presented in a way that is perfectly integrated into the plot, which isn't always the case.

There were a lot of allusions to literature, music, and drama - I'm sure most of that went over my head as I'm not well enough read in the humanities. I suspect too that the author was deliberately attempting a literary version of jazz in this story, and I don't actually like jazz very much, which probably contributed to the slogging. A significant theme in the book was the relationship between life and art, and the temptation to value art more than life; this reminded me of [b:School of Light|567807|School of Light|Jody Lynn Nye|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1175871868s/567807.jpg|554876], although it's treated much more lightly (ahem) in that book.

There were also a lot of beautifully written sentences and paragraphs -- I kindle-highlighted a *lot* of passages in this book -- which makes me believe that the slogging was the result of an intentional stylistic choice that I don't enjoy, rather than an inability to write; and makes me want to read more by this author. Probably even the next book in this series, although not for a while yet: this one needs time to settle. It will be interesting to see if I like the "Blues" better than I did the "Jazz".

My biggest peeve: although the protagonist is a young woman, and although there are several other important women characters in the book, most of them turn out to be proxies for either the mother, or the wife, of the man whose fault everything is, and a great deal of time is spent on his relationships with them. So for a book with so many women, it weirdly feels like it's actually all about this one guy, his mom, and his girlfriend. Ugh.

There are some good meaty themes here, and some original ideas, both of which were interesting to read about and to think about. Despite how little I enjoyed reading this book, I'm extremely happy to have read it.
… (mais)
VictoriaGaile | outras 10 resenhas | Oct 16, 2021 |



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