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R.F. Kuang

Autor(a) de The Poppy War

16+ Works 13,362 Membros 371 Reviews 12 Favorited

About the Author

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Obras de R.F. Kuang

Associated Works

The Book of Dragons: An Anthology (2020) — Contribuinte — 212 cópias
A Summer Beyond Your Reach: Stories (2020) — Tradutor — 32 cópias
Uncanny Magazine Issue 21: March/April 2018 (2018) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
The Writer's Book of Doubt (2019) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
New Voices in Chinese Science Fiction (2022) — Tradutor — 10 cópias
Clarkesworld: Issue 158 (November 2019) (2019) — Tradutor, algumas edições4 cópias
Uncanny Magazine: The Best of 2018 — Contribuinte, algumas edições2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum




This is a grim and also funny book about the lifestyle of a bestselling author. The protagonist, June Hayward, watches her successful writer friend Athena Liu die in an accident in the first chapter, then takes her unpublished manuscript and successfully sells it as her own. June makes some awful decisions and is repeatedly confronted with the consequences of her actions; there’s also some wickedly vicious commentary on the perception of Chinese culture and especially Chinese history in today’s America (and I don’t think that other Western countries would be very different). It’s a short but compulsive read; you can’t quite believe that June has got herself into a position where her career success depends on a gruesome lie, but you can absolutely believe the contortions that follow.… (mais)
nwhyte | outras 78 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
There is so much YA-level didacticism in this novel, so many times the author’s voice heavily descends into the story to make the class of political point it’s made many times already (did people in the 1830s often throw around terms like “narco-military state”?), that it was rather difficult as a reader to sit within the story itself, in its own time and unfolding narrative.

This seems a failure in a fantasy novel. I believe I have a better idea from it of the author’s political stances in the current day than I do of how magic works in this slightly alternate fantasy history she creates.

I surely would have liked this more as a teenager myself, when “The British Empire was racist, capitalism is racist!” would have been new and exciting and enough to me. So maybe gift this to that teen in your life who you want to ensure is safe from becoming a Tory or Republican (US version).
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lelandleslie | outras 92 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Heard a lot about this book and received a copy for the holidays. Learned a bit about another view on the joys of being a published author, as well as a tangled tale of author ownership. Also was a great use of my Asian Studies major back in the day. Will keep my eye out for more by this author.
bookczuk | outras 78 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
My most anticipated book of 2022 and it did not disappoint for a single, solitary word (although this is R.F. Kuang here, so no one should be surprised). "Babel" is the absolute pinnacle of dark academia for many reasons, but largely because Kuang explores exactly what it is that makes academia dark: the inherent and inextricable foundations of which academia and its many institutions are built, a foundation of colonialism, racism, exploitation, and violence. "Babel" is also a love story to languages, words, and those nerdy little bits of linguistics that are fascinating although often overlooked.
Everyone should read this book, let it soak into their minds, reread it, and learn from it. There is simply no other book like "Babel".
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deborahee | outras 92 resenhas | Feb 23, 2024 |



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