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Natasha Pulley

Autor(a) de The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

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Obras de Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (2015) 1,935 cópias
The Bedlam Stacks (2017) 687 cópias
The Kingdoms (2021) 482 cópias
The Half Life of Valery K (2022) 248 cópias
The Mars House (2024) 96 cópias

Associated Works

The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights (2021) — Contribuinte — 200 cópias
The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Festive Nights (2023) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Oxford University
University of East Anglia (MA|Creative Writing)
Betty Trask Award in 2016
Jenny Savill
Pequena biografia
Natasha has lived in Japan as a Daiwa Scholar, as well as China and Peru. She was a 2016 Glastone Writer in Residence, and she teaches on Bath Spa University’s Creative Writing BA, alongside short courses at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.



Group read: The watchmaker of Filigree Street em The Green Dragon (Fevereiro 2016)


Valery ( fysicus) heeft jaren in Siberië in een strafkamp gezeten maar wordt overgeplaatst naar Stad 40. Daar onderzoekt hij het effect van straling op dieren in de omgeving. Sjenkov is van KGB en werkt ook in Stad 40.
In het verhaal gebeuren er mooie dingen zoals de vriendschap/liefde die tussen deze 2 mannen ontstaat, de pogingen die ze wederzijds doen om elkaar uit de ellende te halen. Hun compassie voor de slachtoffers die overal te vinden zijn in en rond de stad. Allemaal tamelijk willens en wetens blootgesteld aan straling om maar te kunnen onderzoeken wat dat doet met plant, mens en dier.
Uiteindelijk ontsnappen ze samen met zo’n 100 inwoners van een besmet dorp en krijgen ze asiel (en elkaar) in Engeland.
De wreedheid van het Sovjet regime is helder en de onverschilligheid die mensen die er leven en werken noodgedwongen ontwikkelen is schokkend en mooi beschreven. Wel vind ik verhaal soms wat te technisch en onwaarschijnlijk.
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vuurziel | outras 14 resenhas | May 24, 2024 |
The deliberate pace of this novel is necessary to keep it from being another poor girl/boy gets taken in by the super rich. January was a principle dancer with the Ballet in a flooded out London and is a refugee on Mars, where the "earthstrong" live under strict limitations to minimize the physical harm they can do to "natural" Martians. The problems are indeed often ones with no good answers, but the characters, and the whimsical touches such as snide matriarchal mammoths give it sufficient lift not to bear down too heavily.… (mais)
quondame | outras 7 resenhas | May 17, 2024 |
The Kingdoms is about a man who suddenly wakes up without a memory, in the late nineteenth century in a world that we slowly discover is one where the French won the Napoleonic Wars and thus conquered England (though not Scotland). The book benefits from a nice sense of double wrongness: Joe has no memory, so everything is new to him, but there's a different way in which everything is new to us, as we slowly uncover how this history differs from the one we as readers know. I like to say (I think I stole this from Jo Walton) that sf is a mystery genre, where the world itself is the mystery, and The Kingdoms captures that very well. I liked Joe a lot as a protagonist, in his slow, methodical nature, and I liked how that was mirrored by the slow, methodical way in which the story unspooled. Joe is sent to man a remote lighthouse whose operators have disappeared, but also one that seems to have some kind of connection to his mysterious past; the people he meets are strange and unsettling.

The book makes some major shifts after this point, and though they worked for me in the abstract—like, if you described them to me, I certainly wouldn't object to a novel in general, or even this novel in particular, going this route—I found that in their actuality, they kind of lost me. The clear throughline of the first part of the novel ends up dissipating, with a lot of embedded narratives, and the singular character focus of the first part is lost in favor of an expanding cast, many of whom never grabbed me as much as Joe did. In the end, I got a bit lost in the plot mechanics too—and I usually do pretty well by these things! Perhaps I was not giving the book the focus it deserved, but though I enjoyed it for much of its run, by its end it didn't seem that the attributes that made it initially appeal to me were still around very much. It may work very well for someone else, but not so much for me.
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Stevil2001 | outras 23 resenhas | May 4, 2024 |
Natasha Pulley's The Mars House is, like everything she writes, and absolute show-stopper. I start reading her work and very little else matters. I just want to stay in her world of complex challenges and gentle, timid hopes as long as I can.

I've started this review several times and found myself caught up in complex and lengthy summary, so I'm going to forgo the summary almost completely. I'll just say, imagine January, an Earth refugee, a former dancer with the Royal Ballet, who moves to Tharsis, a Mars colony, and experiences all kinds of physical and cultural shocks. (Most of the other reviews of this title include such summary, so you'll have no trouble finding some.)

I'd like to highlight the points of contact and tension that drive this novel.
• Miscommunication between a gender-neutral Tharsis culture and a highly gendered Earth approach to identity
• Huge differences in physical strength between recent Earth arrivals (strong, having lived at a gravity three times that on Mars) and Tharsises (fragile bones and reduced strength as a result of generations of life on lower-gravity Mars)
• Lots and lots of difficulties concerning the costs and benefits of assimilation
• A possibility of physical assimilation, "naturalization," that risks the health and lives of the Earth refugees
• Complicated and bloody political manoeuvering among Tharsis politicians
• An uneasy arrangement between a Tharsis politician determined to make naturalization mandatory, and January, who is looking for a way of moving beyond the poverty and exclusion he's experienced on Tharsis
• And the possibility of an awkward, near-impossible budding romance.

So that's
√ The climate crisis on earth
√ Climate refugees on Mars
√ State-sponsored disabling of arriving refugees
√ Colonial tensions as Earth nations attempt to maintain control over Tharsis
√ Awkward non-binary/binary attraction

Pulley is gathering up the foibles of our own time and holding up a mirror to our biases and incompleteness via a space colony 200 years in the future. As always, the prose is exquisite, the plotting full of twists, and the central characters emotionally engaging. Bonus: woolly mammoths (yep, those, too).

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss; the opinions are my own.
… (mais)
Sarah-Hope | outras 7 resenhas | Mar 22, 2024 |


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