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Jackie's Boy de Steven Popkes

Jackie's Boy (edição: 2020)

de Steven Popkes (Autor)

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Título:Jackie's Boy
Autores:Steven Popkes (Autor)
Informação:(2020), 289 pages
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Jackie's Boy de Steven Popkes


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I enjoyed this book. It was a bit slow at parts, and I never really loved any of the characters, but I liked the world building and the different communities they encountered. It can be dark and deals with some heavy themes, but I would recommend for anyone into post apocalyptic books. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Jan 23, 2021 |
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I first read Jackie’s Boy as a near-future short story by Steven Popkes in Asimov’s science fiction magazine more than 10 years ago (April/May 2010). Though I’ve seen it described as somewhat uneven as a short story, it stuck with me. I vaguely recognized the title and immediately recognized the basic premise of the story when offered the opportunity to review the novel length version of the tale. The extended chronicle of a boy partnering with Jackie, a talking, well-versed (if generally grouchy) elephant to find peace and sense of place - both physically and emotionally - in a post-pandemic world does not disappoint.

Jackie agrees to keep Michael around for his “monkey hands” and it’s his narrative that allows us to follow his evolving relationship with Jackie and the world around him. What may have seemed a bit more far-fetched ten years ago, seems altogether much more plausible these days, after Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks and the advances made in artificial intelligence and robotics in the meantime - not to mention being in the midst of an actual pandemic of COVID-19 and a political climate that shows just how challenged we sometimes are as a society in terms of self-governance.

My recollections of the short story were fond enough that I looked forward to a longer account of Michael and Jackie; in re-reading the short story afterward, what seemed rushed (in retrospect), and lacking in enough detail to bring readers along who need more hooks on which to suspend their disbelief, is filled in nicely in the novel. The pace of the novel is as languid at times as some of the slower-moving dammed-up rivers the pair trace between the Mississippi and Tennessee river valleys in their search of other elephants. Jackie has reason to believe they exist and, as a herd animal herself, she wants to join them - ideally before she births the calf she’s carrying.

The story works best in its novel format. Popkes has taken care to expand the details of the environment Jackie and Michael inhabit and their emotional attachments to one another in ways that are believable, touching and also provide both guidance and warnings regarding our own near future. What could have come off as stilted or lecturing, instead is heartwarming in the most pragmatic way. Good things can happen but that’s because you work for them and it doesn’t mean that bad things don’t still happen too. You just find a path that works for you and you fight for it. Hopefulness is something we create together. ( )
  KimmViebrock | Jan 10, 2021 |
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