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This book caught my eye mostly because it s been winning just about every award ever this year So I picked it up when I was on tour And as soon as I started it I could see why it was etting such attention It s exceptionally well writte Ann Leckie s series drops us right into a universe both familiar and terrifyingly different It may take you a while to understand what is What Next After School ?: All You Need To Know About Work, Travel And Study (Times) going on because many of your assumptions about point of view will be stripped away This is because the main character Bre is an ancillary a human body that has been slaved to the artificial intelligence of aiant spaceship in this case Justice of Torren In the empire called the Radch each spaceship is sentient crewed by legions of ancillaries who are all connected to the same central mind Because of this Bre can be in a thousand places at once watching events unfold all across the surface of a planet wherever her soldiers are stationed or on the ship orbiting aboveWhere do ancillaries come from The Radch is a military empire It exists by annexing other star systems and enslaving huge swaths of the native population putting them in cryogenic storage until those bodies are needed their old minds wiped away and reprogrammed as part of a ship s AI If that sounds horrifying it is but Bre knows no other life until a terrible event separates her from her mothership which is destroyed in hyperspace leaving Bre alone the last remnant of Justice of Torren An ancillary is not considered to be human but now Bre must find her way through space hiding and pretending until she can find a way to discover the truth about how her ship was destroyed and take revenge on the person she blames who happens to be the leader of the empireThere are three books in the Radch series and I read them all one after the other Once you are sucked into this world you don t want to leave Another really cool thing about the world which Leckie creates the Radch do not pay attention to The Inclusion Imperative: How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Builds Better Societies gender Gender exists but their language does not even include words for he or she Because of this all characters are labeled she and you can t really be sure nor does it really matter whatender they are Bre struggles whenever she is in another non Radch culture since she has to look for subtle clues and remember not to insult males by calling them female and vice versa I just loved this I found the second two books a bit slow moving than the first but that was okay By that time the story was a drama I cared about and the Radch are all about taking time observing propriety and having tea You have to accept them on their own terms at their own pace If you are looking for a brave and terrifying new world to immerse yourself in definitely Riding the Creative Rollercoaster: How Leaders Evoke Creativity, Productivity and Innovation give this series ao This really seems to be a case of a bandwagon Big Change, Best Path: Successfully Managing Organizational Change with Wisdom, Analytics and Insight gone insane I was looking forward to this book after seeing very high recommendations from a lot of high profile people Veronica Belmont John Scalzi I think Felicia Day NPR books I know I am forgetting and nearly every review here is five stars How could I not love this one Well recently I have discovered that I am really not fitting in with the mainstream I have had terrible luck lately with ridiculously popular books and Ancillary Justice is no exception I was excited to see Ann s treatment ofender due to the now famous use of she as the default pronoun in the book Unfortunately it doesn t work at all What could have been a very interesting take on The Littlest Alpha gender became aimmick that just didn t fit She in this case comes across as a mistranslation It is a word that in English is very closely associated with the feminine There are a few exceptions like boats Fairytale Giantess (Growth Femdom) (Female on Male) guns or cars where people will refer to theenderless object as a she If translating from a language or culture that doesn t recognize a difference between masculine and feminine one would definitely not choose she Sure it doesn t make for such clever marketing However before I تهذيب سيرة ابن هشام get drowned out by cries of misogynist one would not use he either We already have a word for the neutralender it If that seems too impersonal one could refer to the person throughout the book It doesn t flow very well and definitely doesn t hold any Digital Hearing Aids gimmick value so it is a lame choice but it would still make senseNow aside from theender issue the book was a muddled mess Ann apparently had terrible difficulty with descriptions using angry or anger just about a hundred times by my count Ann apparently had terrible difficulty with descriptions using angry or anger just about a hundred times by my count used the word Wild Aces gesture a hundred times as well There wereestures for everything polite Creating Lasting Value: How to Lead, Manage and Market Your Stakeholder Value gesturesestures of ambiguity whatever they would be apologetic Influential Leadership: A Leader's Guide to Getting Things Done gestures negatingestures Wings of Gauze gestures of ambiguity abortiveestures Mastering AngularJS Directives gestures showing a lack of concern or helplessness It really came across as what it was an author s first time at bat The story seems to have been thrown together by the writer making angryestures while holding a pen Characters would be walking along talking and then falling suddenly Ok so you needed to Clean Tech, Clean Profits: Using Effective Innovation and Sustainable Business Practice to Win in the New Low-carbon Economy get the storyoing but just a sudden fall down hundreds of meters Maybe my copy was missing a few pages The story focused on local regional and Managing 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supreme leader Conveniently though these clones all seem to hang around common ships and hang onto the outside of escaping ships trying to shoot their way in
Lazy Wow This Is Wow This is last Ann Leckie book I am Scala High Performance Programming going to waste my time on Sorry Ann I don t mean to hurt your feelings but I am sure that my review certainly won t sink your next book or movie deal I have written low star reviews of popular books before and have received angry messages from fanboys intending to intimidate me intoiving stars really so I feel it necessary to provide this explanation of what a book review site is it is a collection of different opinions If you don t like somebody s opinion of your favorite book sending messages to that person to Prayogshala Nepali Sankramanma Dilli Ra Maobadi (प्रयोगशाला नेपाली सङ्क्रमणमा दिल्ली, दरबार र माओवादी) give a better review completely reduces the value of the review site as a whole If every offended person hereot everybody else to Charlie the Caterpillar give a bookive stars every book would have five stars How does that help you find your next book to read Instead there are a billion five star reviews for Ancillary Justice and a few low ones If you agree with the tastes of the low star reviewers maybe the book isn t for you If you want to play the numbers ame read the book you will probably love it If you re oing to make a desperate hopeless act of defiance you should make it a Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture good one Lots of fun Before reading Ancillary Sword the 2nd book in the Imperial Radch Series I decided to re read Ancillary Justice a thoroughly compelling space opera Standing on the shoulders ofiants author Anne Leckie has produced a mature post modern sci fi emComing out of the ates with her debut novel but with a lifetime of science fiction knowledge building and percolating up to the top Leckie hit a home run and accurately won the science fiction triple crown by rabbing the Hugo the Nebula and the Arthur C Clarke as well as a host of other awards and nominationsSo what s all the fuss aboutLinking influences from Ursula Le Guin Frank Herbert Andre Norton Isaac Asimov Robert A Heinlein and John Varley Leckie has produced a future classic that could not have been produced 40 years ago Ancillary Justice is in many respects the culmination of decades of science fiction evolutionLike Poul Anderson Leckie began with a reat concept a uniue confluence of Kemilau Cinta - Brighter Than the Sun great ideas that work together to build a powerful whole Leckie describes centuries old AI technology that links spaceships and individual units ancillaries together Further these AI conciousnesses can operate together or in psychological civil war to rule over aalactic empire headed by a tyrannical and aristocratic hierarchical system Akin to Star Trek s The Borg civilizations can et annexed into the larger whole and assimilated resistance is futileModern novels like China Mieville s Embassytown and Alastair Reynolds The Prefect come closest to a similar world building masterwork like what Leckie has accomplished Like David Weber s Safehold series Leckie has woven a detai. En un planeta helado y remoto una soldado llamada Bre se está acercando al cumplimiento de su misión En el pasado Bre era Justicia de Toren una crucero
Ann Leckie Ã 1 REVIEWCritiue of the album Closer to the Edge by the band Yes with actual interviews of the band itself The critiue which was written in an email to me from a friend of my father s who is a music buff and a scholar of the poet Milton was incredible It explained the lyrics and musical themes of the album in ways that opened my eyes to its depth complexity and brilliance Listening to the band members try to explain the meaning of their own songs however was nothing short of traumatic They veered between banal and saccharine on the one hand and flatly incoherent on the other It didn t make me stop enjoying their music but it did make me stop listening to or reading their interviewsThe second example of this was the recommendation iven by Jerry Holkins the writer of web comic Penny Arcade for Karen Traviss s first Star Wars novels I Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War greatly admire Holkins as a writer A lot of his blogging lacks polish and refinement he doesn t know when to self edit or perhaps even what that concept means but his skill and passion are unmistakable and his voice is incredibly uniue He is in a way a hero of mine Even though a lot of what he writes is uite frankly offensive crapIt had been several years since the incident with Yes s Closer to the Edge and I didn t really connect the two I just figured if Jerry Holkins was unreservedly endorsing a writer then I had toet on that stat I went out and bought not one but two of her novels right awayThey were terrible Not the absolute worst franchise fiction I ve ever read but well if that sounds like a A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion good example of the expression damning with faint praise then you re absolutely right I forced myself to finish the first one because this was the time before Red Mars and so I still lived by a code of finishing every novel I started But I didn t bother to even start the second There was nothing in novels not a single thing thatave me any hope for her future writingWell almost another decade passed before I fell into this trap again This time the source was John Scalzi I figured that whereas Holkins is primarily a blogger who was endorsing a sci fi author John Scalzi actually was a sci fi author himself so perhaps his endorsement should carry weight Based on his praise the categorization of Ancillary Justice as space opera the premise which described a sentient ship thousands of years old and the awesome cover art I bought it Honest admission if you put a John Harris illustration on a book I will almost invariably buy it I m not saying it s smart but it s trueWell this is three strikes I think I ve finally learned my lesson that the creative skills for making art and the analytic skills for reviewing and criticizing art have about as much in common as plumbing and playing the piano I m not saying that there s no such thing as someone who is both a The Magic Question good writer and aood critic There are probably some A Writer's Reference with Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates good plumbers who can also tickle the ole ivories I m just saying that I fully recognize that creatingood art doesn t make you in any way a reliable source for evaluating artSo what s wrong with Ancillary Justice There s actually one essential problem but it s a doozy nothing the major characters do makes any sense whatsoeverThe entire story is motivated by basically two decisions the protagonist makes neither of which make the least bit of sense First she decides to assassinate someone who has literally thousands of bodies incarnations spread out over a America Lost and Found: An English Boy's Wartime Adventure in the New World good chunk of thealaxy using I kid you not a handgun She spends 20 years tracking down the special handgun so that she can American Pronghorn: Social Adaptations and the Ghosts of Predators Past go kill this person knowing full well that while she ll probably be able to kill one or two bodies it will have no significance whatsoeverNo plausible chance of success and no conseuence even if successful it s the stupidest plan ever conceivedNow you could invest this hopeless and desperate plan with all kinds of emotional tension or rich existentialravitas but Ann Leckie doesn t An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism go for that When confronted by the stupidity of her plan the protagonist just shrugs Which sort of makes you as the reader want her toet blown up to save you the effort of finishing the book If she doesn t care why should you There s stoic and then there s pathologically apatheticOf course plan is kind of a enerous description of the protagonist s intended course of actions This isn t exactly Mission Impossible Her theory is 1 Acuire the magical un and then 2 Gain an audience with the target and
then 3 Shoot the target The problem is that the target is surrounded by a near omniscient AI3 Shoot the target The problem is that the target is surrounded by a near omniscient AI easily detects the plan ahead of time which doesn "t surprise the protagonist thus compounding the idiocy It also renders the primary motivation of the first "surprise the protagonist thus compounding the idiocy It also renders the primary motivation of the first of the book moot Why do we care about spending 2 decades tracking down the magical un that can
past all sensors if the AI around the target can perfectly easily spot the protagonist herself In the book she ends up needing to lay low for months to et that audience but the station AI identifies her in just 2 3 days So once again it s literally the worst plan everIf this doesn t sound like compelling drama it isn tThe second major decision is for the protagonist to save the life of some random dude that she finds in the snow and then keep him around or less indefinitely despite the fact that he s an obnoxious spoiled brat a drug addict and a lying thief She also jumps off a bridge to save his life at one point coming damn near close to killing herself Didn t she have some big epic plan to fail at assassinating the villain Yeah but sometimes she just does inexplicable stuff because plotA lot of stories struggle with etting their characters to do what the author needs them to do for believable reasons supported by internal motivation In Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie doesn t struggle She doesn t even trySince his recent Hugo win sadly for Redshirts which is definitely his least impressive work since his practice novel Agent To The Stars Scalzi has been criticized even for his politics I ve definitely noticed that he s altered the entire course of the Old Man s War universe or at least chosen to emphasize new aspects of it in order to convey a much left friendly political tone in recent works especially The Human Division but I don t want to try and et in Scalzi s head Maybe he s pandering maybe he s frustrated that he doesn t Anaphora and Conceptual Structure get credit for the beliefs he really has or maybe it s just the artistic direction he was alreadyoing in I don t know but it s is odd that Ancillary Justice which he chose to support is also such an overtly political workThe political Between Silences gimmick and it really is just aimmick is that the viewpoint character comes from a future human society that is just off the shelf imitation Roman Empire a common sci fi stereotype except that they have also totally rejected Betrayals gender essentialism That s basically itThe rejection is so complete that their language has lostendered pronouns and so everyone is referred to as she by the main character who is unable to tell male and female human beings apart Now linguistically that s not actually far fetched Hungarian which I speak passably also has no Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations gendered pronouns But the reason I dismiss it as pretty banal politics is that there really isn t any definition to the primary race other than this one really specific detail As a corollary the only modesty taboo they have is that hands should always be covered byloves which is another strictly non Bat Ode gendered detail I m not really sure that this ploy has a real purpose other than to raise awareness Mostly it just seems like wish fulfillment for a particular kind of feminist that would like to see the eradication of allender distinctions Now my response might seem reactionary but here s the thing Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work gender can be a legitimate and fascinating topic for science fiction See The Left Hand of Darkness That s an incredible book both ineneral and also for its thoughtful and probing analysis of Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village gender relationships and assumptions It s not conservative either I also just finished The Handmaid s Tale which is also steeped inender concerns also fabulously well written and which I also loved Also not conservative So I m not opposed to either the topic or to a liberal perspective on it What I m opposed to is laziness Those books didn t just raise the issue they actually delved in Ancillary Justice just sort of threw this one really extreme plot device at the reader and then walked away Clearly it s designed to make you as a reader reconsider Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War gender but it s just aimmick Like I said plenty of real world languages Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French get along just fine withoutendered pronouns This isn t some earth shattering inventionI see there s a seuel out already or coming out soon I can t be bothered to find out which It wasn t as painful to read as Red Mars but that s about all I can say in its favo. 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Led tapestry of a fictional universe that breathes with its own life and presents the reader with a wealth of uestions to be answeredNot an especially easy read her Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America gender neutral narrative and alien cultural design can be difficult to follow it is nonetheless a breathtakingly ambitious project that satisfies and entertains Most of my friends are married now and have 1 or 2 kids I like kids but once in a while you meet one of those kids that everyone adores and that is very clever and friendly but for some reason I simply don tet along with that particular kid Unfortunately for me Ancillary Justice is that kidIn Ancillary Justice we re following 2 plot lines for most of the novel In the present storyline we follow Bre the last physical manifestation of the ship Justice of Toren s complex AI In the Radch empire ships are sentient and control a multitude of physical bodies called ancillaries After the destruction of her ship Bre is on a uest to et justice for said destructionThis storyline alternates with a second narrative set 19 years in the past and explains what led to the destruction of the shipWhat makes the novel uniue and is in my opinion the main reason for its huge success among critics are 3 stylistic elementsThe one most talked about is an element of the language of the Radch cause their language only knows one rammatical Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity gender The Radch and therefore Bre refer to everyone as she So one of the main novelties of the book is that for s Unexpected When I started this book I thought I was looking at a 3 to 4 star book Even by halfway I was still thinking 4 stars at the most But really it was alwaysoing to be a five star book and it took me to the 80% mark to Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism grudgingly acknowledge this deserves a five star I sayrudgingly because this book is not my usual cup of tea Call me shallow and infantile but Boggs: A Comedy of Values generally speaking I like my space operas to have lots of space battles lots of fightingbattle scenes with a plethora of pew pew and viscera with smoldering slag in the aftermath I like my protagonists to have a sense of self assured cool about them Instead of cool Iot ethereal and still a bit of cool Instead of the hero that shoots from the hip while watching a multitude of alien heads Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago go pop pop pop this protagonist sings WHA How does singing dancing Broadway wannabe beat scary but cool toughuy with big Berlioz and the Romantic Century gun that makes pew pew noises Well for a start there s no dancing but importantly our protagonist is a spaceship AI Further not only does our protagonist inhabit a warship but it also inhabits thousands of corpse soldiers or ancillaries human bodies that are reanimated and incorporated into the single consciousness of the ship THATS FREAKING INSANE And when this machine intelligence thousands of years old sings through her multiple human voices everybody listens That s the ethereal part and it s pretty cool as well That s not to say there is no violence but Leckie uses it sparingly and though it may not be asratuitous and visceral as I Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago generally like it really didn t need to be When Ann Leckie does violence she times it for maximum punch and impactLeckie also does aood job of communicating what a multi bodied intelligence would feel like from a first person perspective The story is told from the POV of the ship Justice of Toren mostly from the perspective of her human bodies So you have a first person POV that is not limited to a single perspective and often does the job of an omniscient perspective and in a single coherent passage we can Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) get multiple conversations and activity through bodies that are separated by distance all alongside the perspective of an intelligent warship operating and monitoring from orbit We alsoet those instances where one body will be doing something from the first person POV while a separate body is watching from a distance also still within the same first person POVThe other mind bending concept in this book is that the Radchaai the culture our ship AI belongs to don t emphasize Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture gender and they useender neutral pronouns Leckie opted to use She as the English proxy for the Radchaai One Touch of Scandal gender neutral pronoun so as a conseuence the protagonist s narrative voice always uses she regardless of whether referring to male or female Also the ship AI has trouble identifyingender and is constantly misgendering characters who are non Radchaai and often uses the wrong pronoun still usually she until corrected This left me with a few Oh moments when discovering characters I thought were female were actually male There are still some characters in the book that I m not sure about not that it matters But I found that fun rather than confusing I also like how Leckie radually opens up what turns out to be a complex universe with complex cultures and concepts without info dump or spoon feeding This means there is a little disorientation at the beginning but the process of discovery as the book progresses makesget past all
IT ALL WORTHWHILE AND VERY COOL PLENTY OF AHAall worthwhile and very cool Plenty of Aha spinning concepts aside this is very much a space opera set in a universe which features alaxy spanning Empires in a Universe where Earth is long lost to memory The story was interesting the pacing perfect and the concepts were well executed with plenty of meat for contemplating the nature of consciousness freewill and what it means to be humanThis is the first book in what is to be a series It can be read standalone but it has definitely wet my appetite for the next installment All of my various segments with one mind and voice rate this5 stars I m almost wanting to Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store give this five stars because I LOVED it but the first section of the book is very confusing in some ways by choice and I think that could put some people off so there youo 4 "12 Stars HaThis Is "stars haThis is Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 great sci fi adventure following a character who is not man nor woman and don t even try to figure it out that s the confusing part But the character is fomerly HUNDREDS of people and a spaceship All at once Yeah ok once you can wrap that around your head it s SO GOOD this book How the author accomplishes the changes of POV when someone is than one person is beyond me It was deftly handled And the plot isripping and interesting the other characters flawed but fascinating and I was angry when the book came to a close because I wanted the next one SO BAD Like I said the whole Chameleon Hours gender thing was confusing the lack and confusion of the main character about said subject I understand it s a big idea and concept that is clever and uniue but I m not sure I followed it entirely A re read would help And maybe I m just so weighted in NEEDING aender for characters that I couldn t back up and relax about it Who knows Anyway definitely a Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) great book makes sci fi character based andreat world building Highly recc Things I liked about ANCILLARY JUSTICE a list Everyone is she not everyone is actually she The protagonist is a SPACESHIP There is a scene where a space station is mad at the protagonist and the space station throws a tantrum and a spaceship who likes the protagonist is like omg space station is such a jerk and it is super cute omg A spaceship with FEELINGS People are hostile and angr NOTE I feel bad changing my rating and my review after so many people have liked this review but one of the commenters below convinced me that the central arguments I made in my original 2 star review were invalid And at risk of breaking the entire Internet I decided to listen to a reasonable argument and evidence and consider changing my mind In addition I decided to reread listen to actually the book in preparation for reading the seuel Ancillary Sword as my due diligence as a 2015 Hugo voter My original read of the book was in Oct 2013 My re read was in June 2015 Based on the re read I changed my rating from a 2 to a 3 and I d ive it 35 if I couldReasoningBre isn t as much an idiot as I made her out to be
Her Plan Actually Did Make Sense Inplan actually did make sense In she always had the ambition of unmasking the hidden civil war for one thing and when she was caught and detected it wasn t by the station AI but by the emperor himherself for another So the plot is really not nearly as bad as I suggestedIn addition the world building is way better than I ave credit for initially I was overly irate at the political aspects and they are there and cumbersome and silly but there s a lot Citrus: A History going on and it s actually uiteoodI m still not what you d call a fan but the book deserves better than my original rating For the sake of transparency however I m leaving that original unedited since my re read at least review below Original Review There s a simple life lesson that I still haven t really learned and it is this being Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 good at making art doesn t actually mean that you re anyood at teaching explaining or critiuing artThe first example of this in my life was comparing E batalla colosal con una inteligencia artificial ue conectaba a miles de soldados ue servían al Radch el imperio ue había conuistado la alaxia Ahora un.