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50 Books: Book 15

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Ammonite
Nicola Griffith

Ammonite, Nicola Griffith

I found this right after finishing Slow River which I enjoyed so much, I snatched it right up.  Hmm.  I liked this book, but I don't know that everyone would.  It's way far out future, space SF and reads a little like those Sheri S. Tepper books, where people go to the planet which is populated by humans, presumably colonists, who have developed such a different cultural that the other federation of people or whatever, sends anthropologists to study them (except Griffith is much less pedantic and annoying than Tepper, and I like her writing style better too). In this case the planet also has a virus that kills all the men and no one can figure out how the women and continuing to reproduce without men.  Sort of feminist SF, though there's no anti-male sentiment here (like in some of Tepper's works).  It's enjoyable, but if you've read other Griffith books, this is recognizable as a first book.  I did loved it, but if you aren't already familiar with Griffith, I'd recommend the Aud Torvingen books first (The Blue Place, Stay and I think the new one is out or coming out soon in this series) which are speculative fiction (near future) noir mysteries and really awesome.

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4 thoughts on “50 Books: Book 15

  1. Dude, it ate the rest of my post, in which I rambled about about how awesome it is that you like Nicola Griffith and that I'm always trying to get people to read The Blue Place and they won't, and I don't think I've read Ammonite but I loved Slow River.

  2. I love her!! Ammonite is great. I'll try and remember to bring it the next time I see you.And Miss Nicola recently left me MySpace comments! *swoon*

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