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N. K. Jemisin, the Author

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  • Started 2 weeks ago by Marian
  • Latest reply from CarlGlover

  1. Marian

    I have never read any of her work. There are so many newer authors I haven't read! She just won a major award. So has anyone here read her work? What do you think of her writing?

    I'm posting this since the previous posting about her win has gone completely off topic. So let's actually discuss her work.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  2. Chris DeVito

    Not to pick nits, but her name is N. K. Jemisin.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  3. Marian

    Oops. Thanks for catching that.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  4. CarlGlover

    Since no one's stepping forward, I guess no one here has read her work. Until now, that included me.

    It does beg the question: Is she just another in a long line of unread award winners? Is her stuff therefore unreadable?

    To answer the question for myself, I got one of her books at the public library, the Hugo-winning "Fifth Season." No, our library is still closed to walk-in business. You have to place an order via phone or online, wait in the parking lot for a guy in a hazmat suit to come out and put the book in your trunk, all the while affrightedly avoiding your gaze -- a truly bizarre scenario I never thought I'd see.

    But, it was no less bizarre than the book itself. From an incomprehensible and finally unresolved storyline, to an excruciatingly pretentious second person point of view, to muddled and unsympathetic characterizations (I disliked all of them, or rather all of one of them), to gratuitous sex of several different permutations (I lost count), to laughable neologisms, to vicious and radical political correctness, to unnecessary vulgarity, to . . . well, you get the idea.

    So, why was this book written? What was the author trying to say? How is it considered a work of literary genius? What does it say about the state of the Hugos?

    If a preponderance of critical and fannish opinion has placed a resounding stamp of approval on writing of this sort, as it demonstrably has, it can only mean that I personally am hopelessly out of touch with the field today. So, the failure is mine, and not Ms. Jemisin's.

    Too bad. I really wanted to like it.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  5. digdug

    Thanks for the review, Carl.

    I have not read any of the author's work as of yet.

    I do have a few back issues of Clarkesworld where she appears
    but I might not ever read them. ( I have literally thousands of
    back issues of various SF magazines that I have not read. I hope to read them all... but alas I don't expect to live forever. )

    I will be interested to read any story of hers that makes it into a future print SF magazine.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  6. CarlGlover

    Keep reading and reporting, digdug. I always enjoy your comments.

    Posted 1 week ago #

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