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N. K. Jemisin

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N. K. Jemisin is an American author and blogger, born in 1972, and based in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University and her Masters of Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Her work includes numerous short stories, a novella, a triptych, The mostrar mais Inheritance trilogy, Dreamblood series, and The Broken Earth trilogy. The Fifth Season is a book in The Inheritance trilogy for which she won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Her other awards include Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice, Fantasy (for The Shadowed Sun); Sense of Gender Award, 2011 (for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Japanese version); Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice, Fantasy (for The Broken Kingdoms); and the Locus Award, 2010 (First Novel, for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms). She won the 2017 Nebula Award and the 2018 Hugo Award, Best Novel category for The Stone Sky. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season (2015) 7,529 exemplares
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010) 4,039 exemplares
The Obelisk Gate (2016) 3,969 exemplares
The Stone Sky (2017) 3,500 exemplares
The City We Became (2020) 2,904 exemplares
The Broken Kingdoms (2010) 1,740 exemplares
The Killing Moon (2012) 1,675 exemplares
How Long 'Til Black Future Month? (2018) 1,349 exemplares
The Kingdom of Gods (2011) 1,316 exemplares
The Inheritance Trilogy (2014) 897 exemplares
The Shadowed Sun (2012) 728 exemplares
The World We Make (2022) 572 exemplares
Emergency Skin (2019) 458 exemplares
The Dreamblood Duology (2016) 196 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (2018) — Editor — 170 exemplares
Far Sector (2021) 156 exemplares
The City Born Great {short story} (2016) 139 exemplares
Mass Effect: Initiation (Mass Effect: Andromeda) (2017) — Autor — 90 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #1 (2019) — Autor — 37 exemplares
Playing Nice with God’s Bowling Ball — Autor — 14 exemplares
The Narcomancer (2008) 14 exemplares
Stone Hunger 11 exemplares
Systems Fail (2014) 9 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #2 (2019) 9 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #3 (2020) — Autor — 7 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #4 (2020) 6 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #5 (2020) 5 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #6 (2020) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #7 (2020) 4 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #8 (2020) 4 exemplares
The Effluent Engine 4 exemplares
Walking Awake {short story} (2014) 4 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #9 (2020) 3 exemplares
The Brides of Heaven 3 exemplares
Bittersweet 3 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #12 (2021) 2 exemplares
Far Sector (2019-) #11 (2021) 2 exemplares
Henosis {short story} 2 exemplares
Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth) (2019) 1 exemplar
Black Space 1 exemplar
Sem título 1 exemplar
Untitled 1 exemplar
The Dancers' War 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Parable of the Sower (1993) — Prefácio, algumas edições7,634 exemplares
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (2018) — Contribuidor — 355 exemplares
After (2012) — Contribuidor — 342 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (2012) — Contribuidor — 219 exemplares
Epic: Legends of Fantasy (2012) — Contribuidor — 182 exemplares
Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (2012) — Contribuidor — 150 exemplares
Running with the Pack (2010) — Contribuidor — 146 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 145 exemplares
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016 Edition (2017) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror (2023) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven (2017) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology (2020) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Best of Uncanny (2019) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 (2020) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Thirteen (2019) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Year Three (2013) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry (2014) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Fantastic Erotica: The Best of Circlet Press 2008-2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Forward Collection (2019) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Year Eight (2016) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 18: September/October 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Year Five (2013) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Like Twin Stars: Bisexual Erotic Stories (2009) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction (2017) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom (2012) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance (2014) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 22/23: The Company He Keeps (2010) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 6: September/October 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Let's All Go to the Science Fiction Disco (2013) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 050 (November 2010) (2010) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 15th Anniversary Edition (2023) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Scattered, Covered, Smothered: An Anthology of Food & Fiction (2004) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 69 • February 2016 (2016) — Interviewed — 8 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 036 (September 2009) (2009) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 94 • March 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 116 (January 2020) (2020) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Futuredaze²: Reprise (2014) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Tor.com Publishing's 2017 Hugo Finalist Bundle (2017) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares


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The World We Make is the second book in the Great Cities duology, which follows The City We Became. The basic idea behind the series is genius. There is no disputing that. What's the idea? When a city becomes so well defined and has special enough characteristics, has a personality if you will, it comes to life. In The World We Make it means that a human (or more than one, depending on the city) becomes an avatar for the city. In the first book, The City We Became, New York City actually wakes up and immediately has to fight for its life against a Lovecraftian avatar called the Woman in White, herself an avatar of an interdimensional city. The battle in The City We Became was only a partial battle - and The Woman in White creates a foothold in Staten Island. In The World We Make she tries to erode New York City through a mayoral candidate that is eerily like a certain recent president. And our heroes quickly realize that it isn't only New York that is threatened but in fact the whole world. The World We Make really explores how interconnected our world is. On a small scale, what happens in Queens affects what happens in Brooklyn and they both affect New York City as a whole. So the avatars of New York City have to reach out the other great cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong in order to team up Avengers style to take on The Woman in White who turns out to be the avatar of R'lyeh, which is a sunken city (in the Lovecraftian mythos) in the South Pacific that is the prison of the entity called Cthulhu.

As in the previous book, this is a fantasy inspired by the very real division in our society and very real politics. The politics and the way they are referenced seem a bit heavy handed and on the nose. This struck me as lazy. But, also, as someone who shares similar views to Jemisin, I too may just worn out by our newscycles about these issues and figures that are referenced.

The writing, for the most part, is quite engaging, fierce, and musical. I think Jemisin captures the personality of New York City and its boroughs well through her descriptive, energetic writing.

I feel that Jemisin ends the Duology well enough (I will not spoil it!). I appreciate the hopeful message of the story and find it cathartic.. However, for all the strengths of this book - it's creativity, it's voice - it ultimately isn't as satisfying as the first book. For me, I think the overt political references bogged down my enjoyment (a weird complaint because I recognize that this series is inherently political). I also feel that some of the characters felt slightly underdeveloped. Jemisin herself acknowledges that this book wasn't easy to write and one can't help but wonder if Jemisin just felt an obligation to get the book and project finished. It feels a bit rushed in my opinion.

Still, Jemisin has a wonderful imagination - and even a weak novel from her is still a reason to rejoice. Because a weak Jemisin novel is still 10 times better than what most authors produce.
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ryantlaferney87 | 20 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
The Fifth Season is the start of a multi-award-winning fantasy series and it’s easy to see why. Groundbreaking in many ways, the book plots fully rounded characters in a fully grounded world. Its intricately constructed narrative will surprise you and leave you hanging out for more (although admittedly it is a bit of a challenging read). It was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. It is the first volume in the Broken Earth series and is followed by The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky.

It's the tale of an alternate earth called the Stillness, which is plagued by constant seismic activity. This leads to frequent near-extinction events called "Fifth Seasons" that keep humans on their toes. The evidence of past civilizations litters the planet -- ruined cities, incomplete 'stonelore' handed down from earlier generations, and strange obelisks that float through the atmosphere like low-altitude satellites and serve no apparent purpose. The civilization that we meet in this book, the Sanze Empire, has survived for centuries by harnessing the power of orogenes -- people born with an innate ability to control their environment. The orogenes can stop earthquakes or start them. They can save cities, or draw power from living creatures and "ice" them. Their powers are terrifying yet essential, so the empire develops a caste of Guardians who have the power to neutralize the orogenes when necessary. The orogenes are held in contempt and called "roggas" by ordinary humans. Despite all their power, they cannot control their own lives. They are either hunted down and destroyed or sent to the Fulcrum to be trained and used by the empire.

“The Fifth Season” brings us to the end of the world in three different times, with three orogene women at different stages of life and loss. Throughout the book we follow the journeys of three women who are in different stages of life and who reside in different parts of the Stillness. We follow: Essun ( a middle-aged woman with two young children living in a small southern comm named Tirimo. Secretly, she is an orogene, a human with the ability to manipulate earth and stone by absorbing or redirecting heat and energy from elsewhere); Damaya ( a young girl in a northern comm, recently discovered by her parents to be an orogene); and Syenite ( a rising orogene star in the Fulcrum who is forcibly partnered with Alabaster, the most powerful living orogene, in order to conceive a child with him). The way Jemisin switches back and forth between these three characters, simultaneously weaving a story about the ending of their worlds and the social and political oppression they face, is genius. This plays into the novel’s structure, which I can’t say too much about, because it would lessen its impact. Let’s just say this novel unfolds in a way you never saw coming and is the equivalent of a slow building doom metal riff. The manner in which the narrative is constructed is bewildering at first, but it definitely rewards continued reading. Give the book and the story time to grip you, and you’ll become immersed. It’s a challenging read, make no mistake. This is not your dad’s escapist fantasy paperbacks.

Jemisin is fantastic for mythology and mythology building, but what is best about this book is the sense of long history and cycles and the deep feeling like it is all headed somewhere huge.

This is a story for our times. And yet, it is also timeless. It is about the brokenness of earth in the literal and metaphorical sense. Nature in the Stillness can kill. So can its political and societal systems of oppression. But in Jemisin’s world, the very fact that orogenes -- people born with an innate ability to control their environment - exist, is cause to be hopeful. They just need to find a way to overthrow the Sanze Empire.

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ryantlaferney87 | 345 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
The Obelisk Gate is the sequel to the excellent The Fifth Season and the middle volume of the Broken Earth trilogy, N.K. Jemisin's critically-acclaimed take on the venerable Dying Earth subgenre. The Fifth Season was a highly accomplished novel, describing a brand new world with skill and intelligence and blending together elements of fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction and a dash of the weird to create something compelling and interesting.

Transitioning from where The Fifth Season left off, The Obelisk Gate is a stunning sequel. The non-linear plot of two past timelines and a present one converged towards the end of the first book, and The Obelisk Gate takes the story forward almost immediately with the second person present POV of Essun. There are two new third-person POVs. One is a character from the first book, Schaffa, and another which was only mentioned but not seen, Nassun, Essun’s daughter, who ran away with her father after he beat to death her brother.

The Obelisk Gate mainly moves between Essun's story and that of her daughter’s Nassun. The first book was an extended road trip - mainly through the eyes of Essun, the second book alternates between Essun's static story in a local comm and Nassun's long journey across thousands of miles into the far south with her abusive father, who desires to cure her “orgeny”. This changes things up nicely and means that Essun, now a guest of the community of Castrima, has to actually stay put, learn what's going on from Alabaster and help defend the community from outsiders that would steal their supplies, even while she fears prejudice and hatred from members of her own comm.

The worldbuilding deepens in this installment, with fresh revelations about the distant past and the true and alarming nature of the enigmatic stone eaters. But as in the previous volume, it’s the people who take front and center: Nassun and Essun are fascinating characters. And Jemisin’s depictions of mob behavior are frighteningly realistic.

This rightfully deserved the Hugo award. The Obelisk Gate is a powerful middle volume.

Put this series next to Lord of The Rings for best Fantasy.
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ryantlaferney87 | 180 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
Jemisin concludes her Broken Earth trilogy about a vengeful Earth whose tectonic instability can be controlled by the despised and feared orogenes. One of these orogenes, a woman named Essun, is determined to end the tectonic instability once and for all, appeasing the Earth, and possibly reconciling with her daughter in the process. Can it be achieved - especially now she's taking control of the Obelisk Gate and is turning to stone? The powerful and painful collide in The Stone Sky.

Essun has learned to take control of the Obelisk Gate, but she’s now suffering the same side effects as Alabaster. Every time she uses her powers, part of her turns to stone. Still, now she’s powerful enough that she might be able to use the Obelisk Gate to bring back the moon, appeasing a planet dead set on killing all of humanity. But which is more important: saving the world or saving her daughter, Nassun? Nassun doesn’t want to save the world. After everything she’s been through, she’s decided it’s better to burn it all down. And her power is growing to rival her mother’s. What happens when Essun and Nassun meet again? Can the earth be appeased? Read to find out.

As mentioned, The Stone Sky concludes N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series. This entry is perhaps the most intense in the entire series, as Essun is forced to make some truly devastating choices (no spoilers). The Stone Sky is also a very brilliant and unusual entry into the world of fantasy. The Stone Sky centers around abuse and exploitation, and in many ways, is using fantasy to address real-world exploitations and trauma. This isn't meant to be escape fare. Jemisin writes a number of gruesome scenes with a steel-eyed resolve. And perhaps the most unusual element of this series is it's focus: It also centers on age and dying. Not death. Dying. Characters limbs are literally falling off because they use magic. Where most fantasy stories - even dark ones - focus on the redemption of our heroes, this one isn't about some happy-ever-after. There is some redemption here - kind of - but it's messy. And another the Earth may be appeased in the end, healing takes time, and as Jemisin reminds us: there is much work to do if we wish to make a better society.

Ms. Jemisin set up the cataclysmic finale of the reunion of mother and daughter, on different sides of whether or not to destroy the world and in The Stone Sky, she sticks the landing. It is truly exhilarating, powerful and painful to witness such reunion. The characters are what make THE STONE SKY and the entire Broken Earth trilogy exemplary reads, but I would be remiss if I didn't give credit to the amazing world that Jemisin has created within these books. It’s the world and the author that shaped these characters. There are a lot of parallels with this fictional Earth and our Earth: the prejudice for those who are different; judging others by their skin tone, their hair, their talents, and their downfalls. Not to mention the cataclysmic world of The Stillness mirrors our own current climate crisis.

The Broken Earth series is a heartbreaking, epic,, powerful, and fresh fantasy series that deserves to be sat right next to Tolkien on the shelf due to it's rich characterizations, worldbuilding, and influence on the genre in the years to come.

I look forward to revisiting this challenging series again and again to work through all it's nuances. Good job Jemisin.

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ryantlaferney87 | 158 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |


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