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Karin Lowachee

Autor(a) de Warchild

10+ Works 1,286 Membros 45 Críticas 11 Favorited

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Obras por Karin Lowachee

Warchild (2002) 542 exemplares
Burndive (2003) 293 exemplares
Cagebird (2005) 243 exemplares
The Gaslight Dogs (2010) 197 exemplares
Nomad 5 exemplares
The Warboy 1 exemplar

Associated Works

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy (2004) — Contribuidor — 290 exemplares
New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (2019) — Contribuidor — 258 exemplares
Armored (2012) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 2 (2017) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 (2021) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
War Stories: New Military Science Fiction (2014) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2017 Edition (2017) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Bridging Infinity (1783) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3 (2018) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Defiance in Victory (2019) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (2017) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
The Bestiary (2016) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 (2020) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Mythspring: From the Lyrics and Legends of Canada (2006) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
New Suns 2: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (2023) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction (2016) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Ignorance Is Strength (2020) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Burn the Ashes (2020) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Or Else the Light (2020) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders (2018) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Eclipse Phase: After the Fall (2016) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
When the Villain Comes Home (2012) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Death in the Mouth: Original Horror by People of Color (2022) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Wilde Stories 2018: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (2018) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins (2018) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Lowachee, Karin
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
The McCarthy Agency



I really wanted to like this book, as I fully support the idea. Unfortunately it has some serious pacing issues. The first third drags and could have been condensed to maybe two chapters without any loss. The ending however rushes forward, and while it doesn't quite end in a cliffhanger, very little is resolved but instead sets up the second book (which doesn't exist). I find all that disappointing. More than that, though, most of the characters aren't very dimensional or appealing, so it's hard to struggle through the dragging. Nothing that sparked my interest ended up being fully developed in the story itself. Maybe a better read for someone who likes a different style than I do.… (mais)
Kiramke | 15 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
I loved Warchild, the previous book in this series, and I'd heard that Burndive focuses on a different, less likeable character. But Karin Lowachee does not disappoint! Burndive is an outstanding follow-up, focusing on Ryan, the son of Captain Cairo Azarcon whom we met in the previous book. Ryan is a difficult character to like but Lowachee writes him with a lot of sympathy and he grew on me as the story progressed. It was also interesting to see old characters from Warchild, particularly Jos, through Ryan's eyes, particularly Jos, who was the main character of that book. There's some hilarious banter between the characters as well.

While Burndive lacks a lot of the action of Warchild, it was still an engrossing read. I was drawn in by the emotional journey that Ryan takes in navigating and ultimately mending his relationship with his father. The author is extremely skilled at writing emotionally true stories, and her careful, controlled prose is dripping with raw emotions. The characters face many difficult situations, and Lowachee never makes it easy for them, but it's through this that her characters truly shine.

An outstanding book overall, and highly recommended!
… (mais)
1 vote
serru | 8 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2022 |
This was quite a difficult read and vastly different from the two previous books in the series, in terms of the character's psychology and internal voice. Like Jos from Warchild, Yuri had also been taken by the space pirate Falcon and made into a protege, however, he turned out very different from the experience. Where Jos refuses to acknowledge the abuse he suffered at the hands of Falcone, Yuri talks fairly candidly about what he's been through, making this book absolutely brutal and heartbreaking at parts. Still, the novel is incredibly engrossing, and Karin Lowachee is excellent at writing damaged characters without portraying them as mere victims.

The characters and relationships in this book were handled with such nuance and complexity for the most part. In particular, really loved the relationship between Yuri and Finch, although it is not clear why Yuri is so attached to Finch-- in some ways I felt that he was replacing Estienne with Finch as his new anchor. It would be interesting to see how their relationship develops or changes in the future as Yuri heals from his past.
… (mais)
1 vote
serru | 5 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2022 |
Sjennonirk is the spirit walker of her tribe. For years now the Kabliw have been coming, her people have welcomed them albeit with a certain amount of caution, but the bring trade. Now however their ships have unloaded crates of guns. Sjennonirk is understandably wary. But before she can learn more about what they intend to do with these weapons she finds herself locked up and transported to Ciracusa, accused of murder.

In the city General Fawle takes an interest in her and her the fact that she is an ankago or spirit walker. He wants to use that ability to further his own ends.

This is a book that has been sitting my Mount TBR for a quite a while now. I first read about it on Calico Reaction and it sounded intriguing. I guess I was wary of starting it because it is the first book in a series and there is no sign of a book 2. But eventually I decided to go for it, because Lowachee is not a huge name her publisher’s may not look for a sequel, so why wait for something that might never happen. I know that might off some readers, but if no one ever took a chance on an unknown first book then the series would never ever get written.

But back to the book itself.

Lowachee has some great world building going on. Of course she is using the history of the United States and Canada and the conflict between the European settlers and the natives, so it is a world that is somewhat familiar. However it isn’t just a retelling but a reinterpretation. It isn’t set in our world, but one that echoes some of our history.

It is also a book that encourages you to take your time reading it, the style of writing was one that made me want to reread the odd sentence in order to make sure I understood what was being said. It isn’t that it was badly written or anything, just that it comes with a slight difference in focus.

There are two main narrators, Sjenn of the Aniw and Jarrett Fawle of the Ciracusan army, General Fawle’s son. Jarrett is struggling with his place in the world, he has a very uneasy relationship with his father and only seems somewhat comfortable when he is out on patrol, battle offers him some sort of clarity. But an encounter with an enemy soldier has brought with it nightmares. Summoned back to the city and his father he is thrown together with Sjenn in an attempt to understand what has happened him.

Sjenn is obviously an outsider in the city. Everything around her is foreign and uncomfortable, she only wants to go home. But she has no control over that, all she can do is try to make the general happy so he will help her go back. But can she really go along with what he wants when it might mean disaster for her own people?

I really enjoyed most of the book. Unfortunately the ending comes somewhat out of the blue with very little resolution or closure for any of the characters or plotlines. In fact it is opens up a whole heap of further possibilities.

It is a fascinating look at identity and place, religion and war, as well as what happens when cultures clash. If there ever is a sequel I will be sure to pick it up.
… (mais)
Fence | 15 outras críticas | Jan 5, 2021 |



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