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Sofia Samatar

Autor(a) de A Stranger in Olondria

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Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (2014) — Contribuidor — 216 exemplares
The New Voices of Fantasy (2017) — Contribuidor — 175 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
Glitter & Mayhem (2013) — Contribuidor — 154 exemplares
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The Monstrous (2015) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eight (2014) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 1 (2014) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2015 Edition (2015) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 Edition (2013) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023 (2023) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Made To Order: Robots and Revolution (2020) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures (2014) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
The Best of Uncanny (2019) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4 (2019) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
The Humanity of Monsters (2015) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition (2016) — Autor — 44 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Year Six (2014) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition (2018) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
APB: Artists against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology (2015) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
2014 Campbellian Anthology (2014) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 3: March/April 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 13: November/December 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Futures & Fantasies (2018) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 25: November/December 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 5: July/August 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Realms of Imagination: Essays from the Wide Worlds of Fantasy (2023) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 071 (August 2012) (2012) — Autor — 14 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 20: January/February 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108 (May 2019) (2019) — Contribuidor, algumas edições11 exemplares
The Moment of Change (2012) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 46 • March 2014 (2014)algumas edições9 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 33 (2015) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2013 (2014) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 100 • September 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy: Volume One (2022) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 12: September/October 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 11: Trials by Whiteness (2017) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives (2015) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 89 • October 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Apex Magazine 47 (April 2013) (2013) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
State and culture in postcolonial Africa : enchantings (2017) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy, Volume Two (2023) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2014 (2015) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Bull Spec #7 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
BABELZINE Vol.1 (2020) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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At times poetic and others philosophical, The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain was an interesting story set in the future about one boys rise from slave to student and the struggles he faced.
There was much I didn't fully understand about the story but it was beautifully written and left much up to your imagination to figure out where this story would go next.
 
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Verkruissen | Feb 9, 2024 |
A Stranger in Olondria is the most lyrical, engrossing novel I've read in quite a while.

Jevick inherits his father's pepper estate and, for the first time, makes the annual journey to the pepper market of cosmopolitan Olondria. Jevick has never left his rural island home, but he has grown up immersed in the literature of Olondria—his tutor is an exiled Olondrian scholar, and Jevick is the first of his people to become literate.

The story that follows is a picaresque adventure, a romance, a ghost story, a postcolonial novel, and a profound meditation on the transformative, ambivalent power of stories. Samatar excels stylistically—her dense, lush descriptions remind me both of Salman Rushdie and of lyrical modernist poets like H.D. It's her characters, however, that make this a really exceptional novel and kept me reading—they are the real thing, the "Mrs. Brown" of the Le Guin essay, and their voices stayed with me after I finished the book.

I'd love to discuss this book in a group setting—there are a lot of Big Ideas here, some of which blindsided me when they cropped up near the end. Samatar is dealing with the intersections between cultures and ways of life, a topic fantasy and science fiction is so good at addressing, and it's challenging material. (Sample book club questions: Do stories save us or merely haunt us? Can we ever truly know another culture or another person, or do we just tell stories to ourselves?)

Finally, I really, really like that this is a fantasy novel and not magical realism set in our world. If you have ever wished for some productive cross-pollination between postcolonial literature and speculative fiction (or wished you were smart enough to wish for such a thing), pick up this book.
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raschneid | 34 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |
This is the sort of book that sits with you and forgets to leave, and at some point you turn around from whatever you're doing and realize you're still thinking about it.

It's a ruminative story, with a slowly building story. Big stuff happens, but it unspools rather than explodes, and the protagonist, Jevick, doesn't carry the day and save the kingdom: he is a heartbeat in a grander political and religious conflict. I'd say A Stranger in Olondria is demonstrative of the ongoing erosion between the barriers of genre (which I'm defining right now by pulp conventions, rapid plot, etc) and literary (which I'm defining as prose- and character-motivated) work. The heart of the story is the main character's personal transformation.

Also, there are ghosts and lyric poetry. Unlike the poetry in nearly any other novel I've read, it's beautiful and moves the story.
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eaterofwords | 34 outras críticas | Jul 5, 2023 |

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Obras
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Membros
1,417
Popularidade
#18,147
Avaliação
3.8
Críticas
82
ISBN
30
Línguas
3
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