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Mary A. Turzillo

Autor(a) de Mars Girls

27+ Works 87 Membros 15 Críticas 1 Favorited

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Associated Works

The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women (2001) — Contribuidor — 288 exemplares
Cthulhu's Daughters: Stories of Lovecraftian Horror (2015) — Contribuidor — 232 exemplares
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 1 (2007) — Contribuidor — 221 exemplares
Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010) — Contribuidor — 218 exemplares
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Vol. 2 (1995) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
The Ultimate Dragon (1995) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge (2007) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 104 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IV (1988) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
The Ultimate Witch (1993) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (2012) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Xanadu 2 (1994) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Universe 3 (1994) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 17, No. 14 [December 1993] (1993) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Sky Whales and Other Wonders (2009) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 15 (2005) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Stamps, Vamps & Tramps (2014) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
New Altars (1996) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Fantastic stories of the imagination (2012) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Urania Millemondinverno 1991 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Gourevitch, Mary Turzillo
Data de nascimento
science fiction writer
Landis, Geoffrey A. (husband)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Prémios e menções honrosas
Nebula (2000) for 'Mars Is No Place For A Girl'

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Member of the Mars Society

Her own website is http://www.maryturzillo.com/



I wavered between 3 and 4 stars but I ultimately went with 4 because this book does something that, unfortunately, is very rare.

It tells the story of girls having adventures WITHOUT MEN.

Sure, there are men in the story. But they are incredibly incidental. The story is truly focused on Nanoannie and Kapera and the relationship between them is very well-written. There's an older/younger sister dynamic present which is played up hilariously. But there's also a deeper current of understanding between two girls who are very much isolated in their day-to-day lives and come to rely on one another in the face of overwhelming odds.

I loved both Kapera and Nanoannie. They compliment one another as far as their personalities are concerned and their characters are incredibly well-defined. They act like you'd expect kids their age to act; they can be annoying and imprudent and spoiled and bratty but they are also brave and kind and committed and strong.

The plot is good! Very pulpy, very hard sci-fi stuff but it's done in a very lighthearted way so it never comes across as overwritten. I loved the slang used throughout the book, I loved how the author trusts her readers to understand what she meant without bogging the book down with worldbuilding infodumps. The pacing was uneven...in fact, that was probably one of my biggest issues with the book...there was a portion of maybe the last third of the story that I felt kind of dragged a bit.

There were also some racially insensitive statements in the book unfortunately, but as I'm a white woman I don't think I'm equipped to offer that sort of critique. Things like rape and assault were mentioned but never actually occurred--in fact, there was very little male-driven violence directed at the girls, which is something else I appreciated.

Overall, this is a great book for fans of pulpy sci-fi adventures and/or readers who want more stories where girls and their friendships are put up front and center.
… (mais)
ElleGato | 11 outras críticas | Sep 24, 2018 |
This turned out to be a great airplane read, fast-paced, imaginative, and pungent in its commentary about the workings of colonial politics and corporate clashes from the point of view of a starry-eyed teenager. I was especially amused by the Facer cult described here, in which an entire semi-secret society has been built around the so-called Face on Mars and the whacked out interstellar ambitions of its leaders. The detailed description of various transportation modes, farming techniques, and medical realities kept it all from sliding right over the edge into farce, however, and the friendship between two Mars girls turned out to be both gripping and crucial to the plot's resolution. My only suggestion? It could have used a little more proof-reading.… (mais)
pat_macewen | 11 outras críticas | Jul 27, 2018 |
Esta crítica foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Críticos do LibraryThing.
I won an e-copy through a LibraryThing Giveaway.

Basically: cool and different world-building and style, but wasn't engaging and I DNF it.

I was really excited for Mars Girls after reading Books, Bones & Buffy's 4 star review. However, I couldn't finish reading it. I found it dull and didn't care about the characters.

I made it to page 70 and put it down, and didn't want to go back. I have no desire or need to find out what happens next.

It's written from the POV of both girls, with the slang (mears instead years, etc.), and technology. However, that authentic voice and style might be a turn off for people, including me. At first, it seems cool, but annoying and a barrier, TBH.

The L.D.S Jesuit religious temple and devotees were interesting and I'm happy to see authors exploring religion evolution in the future. It was very weird and I had no idea what was going on with them, besides the creepy cult feeling.

I'm sad I didn't enjoy this one. but...*shrug*
… (mais)
BrokeBookBank | 11 outras críticas | May 11, 2018 |
Esta crítica foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Críticos do LibraryThing.
Turzillo tried too hard to world-build, resulting in way too much slang that really affected the flow of the story.
bookwyrmm | 11 outras críticas | May 5, 2018 |


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