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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1) (edição 2019)

por Tamsyn Muir

Séries: The Locked Tomb (1)

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The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense. Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead.… (mais)
Membro:Lea.Pearl
Título:Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)
Autores:Tamsyn Muir
Informação:Tor.com, Hardcover, 448 pages
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first of a series. this was a lot of fun. nice zippy writing style too. also great was the fact that it was hard to pigeonhole: sf or fantasy or horror or murder mystery? space opera or a series of locked room puzzles? one thing is clear: it was all about the interesting relationship between the necromancer and her cavalier. with a nice line in suspense: finally, a truly great crazed Agatha Christie novel in a much better setting. my conclusion is: more. gimme more. and so on to Book 2. ( )
  macha | Oct 16, 2021 |
This is a rare example of a book that I abandoned and came back to a couple of times, before it eventually won me over.

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood the first two times. I'd been reading a lot of nonfict and picking my way through some David Mitchell / M John Harrison, when Gideon the Ninth popped up on my radar.

By "popped up on my radar" I mean that EVERYone has been talking about this series lately, probably because the second book came out. I also know that my erstwhile editor is very keen, and many of my writing friends. It didn't look like my usual kind of book at all, but I tried the free download.

The sample ended, and I had mixed feelings. Gideon has a fantastic voice (and on that note, if you are not enjoying the voice, the book won't work for you) but I wasn't sure it would pan out. I put it down and didn't download the rest.

I kept thinking of odd phrases, though, just on and off. Things or expressions Gideon had said. And honestly, it was weirdly refreshing to have a snarky character in third person for once. Sidekick snarky characters are usually in first person, for narrative reasons that I won't go into here, so it was interesting to see that done differently.

Eventually, I ended up circling back to Lesbian Necromancers in Science Fantasy Gothic Spacestation Book and downloaded it properly. Tried again. Stopped again. Picked up where I left off and tried a third point.

Somewhere along the way, Gideon clicked. She grew on me, as she grows on her compatriots in the novel, and by the 50% mark I was completely invested in the plot. Voice carries a long way, which is good, because some aspects of the worldbuilding were a bit overwhelming/confusing for me initially.

Well worth a read, and bitingly written. ( )
  Sunyidean | Sep 7, 2021 |
Weird but good, just on the correct side fo not being weird for it's own sake, and enough internal consistency and logic to make sense in the end. Occasionally the writing style jars a bit with some unclear pronoun choices or shifts, but other than that engaging.

Gideon is the youngest surviving child in a station/planet of necromancers. I was never quite sure what the setup is, other than the Emperor had a necromatic epiphany and thenceforth there were Nine houses of magicians each being expert on different forms- spirits souls, zombies etc, the Ninth seems to specialise in skeletons. Gideon though is not a necromancer she's a guard as it's well known the magic doesn't leave enough time for physical defence as well. She's bored, hates and is despised by, the magicians, and is perpetually trying to leave the Ninth House. Her latest attempt fails when someone else steals the shuttle she'd commandeered. But then the House receives a rare letter from the Emperor - each House is to send a pair of Necromancers and their Cavelier, to attempt the challenge of becoming the latest Lector, the Emperor's right hand. Gideon is the only possible Cavalier, and she's paired with her least favourite person, the necromancer Harrow. Together they must present a united face as if they had a lifelong sworn bond. Gideon will agree to anything to get herself anywhere else.

The challenge is located on another planetoid - decaying and once ornate, staffed only by monks the instructions are simply not to open locked doors without permission. Some of the houses delve more deeply into the mysteries than others, Harrow quickly disappears on errands of her own leaving Gideon to her own devices and explorations even though they are meant to be a team. The story takes a darker turn when the first body is discovered, and the Houses eye each other with suspicion, whether it was an accident; a revenant from prior experiments, someone keeping the competition down, or someone who didn't want the competition to happen at all, and other more outlandish theories circulate. Gideon has to rescue Harrow, and the pair put on a more united front.

It's very clever, outlandish and inventive. Gideon is cast lesbian as another twist, but honestly makes very little difference, she casts her eyes over a few of the others, but nothing comes of it. The writing style is more of an issue. It's nearly all told from Gideon's first person view, but juts occasionally skips to a more remote third person and it takes a while to realise the 'her' is now Gideon, the jumps back are equally confusing. Other than that I like it all, and the conclusion is sufficiently gripping that the rest fo the trilogy should be great too. ( )
  reading_fox | Aug 31, 2021 |
This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday.

Audio Narration
The narrator is Moira Quirk. I thought she did a great job and her narration style fit the text well. There are a lot of characters, both male and female, and she did well differentiating the voices. I can’t remember any point at which I felt like her narration was jarring. I didn’t really think about the narration at all and just focused on the story, which is the way I prefer it.

Story
The story is told from the perspective of Gideon, a very reluctant member of the Ninth House. The story opens up with her trying, yet again, to escape. Instead, she gets roped into helping her lifelong nemesis, a necromancer named Harrowhark, with a mission.

This is a strange one! The setting feels like far-future science fiction; there are spaceships and people living on different planets and advanced technology. However, the story is mostly fantasy with lots of necromantic action. The dialogue is full of real-world pop culture references, like “hangry”. The latter sometimes pulled me out of the story, but the fantasy in a science fiction setting worked pretty well for me.

The reader is initially dropped into a bizarre setting without any explanation. We figure things out through context. I usually like that style because it gives me some credit for having a brain capable of basic extrapolative skills. I did wish there was a little more back story fit in, though. We were given hints, but I wasn’t fully satisfied by them. Maybe the later books will dole out a bit more info.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this in the beginning, but it grew on me after the mission started and I mostly remained interested in the story, even in spite of taking a week-long break in listening due to work. As is common with me and audiobooks, I spaced out on some of the action scenes. I also had trouble keeping some of the characters and their houses and attributes and status in the mission straight. Keeping track of everything would have been a lot easier for me in print than it was in audio. I did like this enough that I plan to follow up on it in print someday, so I look forward to the chance to absorb the details better and then follow up with the subsequent books. The main story is wrapped up without any major cliffhangers, but there are a lot of open threads left hanging. ( )
  YouKneeK | Aug 24, 2021 |
Winter 2020 (December);

A 3, because it would bother me to put it in the 2's.

Everyone who was everyone in my life kept saying last year that I should read this book. I wonder if that built it up too much in my head (or if I really owe Muir an apology because all I've been reading is Sanderson for basically the last month and a half's or longer 90% of my books, and trying to read a novice first-publication with that bulwark to compare itself to is nye on cruelty).

This book was true to it's selling points. It was a space story full of sword fights, children playing at politics, and lesbian necromancers. I definitely leaned toward Harrow more than Gideon, basically from the beginning of the book almost, so I'm a little relieved that I'll get to have another book with her. I think my greatest lingering disappointment with the novel is that I predicted who the main villain/culprit was long around 25% into the book and kept trying to convince myself I was wrong, especially as each red herring was used, except I wasn't.

That said, I stilled vaulted right into [b:The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex|53465671|The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex (The Locked Tomb, #0.5)|Tamsyn Muir|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1590235572l/53465671._SY75_.jpg|83475080] & [b:Harrow the Ninth|39325105|Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)|Tamsyn Muir|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1602323622l/39325105._SY75_.jpg|60943273] (and, yes, I have already gotten the warning that a lot of people were super put off by the confusion of how the second book starts before it settles out, so I'm prepared). Thus, more reviews to come soon. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
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„Ich bin Gideon“ ist sprachlich überschäumend, grell und laut wie eine romangewordene Fahrt mit der Geisterbahn. Zugegeben, es gibt Passagen, in denen es noch ein wenig ruckt und rumpelt. Aber Tamsyn Muir ist jung, erst 1985 in Neuseeland geboren und „Ich bin Gideon“ ist ihr Romandebüt. Dieses Debüt ist ihr großartig gelungen.
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The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense. Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead.

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