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The Fifth Season
« on: March 16, 2021, 08:53:31 AM »
What's your opinion of The Fifth Season and other books by N. K. Jemisin? Do you guys think I'm gonna like it?

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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2021, 09:22:18 AM »
I thought the first book was okay butI didn’t bother to read the rest.

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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 09:32:40 AM »
I thought The Fifth Season was absolutely fantastic, and the rest of the trilogy also very good. But then again, I like a bit of literary stylings with my spec fic, and I very much enjoy a book with a bit of a puzzle, that encourages me to put pieces together by myself. It's also quite dark and confronting in places, but I don't mind that when the darkness shows humanity, rather than diminishing it.

I would not call that trilogy a rollicking fun read, or a good time. But it's an amazing feat of imagination that has some deep and resonating things to say about being human.

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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 09:47:03 AM »
I loved that series, but I'm not sure if you'll like it, Inky - a bit like from what cupiscent said.

I suggest you try her other series, The inheritance trilogy (starts with The hundred thousand kingdoms, I think it might be more for you.
Or the Dreamblood duology (starts with The killing moon), which is set in an ancient Egypt-inspired world.
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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2021, 10:04:51 AM »
Alright, thanks folks! I'll stay away from that series for now then. How about her new book though, The City We Became, have anyone read that? Is it any good? (The blurb does sound urban fantasy-ish and interesting).

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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2021, 10:24:13 AM »
How about her new book though, The City We Became, have anyone read that? Is it any good? (The blurb does sound urban fantasy-ish and interesting).
Because it's urban fantasy I haven't read it ;D
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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2021, 10:10:43 PM »
Alright, thanks folks! I'll stay away from that series for now then. How about her new book though, The City We Became, have anyone read that? Is it any good? (The blurb does sound urban fantasy-ish and interesting).

I just bought this one the other day. I haven't rushed to get hold of it because I'm overall kinda meh on urban fantasy, but NK Jemisin is an amazing writer and I am looking forward to seeing what she does with the concept of... personified cities? Something like that, I gather. I must admit, I like the concept of "a city becomes self-aware and gets an avatar" as an urban fantasy much more than "all the old myths are truuuuue!!!" :D

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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2021, 06:18:59 AM »
What's your opinion of The Fifth Season and other books by N. K. Jemisin? Do you guys think I'm gonna like it?

I disliked this book and didn't continue after 1st book. It also felt a little repetitive of her other trilogy: Inheritance.
Kallor shrugged. 'I've walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I've commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I've spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'

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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2021, 07:28:25 AM »
Alright, thanks folks! I'll stay away from that series for now then. How about her new book though, The City We Became, have anyone read that? Is it any good? (The blurb does sound urban fantasy-ish and interesting).

I just bought this one the other day. I haven't rushed to get hold of it because I'm overall kinda meh on urban fantasy, but NK Jemisin is an amazing writer and I am looking forward to seeing what she does with the concept of... personified cities? Something like that, I gather. I must admit, I like the concept of "a city becomes self-aware and gets an avatar" as an urban fantasy much more than "all the old myths are truuuuue!!!" :D

I have nearly finished this, could not stop listening.  have been in bad book slump for weeks and this dragged me way back up.

Strange start, was not sure if I would bother then the whole concept unfolds, a very unusual team based on New York's boroughs gradually builds up and starts to form an uncomfortable alliance based on need, not compatibility.  The plot seems rather ordinary, even hackneyed, so far, but there are more books and presumably more cities and plot thickening to add to this later.  But this is all about the characters, their interactions, their personification of what they represent both past and present. Characters and cities are my ideal in a book so this couldn't be better. My knowledge of NY is very basic but I still got a lot of the references and it didn't matter not knowing the city well, just that if you are American or New Yorker you would get even more nuance.

Have listened on audible, narrator has used several appropriate multicultural accents and dialect, not sure how these translate in print. Not by any means typical of urban fantasy,  but happy to recommend to any who like the sound of these comments. 
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Re: The Fifth Season
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2021, 09:58:25 AM »
I loved The Fifth Season and its sequels, they are some of my favourite books ever. But I agree with some of the others that it may not be for you, Inky, knowing that you like action and a faster pace. But like Bea said, The Dreamblood Duology might be more your style. I wouldn't call it action-packed, but it's certainly a bit more straight-forward in its storytelling. It's still absolutely marvellous writing, as is anything she has published (after finishing the Broken Earth Trilogy I went back and read them all). I loved The Inheritance Trilogy as well, though I remember it as being a little slower in the pace. I'm stoked to read the new series, but I think I'll wait until they're all out.