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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2020, 10:06:38 AM »
I’m loving Throne of Five Winds thank you for mentioning this title , I love the court intrigues and I’m in love with Lady Komor.

There’s no magic  or military battles  in this book so not everyone will like it.

Court intrigues? Awesome ladies? No battles? This sounds so much like my sort of thing that I might just have to go buy it.

I see you enjoying this one @cupiscent  ;D

Loving it! It's not perfect - I think it probably doesn't need to be as long (and lush) as it is and sometimes the author gets a bit lost in her descriptive detail. (A problem I've had with Lilith Saintcrow before, but it works better for her in this setting.) In fact, it's amusing reading this thread again, because I'd forgotten about its page count, so when the guy at the bookstore thumped it down on the counter I went, "...oh." The last two things I read were nice and short! ;D

But the politics! The refined control on everyone! The scalding poetry-quoting cutting remarks! The epic queen bitch! I love everyone in this bar.

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2020, 09:46:52 AM »
Now we just need book two  ;D

Give me more court intrigue and Lady Komor
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2020, 05:13:09 AM »
Now we just need book two  ;D

Give me more court intrigue and Lady Komor

I went immediately upon finishing to trawl Lili Saintcrow's social media to see if there were any hints of when we could expect book 2, and was pretty devo not to find anything. (I wish to note that I absolutely love Prince Takshin, but I am 100% Team Kai when it comes to Romancing Lady Komor.)

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2020, 06:20:39 AM »
Swinging through here because Fonda Lee tweeted about silkpunk, and feeling very like @eclipse in seeing that "Warning: this topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days" note. :D

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"Silkpunk" is a term coined by the brilliant Ken Liu to describe a blend of sci-fi and fantasy inspired not by Victorian-era steam-powered technology ("steampunk") but by East Asian antiquity. It does NOT apply to every SFF story inspired by Asian history or culture.

I mean, shouting about what people want to label things is always a shaking-fist-at-cloud sort of scenario, but in this situation I feel that there's a nuance to the use or misuse of subgenre labelling to do with the minimisation or othering of an entire race-related body of work. i.e. "let's not talk about the details of what the work is and does; it's Asian and that's the only thing that matters".

As Lee further said in that twitter thread:
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Leaving aside the issue of '-punk' being egregiously and erroneously overused *in general* - taking a term for a specific fictional aesthetic and lumping in all Asia-inspired works (or works by authors of Asian descent) simplifes, misrepresents, and flattens a huge range of work.

In the responses to this little thread, there's someone contemplating writing a piece for Fantasy Faction about the nuances of subgenres especially for "diverse" authors, and I definitely hope that happens!

What I'm uncertain about is whether the SC Emmett fits the bill. Sure, no magic, but also no real technological edge. It's just... non-magic fantasy?

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2020, 02:43:17 PM »
Now we just need book two  ;D

Give me more court intrigue and Lady Komor

I went immediately upon finishing to trawl Lili Saintcrow's social media to see if there were any hints of when we could expect book 2, and was pretty devo not to find anything. (I wish to note that I absolutely love Prince Takshin, but I am 100% Team Kai when it comes to Romancing Lady Komor.)

we want book 2, we want book 2.
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2020, 05:21:50 AM »
Now we just need book two  ;D

Give me more court intrigue and Lady Komor

I went immediately upon finishing to trawl Lili Saintcrow's social media to see if there were any hints of when we could expect book 2, and was pretty devo not to find anything. (I wish to note that I absolutely love Prince Takshin, but I am 100% Team Kai when it comes to Romancing Lady Komor.)

we want book 2, we want book 2.

Hey @eclipse, guess what was just delivered to my doorstep! ;D

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2020, 07:55:08 AM »
Excellent! We can be Reading buddies.
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2020, 09:48:41 AM »
I've first got to finish reading something that I think almost counts as silkpunk - Andrea Stewart's The Bone Shard Daughter. Very Asian-based fantasy, with myriad strangenesses in worldbuilding that make it feel almost more like the new-weird stuff of Mieville than straight-up secondary world fantasy.

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2020, 10:06:45 AM »
I've first got to finish reading something that I think almost counts as silkpunk - Andrea Stewart's The Bone Shard Daughter. Very Asian-based fantasy, with myriad strangenesses in worldbuilding that make it feel almost more like the new-weird stuff of Mieville than straight-up secondary world fantasy.
Oh I've been looking at that one, wondered if I'd like it... "new weird" sounds like "check before you buy" for me hehe
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2020, 10:29:25 PM »
I've first got to finish reading something that I think almost counts as silkpunk - Andrea Stewart's The Bone Shard Daughter. Very Asian-based fantasy, with myriad strangenesses in worldbuilding that make it feel almost more like the new-weird stuff of Mieville than straight-up secondary world fantasy.
Oh I've been looking at that one, wondered if I'd like it... "new weird" sounds like "check before you buy" for me hehe

So... let me clarify! :D It's new-weird in its worldbuilding - it's set in an empire spanning a massive chain of islands that (we find out very early on) are not "islands" as we know it but something floating??? and the Emperor can use shards of bone from living people to power chimeric constructs that can be programmed to perform tasks. It's an interesting mess of fantastical and systematic elements, and that's what makes me think "new weird". In style, it's very epic-fantasy (one of the reasons I've been struggling with it is it has about five POVs and I find that tricky to get into with my piecemeal reading-time these days) and there's a lot of fascinating intrigue and mystery going on.

But I always support trying before you buy. :)