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Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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aurical's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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aggressive_nostalgia's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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bergha1998's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I really liked the idea. A technologically advanced human group studies a less advanced one & the less advanced one sees them as wizards even though it’s actually sci-fi stuff. That dynamic was very interesting. I didn’t love the writing, though, I kept almost falling asleep while reading. I think it was the pacing and so much exposition. 

“Know thyself, the wise man wrote, and yet I know myself, none better, and the knowledge gives me no power.”

“In my blackest pits of despair I always find God and call out for help, because only an omnipotent outside force could possibly move the stone that is pressing me down. And God walks away, single footsteps off into the collective unconscious. He doesn’t care.”

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dottiewankenobi's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful inspiring tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

a quote from my live reading notes: "the demon was extremely freaky but the heart and soul and emotion of this book. holy fuck."

elder race made me bawl. this book features two main characters who struggle deeply with their personal feelings and how others see them, and the author did an amazing job of infusing human life in them. the world building was very interesting and there were so many lines that stood out to me as I read that I want to come back to again. I honestly would love to talk to the author and just listen to him speak about this world, any bit of it -- there's so many questions I have, so many things I would love to know

there were a few tiny things that felt shaky I guess but overall my feelings for this book are extremely positive and I'm so glad I added it to my TBR and that my friend decided for us to read it during our book club

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hanz's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.0


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sarahweyand's review against another edition

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adventurous funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

I read this book at the recommendation of my husband as a shorter book to get close to passing my 2023 reading goal. I was skeptical at first but ended up really enjoying myself! I liked the writing style and thought the story was well-suited to a novella. There was a good amount of character development and I found myself caring about our protagonist(s), which is something that's hard for me to do with shorter texts.

Sometimes the pacing felt a little all over the place, and I wish the ending had provided more catharsis than it did. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the ending. I predicted the climax and enjoyed how it played out, and I understand that not every story has to have a happy ending, but I was hoping for a little more relief for our protagonists.

I'm glad I picked this one up and I would be interested in reading more from Tchaikovsky in the future.

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surdiablo's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

It's a solid, entertaining novella with the right amount of everything, which you might appreciate more if you go in completely blind ( So don't click my spoiler tags unless you are absolutely sure ). Tchaikovsky
blends fantasy and sci-fi
in such a clever, humorous way, and I really liked how seamless the POV switch was. It never felt jarring at any point, which could easily happen in a book trying to execute an idea like this. The realistic portrayal of
mental anguish
of the characters, alongside the constant
miscommunication due to language or cultural barriers
was quite interesting to read. Overall it was quite fun, can't think of any major flaws whatsoever. 

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lbelow's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

There are things I really enjoyed about this and things I did not. The negatives are almost entirely in the "style" column. Mixed third person and first person point of view only works if there's a good reason for it and in this, there was not. So the style was jarring. 

As for the things I did enjoy: the depiction of depression and how it isn't automatically cured by advanced technology, the alienness of the villainous alien, the intricacies of culture and language that even an anthropologist can't bypass. 

Overall, this novella was fascinating but a bit shallow. I understand why it's gotten so many accolades, but I don't think it hit home for me in the same way it did for many others. 

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deetabz's review against another edition

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adventurous funny sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5


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raincloud35's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25


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