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A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine

leahjanespeare's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging 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? It's complicated

5.0

Holy fucking shit. No wonder this won the 2020 Hugo.

We are immediately thrown headfirst into the mindset, the lure, the seductive aspects of spending time around and inside a galaxy-spanning colonizing empire. The world-building is immense and intricate without info dumping and I was never bored. If you’re interested in linguistics and communication at all, you’ll find the competitive poetry and language of the Teixcalaani people ASTOUNDING and humbling as a mere Earth-dwelling language speaker. Ambassador Mahit spends a lot of the book struggling with her identity not only with the imago machine she has in her brain, which are like a tech version of the Trill from Star Trek, but also how much she is falling in love with this enemy empire against her better judgement. There is pretty heavy internal narration that includes a lot of implied political mechanics with a giant scope, so if you want pew-pew space battles, look somewhere else. But if you like the good ol’ fashioned (but progressive) hardcore space opera like the Imperial Radch series you will absolutely be wowed by this book. 

I’m a little nervous to start the second since the bar just shot through the atmosphere but I will also now devour anything Martine writes. 

nsaphra's review against another edition

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3.0

Heavy political intrigue, deep dive into an alien culture. Parts of it were really beautifully written, and overall I definitely liked it, but neither prose nor plot nor setting left it super highly ranked on the long, very good list of lesbian scifi I've read in the last year.

thenightsarealive's review

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adventurous dark mysterious slow-paced

4.5

bagelanjeli's review against another edition

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

4.0

redgoblin's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

3.5

sirdedlock's review

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

2.5

newdi's review against another edition

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challenging mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

zeebookdragron's review against another edition

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Switched to the audiobook!

jane_pendragon's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-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

3.0

laran_s's review

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adventurous medium-paced

3.75


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