Summary Leckie

What we enjoyed:
– Organic for a space opera; space operas often times too big and over the top; Leckie’s universe feels more realistic
– Ice-World, for example, description made it feel quite real. This is a planet that could exist in our world. Felt almost like a description catered at possible tourists?
– Part where the protagonist was still a ship  never read before, unique perspective, fascinating
– Super confusing at first, bit like a mystery novel (also annoying at the same time), different time lines and narratives
– Cool world-building, feels like reading a sequel at first, one starts to get the hang of it and it is rewarding, but it is annoying still
– Seeing the protagonist from two points of the story cool
– Rewarding ending (for all the struggle)
– Love-hate-relationship with the beginning of this one: no exposition at all really (in contrast to an info-dump at the beginning)
– Trying to find gender everywhere made me realise that it doesn’t really matter  extremely rewarding; persons are just persons, we don’t need the gender for the love story; was still super confusing at the beginning
– Reminded us of “The Left Hand of Darkness”  uses male pronouns (also due to the focalizer), here it is female pronouns  this novel makes us see people without seeing gender  challenges its readers  “it messes with your brain”
– Language & gender: incredible how much language influences our mind-sets  taking ones language and concepts with one to other places  powerful
– We love the tea time, really cool  world so very different from ours, but this thing was similar
– Well written book, 8/10 but doesn’t grip you (sadly), not interested in reading the sequels


What we discussed:
– Confusing, confusing, confusing!
– Does our protagonist even care about gender? Misgendering much?
– Very organic yes, but some things also made everything feel mundane, even the super cool gun? Antagonist also not that spectacular? Sometimes it should have been more colourful and hook us in? Not spectacular enough?
– We compared it to “All Systems Red” (Martha Wells)  humour, funny parts are missing
– Protagonist very distanced and cold, made it hard to emphasise
– More humour and funny scenes maybe? It’s a space opera after all. Doesn’t fit the plot, but…
– Protagonist clinical, not overly easy to emphasise with
– Confusion too much, audiobook made it really hard to follow
– Protagonist in several places at once, different conversations at once, too much
– Introduction missing, sad, “I got very very confused and gave up”
– Novel lacked focus in parts, confusion lasts too long, ending helps but it’s too late
– Overwhelming yet nothing is really introduced and explained so that we can follow
– Worldbuilding felt unattached in parts, can’t really imagine all the places that well
– Antagonist: one part of your personality doesn’t like you any more, let’s go civil war (LOL)
– World building, conflict, etc. could have been much clearer
– Everything too normal?
– Many of us won’t pick up the sequels (too hard to read, exhausting, overall plot also weird)
– Boring in parts, but some of us will pick up the sequels to know where it is going?
– 2/5 stars: lots of good stuff, but too confusing and boring in parts, also not finished so you never know

Other books we talked about:
– “The Unspoken Name” by A. K. Larkwood: really cool tor.com bookclub free book, bit strong on the romance, but very well done, recommendable!
– Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan: strange, daughter of the devil, magical realism / magic occurs
– Ghost Stories by Emma James: short story collections, really enjoyable, “Lost Hearts”, “Number 13”
– Leigh Bardugo “Six of Crows”: Ocean’s Eleven in a “Game of Thrones” setting
– “1984” was a brilliant dystopia! Dark twists, very funny on a meta-level even, things change every five minutes (pandemic, anybody?)
– Robin Hobb “Assassin’s Apprentice” is brilliant

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