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35 stars rounded upA very interesting novella At the outset I felt like the worldbuilding was a bit of a combination of too much detail about some things and not enough about others The characters however were uite wonderful right from the startAbout the halfway point things smoothed out for me and once the time travel happened I loved the entire portion spent in the past That ending though what I want some please 35 stars Great mix of elements in a future post environmental destruction with habitats different generations of humans that s not a good description of the differences based on those born during plague years and those born much healthy afterwards projects to rebuild portions of the environment and time travel And a fabulous book cover And an older female protagonist And a story that begins in a future Canada This is a story with a lot of interesting elements though I wouldn t have minded a longer length so I could better understand main protagonist Minh I liked the idea of environmental remediation projects and the expertise reuired for these endeavours and the dance between the demands of these projects and corporate short term thinkingThere s enough in this novella that I found myself wishing that the story elements could have been explored in a longer format and whoa That ending There better be tales in this universe A novella that starts in the future with a small cast of environmental remediation specialists working in Calgary Canada after a global ecological apocalypse and then heads into the distant past for a time travel mission to ancient MesopotamiaOur main character is Minh pictured in the amazing cover art is a plague baby one of a generation of humans born into incredible hardship In Minh s case she has no lower limbs and uses an octopus like prosthesis Her partner is another plague baby and a fat baby a healthy human When Minh s team is approached to bid for a research trip to the cradle of human civilization she can t resistWonderful characters and a brilliantly realized world make this novella move along well at an endlessly inventive pace Fair warning though if there s no book two then that s an incredibly unsatisfying ending It s not uite a cliff hanger but it s a hell of a tease as to what s next A very interesting novella about time travel and ecology I got this one on sale for Kindle as a vacation read and I had no idea what I was getting intoEarth has suffered massive ecological disasters and humans are slowly re building the ecosystems necessary for the planet s survival An older generation of humans the plague babies grew up during the worse of the cataclysms and some like our protagonist Minh chose to get artificial limbs installed in order to navigate their complicated environment effectively The younger generation known as fat babies because they are healthy have always known the world as it is and while they try to help their perspective is completely different Minh is given a contract to use time travelling technology to go observe the Tiger and Euphrates rivers in ancient Mesopotamia and to use what can be learned from that virtually untouched environment to fix the river systems in her time period s North America Now who could resist an offer like that But as it must things don t go uite as plannedThe pacing is good with an interweaving of Minh s timeline narration and uick glimpses of the ancient world she is about to visit and the world building uite clever revealing ust enough to keep the reader engaged without drowning the pace with info dumping This is far from my first post apocalyptic sci fi story and yet I have never encountered a world uite like this one and I wanted The open ending however is both interesting because it opens so many possibilities and frustrating because no seuel is planned Bummer3 and a half stars So much goodness There has been a sprinkling of pretty okay novellas coming out during 2018 but none have gone so far as to wow me beyond a few lovely ch. Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted passIn 2267 Earth has ust begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters Minh is part of the generation tha.
Aracters or a clever premise or twoUntil nowNow we have a wonderful premise full of fantastic worldbuilding and a dedication to all the cool Fascinating imaginatively dense and highly compelling sci fi novella about time travelling ecological preservation projects For sureSince Robson is evidently a devourer of sci fi this reads like a story for sci fi devourers The details come thick and fast at the beginning in simple enough language habitats are habs bioms monitor health whispering is like telepathy right there are bots helping out around the peach orchard the protagonist has six legs to name a few Yet the writing style is such that it presents these ideas to readers who are already very familiar with sci fi concepts If a detail of the world or its history doesn t explicitly relate to the story being told it s still left in but not explained as in depth risking confusion for the sake of denser worldbuilding without sacrificing pace A daring strategy worked for me I guess that s why they say sci fi is the literature of ideas and there are a multitude withinAlso the story naturally leaves scope in and around its timeline for future works which I ve gleaned is the author s plan Like other readers I m holding off speaking about the plot because I m not sure I understood it completely though I re read the opening chapter again and understood it much better Anyway that s fine the best books are worth re reading And the best authors pursue their concepts with such strong authorial voices that it s like Okay you re gonna have to slow down and learn how to read me because this hasn t been done before And Robson is an original to look out for 4 stars I have such a soft spot for time travel tales and this one is so intelligently written Full review first posted on Fantasy Literature Gods Monsters and the Lucky Peach 2018 one of several exceptional novellas nominated for the 2018 Nebula award combines some intelligent and subtle world building in the aftermath of worldwide disasters the future version of project financing and lobbying with lamentable similarities to our current world and time travel to ancient Mesopotamia as research for an environmental remediation projectIn the 23rd century humanity is beginning to rebuild on the surface of the Earth after living underground for many years in hives and hells Life on the surface is limited to specific habitats and the need for expensive ecological restoration projects to make the habitats livable has led to funding consortiums with time consuming and headache inducing formal proposal reuirements In the excitement surrounding the discovery of time travel a decade or so ago nearly all the funding shifted away from ecological restoration to time travel projects Now Minh a cynical 83 year old ecologist with six prosthetic tentacle like legs has received a reuest for proposal RFP that combines both time travel and ecological restoration going back to 2024 BCE Mesopotamia to study the drainage of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers as a guide to future river remediation projectsMinh is determined to win the project the follow on work could be extremely lucrative She puts together a small team of three roping in her colleague Hamid a biologist who s obsessed with horses and reluctantly accepting her eager young administrative assistant Kiki as the third team member Fabian an abrasive tactical historian from TERN the research group that discovered time travel is their guide to the pastThe first half of Gods Monsters and the Lucky Peach focuses on the intricacies and subterfuges involved in grant writing and lobbying to win the project which may strike you as either dry and boring or reasonably interesting and richly ironic Personally I found it intriguing than tedious but whether you find it appealing may depend on your literary tastes There s enough character building and world building to keep this section from getting monotonous though We get glimpses of the past disasters including the. T first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems but lately the kind of long term restoration projects Minh works on have been.
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Plagues that affected Minh s generation There are constant references to plague babies like Minh and Hamid who are physically smaller and frailer as opposed to the younger generation of fat babies like Kiki who are healthier and have much larger bodies like humans in our day Technology has taken the tenet of personal autonomy to entirely new levels with people managing their own physical health and bodies in unexpected and sometimes even alarming waysThe second half of the novella deals with the team s time travel adventures in the ancient past in a vessel they name the Lucky Peach after Minh s peach orchard hobby This trip is fascinating and imaginative with some unexpected twists The trip not surprisingly for the reader but certainly for the team turns out to be far complicated and dangerous than our researchers expected The short flash forward blurbs at the beginning of each chapter from the point of view of the ancient Mesopotamian king Shulgi are a broad hint that things are going to go very wrong for our time traveling teamTime travel in this universe is not thought to affect the future TERN claims that when people travel to the past a separate timeline is spun off from ours and when the time travelers leave the timeline collapses But that s difficult to for Minh to swallow when people in the past suffer because of the team s actions The ancient Mesopotamians take a dim view of the stars watching them from the sky not to mention their monstrous looking to them but powerful visitors Are they gods or monsters Or do they have aspects of bothI found the ending of Gods Monsters and the Lucky Peach startlingly abrupt though I could make the case that it s actually a befitting conclusion Still I was relieved to find out that Kelly Robson is currently writing a seuel Time Trouble and the Lucky Peach It ll be great fun to see what happens next with these characters I received a free copy of this novella from the publisher for review Thank you Ecological conservators get a ob to do a survey of the ancient world In their present the world is in cataclysm capitalism has choked off progress time travel has halted the future and privacy is measured in how many walls you get to say you own rather than any sort of solitude in your own mind In the world they re exploring their coming is signaled by three new stars in the skyCONTENT WARNING no actual spoilers ust a list of topics view spoilerbody horror illness hide spoiler I really loved the worlds within this scifi far future post climate catastrophe earth and the time travel back to Mesopotamia I liked learning through the eyes of a scientistproject manager However I m super spoiler adverse and one of the povs is very spoilery It s an interesting narrative techniue but I personally found it distracting so one less star for that I liked the ending but I do hope the author continues this as a seriesRead for the Worlds Beyond the Margins 2019 challenge SFF is very fond of plunging readers into a world without explanation and making you work out what s going on and generally this is preferable to the classic opening scene of people explaining their history and situation to each other As you know your father the king That said I found this one too densely packed with unfamiliar concepts words etc I struggled to work out what was going on and there wasn t a driving action plotline to carry me through until I had a handle on things Good writing and a lot of great ideas and I really liked the way each chapter starts with an apparently incomprehensible snippet of someone else s story that starts to make sense as the timelines converge Also effortless diversity It didn t work for me in the end because there were an awful lot of concepts for the amount of story and I am a heavily story driven reader I d have liked space to breathe and a engagingpurposefulmotivated viewpoint character I didn t start to engage with the MC until very late on in the book But I m not a hard SF reader so YMMV. Stalled due to the invention of time travel When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers she umps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.
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