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Can I interest you fine geeks in the trilogy by ? If you like one or more of these:

- A well-told, fast-paced epic tale in a finished trilogy
- A sympathetic and complex cast of characters
- Most of whom are WOC including a Black leading woman
- An original world that feels like a living, breathing place
- A thoughtful treatment of race, oppression and abuse
- Queer folx galore

Then boy are you in for a treat.

@lj_writes I realize never mentioned I finished it! you should talk to me about it

@lj_writes It was really good! I feel like I was not the audience for the climax of the last book, but that's okay. It was still really well done. I would have liked if Essun could have gotten to grapple with what Schaffa became/ what Nassun's life was like now.

@lj_writes I guess it felt like things were being set up as conflicts and I was hoping for them to be "and now we talk and think and grapple" conflicts not "and now we fight and get ourselves killed" conflicts. Also, I'm a filthy monster/alienfucker so I shipped Essun/Hoa and wanted more done with that.
...I guess mostly I want, like, an extra books worth of fanfic

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@lj_writes
Funnily enough I'm rereading the first book right now in preparation of finally reading the rest!

@lj_writes Also, for older school SF/fantasy fans, N.K. Jemisin's genre-straddling, world-travel-centered approach may hit all your Tanith Lee buttons, without being at all imitative of Tanith Lee. Everything I've read from her has been great.

@lj_writes (I started making connections like that a few years ago, for Reasons to do with the state of fandom at the time. I have more.)

@reinderdijkhuis Jemisin's work lends itself to a lot of such comparisons, which is a good thing because it means her work is part of a larger conversation.

@lj_writes
Just to add a bit, this isn't "the same epic fantasy you read a dozen times, now with a sugar-coating of diversity". It's the most unique fantasy series I've read since.. maybe Jack Vance's Dying Earth, and the diversity elements are key aspects of the story.

Very cool to see it recommended.

@lj_writes this series made me fall back in love with fantasy! I was so tired of seeing the same narratives over and over. I love that this is a wholly different story with wonderful, in-depth worldbuilding. Also, Jemisin has such a nuanced understanding of oppression and trauma. Even though it's very dystopic, it was a very healing read for me.

Also, as a literary studies person, I want to say that the narrative structure of the first novel is just *chef's kiss*

@pink_ink Yes! I was jaded about the genre when Jemisin told me that fantasy can be good, actually. Not to mention fresh, relevant, genre-busting, and just plain well-written.

@lj_writes yessss!! ✨
also, seconding the relevance bit. i was getting tired of conservative fantasy & jeminsin is decidedly pogressive in addition to bein a great writer.

@pink_ink considering that this is a genre that has stood for conservative social and political values at best and outright white supremacy at worst, the fact that Jemisin works such devastating critiques and incisive insights of imperialism and kyriarchy into her work without sloganeering or propagandizing is definitely a breath of fresh air.

@lj_writes yessssss ✨ for me it works out because all characters are so deeply flawed. That gives the whole story a lot of nuance.

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@pink_ink @lj_writes Sincere question: what classifies this as fantasy vs science fiction for you? I think the genres have quite a bit of overlap, but I'm always curious on other people's takes.

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@chocochipbiscuit I agree with @lj_writes
For me (& I know this isn't that much of an official definition & it doesn't always work) it's the distance in worldbuilding & the suspension of disbelief required for the world to work. So I read BE slightly more along the lines of fantasy than scifi because of how orogeny is described in the first novel.
Also (& I'm not that well-versed in sci-fi so I might be wrong here) the framing narrative told by Hoa struck me as a very fantasy thing ....

@lj_writes You already have a bunch of very thoughtful and nuanced responses so I'm only gonna add: I have a big fat crush on Ykka

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