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The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  

The Best of All Possible Worlds

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Really delightful, traditional sci-fi, all about culture clashes, language differences and discovering the self through contact with others. A scientific group on a year-long journey makes for a big story full of exciting episodes as each new settlement is reached; here rioting marsh dwellers, there beautiful slave traders, and beyond the next hill people pretending to be fairies. I seem to have grown quite close to the group of characters on their travels; they are good people to spend some time with. The writing was engaging and the first-person voice really made me care for all the group’s sorrows and desires. The slow development of relationships was as interesting as the action scenes. I understand the author has won awards. She deserves them.

If you like Karen Lord you might also like to read books by Ursula Le Guin, C.J. Cherryh and Mark Hodder.

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The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

This is a story of hope. Grace Delarua, a civil servant with the government of Cygnus Beta, remembers when the Sadiri arrived on their planet, a galactic hinterland for pioneers and refugees. This is a story of survival. Dllenahkh, leader of the small group of Sadiri settlers on Cygnus Beta, remembers the cool strong blues and gentle sunlight of his home world. He also remembers the moment he was told his planet was destroyed. This is a story of love. Now they must work together to rebuild his decimated population by searching for the last surviving members of his race. This is a story about finding the best of all possible worlds.

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'The author is clearly a class apart, and doubly so in terms of her prose ... Utterly astonishing'
Tor.com

'A rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture. Plus, it has flying monks - a universally improving ingredient!
SFX

'Karen Lord's second novel carries deliberate echoes of Ray Bradbury's classic Mars colonisation stories. It's refined, meditative and life-affirming, and its exploration of gender politics and ethnology confirms Lord as the natural heiress to Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin
Financial Time

About the Author

Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel Redemption in Indigo won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award and the Mythopoeic Award, and is nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award.

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Publication date

1st May 2014

Author

Karen Lord

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Publisher

Jo Fletcher Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing

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Paperback
336 pages

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Science fiction

ISBN

9781780871684

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