It’s at some distant point in the future, where ‘The Reckoning’ happened (which vaguely sounds like some catastrophic climate change and something else. It was a bit like Trail of Lightening in that it used (presumably) mythology from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
I remember first reading Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang and being utterly amazed and blown away by it. I must have told lots of people about it and leant it out….and bought it again because I forgot who now had it
For the uninitiated, Usagi is a ronin and travels throughout the land, often helping out those in need or just generally getting into trouble. It’s based on the Edo Period in Japan but all the characters are different animals (with most natives of Japan itself).
Phyllis reminded me of Reggie from The Rewind Files, though if anything more fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pantsness. But delightful, flawed, tough, sarcastic and with a deep sense of fairness and faith in her friends. Sarcastic lead characters win my heart every time.
I wouldn’t normally review something like this, but it’s part of the Read Harder challenge, a humour book, and I am a completist.
This is the third of the short stories written by Aliette de Bodard that I’ve read. It takes place in the same universe as The Tea Master and the Detective and Citadel of Weeping Pearls, but this time the action takes place on a space station. A magistrate named Linh arrives on the station, seeking refuge from a war that …
While set in the same universe, the feel of this story is different than The Tea Master and the Detective, more sentimental some how. At its core is another mystery, the disappearance of the Citadel of Weeping Pearls and the Empress’ daughter. But there’s also time travel and science and wonderful imagery.