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Everfair: A Novel di [Shawl, Nisi]
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Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Nisi Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 2127 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 384
  • Editore: Tor Books (6 settembre 2016)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B015W3Q3QY
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #320.330 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)
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11 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Epic Post-Victoriana Afro-Steampunk 21 dicembre 2016
Di Levi Jacobs - Pubblicato su
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That’s right—this book is all those titles. And more. And less. A steampunk take—no, a steampunk revolution against—the brutal and overlooked colonization of sub-Saharan Africa, and the stuffy European ideals that still haunt racial and sexual politics today. Sounds awesome, right? A lot of things about Nisi Shawl’s post-Victoriana epic are awesome—the multicultural cast of Chinese and European immigrants, indigenous Africans, and people born somewhere in between; the clever African inflection she gives to steampunk technologies (like taking the rubber industry driving colonization and making it improve dirigibles); the religious and political factions all struggling to create their own kind of African state—it’s all awesome.

It’s just hard to follow.

That could be because instead of one viewpoint character, or even two or three (see most epics), or five or six (think Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan), we’ve got eleven. They are well-written and unique and fun to read—but even so I struggle to remembered who each one was and what had happened last time we met them.

Add to that some significant time jumps—the book takes place over twenty years, and sometimes a year or more has passed since we last followed a particular character—and they’re in a new place, and a lot politically has happened since then. Technology itself leaps forward—we go from steam tractors to fast dirigibles in the space of a chapter or two, in which the main settlement has also been attacked and had to retreat somewhere else to caves, and we’ve switched character heads…

You get the idea. Really cool stuff is happening, but instead of a single story Everfair feels like six or eight novellas shuffled together. It expects a lot of the reader, and much as I’m ready for mental leaps, for imaginative stretches—that’s part of why we love fantasy—at a certain point the readability gets in the way of the awesome. And bottomline, I found myself less excited to return to Everfair than other books I was reading at the time, despite all the things it has going for it.

So take this for what you will. If you love historical fantasy/steampunk, really diverse casts of characters, or are interested in steampunk imagining some of the wrongs of Leopold’s Congo righted, this book will be worth the work. If that all sounds good, but you’re looking for a book to draw you in rather than having to pull yourself in, it might not be the one.

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4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle People of All Colors Shine like Brass in this Well-Researched and Well-Realized Steampunk Alt History 20 ottobre 2016
Di Anne K. Gray - Pubblicato su
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Let me just say, the cosplay based on this book is going to be amazing.

This is a fascinating, well-written story about several idealists coming from very different perspectives to try to create a free state in African lands once dominated by Leopold II. Aided by steampunk-style alternate history advances in prosthetics, medicine, weaponry, and airships, the diverse cast of protagonists each bring their own special talents to the struggle.

Unfortunately, the unrelenting state of conflict makes it hard to settle into the many moments of personal joy that are delightfully woven into the tale. But that must also be true of any people fighting to establish freedom and equality in a world that either dismisses them outright or abuses their rights as human beings.

The story rotates between perspectives in a third person limited narrative, thereby giving us insight into the thoughts of one person at a time, and vividly illustrating how miscommunication and failure to understand one another feeds social and political dysfunction even in a group where everyone is trying to do the right thing. In light of this, the moments of unity within the story are all the more powerful and persuasive.

Highly recommended.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Good topic, middling execution 13 dicembre 2016
Di Peter J. Orvetti - Pubblicato su
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I really wanted to like this book. It differs from most alternate history in that it looks beyond the so-called "developed" world of Europe, North America, and Asia where most such novels take place, and also differs in that the alternative timeline is -- unlike in most AH stories -- a better one than in ours. The Belgian ravishing of the Congo gets too little attention, and the author gets credit for focusing on it.

But "Everfair" is a plodding and rather confusing novel. The book focuses almost entirely on about a half-dozen characters who come to have key leadership roles in the new state, but all but ignores the thousands of others living in the vast territory. There is a lot about the personal relationships between these founders, and a good deal about the steampunk technological boom in Everfair, but not a lot about life in the emerging state itself.

AH purists may enjoy it, but for others, it's a tough read.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Such good ideas, but mediocre execution 11 marzo 2017
Di hlhallowell - Pubblicato su
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A steampunk alternate history set on Africa that starts with the horrors of King Leopold's rubber plantations in Congo and continues on through the founding of the nation of Everfair.

The book handles racism, interracial romances, colonialism, religious discrimination, and the main romantic pairing is two women--all things that should make this book deeply interesting for me...

But it moved too quickly through 40 years of Everfair's history for me to really get to know any of the characters on anything more than a superficial level. And that is too big a weakness for me.
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3.0 su 5 stelle I really wanted to like this book 10 marzo 2017
Di Lynn the 2nd - Pubblicato su
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I really wanted to like this book, and for chapters at a time I really did. But I felt like there was too much time covered with too many characters. As soon as I started getting interested in the current story/character, the chapter ended, time skipped ahead and the story moved on to other people. Felt like there wasn't enough depth into the characters and their lives, more like skimming through their stories to cover so many years.
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