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A Taste of Honey di [Wilson, Kai Ashante]
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A Taste of Honey is the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus finalist novella that N. K. Jemisin calls "a love story as painful as it is beautiful and complex". One of BookRiot's "Best Books We Read in November."

Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.

Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. In defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind gay romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.

A Taste of Honey is a new novella in the world of Kai Ashante Wilson's The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps.

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  • Editore: (25 ottobre 2016)
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  • ASIN: B01FQQ451C
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3.0 su 5 stelle Complex, engaging, and working to fill a gap in fantasy fiction 29 marzo 2017
Di J.Bird - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
It was difficult to rate this book, given my usual standards that rely so much on the narrative voice and on how I might recommend a book to another reader. In both of those categories, A TASTE OF HONEY has some issues which I'll explain in a moment. In other ways, though, it shines. If I dismissed the first two, I would give it 4 stars, but I can't, and so 3 stars it is.

My primary issue with the text: I had to keep making a lot of excuses for the story in order to maintain my suspension of disbelief. Part of what I consider a good narrative voice's job is to make it easier for the reader to immerse and stay immersed in the world unfolding before them.

I have a longer explanation of this on my blog, but in interest of brevity, this is a shorter explanation. Lucrio's sudden Southern American English dialogue is jarring in the context of the voice the narrator establishes for the story, ESPECIALLY because he is speaking Aqib's language and somehow has a full grasp of slang that we, as readers, have no foundation for accepting as part of the world-building aspect at this point. Nor do we see any other characters engaging in slang or modern Earth equivalent swearing. (There are two exceptions, neither provided with any context/explanation either, and given in isolation.)

The other matter is the overall disjointed feeling that there's some worldbuilding missing. I found myself FREQUENTLY making the excuse, in a book club discussion, that this was a novella; it's shorter and there's a full length novel set in the same world, and SURELY these things that we experienced questions or gaps about were explained more fully and in more detail there. This became a mantra while reading. It is worth noting, however, that many reviews (even positive ones) describe this same feeling about the novel (SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS).

That said, I still enjoyed this story and would recommend it for folks looking for second world/alternate Earth (I'm not sure which is the more accurate description because of the above mentioned gaps) that moves away from the northern European flavors so prominent in fantasy. The main character is homosexual and that is a key facet of the story without it being what the story is about. The intersections of identity that happen in the context of so small a story are complex and beautiful. There's love in its myriad forms; the struggle to navigate the ebbs and flows as they push and pull against each other feels like the heart of the story. There's joy and regret. Trust, betrayal, suspicion... a lot packed into such a small space.

The ending left me feeling a little cheated, initially, but also opened up the opportunity to more closely consider the whole text in a different way and left me curious about the world. It was a satisfying ending in many ways--an aspect so many texts fall short of achieving. Knowing what I know with the end's reveal, it certainly asks for a re-read.

I know that I will spend at least as much time thinking about and going back through the story as I spent on reading it the first time--and in my reading habits, that is one of the highest praises I can offer.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Not for the faint of heart. 31 ottobre 2016
Di Estarianne - Pubblicato su
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He writes with a very intricate prose that many people would get bogged down in. I personally love it, including the tendency to jump around a bit.

This book has a nonlinear timeline, jumping from present present to future present to alternative present. It's a bit hard to follow and to be honest it lost any semblance of a plot at about 60%. It recovers somewhat by the end and wraps up pretty well, but there was a good chunk of it that didn't seem at the time to have much point.

So 3 stars or 4 stars - I'm torn. I love a lot of this author's style, including his use of different English dialects to denote class differences (or class based language differences, based on where you learned it), when most fantasy has been done in an English accent since forever. I love that the settings are African fantasy rather than generic medieval European. His imagery is gorgeous and his dialog is wonderful.

So I've convinced myself to give it 4 stars. Not 5 because of the plot issue. But it's worth reading.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A thrilling love story wrapped around a mesmerizing fantasy tale 6 novembre 2016
Di Maria Haskins - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
‘A Taste of Honey’ reaffirms my opinion that Wilson is one of the most interesting and talented writers in speculative fiction right now.

It is set in the same world (though not in the same time period) as 'The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps', but if ‘Wildeeps’ was a thrilling epic fantasy wrapped around a love story, then ‘A Taste of Honey’ is a thrilling love story wrapped around a core of epic fantasy. (The fact that Wilson manages to pack epic fantasy stories into a short novel / novella format is another one of his magic tricks.)

The story’s central characters, Aqib and Lucrio fall in love (and lust) at more or less first sight, and then have to maneouver around all sorts of obstacles to be able to see each other. In the telling of that tale, Wilson also tells the tale of the world and the society, and the grander schemes going on within the world: there are god-like powers being wielded, magic, palace intrigue, psionics, and mathematics. (The way Wilson weaves together science fiction and fantasy when it comes to what is technology and science on one hand, and what is magic on the other, is just one of the hugely enjoyable aspects of this story.)

I tore through this book, and in the end, I was left with a craving for more: especially more stories from Wilson that are set in this world of gods and men, science and magic, mathematics and psionics. ‘A Taste of Honey’ is a blistering good read, and delves further into Wilson’s highly original story-verse. I can’t wait to read what comes next.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Good story, questionable ending 2 dicembre 2016
Di Gabrielle Henson - Pubblicato su
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This is a story set in a very interesting world - I'd like to read more about it. The love story is touching and well told. You're kept in suspense the whole way through and don't know what's really happening until the end. Spoiler alert - I don't buy the way the hero finds out in the end he's made the right decision - you're going to tell your lover of 20 years that you're unsure enough of him to offer up one of your hands to be sure?
2.0 su 5 stelle Mess of a story with worst ending ever 12 maggio 2017
Di Sami Sundell - Pubblicato su
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Aqib is a young man of a diminished family, their last hope to ascend back to relevancy. Lucrio, on the other hand, is a warrior from Daluz, part of a delegation to Olorum. One night they meet and fall in love.

A Taste of Honey begins as a carnal love story but soon moves towards social critique. It's only too bad it's done in so hamfisted way. The story magnifies traditional gender stereotypes, adds in toxic masculinity and builds on that.

While it does break the mold in places - Aqib running family while his wife pursues career, intellectual endeavours being the realm for women - it doesn't really manage to explore either the romantic or the societal plot line.

The world is a weird mix of antiquity and science fiction: Dalucians seem like Romans, Olorum might be a bit Greek, but their gods are definitely technologically advanced with their holograms and transhumanism.

The language of the book is theatrical and reminds me of Russian classics, and not in a good way. The structure mixes the timeline for no apparent reason, and the ending is a complete letdown.
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