Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted past.In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology....
|Title||:||Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach|
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|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
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Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach Reviews
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!
Walking around the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, I tend to pick up a lot of random titles. While I was stopping over at Raincoast, Kelly Robson was beginning to sign her latest, Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach. I had zero idea what it was about and I had to know what tis "lucky peach" was. I also didn't realize that Kelly Robson was married to a sci-fi author I love, A.M Dellamonica.
This delightful piece of candy reading is about tim ...more
Fascinating, imaginatively dense and highly compelling sci-fi novella about time-travelling ecological preservation projects? For sure!
Since Robson is evidently a devourer of sci-fi, this reads like a story for sci-fi devourers. The details come thick and fast at the beginning in simple enough language--habitats are "habs", "bioms" monitor health, "whispering" is like telepathy (right?), there are "bots" helping out around the peach orchard, the protagonist has six legs--to name a few! Yet the w ...more
There's a lot to unpack in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach and I would be lying if I said that I figured out everything with my first read through. Robson doesn't tell you everything, and I appreciate that. Instead, Robson gives you the bones of the story, and you're left to flesh out the rest of it on your own. And you can't just accept everything at face value, either. There's some information you'll only clue into if you google it (or you're good at grams to pounds conversation in your he...more
Minh, a Plague Baby and environmental remediator, travels from 2267 to 2024 to learn about the previous ecosystem.
This is almost a five star book for me. The characters were all great - they had depth and reality. Minh is an annoying person and I still really liked her and cared about her. Her companions, another Plague Baby who is obsessed with horses, and a Fat Baby who would do anything to be included on this time travel trip, were real to me, too. This is a story where people learn and grow. ...more
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is a slower moving novella. There’s a far amount of the book that is focused putting together the research project. It’s realistic. Research proposals and plans are time consuming. It took me a little bit to get hooked but the research proposal planning section was really great for seeing the character’s history and dynamics. You are thrown right into the world at the start and it takes a while for some of the background to be explained. At first I wasn’t sure ...more
This novella (approximately 40,000 words) is set in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity have mostly retreated below ground to avoid climatic disaster, with a few people working above ground on new ways to live. In this we meet Minh, an old scientist who has lived through the darkest plague years and ended up with 6 tentacular legs. She’s worked her whole life on allowing humanity to try to live aboveground in domes, and to some extent can’t see beyond continuing to do this. Her assistant Ki ...more
3.5 stars rounded up
A very interesting novella. At the outset I felt like the worldbuilding was a bit of a combination of too much detail about some things and not enough about others. The characters, however, were quite wonderful right from the start.
About the halfway point things smoothed out for me, and once the time travel happened I loved the entire portion spent in the past. That ending though, what? I want some more please :)
This was a big personal treat. I've been choosing a lot of my reading lately by trying to see what has already been done in the realm of my target area for fiction: combining ecology and genre fiction. To some extent, my motivation derives from the enormous gulf between, to the stuff it seems like there ought to be, and how few books actually been able to find that really deliver on it. Thankfully, that seems to be changing. In this book in particular represents a huge step toward that potential ...more