And an overly hot apocalypse…

Perihelion SummerPerihelion Summer by Greg Egan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“People have had a couple of years to stockpile whatever they wanted, even if they thought the chance of anything happening was minuscule. The only ones who haven’t done that are temperamentally incapable of entertaining the possibility of disaster, and nothing they’ve heard in the last few days is going to change their minds.”

A third into this short novel (slightly overlong novella?) things haven’t changed so dramatically yet. And the old maps still work perfectly. Or rather, the frog is boiling so slowly that it hasn‘t noticed yet. I had expected something a lot more dramatic.

By the middle of the book things have started to heat up. Literally.

The world building is ok, the characters are mostly exchangeable. The most confusing thing for me as a European were the upside down seasons—the story is set south of the equator.

It was ok. It probably would have profited from having a few more pages.

And the ending was not satisfying. I actually flipped back a page, to see if I had missed something.

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Pretty chilled apocalypse

Moon of the Crusted SnowMoon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Decided to get the audio. The narrator is an Aboriginal Canadian, same as the author. The first few chapters were odd, as he has an unusual way to emphasize his sentences.

The story starts slowly… No power in the reservation, the male MCs talking about hunting, slow build-up… I really wanted to try some moose meat one hour into the audio!

The plot is pretty straight forward and not terribly suspenseful. It’s about the community and how it deals with the lack of power and the issues following that. It does not really explore the situation deeply. The dream sequences had me hoping for something more exciting. Besides the slightly unusual setting, there is nothing here that hasn‘t been covered before by similar stories. Predictable. Clichéed.

Fairly flat and stereotypical characters. Towards the end I still struggled to tell some of them apart.

It was ok. I liked it. I am not rushing to get more by this author. The audio narration grew on me.

Why Waubgeshig Rice wrote a dystopian novel about the collapse of society from an Indigenous perspective…

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