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20 hours ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 0 replies · +4 points

I read this chapter and the Damaya chapter before it together this morning since I missed Friday and PHEW. This is a LOT. How did I do this book before all in a few days instead of a chapter at a time and survive the experience hoooooooooooooooow.

OK, my only other comment right now: I love love love Syenite standing up to the comm Leader, calling her on her rudeness, and explaining to her just how shitty an apology that was. And I really like the Lieutenant Governor, particularly as she seemed to just call that leader on all her shit as she offered politeness to Syenite.

OBELISK TIME

5 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 0 replies · +4 points

I forgot how utterly NONSTOP this book is. Would you like to rest for a moment? OH WELL HERE IS A NEW NIGHTMARE INSTEAD!

Mark, I don't know how often you get to re-read books (my guess is not terribly often) but I hope you sometime get to re-read this series. It REALLY rewards that. Going through this a second time is really incredible and I'm glad for the opportunity.

1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 1 reply · +4 points

I love how slowly Syenite is realizing just how fucked up Fulcrum is. She knew SOME of the ways it was deeply fucked up- forced breeding, limiting freedoms, things such as that. But now she's learning all the falsehoods she has been taught. It's a very interesting look at power and control dynamics- keep orogenes hated in the world, keep them believing they can't work together, keep them thinking lorists are the ultimate authority on knowledge and history, keep the node maintainers TRUE identities a secret WHILE diminishing and denigrating them and what they do by reputation....and keep the orogenes also believing this is the only place for their safety, the only way to their power, their only CHANCE in this world. It's all subtle AND unsubtle at the same time somehow.

1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 0 replies · +10 points

Even knowing who the node maintainers were (maybe because of knowing) my sense of dread built and built throughout this chapter. It's SO MUCH and SO TERRIBLE.

I don't have much I even could add here that Mark didn't address, except to say: not only is this a child, it is almost certainly *Alabaster's* child. Add that knowledge in for the scenes where Syenite and Alabaster copulate because they are being required to reproduce. And recognize that Alabaster has KNOWN this happens to some children of orogenes. When I consider that, consider Alabaster's clear rage and distress, when I consider the ways he thinks of stonelore and of orogenes being in charge, and consider his sheer power and control...good Lord. The power the Fulcrum has to oppress is astoundingly horrifying.

1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 1 reply · +4 points

Every single chapter of this packs such a huge punch. While a part of me is sad to be slowing down on this book and taking the chapter by chapter approach (knowing how things roll out I'm just sooooo excited to get to Things), I'm also really appreciating more than I did the first time the craft of each single chapter. Even though we have known these POV characters for a very short time, relatively speaking, I feel we have a pretty good grasp on each of them based on limited info. Jemisin is doing an incredible job painting the picture of The Stillness and the place we are.

LET'S GO GET NASSUN SHE'S ALIIIIIIIVE!

2 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 1 reply · +9 points

UGH SCHAFFA UGH

I was impressed when Mark knew immediately not to trust Schaffa, cause let me tell y'all when I first read this I was all in for the heroic man taking Damaya away from that horrible situation and then when we got to this I was like WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING.

Power, control, abuse. Ugh.

I did not get the feeling Shemshena was an orogene, though. I think she just studied them and learned.

2 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 1 reply · +2 points

Bigotry is probably too pat an answer...but I'm pretty sure it is the answer. :(

2 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 1 reply · +3 points

I just finished the first MISTBORN trilogy. Loved it!

2 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 0 replies · +3 points

IDK but it might be time to start a "fantasy urbanism" section!

2 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Fifth ... · 0 replies · +2 points

I hope you do, as well!! I've got several books I'm likely to read first (just started DEATHLESS DIVIDE, and I've had CHILDREN OF VENGEANCE AND VIRTUE staring at me for a long while) but I'm very very excited to read Jemisin's newest work. :)