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- Working with peasants: reconsidering representations of the Maya - UBC Library Open Collections
Is that intentional? Short answer, yes. Long answer: I discuss Latin American culture and other stuff related to this in a blog post. I liked your Book X, but this sounds totally different from that. Will I be disappointed? I like writing things that can be wildly different.
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I don't feel it's disappointing but if you liked the grittiness of, say, Certain Dark Things, this is definitely not grim dark. But it's a Maya God of Death! Why isn't it grimdark? I wanted to write something hopeful that reflected the beauty of my culture. I've written gritty stuff before and will still do it. But not this time. Also check my website, scroll to the bottom for interviews and articles. And there's a glossary at the back of the book, if you want to start there. Are the locations real? Yes, for the most part.
You can trace the journey on a map. Oct 07, Mari rated it it was amazing Shelves: botm , , hispanic-heritage , favorite-reads-of I loved this so much. I think at first I was prepared to dock a half or full star for the slow beginning, but by the end, it all feels so thoughtful and purposeful that punishing it for the laying down of the mythology and character pieces didn't feel right. This had so many elements I loved: Death and the Maiden, a fairy-tale atmosphere infused with the Jazz age and Mexican folklore, character growth, and a satisfying but emotional end.
It is a story I know I will reread and I feel like will be I loved this so much. It is a story I know I will reread and I feel like will be even better the more I read it. Moreno-Garcia is a favorite author now, no doubt about it. She creates fantastical worlds out of known places, fully realized and flawed characters to love, she uses rich language and tells stories of equal measure love and grief and growing up. I can't wait to read what she comes up with next.
Blood and Jade, A Saga of the Maya, by Sally Kohonoski
Jul 01, Book of the Month added it. Add in a stunning cover, hints of a rags-to-riches protagonist, and a journey to the Underworld? I was sold. But this wondrously written book is so much more than tha "Why I love it" by S. But this wondrously written book is so much more than that. Soon she finds herself on a death-defying adventure, and experiencing the equally terrifying prospect of first love. This is both a classic fairy tale—the mysterious box, the alluring figure offering the promise of a new beginning—and a fresh, coming-of-age journey that lets Casiopea be at once fierce and frightened, larger-than-life yet human.
Casiopea leaps from the page, her hopes and dreams clashing with the life of servitude her power-hungry relatives have forced her into. With some of the best—and eerie! Aug 12, K. Charles added it Shelves: s , fantasy , american. This was tremendous. A downtrodden girl in 20s Mexico inadvertently wakes the imprisoned Lord of the Dead and has to go on a quest to recover his missing body parts this is the point we're glad it's fantasy not romance :P in order for him to reclaim his throne.
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Wonderful defiant angry heroine, fabulous mythology and magic, really well drawn setting, a lovely villain whose evil lies in selfishness and privilege rather than innate badness, and a terrific thread of romance as well. It really is e This was tremendous. It really is excellent. I enjoyed every word, was glued to the adventure, and found the ending immensely satisfying. Well written, well imagined, well constructed, what more do you want? And a fantastic cover.
Would that all fantasy was this good. Sep 06, ;3 added it Shelves: dnf , audiobooks. However, he requires her mortal energy to carry out his quest in our world, and therefore coerces her help under threat of death.
Historical Novel Transports Readers to the Exotic World of Classic Maya
Some of the ideas reminded me a little of American Gods, especially regarding the premise that the gods live as long as people believe in them, and fade into oblivion when they are forgotten. This book is actual magic and nobody can convince me otherwise. The author managed to take beautiful prose and never bogs us down with it while making the reader feel like we were on a long journey, caked with grainy dirty and jostled by the trains.
Aug 02, TheBookSmugglers rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 26, Candace Robinson added it. And then she's done really great Mexican settings in the two other books I've read by her as well! The two together had such great chemis I was pretty excited for this because I especially loved Sylvia's last book, The Beautiful Ones. The two together had such great chemistry! Minor detail—but I felt like Casiopea's name had a lot of syllables so I had to keep shortening it to Cas in my head as I read it!
The writing and world descriptions were beautiful and the tale was very cool. Another complaint was I wish it ended on the chapter before the last one because I'm unsure if this is a stand alone, but I think it is? But with the last chapter, I'm not sure? Anyway, I love the authors other books more, but this is still a cool, original story to check out. Feb 11, Acqua rated it really liked it Shelves: arc , love-cover , aoc , db , best-mcs , hist-fic , adult , loved-it , boring , fantasy. Gods of Jade and Shadow is a fantasy story set in the s.
Working with peasants: reconsidering representations of the Maya - UBC Library Open Collections
This is a journey book. It's not like you can find books set in Mexico and based on Maya mythology every day, after all. Something got lost in the execution, but as I'm not sure what that something is, I can't say if it's more on me or on the book. Every time I got to his chapters, I put the book down and started doing something else. But I can say that it was worth it, without a doubt - this book had one of the best endings I've read in a fantasy book this year , not because it was surprising, not really, but because it made sense in a way that made it powerful, it fit the story perfectly.
It helps that I love when books go in that direction.
Another thing I loved about this book? The level of detail that the author put into everything, from the setting to the characterization to the parts talking about history - I recognized myself in Casiopea at times, for what this book said about what it's like on a mental level to live in a strict Catholic environment and then finally leave , but what I really didn't expect was to recognize pieces of the story of my own Italian family.
For example, the name Casiopea in itself. It's a Greek name, which her town's priest calls "Greek nonsense", and I have several ancestors who were named after "Greek nonsense" themselves and who were born around the time Casiopea was born. I never thought I would see characters deliberately not giving their children names of saints in a fantasy book, but I guess the Catholic church being awful around the world also meant that people tried to do the same things around the world to defy it in their everyday life.
I have more mixed feelings about the writing. Gods of Jade and Shadow is written in a way that should resemble a myth , but it didn't work for me. It felt more removed than the average fantasy book, but it didn't feel like a myth either, it felt like a halfway thing, and I got used to it, but I can't say I liked it. Sep 11, Ivan rated it really liked it Shelves: mythology-and-folklore. This book is kind of reminds me of one of my favorite desserts, deep fried ice-cream.
In all restaurants in my city that serve it vanilla is only is only flavor with optional choice of topping, In it's core it's still plain vanilla ice-cream but combination of cold ice-cream, hot pastry around it and topping caramel ftw make it more than sum of it's parts and more enjoyable than it sounds. This book is kind of like that. In it's core it's vanilla ice-cream, fairytale like story with awful vill This book is kind of reminds me of one of my favorite desserts, deep fried ice-cream. In it's core it's vanilla ice-cream, fairytale like story with awful villains, innocent heroine and brooding prince but it's wrapped in interesting setting of 's Mexico and topped with Mayan mythology and folklore to make one fulfilling dessert.
Jul 27, Jessica Jeffers rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , authors-of-color. Wow, this was a thoroughly unexpected surprise, a feminist hero's journey wrapped up in Mayan mythology--and maybe one of the most cinematic books I've ever read, to boot.
More to come. Nov 01, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: occult , history , fiction , mythology , magic , mexico , fantasy.
Gods of Jade and Shadow is a book full of surprises. I found it at a bookstore where it was labelled as "occult fiction" although to be honest, I personally think it fits better in the category of folklore-based fantasy , and as usual, the book's front cover caught my attention. This book is a lot of fun, full of interesting Mexican culture and lovable characters, and it explores a little-written subject in contemporary fantasy, that is, Mayan gods.
Casiopea, the book's main character, longs for a mo Gods of Jade and Shadow is a book full of surprises. Casiopea, the book's main character, longs for a more exciting life than the one she currently has. She opens a whole new world when exploring her grandfather's belongings though, setting free a powerful god who seeks her help in a dangerous task. This book has it all. An original plot, engaging characters, suspense, friendship, varied culture, travel, an excellent historical setting, and it's executed very well altogether.
I at first thought it would just be some kind of Disney-esque fantasy novel that falls into common tropes of the genre, but Gods of Jade and Shadow is very different in the way it makes itself stand out, being both unique and unforgettable with a lot of unexpected elements added in. Ahoy there me mateys! So here be me honest musings. I fell in love with Moreno-Garcia's work because of her stellar vampire novel, certain dark things.
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So I was very much looking forward to this Mayan fairy-tale set during the Jazz age in Mexico. And this book was absolutely wonderful.