Scale-Bright #2020

Scale-Bright By Benjanun Sriduangkaew Scale Bright Julienne s aunts are the archer who shot down the suns and the woman who lives on the moon They teach her that there s to the city of her birth than meets the eye that beneath the modern chrome and gl
  • Title: Scale-Bright
  • Author: Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • ISBN: 9781310419294
  • Page: 245
  • Format: ebook
  • Scale-Bright By Benjanun Sriduangkaew Julienne s aunts are the archer who shot down the suns and the woman who lives on the moon They teach her that there s to the city of her birth than meets the eye that beneath the modern chrome and glass of Hong Kong there are demons, gods, and the seethe of ancient feuds As a mortal Julienne is to give them wide berth, for unlike her divine aunts she is painfullyJulienne s aunts are the archer who shot down the suns and the woman who lives on the moon They teach her that there s to the city of her birth than meets the eye that beneath the modern chrome and glass of Hong Kong there are demons, gods, and the seethe of ancient feuds As a mortal Julienne is to give them wide berth, for unlike her divine aunts she is painfully vulnerable, and choice prey for any demon.Until one day, she comes across a wounded, bleeding woman no one else can see, and is drawn into an old, old story of love, snake women, and the deathless monk who hunts them Benjanun is a magician with words she uses language to evoke everything from the texture of a festival meal, to the violence and despair of Houyi fighting against a demon from the feeling of being resurrected from the dead, to a goddess watching the rise of modern cities Aliette de Bodard, Hugo and Nebula award winning author of Immersion Possibly the most exciting new voice in speculative fiction today Benjanun Sriduangkaew is lyrical, edgy and startling she is a true original Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of OSAMA and THE VIOLENT CENTURY.Includes SCALE BRIGHT short stories Woman of the Sun, Woman of the Moon , The Crows Her Dragon s Gate and Chang e Dashes from the Moon.
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    1. Benjanun Sriduangkaew

      Science fiction, fantasy, and others in the between Cute kissing ladies I write those Ruthless genocidal commanders Got that covered too 2014 finalist for Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 2015 BSFA finalist for Best Short Fiction SCALE BRIGHT I like beautiful bugs and strange cities.

    897 thoughts on “Scale-Bright”

    1. Stunning.I started writing this review a bunch of times and it kept turning into a big heap of superlatives and exaggerated descriptives because OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS THAT AMAZING It s quick little novella but has already put Sriduangkaew straight to the top of my wait impatiently for them to write the next thing list and will be, without doubt, amongst my nominees for a Hugo Award The story shifts between mortal Hong Kong and the strange immortal realms of demons and gods and whilst our protag [...]

    2. There are enough books written by non sociopaths that I don t really feel the desire to give any time to books written by racist abusers, which is as fine a description of Benjanun Sriduangkaew as I ve read.So, no Better luck next karmic cycle.

    3. I originally rated this novella with four stars but I ve decided to add an extra stars because of political reasons I ll explain I m getting sick and tired of the people who have given Scale Bright a poor reading without having read it because they happened to read something about the author s activities as a controversial reviewer of SFF These are terrible ad hominem arguments about the book, and though I do think that some books should be rated based on their author s shitty political commitme [...]

    4. And my recent spate of five star reviews continues today with this stunning novella from Bee Sriduangkaew I am trying to think of anyone writing SFF in English today who is a finer prose stylist time passes time passes I give up Mmmmmaybe Cat Valente or Sofia Samatar Maybe But at this point we re or less in Cantorian set math territory How can one infinity be larger than another Also, this is a really good story, about a woman learning how to let herself want what she wants so I thought, anywa [...]

    5. Just 110 pages, but took me forever to finish this piece of trash I m beginning to think getting published is quite easy One of the most pointless plots I have ever come across, combined with extremely dull writing Non of the characters are relatable, there s a lot of good books around, don t waste your time with this one.

    6. Benjanun Sriduangkaew s novella Scale Bright is set in Hong Kong and brings to life Asian mythology as is rarely seen in fiction I have read I liked the novelty of the setting and I liked how Sriduangkaew presented the colourful characters that populated the novel The tension is also kept high and the plot moves very swiftly, chasing one character and then moving to another I enjoyed Scale Bright because it brings something different to the table different sexualities, different ways of construc [...]

    7. When I first came across Benjanun Sriduangkaew s writing last year I fell in love with her writing Her style and voice are fantastic and I think she s one of the most exciting short fiction writers to have emerged in the field in the past few years When the author asked on Twitter whether anyone wanted an ARC of her new novella Scale Bright I couldn t raise my hand quick enough A retelling of an old Chinese tale and a sequel to an earlier retelling of a Chinese legend with a gender twist, Scale [...]

    8. Lesbian urban fantasy paranormal romance between a mortal girl and a vampire snake demon, set in Hong Kong Bonus second romance featuring said mortal girl s divine aunts, who fall in love, are separated for centuries, and finally reunite in the modern world In other words, Scale Bright features some of my very most favouritest tropes of all time, and should be total catnip for me Sadly, it s not, for two reasons.The first issue is the prose, which has a kind of florid, dreamlike quality I suspec [...]

    9. Lavie Tidhar, who won the World Fantasy Award in 2012 for his superlative novel Osama, has gone on record as saying that Benjanun Sriduangkaew may be the most exciting new voice in speculative fiction today Interestingly, Sriduangkaew thanks both Lavie Tidhar and Ann Leckie in her Acknowledgements both these authors are singular genre voices themselves.However, I do not think Sriduangkaew is as singular as either Tidhar or Leckie Beyond the overwrought ornamentation of the writing itself, Scale [...]

    10. Sriduangkaew accomplishes character development in five pages than most other authors except Beagle achieve in one hundred pages I cannot think of a way to articulate how beautifully abstract her descriptions are, except to compare them to the descriptions in The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle They have a different tone, of course, but they reach the same emotional depth Also like The Last Unicorn, Scale Bright is a very short novel Don t get me wrong, I LOVE long fantasy novels series like Lor [...]

    11. Julienne is a regular young woman in Hong Kong, anxious and often lonely After a snake demon, Olivia, drinks from her life force in a time of need, she is forced to face a little head on the reality that she also has Chang e and Houyi for aunts Scale Bright follows on from the short stories Woman of the Sun, Woman of the Moon , Chang e Dashes From the Moon and The Crows Her Dragon s Gate , all free to read online, which are not required pre reading but recommended for quality as well as clarity [...]

    12. I loved this novella, even if it left me with the feeling I missed a lot of what Sriduangkaew put into it I don t consider that a problem besides the obvious blind spot in my knowledge of Chinese mythology Books can be read again and Scale Bright is one of those pieces that probably should be read several times to fully appreciate it I m not entirely sure that I would recommend this novella as an entry point but I will say that if you haven t already read some of her stories, you are missing out [...]

    13. Thrilled to have finally read something beyond the author s scattered online short fiction everything I ve read has been great I have a weakness for retellings of myths and fairy tales not to mention the fact that it s a lesbian retelling even better , and this is among the best I ve read The characters were heartfelt, and the imagery was sumptuous, but I never felt overburdened by it I didn t realize when I bought this that there were three pieces of short fiction included, and those were also [...]

    14. Okay so apparently I live in a bubble and was unaware of the raging shitstorm controversy surrounding the author Google the name but I read this book yesterday and I have to say the prose is really beautiful Very, very beautiful The story is basically a modern urban variation of some Chinese mythology so while I am not familiar with the original stories, it didn t detract from this being an enjoyable read Did I mention the pretty word slinging Yeah, gorgeously written.

    15. I rather wish I had not learned anything about this author s other activities until after I d read Scale Bright However, I think and hope I would have said essentially what I m going to say now Scale Bright is a sparkly but shallow modern take on a popular Chinese myth And it s short In itself, it s a why not kind of read The myth has many versions, and you might find this one fun if you don t expect too much and aren t turned off by one or of its other qualities Given that I did learn about th [...]

    16. GoodReads thinks I m a troll, so every book written by a controversial author ends up on my recommendation list I m hugely glad for it because, despite having to deal with the occasional title like A Parent s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, I get to read the rare gems.As with most exceptional books, I don t know quite how to describe it It marries ancient Chinese mythology with modern day Hong Kong, and propagates this setting with an astonishing number of lesbian love stories That might soun [...]

    17. This review and others are available on my blog I first discovered Benjanun Sriduangkaew earlier this year when reading one of her short stories on Clarkesworld Her prose is mesmerizing and quickly drew me into her short tale of gender politics, genocide, and AIs forged from the corpses of stars I immediately placed her on my watch list of authors and, as seldom happens, within months I learned she had a new novella forthcoming, her first piece of longer fiction.Scale Bright is a modern retellin [...]

    18. I ve been encountering a lot Asian mythology lately, especially Chinese, but I felt like this story lived deeply in that world than most I m not exactly sure how Julienne, an adult orphan, ended up with her two immortal aunties, but having them, she moves between ordinary reality and the stranger realms without too much cognitive dissonance She came across to me as a bit immature and selfish, in the way she thought about her parents, and about loving and being loved That didn t stop her from be [...]

    19. I began my introduction by reading her free collection of connecting short stories to this book to my delight, these are also included in the appendix section of Scale Bright My favourite story is Woman of the Sun, Woman of the Moon which features Houyi at its centre Houyi also plays a strong role in Scale Bright The author goes even deeper into her character, showing ways she would be willing to compromise and the lengths she is willing to go to protect her new found family I adored her here, t [...]

    20. If you ve ever wondered why fantasy or any speculative fiction really seems to be synonymous with action adventure, you re probably a noob in the genre like myself To you, my friend, I say why not check out this lovely novella set in modern day Hong Kong, a place infested with gods and demons To Julienne, a queer woman living with her immortal aunts sometimes, sorta , life ain t great until she runs afoul of a snake lady who turns out to be not just any snake lady Sriduangkaew s writing is sensu [...]

    21. Time to get away from the American British magical detective, oh THANK THE LORD I wanted , I want a sequel Man, do I love this book Finally, someone using non Western mythology and supernatural creatures, plus queer protagonists, plus set in a city that isn t New York, London, Chicago or San Francisco, plus an author who ALSO doesn t live in Britain or America, PLUS amazing prose.It is all wrapped up in a little ball with a ribbon JUST FOR ME Hooray This is one of those books that I buy copies o [...]

    22. So I was recommended this book by a friend because I love fantasy and retellings and it s written by a Thai author The story in itself has Chinese mythological characters.Now, I stopped reading half way through and continued the book months afterwhich may be why it s only a three star rating, but I cannot be sure.The story follows Julienne, whose distant relatives that are now taking care of her, are Houyi and Chang e, the goddesses of the sun and the moon respectively She meets a viper demon an [...]

    23. Scale Bright, and the stories that go with it, are just gorgeous I always love stories retelling or inspiried by myths, legends, and fairy tales, and this is just the best sort of these stories a fully developed, beautiful world that makes sense in itself, and makes the legends themselves seem like retellings I love the way that modern Hong Kong fits with, contrasts with, and complements all the mythical and magical elements, woven together by Sriduangkaew s beautiful way with words.I do wish I [...]

    24. Not quite as special as I had expected The light and intricate Chinese myth like prose is overburdened with jeweled and velveted descriptors it s tiresome when every noun must come with a heavy adjective The story is another gods among the people story Was expecting depth but got a familiar feeling family and romantic relations tale instead Based on this author s criticism, I thought we might have similar taste, but perhaps not I never bought the accusations that this author s criticism targets [...]

    25. You know those fantasy kitchen sink stories that have fairies and werewolves and very thin explanations as to how they all ended up in North America Imagine that, but in Hong Kong, with Chinese mythology And lesbians Because everything is better with lesbians It s written in a dense, almost poetic style and can be a bit difficult to get through the words to the story, but it is incredibly beautiful and rewarding I need stories like this in my life.

    26. Beautiful Julienne is a mortal woman with two goddess aunts Xiaoqing is a serpent demon straight out of legend, searching for her lost sister When Julienne stops to help a stranger on the Hong Kong streets, she couldn t predict what she s getting herself into Full review to follow.

    27. Queer female desire is represented in such beautiful, sensual, and varied ways here There s Julienne s desire to be better, confident, accomplished, graceful underneath that, her desire to be seen and wanted for who she truly is but above all, there is her inescapable desire for women, and for Sieuching in particular Sieuching transcends humanity and mortality, all of the petty middle class concerns about normalcy and what is Supposed to give life meaning She is dangerous and magical, and she [...]

    28. This is my kind of bookSparse yet lush writing, characters that are so familiar and yet new, tales I want to get to, over and over I love this author s style so much.

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