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  • Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
  • Author: Karen Lord
  • ISBN: 9780345534057
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change iA proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far reaching ramifications As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive just may find in each other their own destinies and a force that transcends all.
    The Best of All Possible Worlds A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world

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    1. With the planet Sadira destroyed, the few remaining Sadiri mainly men seek refuge on Cygnus Beta, a veritable melting pot of refugees, races, and cultures It is here, with the help of biotechnician Grace Delarua, that they search for distant Sadiri cousins with whom to reunite and potentially marry Their journey takes them far and wide into different places and cultures, all of which have some relation to the now lost Sadira Along the way, Grace connects with and befriends the reserved Sadiri pe [...]

    2. So the big question is Can you have a long, drawn out courtship between two level headed middle aged adults in a SF universe without much in the way of conflicts, misunderstandings, petty rivalries, jealousies, or much in the way of an overblown outside conflict bearing down upon them Why yes, yes you can, when it is called The Best of All Possible Worlds I m okay with pastoral romances, but usually there s a bit plot and even if it s a mild comedy of errors or a comedy in the old romantic sens [...]

    3. This was a lovely, subtle piece of science fiction, of a sort I don t see enough of It s reminiscent of The Left Hand of Darkness and Ammonite anthropological and travelogue ish in the best senses Lord develops characters slowly, letting the reader discover them through their actions as they are placed in new and strange situations The story begins with a large scale tragedy, but starts the action some time later, so that the book is about long term personal coping rather than the immediate afte [...]

    4. I do not give out five stars lightly, but there are several reasons why I think Karen Lord s novel deserves it This is pure science fiction, which was a surprise after reading her previous novel, Redemption in Indigo, which while enjoyable was a retold myth or fable Since Karen Lord is one of three Caribbean authors writing in science fiction and fantasy, I have been looking forward to seeing what she would do next.I have reamed novels set in space when they trade scientific description for unre [...]

    5. very Ursula Le Guin like so far and a book i think I will greatly enjoyFinished the book and it was surprisingly good unusual in some ways, Vancian in some other ways with unusual cultures on a planetThe setup is very interesting humanity exists throughout the Galaxy but in a few different flavors all having different levels kinds of psionic powers and of which the cool intellectual telepaths Sadiri are at the peak in many ways as pilots of semi sentient ftl ships, judges, Councillors etc Terra [...]

    6. Wow That was a true pleasure WHY can t I find books like this The best I can describe the reading experience for me is that it was like one of those filmclips of a flower slowly blooming, as the story opened, unfolded and grew intricate and lovely the further I read Plus, I loved the characterization and the dialogue as the characters interacted The humor was lovely.Please don t let the misleading YAish appearance of the cover art keeping you from picking this up This is not a YA book I loved [...]

    7. Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersREVIEWAna s Take I loved Karen Lord s debut Redemption in Indigo and had been highly anticipating The Best of All Possible Worlds The two books could not be different but I was not disappointed in the least In fact, I haven t loved a book this much in a while Definitions are hard but one could definitely pinpoint The Best of All Possible Worlds as an Anthropological Science Fiction Romance It s set at some point in the future and Cygnus Beta is a planet [...]

    8. This knocked my socks off I ll admit that I was a little buzzed the night I read the bulk of it, but my repeated cries of, This book is so great to B in the kitchen had nothing to do with whiskey everything to do with the excellence of this book There s a lot of science y stuff that was a little over my head, to be sure please don t ever ask me to explain how Lian Joral were freed from that cave in although I d like to blame the booze I think that one is all my own ignorance , but my oh my, the [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this book It didn t really have a plot and was of a string of stories about what had happened in the MC s life Because of this I was occasionally at sea, just waiting to know what the reason for the story was Also, the transitions sometimes confused me but I was unclear if this was the text or the narration But the story itself was really very cool Most of it follows a woman over the course of a period of time and the life she leads is quite interesting With the way that it did [...]

    10. Yes, this is Abrams verse Trek fic, no way around it But it s wonderful on many levels It s terrific sociological SF, wonderful character development and relationship building, excellent pacing This was the first time in a very long time I couldn t put a book down, but read it straight through.Lord s endnotes are especially interesting, and the book might ve been better served had they been at the beginning she links to several news articles of an event that underlies the basic scenario an all m [...]

    11. Para m es dif cil rese ar esta novela sin ponerme sentimental, porque me ha pegado muy fuerte, en el momento en el que m s falta me hac a Me ha emocionado, me ha enternecido y me ha hecho re r much simo, porque el sentido del humor estaba en perfecta sinton a con el m o Tambi n me ha hecho llorar Me he visto reflejada y representada en muchas cosas en Dllenahkh, en Grace, en los sadiri en general y me ha hablado a muchos niveles.Pero quiz lo m s importante es que he amado con locura el romance q [...]

    12. What a lovely, quiet love story amidst a tale of a race set adrift from all they know This is slow burn world building it was killing me to not fully understand the relationship of these worlds to our own but it all comes together If you like the main characters, you ll enjoy this it s all about them.

    13. The Best of All Possible Worlds started off slowly for me There were a lot of descriptions, and I felt that the author set up the world rather effectively However, I did have a sense that I had seen some of these ideas in other books Essentially, The Best of All Possible Worlds is the story of a race called the Sadiri who were almost wiped out of existence in a genocide and their quest to replenish their population with people of similar genetic backgrounds But this book is not only that it is k [...]

    14. Novela divertida con una protagonista con mucha chispa y un porr n de extraterrestres muy curiosos Me lo he pasado genial durante su lectura dos d as me ha durado , aunque tiene un par de momentos un tanto problem ticos hacia el final.Ahora bien, si pod is, coged la versi n original La traducci n se nota que est echa con prisas y le hace falta una revisi n a fondo.

    15. La historia relatada en El mejor de los mundos posibles transcurre en el planeta Cygnus Beta, en un futuro lejano en el que diferentes ramas de la humanidad han evolucionado de manera distinta y diversificada, llegando algunos de ellos a desarrollar aptitudes ps quicas Una de estas ramas son los sadiri, que al empezar la novela sabemos que su planeta ha sido atacado de forma genocida Los pocos supervivientes, la gran mayor a hombres, han sido acogidos por la colonia de Cygnus Beta Los sadiri tie [...]

    16. This novel is simultaneously deeply subversive and disappointingly conventional.It obviously owes its premise and much of the feel of its world to Star Trek It s set in a universe where the speed of light is no barrier, where there are quite a few practically human species capable of star flight, whose planets interact the way countries here on Earth do meaning there s immigration to and from, they form alliances and declare war, and there s trade and all of them can interbreed The Sadiri, the v [...]

    17. The Best of All Possible Worlds is Karen Lord s second published novel, after her 2010 award winning debut Redemption in Indigo I haven t had the chance to read that first novel yet, but it s definitely on my list after reading her second effort The Best of All Possible Worlds is a thought provoking novel that hides a surprising amount of depth under a deceptively cheerful narrative It s not perfect, but it s so brimming with interesting concepts that it practically begs for in depth discussion. [...]

    18. me ha ENCANTADO Es un libro amable, agradable, original Un libro alien gena, porque se sale de la norma de los libros protagonista busca cosa se enfrenta al enemigo bum resoluci n Habla de meditaci n, de grupos de humanos distintos, con habilidades ps quicas flojitas, protagonistas ling istas y antrop logos, diplomacia, gente superando una tragedia terrible y de un mundo parecido pero distinto al nuestro pero similar en lo esencial QUE LO LE IS, COP N.

    19. Tal vez record is que, cuando est bamos preparando la lectura conjunta de febrero, con vistas a celebrar el Mes de la Historia Negra, una de las autoras que barajamos fue Karen Lord Natural de Barbados, formada en ciencias y con un doctorado en Sociolog a de la Religi n, Lord ha dedicado la ltima d cada a incursionar en la fantas a y la ciencia ficci n de corte social, y tiene ya tres novelas en el mercado La nica que ha llegado a Espa a, El mejor de los mundos posibles The Best of All Possible [...]

    20. I may have to give another read to really grasp what Lord s trying to do in this novel It s my first reading of her work.While I liked the sociological aspects to it, and thought it a cute enough love story, I really wanted the subplot with Naraldi s mission to have far bearing on the story than the bizarre climax that seemed thrown in I m not sure entirely what it proved about the protagonist, nor her love interest, or for each other Naraldi s plot seems to be what gives the novel its title, y [...]

    21. The Best of All Possible Worlds is not a perfect book I can sympathise with various of the lower star reviews out there It s a quiet book, contemplative, and ultimately despite the backdrop it s basically a romance against a sci fi, post disaster backdrop It s not quite Ursula Le Guin, but I quite liked the slow progression It had the feel of something unfolding, rather than a roller coaster ride, and that s just fine by me.I think some potentially problematic things are brought up by the plot a [...]

    22. 3.75 stars Great little Scifi novel with a mild touch of romance towards the end, although the traditional elements of Science Fiction are definitely the focus of the book The Sadiri are a Vulcan like race Their powerful psi abilities have meant that they lead the galaxies in scientific endeavour, law and justice, and interstellar transport A genocidal attack on their home planet almost wipes them out and it is left to the few pockets of remaining Sadiri mostly male to research ways to recreate [...]

    23. 3.5 stars The writing is quite good, and I liked some parts of the story very much, although it s too slight and scattered to be a deeply satisfying novel It s light sci fi set in a galaxy populated with humanoids, rather like a Star Trek setting.The home planet of the Vulcans Sadiri has been destroyed, and the survivors are trying to determine the best way to preserve their race and culture A group of male Sadiri have settled on Cygnus Beta, a planet which has been long colonized by a variety o [...]

    24. There s a calmness about this that I found quite comforting It s a quiet little book that pleased my need for atmosphere and character It s a pleasant, quiet, cozy comfort of a read that perfectly fit my mood while watching leaves fall and eating Thanksgiving leftovers both were absolutely yummy and delicious A slow moving character study that left me delighted A mythical tale told in a science fiction setting, with notes of deep humanity and sweet humor.

    25. Boy this book is problematic Just to start easy, there s the fact that the blurb has a stronger plot than the novel itself That this is real romance of a thinly disguised Star Trek Spock fan fiction.But the big problems are the unexamined issues of racial purity and gender roles and probably a few other squicky things that drive the Sadiri s quest and thus the plot, as far as it had one.

    26. this review refers to the audiobook versionis book has a lot going for it a distinct protagonist s voice, an interesting setup, a terrible and heartstring tugging backstory unlike a lot of sf, it very much concentrates on the emotions of the characters and the societal setup rather than gizmos and physics but it lacks coherence and devolves rather too much into a this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened narrative rather than a unified wholee backstory one horrid day, an the [...]

    27. This is an odd book Lord writes with charm, and I wanted to love The Best of All Possible Worlds a lot it s got the kind of Lizzy Darcy or Uhura Spock dynamic between its two lead characters that I m a sucker for, and I wouldn t be surprised if one of its inspirations was the 2009 Star Trek movie but ultimately I found it a bit frustrating Lord s world building is textured and complicated, but is also confusing and opaque at times I was never quite sure if things were taking place in a parallel [...]

    28. I was drawn in by Dllenahkh s first chapter, which was excellent Lord s worldbuilding was fun and her imagery fascinating To Cygnus Beta, refuge of the hurt and homeless in a haven of second chances I loved that Lord thought to include alternative sexualities, ages, religions, and lots of varied appearances I wanted to sink into the world and not come back up for a very long time.There were a few issues which led to frustrated book skimming toward the end The lack of plot importance in most of t [...]

    29. I loved Lord s debut novel, so I was very much looking forward to what she did next.Here s the publisher s description A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forev [...]

    30. There s an awful lot going on in Karen Lord s second novel, that s for sure The content is serious social sf in the Le Guin mode a galaxy where there are many varieties of human and human life, all one species but with greater phenotypic divergences than found in contemporary races high grav builds, different lifespans, different fertility spans, different sleep requirements and, er, psychic powers these last, we are specifically told, the result of both nature and nurture Following a genocide, [...]

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