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  • Title: Santa Olivia
  • Author: Jacqueline Carey
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  • Page: 205
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  • Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico A fugitive Wolf Man who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup sLushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico A fugitive Wolf Man who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup s father was one of a group of men genetically manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon The Wolf Men were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father s wolf like qualities, is marked as an outsider After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.
    Santa Olivia Lushly written with rich and vivid characters SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia an isola

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    1. The thing about this book isOkay, I m not actually sure what the thing about this book is There s a couple of points where I felt the author was being weird and wrong headed, but overall it was so fascinating that I forgave it almost anything I found the book fascinating because it was, to me, an indictment of the privilege on which the superhero story is constructed Loup Garron has special powers speed, super strength, yer basic I am an advanced biological construct lego set But, because of the [...]

    2. The town of Santa Olivia lies between the U.S and Mexican border, but becomes a sort of present day leper colony when it is walled off from the rest of the world Apparently the epicenter of a particularly nasty flu virus, the U S military builds a base there so the soldiers can keep the townspeople in line And, as governments are wont to do, it decides, Hey, while we have this super secret base cut off from the rest of the world, how s about we take the opportunity for a little genetic experimen [...]

    3. It s raining snakes hallelujah Snakes fell like rain, twisting in midair.It s probably wrong that this is the second Snakes on a Plane thought I ve had in weeks be glad I didn t post the pic of snakes falling from the plane , but when I think of falling snakes, it s either that or Indiana Jones.I am review lazy this week, so I ll give a fast run down of why I REALLY liked Santa Olivia The story was dark It was strangely apocalyptic and or screwy militant who knows what in form I don t fully unde [...]

    4. This is a science fiction novel from Carey, about the daughter about a genetically engineered soldier who escapes the lab and passes through a border zone created between the U.S and Mexico in the wake of a plague that came up from Mexico I wonder how Carey feels now, since the copyright date is April 2009, the same month reports of H1N1 virus became news, which means that Carey would have handed the manuscript in a year earlier Loup is born to her single mother when her father is forced to move [...]

    5. This is your basic dystopian boxing fable with a mutant lesbian werewolf superhero saint as the main character I know that sounds completely ludicrous But Carey makes it work rather well, and the book was just a pleasure to read She writes with such ease and clarity here And I really liked several of the characters here I also especially liked how she dealt with a main character who was simply incapable of feeling fear, or any of its related emotions She treats it basically as another form of Ha [...]

    6. I LOVE this author That said, it isn t my favorite of hers, but it was very enjoyable I think the world was a bit confusing for me I felt like the environment that the story was set in was kind of hard to grasp The characters were interesting, but the world was not enjoyable to be in as others That said, it sets up a GREAT sequel, so I can t wait to read it, like everything else by Ms Carey Huge fan

    7. NB I received this as an ARC Santa Olivia is the latest book by Jacqueline Carey, who is better known for, and much better known for the Sundering Duology, and much much better known for two Kushiel trilogies While the former is a take on classic fantasy and the latter are milestone in dark, sensual fantasy, Santa Olivia is a completely different kettle of fish.The press information provided to me describes Santa Olivia as Jacqueline Carey s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewol [...]

    8. This is the post apocalyptic gay superhero with soulbonds underdog sports story OF MY HEART While quality may vacillate between three and four stars, it s, like, at least a six on my enjoyment scale You got your apocalypse in my scrappy kids working together novel You got your gay soul bonds in my underdog boxing tournament story Ignore the description on the back it s dumb This is like Annie crossed with X Men crossed with Escape from New York crossed with Rocky crossed with the as yet unmade s [...]

    9. My summary here is a little long, because the premise and set up is a tad complicated, but I haven t really shared much than the blurb itself does I did want to explain the situation though, because I found it confusing at first If you re leery of even mild spoilers can t blame you , feel free to skip this review It s mostly the background the first, oh, three chapters that I talk about here.At some point in the near future, a devastating influenza epidemic sweeps over North America To keep the [...]

    10. Buddy read with Anna Ace.Loup was born on Santa Olivia s day in a military occupied buffer zone along the Mexican border Her mother was one of the citizens of Outpost, her father was a super soldier who escaped from the lab where he was made As Loup grows she witnesses the injustices perpetrated by the military overlords on the citizens of Outpost, until one day after a friend is raped and the military take no action she decides to take matters into her own hands Taking on the guise of Santa Oli [...]

    11. Review originally posted on Lacy Literacy You know those books that just leave you with an empty feeling, and not necessarily a bad or good empty Just empty That is how Santa Olivia left me feeling.Going into Santa Olivia, I was expecting a superhero story I have been on the search for YA superhero novels with main characters that fall somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum When I found Santa Olivia through a couple of lists and mutual friends, I thought I was in the clear On the cover, the character i [...]

    12. Sorry any grammatical error, English is not my native language Let me tell you I loved this story.A solid 5 and if this plataform had stars I could fucking give Starting from the beginning, the cover of the book Yeah, beautiful.Not only the art itself, but the feel of the cover, I love covers this way They are a differential.One of the other things I liked was how the author describes the main character s bakcground, telling the story from her mother s life to the moment she meets her father.A [...]

    13. Santa Olivia was a reread, but it s been a while six what years, apparently I never read the sequel, Saints Astray, so between getting that and having bought my sister the books for Christmas, it seemed high time to reread this and get stuck into Saints Astray It was even readable than I remembered I d have read it in a day if pesky life didn t keep getting in the way It takes a whole bunch of ideas a faintly post apocalyptic No Man s Land in the Outpost, genetically modified soldiers, werewolv [...]

    14. Are you looking for another Phedra You aren t going to find her here You aren t going to find the sex or the epic adventure either If this is what you are in the mood for, you should probably go elsewhere.However, if you are up for a quick adventure that is self contained and a bit real than the fantasy that you are used to from Carey, this is worth a look.Loup pronounced Lou actually has some crazy genetics She is fast, super strong, and has no fear Literally This actually poses a problem in r [...]

    15. I last read Carey back before my GR reviewing days when my sexuality was still an unquestioned landscape and my career path a seemingly guaranteed if empty grind Much has changed in the seven or is it eight now years since, but everything is still too much in flux for my tastes, which is perhaps why this bildungsroman of a bioengineered superwoman which cuts off at the spry young age of below 20 didn t take I m too old to read about children puzzling out their lusts and their strengths and the r [...]

    16. The different sections of this book didn t seem to go together to me, genre wise.There s the first, shortest, section, really an introduction, which is a gritty, dystopian, very plausible near future in which the border region between the US and Mexico has been militarized and the citizenship of the denizens revoked In fact, in legal terms they no longer exist and their presence is forgotten by the general public, although the soldiers use the towns as bases and take advantage of the poverty of [...]

    17. I loved this book I didn t know I loved it until somewhere between 66 75% Before that, I had liked it A LOT But the love kinda sneaked up on me That s the best kind of love, I think The kind that lies quietly, waiting for you to come around to its inevitability Loup and Piral are like that too Of all of the many, many things I love about Santa Olivia, I think it s the hopefulness that I love the most Loup s world is not a happy place, and throughout the story it becomes increasingly less happy B [...]

    18. This is a really great book I loved it Really well written and engaging story line If you like stories with a dystopian feel, where the world is different due to war and disease Don t pass this one up The main character is likable and even though she doesn t have many of the same feeling we do, she s written well enough that you feel for her and root for her to succeed I know the second book didn t get as good of reviews people says its a bit mushy between Loup and Pillar but I m looking forward [...]

    19. An entertaining dystopian superhero novel that never reaches its full potential I was intrigued by the description and the first few pages, but in retrospect the story itself is a bit of a letdown.Santa Olivia is set along the U.S Mexico border in what s implied to be the not so distant future The book starts strong, the first 40 pages following a young woman named Carmen living in a militarized outpost, before moving on to the real protagonist, her daughter Loup Loup has superhero powers that s [...]

    20. Given that this is about a lesbian Latina boxer who is genetically unable to feel fear, I have no idea why it took me so long to get to it It is not only exactly up my alley, but is very well written, gripping, moving, sometimes funny, sometimes sexy, and probably of wide appeal even to people who don t find that premise instantly charming In the not quite post apocalyptic near future, the town of Santa Olivia has been cordoned off as part of a gigantic effort to seal the border between the US a [...]

    21. Despite the description that surrounds this novel, it isn t a superhero werewolf novel, so don t think you re going to read about werewolves.It s better than that Much better.While the novel isn t about werewolves, it is about superheros, or at least what makes a heroine Carey is playing with the superhero genre for much of the book There are references to X Men, Wolverine in particular, and Superman Many of the plot points are similar to those used in comics the outsider with superpowers, the m [...]

    22. One thing that amazes me with this novel is Carey s scope as a writer With the Kushiel sextuplet she was graceful and highly engaging with her intelligent main characters, spinning sentences like colorful and erotic thread with this book, her main character is physical and so her writing takes on a greater physicality and brevity Parsed phrases create intense moments, highlighting the fearless nature of her heroine, the simplicity that she brings to bear in her worldview.Unlike the shadowy orig [...]

    23. rating 4.5 5A superhero novel that takes the typical superhero origin story and mixes it up into a surprisingly deep novel While contemptuously regarding power structures with an analysis of the power of sexuality and the role of women within power structures , it creates an understated, but relatable, superhero The diversity and depth of characters made this a page turner Additionally, although Loup may be the offspring of a genetically modified rogue soldier, she isn t the hero but a child gro [...]

    24. I have been a Jacqueline Carey fan for many years now, hooked on her bestselling Kushiel s Legacy Series Heard about this paperback of hers and picked it up without hesitation since it is very different from her norm, which I would describe as novels with epic sagas of unbelievable richness.Santa Olivia has many of Carey s usual elements an alternate version of history in this case future history , and a different perspective on religion and its symbolism and function within society I think this [...]

    25. It took me awhile to pick up the Kushiel books In fact, all of Phedre s trilogy had been published when I started I fell in love with Carey s writing, though I know some found it too purple Then I was impressed by BANEWREAKER and GODSLAYER, where she wrote a different type of fantasy and used a different style Then came Imriel s trilogy, where she used the same style as with Phedre, but managed to convey a completely different voice Now she s ventured into the realm of standalone, with SANTA OLI [...]

    26. This is perhaps the fifth or sixth of Miss Carey s books that I have read, and I find myself saying the exact same thing about it as I said about the others Some books are perfectly mediocre and that is their strength, they say early on what they re going to do and do it and it s fun, and that s all that they need to do, but some are astonishingly beautiful or terrible Then there is the worst offenders books which have such potential or aim so high and are just plain mediocre.This book promises [...]

    27. I m a big fan of Carey s Kushiel books and Banewreaker duology, so I had a lot of high expectations for this book It turned out to be engaging I read it in less than two days, but I ended up feeling a bit let down.Carey s other stories are epics, with larger than life but very human characters playing out their stories on huge canvases of national and religious settings This is a much smaller story, even though it covers 18 years of time The heroine, Loup, has extrordinary gifts, but is much clo [...]

    28. I didn t even know about Santa Olivia until I saw someone else mention it a month or so ago Maybe that s a good thing, because I was in just the right mood to read Santa Olivia right now It s not high fantasy, like the Kushiel books it s speculative fiction, with a bit of flu pandemic apocalypse and an oppressive government And Loup isn t like Ph dre.Loup is the daughter of a genetically modified man She s something like a female Wolverine, if you know your superheroes She s stronger and faster, [...]

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