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Ammonite

By Nicola Griffith
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith digital book - Fable

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Winner of the Lambda and Tiptree Awards“A knockout . . . Strong, likable characters, a compelling story, and a very interesting take on gender.”—Ursula K. Le Guin

Change or die. These are the only options available on planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep—and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women’s biological secret, she finds that she too is changing—and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . .

Ammonite is an unforgettable novel that questions the very meanings of gender and humanity. As readers share in Marghe’s journey through an alien world, they too embark on a parallel journey of fascinating self-exploration.

“A powerful story of connection, allegiance, and obligation. Read Nicola Griffith’s book—and keep an eye out for her name in the future.”—Vonda N. McIntyre 

“A marvelous blend of high adventure and mind-boggling social speculation.”—Kim Stanley Robinson

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3.5
“I had such high hopes of enjoying this book but it just fell short, for many reasons. The plot feels discombobulated, and to be completely frank, not particularly interesting. It starts with the Company from earth planning to exploit this planet called Jeep, and then halfway through the book we switch over to a soul search quest for the main character. Neither plot thread felt fleshed out enough to hold my interest. Marghe, the protagonist, is honestly sort of annoying as a character and not in a complex, well-written way. Her choices contradict each other constantly and it’s just plain frustrating. There’s also a part of the story where Marghe and her partner both become pregnant, and it honestly just felt…like the author was reducing this lesbian relationship to procreation. I have no issue with lesbians wanting to have children, but the way that this was handled in the story just felt icky. Not to mention, Marghe’s relationship with her partner just came out of seemingly nowhere. Eighty-five percent of this book just felt like useless descriptions of the world with no real substance. When Marghe escapes from the first tribe, there’s so many pages of her just slogging through snow and her almost dying. There’s nothing happening. All of this could be reduced to, I don’t know, maybe a paragraph or two? This is why I took so long to finish the book. I do think the premise of the story had so much potential as well as the worldbuilding, but that’s all the positive I can really think of. If the book really wanted to make a point of extraterrestrial exploitation, it could have taken things so much more in depth.”
“I read this book in Middle school and it arguably changed the way I think about science fiction and queer literature. This book affected me so much. I am happy to report the reread confirmed my love for this book. Is there a sequel? I need to read more of this author!”
“I first read Nicola Griffith thanks to the well deserved hype around her brilliant 2013 novel Hild (praise be the next novel in that story 'Menewood' is soon to be released) I went back and read her gripping earlier novel Slow River and this her earliest didn't disappoint either. i was so pleased to discover that Ms Griffith was brilliant from her first book. Woman centered from the start with amazing women and fascinating world building which I must say seem to be hallmarks of her fiction. Can not wait to read more.”

About Nicola Griffith

Nicola Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defense, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing and moving to the United States. Her immigration case was a fight and ended up making new law: the State Department declared it to be “in the National Interest” for her to live and work in this country. This didn’t thrill the more conservative powerbrokers, and she ended up on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, where her case was used as an example of the country’s declining moral standards.
 
In 1993 a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slowed her down a bit, and she concentrated on writing: Ammonite (1993), Slow River (1995), The Blue Place (1998), Stay (2002), Always (2007), and Hild (2013). Griffith is the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original short fiction. Her multimedia memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer’s Early Life, is a limited collector’s edition. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in an assortment of academic texts and a variety of journals, including Nature, New Scientist, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Out. She’s won the Washington State Book Award, the Tiptree, Nebula, the World Fantasy Award, the Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award (six times), among many others.
 
Now a dual U.S./U.K. citizen, Nicola Griffith is married to writer Kelley Eskridge. They live in Seattle, where Griffith is currently lost in the seventh century, emerging occasionally to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.

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