Review: Ancillary Sword By Ann Leckie



SOCIAL JUSTICE WILL COME TO THE EMPIRE.

If at first you don’t succeed… abandon your revenge and work for your dissociative disorder afflicted nemesis?

 

Book CoverAncillary Sword
(Imperial Radch, Book 2)

Ann Leckie

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
Date: 7th October 2014

ISBN-10: 0356502414
ISBN-13: 978-0356502410

 
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If you cast your mind back to 2013 you may not recall that Ann Leckie’s début novel, Ancillary Justice, was published with little in the way of fanfare or hype. Yet you’ll have no difficulty remembering that the book quickly garnered great critical acclaim, which translated into significant commercial success. The book went on to win both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novel, as well as the Arthur C. Clarke Award. These plaudits, in addition to the other awards and nominations, were well deserved because Ancillary Justice was a breath of fresh air. The space opera genre had for many years been a stale wasteland of tedious novels weighed down by their bloated, cliché-ridden narratives. But Leckie conspired to bring something more original and satisfying to the table than most of her contemporaries were producing.

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Review: Ancillary Justice By Ann Leckie



JUSTICE WILL COME TO THE EMPIRE.

A multifaceted protagonist embarks upon a mission impossible, to right a terrible wrong. A quest that may bring down an empire.

 

Book CoverAncillary Justice
(Imperial Radch, Book 1)

Ann Leckie

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 386 Pages
Date: 1st October 2013

ISBN-10: 0356502406
ISBN-13: 978-0356502403

 
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I am always wary about reading a novel that has won multiple prestigious awards, and garnered copious amounts of critical praise. Admittedly, much of this caution is the by-product of my cynicism. All too frequently I harbour suspicions that the awards and praise is the result of bandwagon jumping; that once a handful of influential reviewers have published glowing, rave reviews, numerous other people subsequently feel obliged to do likewise, making everyone else reluctant to be the dissenting voice. There is no question in my mind that this can and does happen. If you don’t believe me, then ask yourself how many people erroneously parrot the opinion that the wildly overrated, Citizen Kane, is the best film ever made; some of whom have probably never even watched it. Or how many people falsely claim that the glorified boy-band, The Beatles, are the greatest band of all time.

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