Winterglass Winterglass is a sci fantasy about one woman s love for her homeland Sirapirat and her determination to defeat the Winter Queen who has overtaken the land The city state Sirapirat once knew only warmt

  • Title: Winterglass
  • Author: Benjanun Sriduangkaew
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  • Page: 107
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  • Winterglass is a sci fantasy about one woman s love for her homeland Sirapirat and her determination to defeat the Winter Queen who has overtaken the land The city state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost But an empire is not her oWinterglass is a sci fantasy about one woman s love for her homeland Sirapirat and her determination to defeat the Winter Queen who has overtaken the land The city state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost But an empire is not her only goal In secret, she seeks the fragments of a mirror whose power will grant her deepest desire At her right hand is General Lussadh, who bears a mirror shard in her heart, as loyal to winter as she is plagued by her past as a traitor to her country Tasked with locating other glass bearers, she finds one in Nuawa, an insurgent who s forged herself into a weapon that will strike down the queen To earn her place in the queen s army, Nuawa must enter a deadly tournament where the losers souls are given in service to winter To free Sirapirat, she is prepared to make sacrifices those she loves, herself, and the complicated bond slowly forming between her and Lussadh If the splinter of glass in Nuawa s heart doesn t destroy her first A fairy tale, beautiful like an ice crystal, and razor sharp Silvia Moreno Garcia, World Fantasy Award winning co editor of She Walks in Shadows Winterglass is rich with diamondine prose, a scintillant retelling of the Ice Queen that challenges Occidental aesthetics, colonial mentality, and personal identity Cassandra Khaw, author of Hammers on Bone, BFA Locus Award nominee An exquisite gem of a novella Politics, relationships, and combat presented as a matryoshka, the beauty of which is there s no easy way of telling which shells are within which Sriduangkaew s sensuous metaphors and elegant imagery are never less than a pleasure to read Thoroughly recommended Jonathan L Howard, author of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

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    1. „One day you will fire all that you are, like a bullet, into the heart of the winter queen.“Even though I was really intrigued after reading the description, Sadly I DNFd it at 44%. I’m not able to really give you a proper review, so I’ll give you this: The story has ✅ a queen made of armor and ice which loves her female general ✅ a badass main character who does not care if her lover is female or male ✅ a competition to become a lieutenant of the queen and be trained by the genera [...]

    2. When we read stories, we are driven by a desire for closure, but we also long to have our satisfaction deferred until it is earned. We feel cheated if closure comes too soon, so the success of any story depends on keeping us in a protracted state of suspense as much as releasing that tension in a gratifying way. These contradictory impulses – a desire for the end and for making the end desirable – were dubbed “textual erotics” by the literary theorist Peter Brooks, a term that applies in [...]

    3. 3.5 stars.Winterglass is a Southeast Asian retelling of the Snow Queen. It has one of the best covers ever and ruthless lesbians, so of course I had to read it.The worldbuilding was really interesting: Sirapirat has been conquered by the Winter Queen, who is looking for the shards of her magic mirror. Now Sirapirat is a city of dream arenas, oneiric drugs and ghost-powered technology - all under an endless winter. These sci-fantasy aspects made the story and the setting stand out, and I wanted [...]

    4. I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.DNF @79%I didn’t really like this and even though I DNF’d it around 80% I marked it as read because I could have just as easily kept skim reading until the end and it would have made no difference.I wasn’t interested in the romance or in the world building but honestly the writing was what ruined this for me completely.I’m not someone who complains about writing sty [...]

    5. This is an appropriate book to finish out my year and my reading challenge for 2017.Winterglass is a beautifully written story“It is beautiful at first, snow, Mother would say, until is erases and turns all you know into a copy of itself. Soon you no longer recall a time without; soon you forget warmth and buffaloes dozing by the riverbank. Soon, you remember only what it wants you to remember.”First and foremost, I loved the diversity in this book, LBGTQ forward in a totally normative conte [...]

    6. “Your mind is a weapon, Nuawa, and we shall nurture it in the absence of fear. One day you will fire all that you are, like a bullet, into the heart of the Winter Queen.”3.75 stars.This is one of the most unique retellings I've ever read. Drawing on elements of the Snow Queen fairytale, Winterglass is an intriguing and action-packed story set in a steampunk Asian fantasy setting. All the characters are queer and/or POC, and heteronormativity and cisnormativity do! not!! exist!!! The gender, [...]

    7. 3 1/2 Stars. This is high fantasy with steampunk like elements. It is a loose retelling of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Due to the length, I guess you would consider this a novella, but I didn’t even realize that while reading. Considering all the world building that was needed, there was a lot packed into this story in such a short time. There was a lot of LGBT representation in this book which I liked. Lesbian characters, transgendered, gender-fluid, and there was no issues, ev [...]

    8. I need to add a little snippet to this before I completely forget. Complete review some time in early October. Completely gorgeous prose, typical for Sriduangkaew's work at this point. Unapologetically queer. Women living their best and worst lives. Is it sci-fi, is it fantasy? Who cares, it's perfect.**11/6/17: I first read this almost 2 months ago and it's still ENTIRELY FRESH in my mind, always a great sign. Winterglass seamlessly blurs the lines between sci-fi and fantasy, which I love if it [...]

    9. DNF @ 60%I loved the diversity in this story, but the writing wasn’t for me. Maybe if it was a full book and had time for more explanations of the world and events, but as it stands, there’s too much info crammed into too small of a space for me to connect with it.

    10. My full review and more also on my blog!Actual Rating: 3.25This story is beautifully written. A queer retelling of the snow queen. It has fantasy, sci-fi and steampunk elements. Interesting and tough characters that I did like reading about. The world-building was beautiful too.Fantasy sometimes goes over my head as it did here. I would have liked a bit more explanation and in-depth but I don't think it's a story fault. I think it's more so me being easily confused and not well versed in fantasy [...]

    11. I absolutely adored this, it's one of my favourite reads of 2017 and has so much re-reading potential I'm already looking forward to reading this againMight write a proper review in the future!

    12. My first impressions of this book were very positive - Sriduangkaew has a knack for description and vivid prose, and her world-building is creative, original and intriguing. Her book is also unapologetically, matter-of-factly queer, which I appreciated.Both main characters are complex and well-drawn, although some readers might find neither of them especially sympathetic (though this wasn't a problem for me) - there's an (appropriate!) lack of human warmth here. The ambiguious dance of their rel [...]

    13. I loved the atmosphere and the slow pace. I couldn't quite picture the world, there weren't enough details about it but the imagery and descriptive prose created an atmosphere, a feeling, so strong it almost didn't matter to me. I'm left with lasting impressions of an icy, powerful queen and a beautiful, cold world here you have to be ruthless to survive.Winterglass meshes sci-fi and fantasy - I'd say it's sci-fi at the core but it's based on a retelling of Snow White and the fantasy feel is ver [...]

    14. DNF at 28%I had no idea what was going on. NONE. The writing style is weird and we are just thrown into this world with no explanation of anything.It has a lovely cover with a fantastic queer world but it was putting me on a slump.

    15. Stupendous: meticulous and beautiful prose scaffolds this dense and rewarding novella. Perhaps some of the finest prose in contemporary SFF, each sentence is its own reward. Yet WINTERGLASS is also a complex political tale, one withholding of easy answers. In conversation with the long history of orientalism in SFF and still of its own making. Wonderful read. Highly recommend.

    16. I am really not certain how to review this book - it's unlike anything I've ever read before. The setting blurs the lines between sci-fi and fantasy in some really interesting and unusual ways, which kept me off-balance as I read. The world building is intricate, and lovingly conceived, but since you are thrown into the deep end and very little is ever explained it, again, left me feeling off-balance. It's a very slippery little book.The writing is artful and lovely, and the imagery is striking [...]

    17. Galley provided by publisherI am angry at this book. Angry because that's not an ending. Angry because there's throwing you straight into a world, but then there's lazy worldbuilding. Angry because of the lazy characterisation and lazy relationship development. But mostly angry because I put up with all that in the hopes that I'd get a satisfying ending and I didn't.(But Charlotte, you say. Life often doesn't have satisfying endings. Yeah, but this ain't life, is it. This is fiction, and I would [...]

    18. There is some irony in "Winterglass" feeling like, of all things, a warm bath. This retelling of "The Snow Queen" takes such care to describe in exquisite (yet never florid) detail the land of Sirapirat, from its architecture to its fruits to the clothes on its people's backs, that the experience of visiting Sriduangkaew's world is a sensuous one indeed. Lovers of captivating and succinct worldbuilding should find plenty to love here.Main character Nuawa, a master duelist and extreme trauma surv [...]

    19. Full review posted here.Thanks to Apex Book Company and Netgalley for the ARC to review.Overall, I enjoyed this story. I struggled with it for the first thirty pages as I acclimated to the setting and the style of writing, but then I found myself invested in both main characters. I knew they would likely end up working against each other and I wanted to see what would happen, especially as their relationships developed. The descriptive prose blew me away, and I loved that the story was set in a [...]

    20. I wavered between a three and four star rating but ultimately went with four because this book is beautifully written with intriguing characters, innovative magic systems, political intrigue, and lots of queer people kissing. I think my biggest issues were mostly with the abrupt ending but I suppose that can 100% be forgiven, especially if there will be more books in this series. I also felt the tournament aspect of the book was unnecessary; none of the characters even seemed to care about it al [...]

    21. This book is mysterious and the writing is beautiful. However, I didn't care for the characters. They are so ruthless. This book just wasn't really for me.

    22. Winterglass has a lot of potential. It reveals a bit of a world that I am interested in knowing more about. The characters are wonderfully diverse and strong. The story, a retelling of The Snow Queen, builds slowly and at the end I felt that most of it happened in the background. That our main character does not really know what is going on and therefore neither do we the reader until it is revealed at the end. It results in me wanting to know more than I did and feeling a bit unsatisfied. I als [...]

    23. I still don't know what the hell I just read.But it was good.A captivating story set in a creatively designed world that doesn't follow any of the common tropes for worldbuilding.A fantasy world where queer and trans characters are just naturally who they are. This alone makes the book exceptional but on top of that it's also just a good book.This story is one that leaves the readers with more questions than answers. It highlights the ambivalence of human actions and the ways their paths change [...]

    24. This book was made for me to readIt was so beautifully written, full of finely made characters, fantastic lands and a story that upset me because it ended. I love it.

    25. This is the sort of lyrical, mythical, gorgeous prose I always wish I could write effortlessly. A lot of lovely imagery in this piece. A little that reminds me Cat Valente. A little that reminds me of China Miéville. Apparently it should also remind me of Hans Christian Andersen, but for some reason I read all the other fairy tales as a kid and not those. In any case, a recommended read.

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