The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin
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inconsistent world-building...



So, to cut to the chase: The Fifth Season is not bad, but judging from the current average 4.32 Goodreads rating -- that's pretty high -- I know I'm in a minority position when I state that I think it's just okay, and not excellent at all.

There's a couple of reasons for this, but the main thing was that Jemisin's narrating voice didn't convince me it was a real voice. In other words: not enough suspension of disbelief. In secondary world fantasy, I want to be transported to that other world, and I don't want to be reminded of 21st century posturing and wittiness of the author's part.


I'm tempted to say Jemisin needed a better editor, but that's clearly not the case. The people at Orbit know very well this kind of formula has a huge potential and as such made to right decisions, judging by the rave reviews and the nearly universal acclaim this book has gotten, even in a mainstream publication as The New York Times.

My whining aside, The Fifth Season does have merit. There are (...)

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