It's Carnival time, and the Carribean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. But to young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favourite costume to wear at the festival--until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgivable crime. Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Here Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth--and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen's legendary powers can save her life...and set her free....
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Midnight Robber Reviews
Great book, even if it took me a bit to flow into the creole, but right off the bat it starts and finishes with hard-SF fully mixing with Anansi-tale.
What comes first? The Anansi-tale or the life of the Midnight Robber Tam-Tam? Who knows, we? Either way, both help define and refine and divine the tale.
Who is the Midnight Robber? She be the one to save two for every life she take. She's the myth of she who punishes the wicked and help those in need. She's the wronged who repays in both the good ...more
I like science fiction. I like Caribbean cultures. But I've never looked for the intersection of the two. Actually, now I think about it, I have encountered lots of science fictional themes in reggae lyrics. But certainly I never thought to look for a science fiction novel written from a Caribbean perspective.
So that was the first thing I liked about Midnight Robber. It begins on the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint during Carnival. We read this for my book club here in New Orleans just a ...more
Midnight Robber is a Caribbean, carnival, multi-dimensional travel, space science fiction novel that deals with abuse, rape, marginalization, colonization, and othering. Seem like a lot? It really is.
A young Tan-Tan pretends she's the Robber Queen--a carnival rogue--on a planet colonized by Caribbean immigrants. But when her father the mayor gets in trouble with the law, both of them are forced into exile on a multidimensional ship that takes them to place very different than the one Tan-Tan kn ...more
A magical story-telling style, musically told, with a plot that weaves its way through some horrific landscapes in the most uplifting way. A science fiction rumination on the power of myths, on the nature of humanity, but oh such a damn fine story!
This book has a central issue to it without which it really can't be meaningfully discussed. It is a spoiler to something that doesn't start until about 40% in the book, and frankly, had I known that this was the subject of the book I never would have picked it up. I'm kind of glad I did though.
I would recommend you skip the remainder of this review if you don't want to read the spoiler, because I'm going to proceed as if you're aware of it. Sorry, I don't want to put the whole review under spoi ...more
Which is a long way to go to come to Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber. It's the second of her books I've read, and feels like a later book, in that while I enjoyed Brown Girl in the Ring, this feels stronger, more defined. It keeps what I liked and develops her style further. And specifically, it gives me a very rare SF glimpse into the worlds that could be imagined when you don't have a white person in sight - and why wouldn't I want to see what Hopkinson would do with that? I like being a litt ...more
This book started out promising: I was immediately captivated by the dialect and the old and familiar yet simultaneously futuristic world: a post-colonial Caribbean setting with artificial intelligence and far-reaching neural net technology. Then the novel becomes another story entirely, and the set-up that I had found myself invested and interested in fell away with no resolution whatsoever for what had seemed an intriguing plot thread—a plot and conspiracy between the mayor and the pedicab dri ...more
Like everyone else said, Hopkinson's world-building is great. I love that her world-building is used as a political discussion. From the start, when Granny Nanny's nano-level-networked-super-surveillance world is described via Antonio's pedicab ride, I had hoped that Tan-tan would escape Toussaint. And when she does, I certainly didn't like how the society in Half-way Tree - Toussaint's literal alternative - plays out. Hopkinson brings up a whole new set of social problems / questions when Tan-t ...more