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  • Culture clashes, past, present and future

    Posted by Claire Humphrey, 4 years ago

    I can't believe how quickly the year draws to a close, and I still haven't caught up with my list! Here's the next instalment.

    84. Affinity by Sarah Waters: I adore everything I read of Waters. Atmospheric, Gothic, and haunting: a Lady Visitor, spending charity time in a women's prison, falls in love with one of the prisoners.

    85. Kindred by Octavia Butler. This book is a classic of speculative fiction. Butler uses the speculative element to speak movingly and powerfully about the influence of the past on the present. Dana and Kevin, an inter-racial couple from the twentieth century, find themselves transported back in time to visit Dana's ancestors, a plantation owner and one of his slaves. Dana has to save the lives of her ancestors in order to save her own life, and in the process discovers just how damaging is the legacy of slavery.

    86. Carnival by Elizabeth Bear: more strong science fiction, dealing with culture clashes between several different utopian societies, none of which have turned out the way their founders imagined.

    87. Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welch: short but fascinating murder mystery starring Christopher Marlowe.

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