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Kay Kenyon

Autor/a de Bright of the Sky

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Obres de Kay Kenyon

Bright of the Sky (2007) 655 exemplars
The Seeds of Time (1997) 264 exemplars
A World Too Near (2008) 189 exemplars
Maximum Ice (2002) 172 exemplars
Tropic of Creation (2000) 137 exemplars
City without End (2009) 133 exemplars
The Braided World (2003) 130 exemplars
Prince of Storms (2010) 102 exemplars
At the Table of Wolves (2017) 92 exemplars
Rift (1999) 80 exemplars
Leap Point (1998) 68 exemplars
A Thousand Perfect Things (2013) 63 exemplars
Serpent in the Heather (2018) 22 exemplars
Nest of the Monarch (2019) 11 exemplars
Queen of the Deep (2015) 6 exemplars
The Girl Who Fell Into Myth (2023) 4 exemplars
Castoff World 3 exemplars
Acid Test (2004) 2 exemplars
The Last Wave 2 exemplars
Navy Brat 2 exemplars
The Book of Faces 2 exemplars
Dobcheck Lost In The Funhouse — Autor — 1 exemplars
Cyto Couture 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Revisions (2004) — Col·laborador — 147 exemplars
Live Without a Net (2003) — Col·laborador — 143 exemplars
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 2 (2008) — Col·laborador — 142 exemplars
Shine: An Anthology of Near-future, Optimistic Science Fiction (2010) — Col·laborador — 135 exemplars
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Col·laborador — 126 exemplars
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003) — Col·laborador — 124 exemplars
Fast Forward 2 (2008) — Col·laborador — 67 exemplars
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2013) — Col·laborador — 65 exemplars
New Voices In Science Fiction (2003) — Col·laborador — 65 exemplars
Women Writing Science Fiction as Men (2003) — Col·laborador — 57 exemplars
I, Alien (1657) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Space Cadets (2006) — Col·laborador — 30 exemplars
The Razor's Edge (2018) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
The Best of Talebones (2010) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Kenyon Overcast, Katherine L.
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Llocs de residència
Wenatchee, Washington, USA
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
University of Minnesota
University of Washington
science fiction writer
fantasy writer
short story writer
urban planner
advertising copywriter
Broad Universe
Biografia breu
Kay Kenyon is the pen name of Katherine Kenyon Overcast. She majored in English literature at the University of Minnesota and went on to graduate studies at the University of Washington, hoping to become a writer. She worked as a model, an advertising copywriter, and an urban planner, which may have informed the worldbuilding in her science fiction/fantasy works. Her first novel was The Seeds of Time (1997). She published six stand-alone novels before embarking on a four-volume series called The Entire and The Rose: Bright of the Sky (2007), A World Too Near (2008), City Without End (2009), and Prince of Storms (2010). About a dozen of her short stories have been published in anthologies. Her work has been translated into several foreign languages. She lives in Wenatchee, Washington, and chairs the Write on the River writers' conference.



Interesting universe, but I found it to be difficult to penetrate (sorry, this may be a terrible pun). Character motivations were so subtle that they were opaque. Things sounded cool but I had so much trouble understanding what the hell anything actually was. The bright? The River Nigh? The Entire itself? How does travel work? What are the Tarig? I've enjoyed sci-fi that didn't make a lick of sense to me before, so that shouldn't have been a barrier but I think that because none of the characters seemed to understand how the Entire works, I couldn't just take it on faith that it did work.

The pace is a little methodical as well, so I was often distracted by newer, shinier books. Probably that contributed to my lack of understanding, but it wasn't entirely the reason it took a month and some to get through it. I'll read the next book at least, because while I wouldn't call the ending a cliff hanger, it is very clearly the very beginning of an arc and I'd like a little more closure.
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wonderlande | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Jan 1, 2023 |
More riveting than I found [b: Bright of the Sky|127262|Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose, #1)|Kay Kenyon||993717] if only because the world building that slowed the pace of the first book has fittingly diminished here. The dynamics of this universe are so weird and cool, but there is an awful lot of traveling from here to there and not much really happens. Still, I found it an interesting and engrossing read because the sentients that inhabit the Entire are so well varied.… (més)
wonderlande | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Jan 1, 2023 |
It was okay. It started out stronger than it finished, with space ships and interesting technology and a reasonably interesting society. The alien planet's society was also reasonably interesting, and the mystery involving what happened to the protagonist before and how it was gradually revealed was interesting. [spoiler]I did like the horse creatures that the daughter ended up with.[/spoiler]

But there were an awful lot of unpleasant characters in the book, both human and alien. [spoiler]The protagonist's insistence for most of the book that he was going to find his daughter and take her away from the only society she'd known since she was a child struck me as incredibly unrealistic and self-centered, even before we started getting some of the story from her viewpoint.] I just ended up not caring enough about any of them to want to bother to go get the next one. I'd read it if it came across my path, but I'm not interested enough to go find it. Too bad.… (més)
VictoriaGaile | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Oct 16, 2021 |
I didn’t go into this expecting a spy thriller, but I probably should have. (I’d heard “superpowers” and “World War II” and “fans of Agent Carter and Captain America” and imagined a full-on superheroic battle.*) I liked it though, once my expectations adjusted. Didn’t love, because it could’ve been a bit more thrilling, but definitely liked.

Oh, it’s well-paced and well-written, with interesting characters and tensions and a good spread of espionage set pieces, but it also feels very much like a British drawing room drama. It’s an interesting angle to take a story like this, and proof that you can write a spy novel without constant action and by prioritizing female experiences, but … again, not what I was expecting. I wasn’t expecting multiple POVs either, but they helped keep the tension up, so that’s all right.

I did like Kim, who’s just clever enough to pull things off but naïve enough to get into trouble, and I liked how her subplots ended up meshing at the end. (I always like books that pull that off.) The subplot with Rose, her family’s developmentally delayed maid, is especially sweet and important, and everything between Kim and her father is … intriguing, let’s say. It’ll be interesting seeing how that, and Kim herself, develops as the series continues.

I also found the superpower-related world-building pretty neat, though a bit surface. They come from a unique event, they’re still new enough to the world to be mysterious, they’re not the usual slate of powers, and they’re not all solely good or solely evil, though Kenyon doesn’t shy from pointing out the darker and more disturbing sides all the same.

All the same, nothing really struck me enough about this to make it stand out or get me to rush out in a few months when the sequel drops. I suspect this is more a me problem more than a book problem, and there’s a decent chance I’ll pick the sequel up at some point, when I’m in the mood.

* Which is probably coming at some point in the series, mind you.

Warnings: Nazis, it almost goes without saying. Specifically, Nazi and similarly conservative views of homosexuality and mental disability, including slurs for the latter. One gay character, killed partway through for plot. Slight redemption of main Nazi character.

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NinjaMuse | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 26, 2020 |



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