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Smoketown: A Novel de Tenea D. Johnson
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Smoketown: A Novel (edició 2011)

de Tenea D. Johnson (Autor)

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In the neurosis-filled city of Smoketown, where birds are outlawed after being blamed for a devastating plague, three purposes collide to alter the city's future. Genetic artist Anna, seeking a lost friend, creates something beautiful that the city fears.
Títol:Smoketown: A Novel
Autors:Tenea D. Johnson (Autor)
Informació:Blind Eye Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 220 pages
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Smoketown is a novel that’s hard to categorize. It’s got elements of the post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and urban fantasy. And the writing is simply lovely! So lyrical and beautiful. There’s a reason I’ve compared this one to the books of Charles de Lint. Really, it’s a huge shame that more people haven’t heard of Smoketown.

Twenty years ago the city of Leiodare, a futuristic city-state located in the former state of Kentucky, was struck by a plague. Birds were perceived to be the cause, and so birds were banned from Leiodare. Now Anna Armour, an artist and factory worker, is waiting in Leiodare in hopes of finding the woman she loved who left her. Anna also has a strange gift – she can use her art to bring her creations to life. Also in Leiodare is Eugenio, a medical anthropologist investigating the cause of the original plague, and Rory, the last member of the city’s most privileged family, who spends his remaining days watching the world go by from the windows of his apartment.

Smoketown is not plot focused. While there was a plot behind the origins of the plague and the history of the city, I found it weakly contrasted and not very compelling. The plot actually ended up feeling extraneous to the characters and atmosphere.

The focus of Smoketown is clearly on the world building. The city of Leiodare leaps off the page incredibly vividly. It was a beautiful piece of world building. I feel like it went very well with some of the themes of the book – change and creation mostly. There’s a sense of artistry to the entire novel.

If you’re looking for an exquisitely dreamy piece of genre blurring science fiction and fantasy, Smoketown is just the book for you. I would also recommend it to anyone with an interest in queer black science fiction.

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In a post-apocalyptic city, a woman waits for her missing lover.
Fearful of a recurrence of plague (some kind of mutated avian flu?), the city of Leiodare has banned birds of all kinds, and most citizens have a phobia of them.
Anna, however, has a magical gift; her drawings can come to life - and she is compelled to draw birds.

In an emotional limbo, Anna's path intertwines with that of the inhabitants of Leiodare, which under the surface, is a pressure-cooker waiting to explode.

This short novel has a poetic feel to it which shines beautifully against its gritty background. Objectively, in some ways the book feels like the work of a new author (the plot sometimes felt a bit awkward and uncertain, almost shoehorned into the atmosphere; and some elements felt like they should've been in sharper focus), but it feels like the work of a very talented new author. Aesthetically, I loved it, thus the bump up to 4 stars.

I'll definitely seek out future work by Johnson.

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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Can't get into it. Will try again at some point.
  anderlawlor | Apr 9, 2013 |
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In the neurosis-filled city of Smoketown, where birds are outlawed after being blamed for a devastating plague, three purposes collide to alter the city's future. Genetic artist Anna, seeking a lost friend, creates something beautiful that the city fears.

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