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Ring Shout de P. Djeli Clark
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Ring Shout (edició 2020)

de P. Djeli Clark (Autor)

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Membre:AllisonHurd
Títol:Ring Shout
Autors:P. Djeli Clark (Autor)
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Ring Shout de P. Djèlí Clark

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Summer 2021 (June);
2021 Hugo Nominee for Novella

I wanted to like this book so much more than I ended up doing, which was disappointing. I came into it at the wrong angle, off someone else's review, I think, and that changed the flavor of the whole read.

Especially since I was already going into it looking seriously askance (post/while reading [a:Clint Smith|15855059|Clint Smith|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1612326976p2/15855059.jpg]'s [b:How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America|55643287|How the Word Is Passed A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America|Clint Smith|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1603917194l/55643287._SY75_.jpg|86766325] with my Teacher's Against Racism bookclub), about how the KKK was being perpetrated as alien/alternate dimension monsters rather the horrible truth of it being humans-just-like-you-and-me. I do get how that is a flip on the reference to black bodies in the past regarded as monsters or lowly animals, but I don't like to shift the onus of where that true responsibility lies.

The other problem was that I just didn't get attached to any of the characters in the book. They were okay, but they ended up feeling flat and two-dimensional, laden with only a few different characteristics each. I didn't find myself all that moved by the Lovecraftian horror uses, as they just didn't seem all that horrific to me somehow.

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  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
CW: Body horror, racism, lynching, lot of white supremacist and KKK language/imagery, animal death

I’m gonna be honest, if there has been something good in my life during this lockdown, it has been discovering the genius that is P. Djèlí Clark. I started with his short story when I was in a slump and couldn’t focus and he has captivated me completely with everything of his I’ve read since. So, it was a no brainer that I was excited for this new novella, but I never expected I would get the ARC and that was a wonderful surprise. And wow was this spectacular.

I feel like I’ve already used up my bag of superlatives in the intro paragraph because I just don’t have more words to describe this amazing story. The way the author manages to blend real historical events starting from slavery to Prohibition era America when this story is set, the deep rooted racism of the times, along with lovecraftian horror elements and some good old monster hunting - it’s a carefully crafted masterpiece that packs a very big punch in less than 200 pages. The main character Maryse and her friends Sadie and Chef just jump off the page, with distinct personalities and backstories, and a deep abiding friendship that leaves a mark on you. There is also a very memorable supporting cast of characters, including the villains who all have such a distinct narrative voice despite very little page time. Added to all this are some very thrilling action sequences as well a couple of very creepy chilling ones, and this little novella is essentially perfect.

But what ultimately makes this book extra special are the underlying themes, and for something that’s actually a historical novel, it’s unfortunate that most of these themes resonate with us even after almost a hundred years. There is so much hate in these pages, in the hearts of the Klan members and the monster Ku Kluxes, and while that might not be the form it takes in our world today, there is still the same hate and politicians festering it even more to gain and keep their power. One of the characters makes a point about how the white Klan members have so much hate in their hearts against Black people even though they already have all the systemic power over them, and exert it to the fullest extent possible, and I think our current predicament gives answers - they don’t even wanna contemplate the idea of losing that power and do everything possible to hold onto those racist power structures. But ultimately the message of the book is that despite facing all these oppressions for centuries, when Black people protest and fight for their rights, they are doing so not with the kind of hate they’ve been subjected to, but with sadness and pain and righteous anger and the need for justice.

To conclude, I don’t wanna say much more except, just read this book because it is thrilling and horrific and impactful, and feels like something you’ve never read before. The writing, the characters, the history, and the horrors - every element comes together perfectly to form a tour de force of a book, and I promise you will be swept away in awe. This is must read fantasy and I can’t wait to read whatever the author comes up with next. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Cool, original idea. Great protagonist and supporting cast. I liked the mix of historical horror and fantastical elements. ( )
  lavaturtle | Jul 21, 2021 |
This stunning novella takes the machinations of the KKK and puts a distinctively elder-god twist on things to explore hate, prejudice, and racism. Clark's tale is paced perfectly and is an excellent example of a tight story told with intention. Readers will likely want more, though not because the story is lacking; rather, the rich characters and setting beg further exploration. The dark subject matter - hate, racism, and prejudice - is made all the more human by the preternatural beings capitalizing on it. An exceptional book. ( )
  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
Another wild ride from Djèlí Clark. Set in 1922, in Macon, Georgia, the film "The Birth of a Nation" has led to rising racism and the exponential growth of the KKK. We meet three remarkable young black women: crack shot Sadie, bomb cooking Chef (Cordy), and Maryse, who has a magic sword. Their mission is to kill Ku Kluxers, who are actually demons, not mere human Klansmen. Their battles are epic and action filled, especially the action at Stone Mountain. The book mixes genres, using African, African-American, and Caribbean folklore, historical fiction, fantasy, horror and the oppression of blacks, still trying to raise themselves from their past lives as slaves. Personally, I did not care for the Gullah dialect, which I found hard to follow, but I understand how others might have liked it plenty and found it provided another element to the story. 3.5 stars rounded up. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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