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Sister Mine Nalo Hopkinson winner of the John W Campbell Award the Sunburst Award and the World Fantasy award among others and lauded as one of our most inventive and brilliant writers New York Post returns w

  • Title: Sister Mine
  • Author: Nalo Hopkinson
  • ISBN: 9780446576925
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nalo Hopkinson winner of the John W Campbell Award, the Sunburst Award, and the World Fantasy award among others , and lauded as one of our most inventive and brilliant writers New York Post returns with a new work With her singular voice and characteristic sharp insight, she explores the relationship between two sisters in this richly textured and deeply moving nNalo Hopkinson winner of the John W Campbell Award, the Sunburst Award, and the World Fantasy award among others , and lauded as one of our most inventive and brilliant writers New York Post returns with a new work With her singular voice and characteristic sharp insight, she explores the relationship between two sisters in this richly textured and deeply moving novel SISTER MINEWe d had to be cut free of our mother s womb She d never have been able to push the two headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way Abby and I were fused, you see Conjoined twins Abby s head, torso, and left arm protruded from my chest But here s the real kicker Abby had the magic, I didn t Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity no mojo The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close Ever since Abby s magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.Today, Makeda has decided it s high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans after all, she s one of them In Cheerful Rest, a run down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she s been looking for an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life There s even a resident band, led by the charismatic and attractive building superintendent.But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent and reconcile with Abby if she s to have a hope of saving him .

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      Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican born writer and editor who lives in Canada Her science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.

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    1. Makeda and Abby were born conjoined twins, but that isn't the strangest part of their birth - their father is a demigod, from a family of demigods, and had reproduced with a human to the great chagrin of his family. When they were split apart, only Abby got any mojo, making Makeda a useless, normal, human. This is their story during a family crisis.I have been wanting to read Nalo Hopkinson ever since meeting Tobias S. Buckell at a Shared Worlds reading. We chatted about Caribbean fantasy and sc [...]


    2. I came out of The Library at Mount Char with a craving for contemporary demigod fantasy and missing father misadventures and, as luck would have it, I picked up a copy of Sister Mine. This is a book about gods but, moreover, it’s about dysfunctional families. First of all, I am all about family dysfunction (in fiction); secondly, I have an older sister so the tense muscle of sibling rivalry that runs through this book spoke to my childhood and the close yet snarling relationship I shared with [...]


    3. Yay, an urban fantasy novel based on African/African diaspora culture, myths, and legends! This was utterly unique, a quick read, with lots of unexpected turns. I appreciated how the author did not stop the story to do an exposition dump somewhere in the first few chapters, but I did wish that I had a cast of characters, or that it was based on an easily-recognizable (to me) set of myths that I could do internet research on. Basically, I wanted to know more. However, that said, I always knew eno [...]


    4. A spectacularly weird book, with an intensely gnarly Caribbean-echoing fantasy world coexisting with a modern Canadian city. One of those books where the author does not throw you a bone; I was struggling to keep up for a good chunk while I got my head round the world, and meanwhile a whole lot of inexplicable things went on. (One of the characters was Jimi Hendrix's guitar. This is not one of the more outstandingly odd aspects of the book.) And then you get it and everything comes together in i [...]


    5. When I was telling my girlfriend about Nalo Hopkinson’s urban fantasy, Sister Mine, she said it sounded like the author was on LSD when she was writing it. I think that’s a pretty apt description, and I mean that in the best way possible. Let’s see—what really epitomizes the wonderful oddities of this book is the fact that there’s a character who used to be Jimi Hendrix’s guitar. You know, he’s an enspirited object, currently in human form. The main character’s sister is dating h [...]


    6. I feel bad for not really liking this book, but I didn't really like this book. I enjoyed having an entrée into a mythology that I was not previously acquianted with (heavy Googling of Vodoun, Hoodoo, Orishas, Yoruba, etc. was instrumental to understanding the characters in the story). The interesting characterization of all the enthralling (literally) demigods was the highlight of the book for me. The humans, however, I could have done without. The protagonist was annoyingly juvenile for a wom [...]


    7. Like the other Nalo Hopkinson books that I've read, this was surreal and amazing. I didn't always understand what was happening, but I always enjoyed the ride.As for queer content:(view spoiler)[The gods in this book have different approach to sexuality--there are no taboos against sleeping with the same gender, or with family. So Makeda and Abby (the twin sisters) used to be a couple. In her human life, though, Makeda doesn't seem interested in women? So I don't know how to categorize that. (hi [...]


    8. Originally posted at librarything/work/1322A totally original modern fantasy with a unique, exotic perspective. The protagonist Makeda, a twenty-three-year-old woman, was born to a family of demigods, but she doesn’t have magic of her own. Her twin sister Abby has a double share, in addition to being gifted by an unearthly musical talent. While Abby creates beautiful music and earns money for the family by performing, Makeda is trying to make sense of her directionless life. As the action unfo [...]


    9. Wow. Just wow. Talk about compelling writing. I picked this up on a whim and then couldn't, and I mean couldn't, put it down. Technically, this novel is contemporary urban fantasy, but it's more than that-- it's mythological, hip, edgy, out there, vivid, and startling (there's got to be something about Canada that brings out a certain talent for creative description in authors!). It's a fast read, but complex all the same, with a rich collection of characters-- most of them not-quite-human!-- an [...]


    10. This is the first novel I've read by Nalo Hopkinson, whose work I discovered through her short stories in a couple of recent anthologies (After and Unnatural Creatures).Sister Mine was a bit of a slow-starter for me, and I struggled at first to understand what was going on. In particular, one early change of scenery and point of view didn't make sense to me until about two chapters later in the book. However, in the second half of the book everything came together and things got really exciting [...]


    11. This was pretty good--I didn't find it as compelling as Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, or The Salt Roads, but it's pretty awesome to read a world with disabled-queer-poc central characters. Hurrah!


    12. I'm not SAYING its about a family of Orisha but Abby and Makeda Joli were born as conjoined twins. Surgery separated them, but left Abby with a shortened leg and limo and Makeda with no mojo. Tired of being different from the rest of the Family, Makeda moves I to a building with Shine. There, she meets a motley cast of characters, gets chased by a dangerous spirit, and learns the Truth about her birth. Plot twists keep the reader guessing in this magical and moving novel. Some familiarity with A [...]


    13. Charming, lyrical, enchanting! The bond between sisters and especially twins is exceedingly strong. Conjoined twins, having shared even more than the womb, might have an even closer bond but still disaster can strike. Add to that mixed parentage (human and demigod), missing mojo, and a whole slew of magical, musical happenings and you've got a marvelous tale that moves right along. I enjoyed these characters so much that I hope there might be another look into their lives in a future book. I'm a [...]


    14. Part of the fun of reading Sister Mine is digging deeper and deeper into Makeda and Abigail's story to find out what truly happened when they were born, how their mother disappeared, and where there daddy is.Not to mention who their daddy is. And who their uncle is. Because Makeda and Abigail were born into a family where some of the members usher humans into life and death. They are Shiny, in Makeda's words, and what Makeda wants more than anything else in the world is to find her own mojo; jus [...]


    15. Sister Mine is a throughly enjoyable, quirky and imaginative coming of age story! As the blurb goes, the main storyline is Abby and Makeda are ex-conjoined twin daughters of a mortal woman and a demi god. At their separation Abby got all the mojo, where as Makeda is the family outcast with no powers. As punishment for their forbidden union, their mother is turned into a sea monster (residing in Lake Ontario!) and their father is made mortal. Now susceptible to illness, he develops Alzheimer's. T [...]


    16. The story had a lot of things going for it: a deep wealth of spirituality and myth that it was drawing from, an interesting main character (a conjoined twin), and some serious world-building. The voices were strong and compelling.However, I felt thing was a YA book that was classified as an adult book because of some mild incest (yes, I know that sounds bizarre but in context, it's not). The POV was very juvenile and seemed to be a coming of age story at its heart. The characterization of the si [...]


    17. Abby and Makeda (am I the only one who wanted her name to be Makeba?) are twins in their early twenties, they were born conjoined twins. Abby walks with a limp, one of her legs is shorter than the other. But Makeda is the one who really feels different: she has no magic in a family of demigods in Toronto. Also, she has seizures. Meanwhile, she’s moving into an apartment, trying to establish boundaries with her sister. But then life happens. This is a delightful book! I’m very glad I read it. [...]


    18. An amazing story. Myths, fantasies and legends will never cease to multiply with writers like Nalo Hopkinson among us.Makeda and Abby are sisters, twin sisters bound closer than by only sharing a womb. But Abby has a huge talent and Makeda has no talent, no affinity linking her to the world, no individuality. Then when Makeda tries to launch out on her own to live her own life, however simple and dull that may be, the girls learn that talent may be more than they know of.


    19. I enjoyed this story - enough that, now that it's done, I keep thinking about Makeda and her mojo. The first three-quarters of this book are simply excellent. Hopkinson has a rich world here, and the characters are lovely and rich and complicated and not always likable. Many times I was irritated by how Makeda and Abby responded to things - but not, interestingly, irritated by the book itself. I think that this is one mark of great writing - I was fully along for the ride of what Hopkinson was d [...]


    20. I do like nalo hopkinson a lot - she does things no one else is doing and her writing is always exiting and toronto! - and I did like this novel (though I would have liked her to explore the vessel/personhood/disability angle more) but I find her commitment to queering things - weird shit like an incestuous poly pan god family - kind of annoying and after reading an interview where she talks about queer sexualities being so much deeper more exciting etc than thinking in terms of gay/straight/bi [...]


    21. A fantastic book. The character and storyline are novel and engaging. But really, it is Hopkinson's writing I love — every sentence is beautifully crafted.


    22. This book is the Chuck-A-Rama of books. You know - you walk into the restaurant and suddenly realize there are so many food choices. It's buffet heaven! There's ham, roast beef, turkey, tacos, fish, salads, fifty million dessert options, people running around with food thermometers preventing food poisoning - man it's a lot to take in. Suddenly you are seated at a table with corn on the cob, pancakes, a quiche, seven different flavors of Jell-o and a steak, and you don't really know what happene [...]


    23. To me, not much can be negative in a book that features Jimi Hendrix's guitar as the male character Lars, boyfriend to one of the twins in this masterful mythological work. With the exception of the mention (not an actual description) of incestuous relations (consensual, at least), the book is exquisite: prose-worthy, humorous, all-around different than the usual publications. As in mythology, one twin—Abigail--is divine and the other—Makeda--is not. Their relatives include the Grim Reaper, [...]


    24. Longing tapped me on the shoulder and enclosed me in its arms.I read this urban fantasy novel in two sittings. It is almost compulsively readable yet I felt somewhat meh once finished. This is about conjoined twins, who are no longer conjoined. They also happen to be the daughters of a demigod & a human, who has been turned into a water monster that lives in Lake Ontario. There is an eclectic cast of characters, which I really liked. It is a weird book, which I am known for loving. Give me a [...]


    25. It’s times like these when I realise how limited my vocabulary is. Because there’s only so many ways you can say how astonishing a novel is without falling back on cliche and shitty platitudes. So I thought I’d quote this representative passage instead."Uncle likes to keep things lighthearted. It’s important to him to always have a smile on his face. It keeps his spirits up, and sometimes it prevents people from being too scared when it’s their time and he shows up to ferry them to the [...]


    26. I enjoyed this book tremendously, right from the first page. What's not to like about a story where the main character was born a conjoined twin, her uncle is Death himself, (view spoiler)[ her mother is a sea serpent (kind of) and father a kudzu plant (kind of), (hide spoiler)] and a supporting character used to be Jimi Hendrix's guitar? Hopkinson incorporates cultural references to conjoined twins of the past, Hendrix lyrics, and much more--and I liked even the ones I didn't get (some without [...]


    27. Beguiling blend of urban fantasy and magic realism that is quite irresistible to read. Not much plot in this simple tale of sibling rivalry, but the sisters Makeda and Abby quickly endear themselves to the reader.And the simple story is spiced up by the fact that the sisters' family is the local pantheon. Yes, it is reminiscent of Neil Gaiman, but Nalo Hopkinson adds a unique flavour to the proceedings, in particular a running riff on racial stereotyping (Aunt Suze's diatribe on 'Obamanegroes' i [...]


    28. Makeda is the odd one out in her unusual family--the half-mortal child of demigods, she was born without magic. Magical realist narratives have a tendency towards meandering, fluid creativity, and there's a lot of that on display here. The larger-than-life magics, the voice, and the issues of gender/sex/disability/race, presented with playful honesty, are all vivid and engaging. But the plot is a ramble of vignettes, many of which are individually successful but which as a whole sometimes drag. [...]


    29. I enjoyed this book very much. I love Nalo Hopkinsons world, im always looking for more fantasy books with more women characters, and people of colour. This book successfully breaks a lot of the genre stereotypes and i loved that. She has some great ideas but i feel the story wasnt the best, it was a little too intricate and muddled i would have liked a more gripping storyline or a more compelling mystery. The character of Jimi Hendrix's guitar was very original but i was waiting to see where sh [...]


    30. This book is absolutely magnificent. Nalo Hopkinson's use of language is superb and the way each of the characters are written is so clearly done with care. Like usual, Nalo creates a world much bigger than what we see in the book. Instead of being frustrating, it just adds life to the book. Small story lines come in and out of the book without interrupting the flow in any way, and when the plot shifts in direction late in the plot it feels appropriate and in no way disorienting. It's just a gre [...]


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