Green by Jay Lake

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Green is ultimately a failure in almost every aspect. As a fantasy, Jay Lake creates a world in which nothing is coherently explained. There are “real” gods who can interact with humans. Ghosts and avatars also seem available for discussion or as allies. Quite how people can interact with any of these supernatural beings is never discussed.
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She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name—her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan…and the skills of an assassin…she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Duke's collection of beauties.

She calls herself Green.

The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Duke's city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.

Acclaimed author Jay Lake has created a remarkable character in Green, and evokes a remarkable world in this novel. Green and her struggle to survive and find her own past will live in the reader's mind for a long time after closing the book.

 

About Jay Lake

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JAY LAKE lives and works in Portland, Oregon, within sight of an 11,000-foot volcano. He is the author of over two hundred short stories, four collections, and a chapbook, along with ten novels. In 2004, Lake won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has also been a Hugo nominee for his short fiction and a three-time World Fantasy Award nominee for his editing. www.jlake.com
 
Published June 9, 2009 by Tor Books. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Oct 19 2011

Green is ultimately a failure in almost every aspect. As a fantasy, Jay Lake creates a world in which nothing is coherently explained. There are “real” gods who can interact with humans. Ghosts and avatars also seem available for discussion or as allies. Quite how people can interact with any of these supernatural beings is never discussed.

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