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Stories of the Raksura: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below (Anglais) Broché – 23 avril 2015

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best of the shorter Raksura stories 26 mai 2015
Par Professor J - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
OK, I am a giant fan of the Raksura books, but I think this volume may contain the best of Wells' novellas. "The Dead City" is an in media res flashback, starting as a much younger Moon flees the doomed city of Saraseil in the wake of his fateful encounter with the Fell. This is not quite the hardened, angry Moon of the later stories, note, although this is the beginning of his hardening. Here one can still catch glimpses of the inquisitive, hopeful boy he used to be... and here we realize this was the moment when that boy died. But meanwhile, Moon meets the people of an isolated community who are being menaced by horrifying creatures called "Miners". I'm just gonna say it: SPIDER PEOPLE. It's a good thing Moon really really wants to kill something at this point.

"The Dark Earth Below" is less dark, since it takes place in the post-trilogy "present" and Moon is no longer a lonely, bitter outcast. In fact, he's about to become a new father -- so of course a mysterious hostile entity threatens the colony. Jade's not exactly helpless, but Moon's got a lot of new-papa jitters to work off, so the bulk of dealing with the threat falls on him. This one's worth it for all the layers of nuance that get added to the Raksura we know and love: we see Pearl and Stone showing obvious pleasure that Indigo Cloud is growing again; we see the Arbora go into "swarm" mode when something invades the tree; we see that Balm is suddenly very very glad she can't get pregnant; and we meet Jade and Moon's children! It's positively heartwarming.

There are some other short stories rounding out this volume, most of which are reprinted from other sources or Wells' website; I particularly like "Mimesis" since it's all about Jade saving the day (though it's hilarious to see that the Indigo Cloud warriors constantly worry that Moon will kill them if anything happens to Jade). But frankly it's the two novellas here that earn the price of admission.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Meet the Other--and you Know them. 29 juin 2015
Par Katharine Kimbriel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The lovely thing about this collection is that even if you have not yet discovered Wells’ magical fantasy adventures about the alien Raksura, you can fall in love with them here. Written with swift yet intricate grace, Wells gives you ground to stand on and open skies for unexpected adventure. The Raksura are shapeshifting, flying sentients, their complex society matriarchal, their lives filled with danger around every turn. This world has dozens of disparate sentient peoples, most of them wary and interacting only for trade. The Raksura are among the few who are both cautious and yet open to alliances and even friendship with new peoples.

The collection includes two novellas as well as a scattering of short fiction. Both long stories feature Moon, the male protagonist of the Raksura trilogy; he’s a foundling who finally finds his place in the world. One novella, “The Dead City,” takes us back a few cycles when Moon is still very young, on the run, and has no idea what he is or what name his people use. In it we see him as he cannot see himself—curious, inventive, adaptable, strong. Also bitter, as winged he looks all too much like a species feared the length of his world. He can never stay anywhere for long.

In “The Dark Earth Below,” longtime readers finally get to see Moon handle impending fatherhood, as he is now consort to Jade, the Sister Queen of the Indigo Cloud court. We are given a many-layered tale that weaves together family, external threat, mystery, and claiming a home into one satisfying whole.

I highly recommend starting with the novel The Cloud Roads, but there’s no reason not to try a taste of The Three Worlds through this collection. Looking forward to more Raksura!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 With great fortitude, I managed to save it to read ... 2 juillet 2015
Par RSF reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Martha Wells is an author whose books I buy the minute they come out. With great fortitude, I managed to save it to read on the lenghthy plane trip when I went on vacation. I'm glad I did 'cause the 11-hour flight was stressful and the stories helped me escape the confines of my narrow plane seat for a few hours. She's one of the few favorite authors whose books I approach withOUT the feeling of dread that I might not love the book.

This books contains 2 brand new novellas and 3 short stories. It's really nice to have all of the stories together in one book. There are very useful appendices in the back, one listing characters, and two giving background info on the Raksura.

Four of these stories involve Moon and members of the Court, both before, during, and after the novels of the Raksura trilogy and give us insight into how Moon's character developed, as well as the workings of the Indigo Court. It was very cool to see Moon and Jade anticipate their future children!

The plots of the stories are immaterial, IMO. As with all Wells's stories, they're full of unpredictable action and adventure and some funny snark. The characters are complex and well drawn.

I definitely recommend this book, but if you're new to the Raksura, I'd recommend starting with the trilogy starting with the Cloud Roads. You will NOT BE SORRY!!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Embarrassment of Riches 19 juillet 2015
Par C. Bonorris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The Dead City & the Dark Earth Below is an embarrassment of riches: five full stories of the Three Worlds, chock full of fascinating world and culture-building where we are gracefully clued into the societies, rules and norms of behavior of these different worlds without any clunky exposition. You don't have to be a shape-shifter like Moon or Jade to live fantastic adventures here, either, which I found delightful. Another thing I found very interesting about Martha Wells' universe is the sentient beings that populate her worlds are not always the highest on the food chain. Life is a daily struggle for survival, yet her characters balance this with family and home and interacting with outsiders with agree-upon rules of polite behavior that cross strata.

It wouldn't be fair for me to pick out my favorite story; I loved them all for different reasons. So I'll just say they are all meaty with great suspense and reveal new aspects of our favorite characters as well as introducing fascinating new ones. And there are some really excellent twists that are terrifically imaginative. Five stars from me, and seriously, how can I get a ticket to the planet of Three Worlds? Or, at least, pre-order the next book?

Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the gorgeous cover art, which is just breathtaking in detail.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A worthy addition to Wells' Raksura series 9 août 2015
Par Kootch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This second volume of Raksura stories (actually two novellas and three stories) is a worthy addition to Wells' excellent series set in the Three Worlds. We see our protagonist Moon both before and after he found his place with the Indigo Cloud Court. "The Dead City" shows Moon, newly traumatised by his recent encounter with the Fell and still needing to hide his true nature to groundlings. And yet the Fell are not the only baddies around and Moon finds himself and others in danger of their lives again. In "The Dark Earth Below" we see Moon about to become a papa! We see more of the delightful Kek (who prove to be far from pushovers) and an insidious predator that threatens both the Kek and the Raksura. Icing on the cake are the three shorter stories, which provide more texture to the cultures and beings that populate the Three Worlds. Wells is such an adroit writer, because while there is danger and adventure aplenty in her novels and stories, there is also excellent characterisation and a snarky humour that makes us care about her characters, all of them, not just the major protagonists.
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