Lotus Blue

Lotus Blue #2020

Lotus Blue Powerful war machines of the far future collide across a barren desert world in this post apocalyptic debut novel from award winning Australian author Cat Sparks Seventeen year old Star and her sister
  • Title: Lotus Blue
  • Author: Cat Sparks
  • ISBN: 9781940456706
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • Powerful war machines of the far future collide across a barren desert world in this post apocalyptic debut novel from award winning Australian author Cat Sparks.Seventeen year old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgPowerful war machines of the far future collide across a barren desert world in this post apocalyptic debut novel from award winning Australian author Cat Sparks.Seventeen year old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.But when the caravan witnesses a relic Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past and the horror of her unfolding destiny as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel.Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines A warrior with plans of its own, far significant than a fallen Angel Plans that do not include the survival of humanity.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near future dystopia , fantasy grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history , and horror zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural , and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
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    Eight years ago, Ekaterina Sedia picked Cat Sparks short story Sammarynda Deep for her Paper Cities anthology, publishing an Aurealis Award winning story and seeding readers subconsciouses with the flesh mesh inhabitants of Arabesque, post apocalyptic ports.In that time, I ve waited patiently to relive the spine shivering feeling of watching people changed by a technology so advanced that it might as well be magic, and in Lotus Blue, Sparks has again delivered in spades.The point of view charact [...]

    Tough to figure out what was going on for several chapters, but I kept going, and did enjoy this eventually More to say later.

    Like I said in the update status this was a book with a very appealing setting for me.It s a post apocalyptic world ravaged from a long period of wars, long forgotten battles of advanced technology, in wich you could find only some remains of the civilisation before.The zone where our action it s depicted it s mostly sandlike and there are often sandstorms artificially created, most of the times that could ravage in a minute whole areas of life.These vast planes of destruction are populated by a [...]

    World building is the real star of Lotus Blue, the debut science fiction novel for Australian author Cat Sparks.Very quickly in this novel Sparks creates a vision of a future Australia an already ancient land that s further weighed down by centuries of environmental disaster, turmoil and wars so that the present of the novel feels old and tired indeed.Caravans wend their way across the land between scattered outposts as the red desert encroaches and on what semi fertile land is left towns rule [...]

    Could have been four stars Isn t Too many characters Quarrel, yeah maybe But 2x size and many don t twig that he s unusual Could anyone doubt that he was a Templar Suppose an average man is 5 9 and 170 pounds Shaquille O Neal, 7 1 and at least 350 pounds, is not particularly close to twice that Mountain from Game of Thrones is listed at 6 9 , 403 pounds, still short of twice the size even though both make it in weight Andre the Giant, 7 4 , 500 pounds Still not there Gotta be over eight feet tal [...]

    I am a judge for the 2017 Aurealis Awards This review is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator, or the Aurealis Awards management team.Cat Sparks is a well known figure in the Australian speculative fiction scene, both for her work as a prolific short story writer and editor Lotus Blue is her much anticipated debut novel.Lotus Blue is set in a post apocalyptic Australia, a land that has been ruined by both war and climate c [...]

    DNF after over a week and less than 100 pages read, I had to throw in the towel The world was fascinating but the amount of characters thrown at the reader throughout the first few chapters made it very hard to actually understand or become submerged in that world I never did get drawn into the story.

    Just didnt excite me Main character was an observant Writing and world building were great Story and plot was quite slow for me.

    koeur.wordpress 2017 02 1Publisher SkyhorsePublishing Date May 2017ISBN 9781940456706Genre Dystopian SciFiRating 4.0 5Publishers Description Seventeen year old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.R [...]

    Dear legislators, bioengineers, and the team who built that robot leopard Please, please don t make the mistakes your counterparts did in Lotus Blue Although a solid read, evoking wonder and excitement, it presents an appalling future where all our ingenuity has run amok in the name of war.In Lotus Blue, most of the world has been reduced to toxic ruin, inhabited only by such plants and animals as were genetically modified for use as guards, and semi sentient tankers, preying upon each other for [...]

    Centuries ago, wars ruined the earth, destroying cities and wrecking the environment But humanity remains as people struggle to survive in the harsh world that remains But an ancient and powerful war machine, Lotus Blue, has awaken in the desert, and what s left of the world may be at risk.Lotus Blue has a variety of POV characters, but the protagonist is clearly Star, who has far sections than anyone else Star and her sister Nene live and travel with a caravan of traders, heading up and down t [...]

    Lotus Blue is the story of future generations struggling to survive in a world ruined by their ancestors Set in Australia, where climate change and centuries of high tech war have turned the land into dead red dust where the privileged enjoy prosperity in underground settlements, and others eke out a living above ground an ancient and deadly AI awakens.Although humanity had at some stage possessed the expertise to mitigate climate change, it chose instead to fight over the world s dwindling reso [...]

    Cat s trademark lush description and scrappy characters make a seamless transition from short form to long Quirky AI and cyborg personalities are an easy way to my heart, but these are magnificent A glorious oil painting of a novel FULL DISCLOSURE Cat is my dear friend and mentor this review is of a pre publication version that I obtained for free unless you count my ceaseless pestering.

    Fairly interesting setting but the book is clumsily written, lacks interesting characters and gives away it s surprises before you invest in the mysteries.

    What is this book about Set in an apocalyptically barren and hostile desert landscape crawling with half mech, semi sentient machinery and other monstrosities, Lotus Blue presents a bleak depiction future ravaged by war to almost extinction.Star and Nene are two orphan sisters travelling with desert roaming nomads in a thirteen caravan procession that survives day by day in an inhospitable and unpredictable environment Star has always yearned for something than the life of a nomad, but when the [...]

    While this may not be a uniquely Australian perspective on the future other places have deserts there s still definitely a strong Australian flavour running through this world The Dead Red Heart, the dust and sand, the mad tankers Sparks acknowledges a debt to Andrew Macrae s Trucksong , the caravans, the grim survival in the face of crappy odds Also the place names that occasionally gave me a giggle, to see them cropping up in this devastated future.Cat Sparks is a friend but she d never expect [...]

    I recently read, with great enjoyment, this hot new post apocalyptic novel I m a sucker for the genre, and this novel has shades of Dune, Mad Max, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and the works of Roger Zelazny yet is not derivative As a fan of the trans Australia World Solar Challenge, I particularly liked the caravan of solar trucks on the cover The cover also shows the falling satellite which marks the emergent threat to the world of the novel.While opening with a solar powered trading caravan, the [...]

    This is a solid post apocalyptic tale with a novel Australian cyberpunk flavour I am giving it four stars because it didn t make me go Wow , which is my qualification for great science fiction.Pros Being an Aussie I liked the Australian feel and references I also liked the mingling of old powerful tech with the survival level adaptation of the various characters and that the author wasn t afraid to have the characters suffer the consequences for their actions even those we were supposed to have [...]

    Easy reading with a very cool take on the post apocalyptic story Sparks is an accomplished writer with an imagination that is a treasure trove of ideas and the chomps to mark her as an Aussie writer to watch The melding of superstition, religion and left over technology as magic was brilliant and evocative, I wanted to dive right into that world and learn everything I possibly could about it But Sparks knows quite well how to dole such wonders out and tease the reader along as the story progress [...]

    Lotus Blue was a thoroughly enjoyable and great post apocalyptic, sci fi story I had been looking for a good sci fi adventure for a while and Lotus Blue did not disappoint Although it throws you in the deep end from the outset, I felt this added to the story as I learned and understood about the world as the main characters themselves did Speaking of those main characters, I felt I was presented with all the different facets of humanity as each of the characters grappled with the ruins and horr [...]

    The world building in this is amazing It s set in Australia in a post future war that has been fought by massive mecha beasts, created by mechanical and genetic manipulation, these creatures and their human counterparts still roam the deserts, deserts that now cover the ruins of future towns and cities These creatures built for war, are still fulfilling their purpose as the humans who survived get on with scraping together a living as best they can, travelling and trading and avoiding the zones [...]

    Really enjoyed this Sparks develops a rich and believable post apocalyptic Australia with interesting characters and a great story It is consistent with Australia without making a point of being Australian for the sake of it except for the reference to the battle of the great ocean road which made me cringe a bit Makes me want to re read some Terry Dowling and Sean Williams.I m keen to read set in this world.

    I must say the cover of the book at first did not appeal much to me, neither did the title or the premise sound particularity interesting I even started the book and read a few pages and abandoned it then for a while I thankfully came back to the book because it turned out to be one of the best science fiction books of the year for me.The story is interesting, so is the world it is set in and some of the characters show real depth A very entertaining read

    I didn t enter this book with specific expectations, but it just didn t get there for me There are a TON of characters, a number of whom aren t clearly introduced or described, which made for some very confusing moments where I had to stop and backtrack The story itself wasn t particularly compelling for me either I think there is an audience for this book I just wasn t part of it This review is based on an advanced review copy received from the publisher via Edelweiss.

    I feel like there were a few convenient resolutions, and the romance kind of came out of nowhere, but that may be a bias of mine.Aside from the random romance the characters seemed to have uncharacteristic personality shifts Although the idea of writing from different perspectives is really interesting, it was cool seeing how events I m a previous chapter tied together.Also I wish I got to learn about Nisn.

    The world building in this book was the star It is one of the most fascinating post apocalyptic worlds I have ever encountered and I am still wanting However, the characters in this book were rather weak and I didn t connect with any of them except Star That in itself would still have earned a 4 star as the world building was top notch The big problem was about 80% in the writing shifted in a very noticeable way I felt like I went from reading an adult novel to a young adult childrens novel in [...]

    A propulsive and vivid rush through a captivating future Australian landscape strewn with ruins, drifters, and hazards ranging from giant lizards to ancient, self aware military hardware, viewed through the eyes of a seventeen year old orphan thrown into a crisis in which she is to become a key figure.

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