The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. "The Best of All Possible Worlds "is a stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story. A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race--and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team--one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive--just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 307 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780345534057
Branch Call Number: Lord


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Oct 11, 2019

On my for later list because lightgetsin on Dreamwidth says "But this is lovely and slow and sad and hopeful, and a little inexplicable around the edges (or maybe I'm just really tired). Anyway, I enjoyed this, and it has a fundamental kindness to it that I think a lot of you would enjoy. Also a slow, sweet, cross-cultural romance that really takes its time."

Apr 18, 2018

Karen Lord is one of my new favorite SciFi authors and I look forward to reading more books by her. The world-building and complex characters of this universe are rich fodder for a succession of books—though not necessarily a series as this book stands alone.
I was very fond of the chatty and protagonist and liked the way the author gave us the backstories on the various civilizations and worlds in this universe.
The book was also completely to my taste as there was no violence to speak of and any romance was both subtle and integral to the plot.

Oct 18, 2017

I am not happy about the white faces on the cover. It is central to the story that Grace has brown skin, and there is a quote about dark skin and golden eyes, that makes the cover that much more irritating.

Overall the story is a good. What a nice relief to have a love story built on the characters getting to know one another. It did get slow in spots, but over all great.

Oct 19, 2016

This was a slow paced, but well written and curiously thought of story about intercultural interactions and the cultural ramifications of a catastrophic event on a culture of people. I really loved it.

May 14, 2015

SiFi romance. Well done great timing. Worthy read indeed.

Aug 08, 2014

thoroughly enjoyable. did not want to put down as the prose flowed effortlessly.

Aug 11, 2013

Karen Lord won a well-deserved Frank Collymore Award for the best work of fiction in Barbados for her first novel, the quietly stunning Redemption in Indigo.

Though not as good as her first, her second novel is well-worth your time, especially if you like sci-fi, chapters with self-contained plots, or romances with black women in the lead role.

It's basically a fun little sci-fi romance, but there's also some very smart playing with classic science fiction and fantasy tropes. The hero and heroine visit a different sci-fi setting in each chapter and have varied adventures as their friendship slowly deepens into love. There's also some subtle but lovely imagining of future worlds based in Caribbean culture.

A good choice when you want to read something light but not dumb, and especially interesting for those of us interested in more racial and ethnic diversity in science fiction.

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