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A review of larissa lais fiction salt fish girl

I'm having a difficult time trying to explain the plot because it all gets a bit odd, but the style and themes of the book I found similar to Margaret Atwood and her MaddAddam series, and the themes also remind me of Octavia E Butler's stories. Salt Fish Girl covers creation, genetic engineering, poverty, and a world run by big businesses This is a bit of an odd book but the writing style is beautiful and gripping and I loved the way the author uses the sense of smell to bring the story to life.

Salt Fish Girl covers creation, genetic engineering, poverty, and a world run by big businesses - but all with a feminist slant. I have to admit, for a lot of the book I wasn't sure what was happening. There is a main story running through it but it also jumps about in time telling the story of a woman who seems to be almost a god and the creator or mother of all humans.

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Both stories are interesting but I didn't feel there was a proper ending to either of them; it's left as though the author just suddenly felt like stopping writing. Even though I was a bit confused by it all I still enjoyed it. It's original and beautifully written with characters that I actually cared about.

It's certainly interesting and has a lot of points to make; it makes a good book club book because it has a lot of thought starters. If you're looking for a dystopian, cyberpunk style book and you don't mind things getting a bit weird then I'd recommend giving this a go. I felt like it tried to do too much and left way too many questions unanswered.

I liked certain elements of this story. Beginning with the story of Nu Wa the Chinese creation myth is so good and I actually found this to be incredibly interesting.

Then it shifts to a future dystopian story about Miranda, a little girl born with a peculiar smell. I liked all this stuff. I liked the future world with the corporations taking over I really liked this book at the beginning but not so much by the end.

I liked the future world with the corporations taking over and having their own cities with their own laws. I liked the mystery of Miranda's condition, the scaly legs, the hints of the connections to Nu Wa, and the memory disease.

  • The fish grants her wish;
  • Thus, what we see is that both speculative fiction and the collage genre both try and shape our values and how we see the world by addressing some of the current political and social problems of modern day life through emerging genres;
  • She is rescued by Evie.

I really liked the stuff with Miranda's parents, especially with the suit that her dad uses to earn money a virtual reality world where he "collects taxes" somehow and gets the crap kicked out of him every night.

All this stuff is good and is the set up to a good dystopian story, but let me explain why it gets ruined at least for me. Every time the story starts to get really interesting, the author shifts to a second narrative.

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The second story is a different version of Nu Wa in the 19th century China. Just as this Nu Wa story starts to get interesting, the story shifts back to Miranda. Then by the time the next Miranda chapter ends, I'll forget what was going on with Nu Wa and then it shifts again. More than just the two different narratives that share only a loose connection, they are totally different genres.

Historical fiction vs a slightly fantasy dystopian future don't go well together. Then there is the Nu Wa chapter where she travels to the land of Mist and Forgetfulness which is like total magic realism that doesn't fit with the Miranda chapters or the previous Nu Wa chapters.

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I was also extremely dissatisfied with how both stories end. I'll try to avoid spoilers here. The Nu Wa story ends by answering a major question in the Miranda storyline. This is okay but I kind of wanted more of an actual ending to the Nu Wa plot. The Miranda plot doesn't answer questions of the tax suit, the corrupt corporations, the Nu Wa connection, or even the memory sickness. Instead the ending shifts focus to the issue of the clones something that isn't even introduced until the last 100 pages.

I was so disappointed!

  • In November of 2001, an article in Nature a British science publication reported that researchers from the University of California at Berkeley discovered genetic material from genetically engineered plants in wild corn growing in southern Mexico;
  • He explains that he suspects people with those fistulas to be carriers of the drowning disease, possibly contagious through the soles of the feet;
  • Every time the story starts to get really interesting, the author shifts to a second narrative;
  • Miranda and her family move to the Unregulated Zone and open a decently successful produce store;
  • Shields attend the University of Washington, but unfortunately, Shields decided not to answer any of our questions due to scheduling and time conflicts.

I found the setup in the first few chapters to be so interesting and then was left with no sense of resolution. Even the whole Nu Wa aspects feel like they were incidental to the actual story since it ends without Miranda really understanding it.

I started to feel like things in the second half of the book were just poorly written. Miranda sells the rights to the songs.

Her parents made her promise not to sell and Miranda is never motivated by money. But this guy makes an offer, she says maybe, then no, then finally yes and takes the money and almost immediately loses it.

  • Miranda Miranda is growing up in Serendipity in 2044;
  • The author constantly draws attention to this too...

It is set up like Miranda wants this guy to protect her from the Doctor guy, but then she takes the money and runs and is immediately caught by the doctor. Nu Wa loses the ability to speak Chinese as a curse yet when she goes home, her brother always seems to know what she is trying to say. The author constantly draws attention to this too.

If you want to curse her with the inability to communicate then actually make it hard for her to communicate. She had been missing for 50 years too and then when she shows up looking as young as the day she left, everyone is just like "oh wow, you're back" Like they aren't phased by this. This book is hard to rate because I really did like the first half of the story but I found the second half to be pretty awful.