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Green 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

  • Title: Green
  • Author: Jay Lake
  • ISBN: 9780765321855
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 jewelShe 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.

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    About "Jay Lake"

    1. Jay Lake

      Jay Lake lived in Portland, Oregon, where he worked on multiple writing and editing projects His 2007 book Mainspring received a starred review in Booklist His short fiction appeared regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide Jay won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Endeavour Award, and was a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.

    825 Comments

    1. I was drawn to this book by the dramatic cover, and info on the jacket the story sounded original, touching, dramatic, and adventurous While it was an excellent IDEA, the book itself fell short very short.Jay West uses literary tools like a boy swinging a 2x4 board at the reader s head Characters the reader is not supposed to like are described with multitudes of adjectives that imply bad i.e hair like maggots lips like a duck and a great many When used sparingly, these can be subtle hints to a [...]


    2. As a peasant girl, Green is sold by her father to become a courtesan in a far off land The opening is fantastic lots of sensory details and thoughful world building and Green s courtesan training is earthy and believable But once she leaves the walls of her training courtyard behind, the story breaks down The plot meanders and circles, and Green s motivations are confused and often contradictory Mere pages after declaring that her mission in life is to prevent child slavery, she angrily declares [...]


    3. wellat was a terrible book I was thoroughly deceived, by both the cover art, the inside cover which only applies to the first third of the story and the first few pages I read in the bookstore It starts out strong, full of detailed description and an interesting viewpoint and then.just don t read it just don t This is not one of those stories where the book was awesome and the plot line depressing, but moving This is one of those books where you read the last twenty pages and go what the F K, ve [...]


    4. Major spoiler alert This is a nasty, gross, disgusting, boring excuse for a novel I read the first 2 3 of it and had to put it down This is what happens in this sorry waste of paper It doesn t deserve to be called a book The protagonist, who later calls herself Green, is a 4 year old girl sold into slavery by her poor father right after both her mother and grandmother die She is then taken far from her home to a secluded palace from hell called the pomegranate court where she stays for 8 years c [...]


    5. Green is barely a toddler when her father sells her to Federo, a man who travels around looking for young female children on behalf of a faraway Duke Taken halfway across the world, not even able to speak the local language, Green is imprisoned in the Pomegranate Court, where she endures a ruthless training program designed to mold her from an innocent, illiterate child into a sophisticated courtesan or concubine for the Duke s court Various Mistresses teach her the skills a lady needs and punis [...]


    6. Green is the story of a girl sold into slavery and raised to be the concubine of a tyrant, and how she manages to wrest her destiny back from the control of others.I had to take a couple of runs at this one What I expected would be the plot for the whole novel came to a sudden climax about a third of the way through Then it seemed a whole new story started as the heroine moved to a different continent with completely new characters and story goals It was oddly unsatisfying, and I stalled here on [...]


    7. UPDATE 6 1 2014 My blog about Jay Lake s death.At Shelf Inflicted, I continue my Jay Lake Pre Mortem Readathon with the lucky number seven review GREEN, first in a series of three told by the title character, Green.Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to my thunderings on the subject knows how I feel about fantasy, majgickq, and teenagers Yet it gets 3 plus stars


    8. I described Green, when I was about halfway through the book, to a friend by saying it was languid, but not slow One of the things that amazes me about the book is that it covers, in 368 pages, three distinct phases of Green s life in fact, several times I found myself thinking that in the hands of another high fantasy author, each section of this book would have been a 400 500 page book of its own So the pace of the book cannot be said to be slow And yet, Green s voice as she narrates is melanc [...]


    9. The book started off strong, but had some serious plot issues The beginning was a fairly standard child training to be awesome plot pretty much every fantasy book which is set in a school , but with a twist, because Green is actually a slave and being taught against her will However, instead of going where I thought it would go, the book suddenly takes a turn for the unexpected a bad way If he had just written the book that I expected was coming, I think that could have been quite good Instead, [...]


    10. This story has an interesting flavour to it This story isn t happy, and its beauty is the stark breathlessness of a plain ravaged by weather than the spiralling grace of a field of cherry blossom trees There is beauty there, but the protagonist s life is hard, and that description is unrelenting Green is stolen of choice, and that theme of trying to make one s own destiny is the pervasive one The character is interesting if psychotic The story is strange, but not boring Be warned that sexual ch [...]


    11. The only reason this book gets two stars instead of one is that I didn t throw my iPod against the wall and I did finish it Frankly, Green is a complete mess of a novel It starts off okay, then it makes a jarring turn into lesbian BDSM when the protagonist is about thirteen She has sex with not only girls her age, but older women who are mother figures as well I was not expecting the book to go there I wasn t surprised that Green had sex with other women After all, she d been completely isolated [...]


    12. This book was weird, justally weird The first part was really interesting the part where Green was being trained up in the Pomegranate Court to be a courtesan I was really surprised when I noticed that the author of the book was a man, since he did an excellent job of understanding and portraying the trials of a young girl coming of age However, after Green left the Pomegranate Court which happens about a third of the way through the book and began wandering the world things get really strange a [...]


    13. Typical orphan fantasy girl is sold into slavery, girl is trained in the ways of the courtesan and assassin for 150 pages with no chapter breaks girl willfully breaks free of her captors and turns the deadly skills they have taught her back on them I ve seen this story before, and done better in Lowachee s Warchild The pacing was slow, the language melodramatic and the sex gratuitous And I won t even get into the portrayal of the main character, who could articulate herself fluently by age 4 did [...]


    14. Green is a girl with problems Big problems And it shows After being sold off by her father at the age of four, she s taken to a distant land with unfamiliar customs and language, Copper Downs I d complain too Seen as a blank slate, she s raised to be an educated and elegant plaything of The Duke, a demigod who has ruled Copper Downs for 400 years Green isn t exactly thrilled by those plans, and she vows to adjust them.And as could be expected of any strong protagonist, Green is mad She is mad at [...]


    15. This one s been floating in and out of the house for a while ever since the sequel, Endurance, showed up on my doorstep drey s thoughts Green is the story of a girl who s bought, brought to a land across the seas from her home, and trained to be the best courtesan in Copper Downs She can read and write, cook for kings, sew for queens, dance like an angel She can also hold a grudge.When Green decides enough is enough, she does the only thing she knows will get her out of this form of captivity sh [...]


    16. This is the vibrant, beautifully told story of a young girl sold into slavery and how she reacts to the oppression as she grows It s got a touch of Jacqueline Carey s Kushiel series to it minus 90% of the sex besides the initial story with young Green being raised to be a noblelady, there s a certain sense of elegant sensuality paired with a strong and strong minded female protagonist Green is very well drawn conflicted, confused in some ways, and despite years and distance, to some degree inter [...]


    17. This is a very complex book, and my feelings toward it are complex as well.On one hand, it s beautifully written and reads like poetry for much of it Jay Lake has conceived an intricate world, and painted a vivid picture of it in this book It s not a world I would choose to live in, but reading about it was like travelling to a new and distant land.On the other hand, the story has a lot of sadness to it, and is confusing in many places That might very well be my failing, rather than the author s [...]


    18. ever finish a book, put it down, and think, whew, i m so glad i m done with that you know it s bad when you ve read to the last 30 pages and you re feeling like a plowhorse heading to the barn s not a terrible book not the kind that makes you throw it against a wall but it has some really nasty sentences like They went both one way and the other sentences like this drive me nuts why not They went both ways or less succinctly They went one way and another and, admittedly, my attention wandered, b [...]


    19. I really thought I was in for a simple YA fix I was deceived and I accuse the cover artist Honestly I was searching for a light read usually YA is the best of fluff and stuff after a binge on Dickens and Proust All I can say is WTF Really all the sexual action and the SM was just WTF , then I realized it s a male writer duhh.I really wanted to enjoy this book, great premise girl sold into slavery but really being secretly made into a weapon, all the while it s a competition amongst other candida [...]


    20. I read this book in an afternoon, put it aside, thought meh and completely forgot about it I only remembered it existed when the library s overdue book notice arrived The premise is promising a young girl sold by her father, transplanted to a foreign country, shaped to be a noble woman courtesan and, secretly, a weapon The story had several elements I usually love a strong willed female main character, several interesting settings, no bog standard fantasyland here , clashes of cultures and expec [...]


    21. Despite its problems, it s easy for me to see why some readers absolutely love Green Lake s writing is absolutely stunning and Green herself is a fascinating well wrought character with incredible depth These two facts might serve to carry some readers through However, for others, the unbelievable and endlessly dragging second half filled with events that seemed filler than anything else will leave readers with a sour impression In the end, Green left me wishing Lake had focused on the charact [...]


    22. Mild Spoilers Do you like your books with plenty of girl on girl action, some bondage, and none of those icky feelings people are always talking about Do you think the idea of schoolgirls ages 12 15 getting it on in a dormitory is HOT Are you sick of books with ordinary love relationships and tired of feeling outcompeted by nice guys Than I highly recommend Jay Lake s Green None of those annoying man on woman love scenes, just beatin s and underage same sex orgies And how about an interspecies s [...]


    23. I have morphed into an internet shopper It s a symptom of the age of technology Well, that and the fact that I don t own a car I do my commuting by bus and metro, on my own two feet, or by hitching a ride with friends Ergo, I don t usually shop in brick and mortar bookstores When I actually do go to a bookstore, I can easily get caught up in the wonder of so many new books in one place Let s recap physical bookstores are dangerous I am liable to pick up any pretty book that catches my eye and wa [...]


    24. Pros vividly real world, mostly sympathetic protagonistCons entirely character driven, unevenly pacedGreen was bought from her father at a very young age and raised in another country to be a nobleman s wife Trained to numerous arts cooking, sewing, music and , it s her dance lessons and the illicit classes of stealth, falling and climbing, and the mistress who teaches them, that offer her a taste of the freedom and choice she longs for When the time comes for her to leave her training courtyard [...]


    25. One of her earliest memories is being carried away by the tall man, while her father, who never meets her eyes, or says goodbye, accepts a small bag of coins The girl is raised in isolation, trained through intense study and frequent beatings to become a concubine or to be a rich noble s wife Addressed only as Girl from age three until age 11, she is raised under the sadistic and jealous eye of her jailer and tutor, Mistress Tirelle Girl swallows her rage, her fire, her stubbornness and waits fo [...]


    26. This is the second book by Lake that I have read, and it will probably be my last I thought the same thing after reading Mainspring the first of his that I read , but I saw this one on a library display and it sounded pretty interesting, so I took it home And it was kind of a waste of time From what I have seen of Lake s bio, he has written a lot of short stories This shines through in his writing tons of very cool ideas that would have made for excellent short stories, but that he does a pretty [...]


    27. The only reason I didn t give it a 1 star is because the beginning was decent, and the backbone only the backbone of the plot was ok.It felt like it was written by a Junior majoring in literature who needs to pay for her college so decides to imitate some elements of what I can only imagine came from the Twilight series the shudder teen feel This book has it all mass simultaneous menstruation yup, imagine a full temple of women of all ages, and I believe the word gushing is an adverb , a single [...]


    28. For some reason the cover title had me convinced this was SF, and I had to read several chapters before I conceded that it was fantasy.This was well written, on the literary side The world building was excellent The first part reads rather like a version of Memoirs of a Geisha, but then sort of turns into Assassin s Apprentice And it has a protagonist lifted from a dusty Asian like paddy It s got some feminist sensibilities It sounds like a book I ought to love But for some reason I don t I supp [...]


    29. I was instantly attracted to this cover, and found myself looking for it in paperback everytime I went into a bookstore Finally, I relented to my curiosity and bought the hardback I shouldn t have This book is divided into three parts The first part isn t so bad, but it goes from okay, to not so good, to awful pretty quickly The main character has A LOT of rather insert adjective here sexual encounters, all lesbian and all without much investment Which makes this books dedication to his daughter [...]


    30. Have you ever read a book, made it all the way to the end And still felt as if you really didn t know if you enjoyed it or not There were definitely parts of the book that I found interesting and exciting But they were sporadic at best The climactic points seemed to be approximately 150 pages in and about 200 pages in This is a major problem for a book that is 364 pages long The rest of the book seemed kind of annoying A lot of time was spent in the characters head Often it just seemed to ramble [...]


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