Blackfish City

Blackfish City

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city?s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges?crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions o After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and soci...

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Title:Blackfish City
Author:Sam J. Miller
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Blackfish City
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Blackfish City Reviews

  • Greg
    Jan 13, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

  • karen
    Feb 24, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

  • Silvana
    Jul 14, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

  • Josh
    Oct 09, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

  • Thomas Wagner
    Jan 27, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

  • Laura
    Feb 11, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

    I wish I'd liked this more :/ The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the different POVs, characters from various rungs of the city's social ladder moving through...

    3.5 stars. 4 stars for the wonderful world building and interesting characters (though I wish they had a bit more depth.) 3 stars for the structure of the book. It was hard to follow in the first half, maybe because it was a slow start and I wasn?t hooked in yet. I would read...

    In Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller has crafted one of the richest and most interesting dystopian landscapes I?ve ever read. Set in a future ravished by climate change and climate wars, the book concerns the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq. Ruled by a small elite class and near-autonomo...

  • Bogdan
    Jun 19, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

    I wish I'd liked this more :/ The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the different POVs, characters from various rungs of the city's social ladder moving through...

    3.5 stars. 4 stars for the wonderful world building and interesting characters (though I wish they had a bit more depth.) 3 stars for the structure of the book. It was hard to follow in the first half, maybe because it was a slow start and I wasn?t hooked in yet. I would read...

    In Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller has crafted one of the richest and most interesting dystopian landscapes I?ve ever read. Set in a future ravished by climate change and climate wars, the book concerns the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq. Ruled by a small elite class and near-autonomo...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it gave me a lot of things to love. Humans bonding with animals. An ensemble cast of characters, all of which I could enjoy (basically unheard of). A non-binary character who prefers they/them/theirs pronouns. A city that is some...

    A Superb novel! In the beginning it was a little hard to understand all the things going on because the story follows a lot of characters in some distinct zones of the floating arctic city of Qaanaaq, a jewel of nanotechnology, in a time after a big climate disaster had ravaged the ...

  • Jenna
    Jan 23, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

  • Bradley
    Jul 11, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

  • Spencer Orey
    Oct 04, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

  • Denise
    Jul 23, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

    I wish I'd liked this more :/ The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the different POVs, characters from various rungs of the city's social ladder moving through...

    3.5 stars. 4 stars for the wonderful world building and interesting characters (though I wish they had a bit more depth.) 3 stars for the structure of the book. It was hard to follow in the first half, maybe because it was a slow start and I wasn?t hooked in yet. I would read...

  • Sonja Arlow
    Feb 12, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

  • Leo Robertson
    May 02, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

    I wish I'd liked this more :/ The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the different POVs, characters from various rungs of the city's social ladder moving through...

    3.5 stars. 4 stars for the wonderful world building and interesting characters (though I wish they had a bit more depth.) 3 stars for the structure of the book. It was hard to follow in the first half, maybe because it was a slow start and I wasn?t hooked in yet. I would read...

    In Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller has crafted one of the richest and most interesting dystopian landscapes I?ve ever read. Set in a future ravished by climate change and climate wars, the book concerns the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq. Ruled by a small elite class and near-autonomo...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it gave me a lot of things to love. Humans bonding with animals. An ensemble cast of characters, all of which I could enjoy (basically unheard of). A non-binary character who prefers they/them/theirs pronouns. A city that is some...

    A Superb novel! In the beginning it was a little hard to understand all the things going on because the story follows a lot of characters in some distinct zones of the floating arctic city of Qaanaaq, a jewel of nanotechnology, in a time after a big climate disaster had ravaged the ...

    I'd been excited for this one because I enjoy Miller's short stories (which appear just about everywhere "Best of the Year" is used.) I had no idea this novel was set in the world of the first story I read of his, "Calved." That story made me think, who is this guy and is this what ...

  • Peter Tillman
    Jun 12, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale
    Dec 07, 2017

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

  • Lindsay
    Apr 09, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

  • Emily
    Jun 02, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

  • Lata
    Jul 14, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

  • Anna
    Feb 18, 2019

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

    I wish I'd liked this more :/ The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the different POVs, characters from various rungs of the city's social ladder moving through...

    3.5 stars. 4 stars for the wonderful world building and interesting characters (though I wish they had a bit more depth.) 3 stars for the structure of the book. It was hard to follow in the first half, maybe because it was a slow start and I wasn?t hooked in yet. I would read...

    In Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller has crafted one of the richest and most interesting dystopian landscapes I?ve ever read. Set in a future ravished by climate change and climate wars, the book concerns the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq. Ruled by a small elite class and near-autonomo...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it gave me a lot of things to love. Humans bonding with animals. An ensemble cast of characters, all of which I could enjoy (basically unheard of). A non-binary character who prefers they/them/theirs pronouns. A city that is some...

    A Superb novel! In the beginning it was a little hard to understand all the things going on because the story follows a lot of characters in some distinct zones of the floating arctic city of Qaanaaq, a jewel of nanotechnology, in a time after a big climate disaster had ravaged the ...

    I'd been excited for this one because I enjoy Miller's short stories (which appear just about everywhere "Best of the Year" is used.) I had no idea this novel was set in the world of the first story I read of his, "Calved." That story made me think, who is this guy and is this what ...

    ?Blackfish City? is in some ways an extrapolation of Donna Haraway?s proposal in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene that humans should bond with wildlife in order to improve our relationship with the environment. The initial impetus for the plot is the arriva...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Dec 07, 2017

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

  • Michael
    Nov 18, 2017

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

  • K.J. Charles
    Aug 27, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

  • Adah Udechukwu
    Jun 05, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

  • Gary
    May 03, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

  • Philip
    Jul 16, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

  • JustSomeGuy
    Jun 01, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

  • Roy
    May 14, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

  • Elle Maruska
    Dec 14, 2017

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

    I wish I'd liked this more :/ The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the different POVs, characters from various rungs of the city's social ladder moving through...

  • The Captain
    Jul 19, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

  • Eclectisism Incarnate
    May 30, 2018

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this was a real roller coaster of a read for me. it was offered to me by a publisher-pal, who confidently declared: ?I just think you will die for this book.? between that prediction and the first part of the synopsis: When a strange new visitor arri...

    I received an advanced reading copy of Blackfish City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Sam J. Miller and Orbit Books. The results of the climate wars were that the majority of the Earth was either flooded or burnt to rubble leaving very little in the way of h...

    2.5ish stars. Underwhelmed. A lot of great individual elements, but there's so much missing at the same time. I wanted to like it more than I did. Especially based on the imaginative setting, the interesting crowd of POVs, the great cover, and the concept of an ORCAMANCER, hello! ...

    7.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Sci-fi and fantasy narratives that deal directly with structures of power usually feature a single, goal-oriented protagonist, often consumed with a desire for revenge or seeking to redress a perceived injustice. Even if the...

    Sadly, I found it impossible to connect with this story. It is one that I would normally love and I was so intrigued after reading the premise, so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. I thought if I was patient enough, I'd finally "get into it",...

    3.5 It's okay, and them's the Breaks! ;) I honestly thought this book was all right. Not fantastic but definitely strong in the worldbuilding, characters, and plot progression. The real stars are the floating ramshackle cities out in the Arctic Circle and the wildly delicious cus...

    A complex novel of a post-climate change world set on a floating city in the arctic with a disparate cast of point-of-view characters who turn out to be connected in interesting ways. Qaanaaq is an advanced technology floating platform city that's heated by geothermal energy. In man...

    "Qaanaaq is an eight-armed asterisk. East of Greenland, north of Iceland. Built by an unruly alignment of Thai-Chinese-Swedish corporations and government entities, part of the second wave of grid city construction, learning from the spectacular failure of several early efforts. Almost...

    Political corruption but not as you know it? I LOVED Blackfish City ? imaginative, compelling, realistically fantastic and blimey a right proper page turner with beautifully immersive descriptive prose and characters that just pop. The setting is chilly and well defined, the ...

    3.5 stars I had to be patient with this book because it was only towards the 40% mark that the story really took off. On a very basic level this story takes the concept of the Golden Compass ? humans bonding with non-human entities (in this case real animals) - but made it much...

    This was a very clever and interesting scifi novel. Climate wars and issued have created a civilization that seems to be living in a weird type squalor with improved tech ( e.g phones are nanotech implanted in the jaw), animals can be bonded (ala Pullmans story but more real and violen...

    Forgive me karen for what I have done to the book you were so nice to lend me almost a year ago! I started this book the Monday after Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing up this 326 page book on January 13th. I'm a fucking reading machine! I wasn't really in the mood to read this...

    Though the start was a little confusing with multiple characters and their PoVs introduced with a rather dizzying set of life circumstances, I found that once past that, the story flowed. The worldbuilding was terrific; horribly grim but with so much texture: the AIs running the politi...

    This book has an orca-riding lesbian grandma and a gritty futuristic floating city?it could not possibly be any more up my alley. ...

    Starts out well, but the premise is so unlikely that I'm unlikely to finish it: that, in a future world badly damaged by rising seas (et. al), people would build large, floating oil rig-like structures for new cities. Think about what that would cost, vs. building regular buildings ons...

    For me, the awesome dystopian city was the highlight, and I'm in awe about how cleverly politics especially gender issues are woven into everything here and used to build the world and the story. The opening really hooked me. Looking forward to reading more. ...

    Blackfish City is a great novel. If all comes together as the story progresses. ...

    (3.5*) Blackfish City is a gritty and propulsive novel that combines the aesthetics of classic Gibsonian cyberpunk with a more contemporary concern over such pressing issues as climate change, wealth inequality, political corruption and xenophobia. Sam J. Miller, who won the Andre Nort...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is a beautifully written sci-fi novel with some extremely incredible world-building. In this version of our possible future, the world has flooded, the major world players have been destroyed, and humanity is clinging to existence in scattered parts of the world...

    A mysterious woman wielding a blade carved out of giant jaw bone arrives at a floating city in the Arctic Circle riding a killer whale with a polar bear in tow. That right there is an interesting visual and I expected it to be the start of an interesting story. Unfortunately, that was ...

    What a fun romp. Note to self: Try to write reviews - no matter how brief - right after reading a book, not two books after. Well, notwithstanding my poor memory, I still remember that I really liked this book due to the following: - Another weird city, since I could not get en...

    Oooh loved this. An intensely plausible post-climate-change dystopia set on a floating city in the Arctic waters. The city is a seething capitalist hellhole of grinding slum poverty and obscene wealth, very powerfully depicted. It's very diverse and queer as heck, narrated from the pov...

    Terrific writing, super entertaining plot and world building. Incredible cast of diverse characters (PoC, LGBTQ) ...

    I wish I'd liked this more :/ The worldbuilding is amazing. The titular city is a wonder of creativity, both fantastical and terrifyingly realistic at the same time. In the beginning I loved the different POVs, characters from various rungs of the city's social ladder moving through...

    3.5 stars. 4 stars for the wonderful world building and interesting characters (though I wish they had a bit more depth.) 3 stars for the structure of the book. It was hard to follow in the first half, maybe because it was a slow start and I wasn?t hooked in yet. I would read...

    In Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller has crafted one of the richest and most interesting dystopian landscapes I?ve ever read. Set in a future ravished by climate change and climate wars, the book concerns the floating Arctic city of Qaanaaq. Ruled by a small elite class and near-autonomo...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it gave me a lot of things to love. Humans bonding with animals. An ensemble cast of characters, all of which I could enjoy (basically unheard of). A non-binary character who prefers they/them/theirs pronouns. A city that is some...