The Best of All Possible Worlds

A Novel

Lord, Karen, 1968-

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Best of All Possible Worlds
When their homeland is destroyed, the survivors of a proud and aloof alien society struggle to reach out to the rest of the galaxy for aid and understanding while striving to preserve their cherished way of life.

Publisher: New York :, Del Rey, Ballatine Books,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780345534057
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI L
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2014
  • PennPal rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 11, 2013
  • lostintheshelves rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

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

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

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


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