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I recently read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. First off: READ THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS. READ IT RIGHT NOW.* THEN READ IT AGAIN. THEN CHECK OUT THE BROKEN KINGDOMS AND READ THAT TOO. These fantasy books, by N.K. Jemisin, are remarkable for several reasons:
  • female protagonist;
  • protagonist of color;
  • BADASSED MOTHERFUCKING FEMALE PROTAGONIST OF COLOR GODDAMN;
  • badassed motherfucking female sci-fi/fantasy AUTHOR of color goddamn;
  • beautiful and richly imagined world & pantheon;
  • nuanced and surprising characters;
  • suspenseful and riveting plot;
  • omg female protagonist of color omgomgomg; and, of course,
  • porn.

Tip of the mouse (who'm I kidding - trackpad?) to ennyousai for the reading suggestion. I devoured the first book in two days; the second took me a day and a half of casual reading on the subway before I got hooked in and finished it the next night. I am a slow reader. This feat of speed-reading is remarkable.

SO ANYWAY. THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS: OH BABY BABY YES.

Then today I was listening to all sixty-odd of my Depeche Mode tracks on shuffle - like you do - and "It's No Good" came on. This song is one that I had previously discussed with redcirce as an incredibly fitting one to portray the relationship between Jareth and an adult Sarah (from Labyrinth) as seen from Jareth's point of view.

I'm gonna take my time
I have all the time in the world
To make you mine
It is written in the stars above
The gods decree
You'll be right here by my side
Right next to me
You can run but you cannot hide

Don't say you want me, don't say you need me, don't say you love me
It's understood
Don't say you're happy out there without me
I know you can't be, 'cause it's no good


[rest of the lyrics here]


In The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and its sequels, the gods are actual characters, and godlings - their offspring - are even more so. And today, when I heard that song, I thought, "Oh wow... what if Jareth were a godling, with all his attendant powers and vanities part and parcel of that birthright, and Sarah were a mortal girl living in the city of Sky who piqued his interest after a run-in and contest of wits?" Essentially, what if the characters and situations of Labyrinth were dropped into the world and framework of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms?

It would be fucking amazing, that's what.


So, that's probably my next writing project, if I ever write again. *angst swoon* No one will read it but I will squee with delight the whole time I am working on it, which I think makes it worthwhile.


* - THERE ARE THREE CHAPTERS UP FOR PREVIEW ON THE WEBSITE. YOU CAN READ THEM THERE. THE FIRST HIT IS ALWAYS FREE.

Comments

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grey_bard
14 mar 2011 04:39 (UTC)
IT IS AWESOMELY AWESOME! However, I am holding out for book 2 to hit paperback or the library, for I am cheap.
alder_knight
14 mar 2011 04:56 (UTC)
I got it from the NYPL!
grey_bard
14 mar 2011 05:19 (UTC)
Time to hit the library!
ennyousai
14 mar 2011 10:40 (UTC)
I am very glad that you like those books! She has a duology planned for the future too, that's going to be based more in Egyptian mythology, and I am uber-excited for it. :)
alder_knight
14 mar 2011 16:54 (UTC)
I SAW THAT. ON HER BLOG. BECAUSE I'M STALKING HER. I MEAN... UH... OH HEY, WHAT'S THAT OVER THERE?

In all seriousness, I am absolutely joyful at the prospect of reading anything and everything else she writes.

Edited at 2011-03-18 17:45 (UTC)
laughingrat
14 mar 2011 13:27 (UTC)
You know, it's about damn time I read this book.
alder_knight
14 mar 2011 16:53 (UTC)
It IS about damn time! I hope you enjoy it.
capelia12
15 mar 2011 07:58 (UTC)
GAAHHH I've wanted to read this book ssooooo freaking much!! DX

Right now I'm reading Kindred by Octavia Butler... It's very good, but I can only take it in small doses so far >_<;;
alder_knight
16 mar 2011 05:18 (UTC)
READ IT. FIND A WAY.

Why the small doses? I am not familiar with the book (it SOUNDS familiar, but I don't think I actually know anything about it).
capelia12
16 mar 2011 15:38 (UTC)
It's a Sci-Fi novel where a modern black woman from LA gets transported back to the pre Civil-War South. It's really really good so far, but the parts where she's in the South are pretty intense, and I can only handle so much of it at once D:
alder_knight
18 mar 2011 17:46 (UTC)
Oh jeez. I can imagine. D:
redcirce
16 mar 2011 04:04 (UTC)
These books sound awesome; I've actually never heard of them before. I will put them on my list.
BADASSED MOTHERFUCKING FEMALE PROTAGONIST OF COLOR GODDAMN;
Seriously why are are fantasy books always so white? It makes me sad. And angry.

Your epic crossover sounds epic. However, you failed to detail how glitter fits into this alternate world. BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT.

Also: When I read this entry I was randomly listening to a youtube Depeche Mode playlist even though I haven't listened to Depeche Mode in a long time.
CREEPY COINCIDENCE.
alder_knight
16 mar 2011 05:16 (UTC)
All of the gods have affinities, like things for which they are the patron god. I HEREBY DECLARE JARETH THE GOD OF BROODING AND GLITTER. Also owls and misbegotten angst, if he has time.

Sarah will be an actor. She will have had a run-in with this god as a child, where she rescued her brother form his clutches, but not remember it in adulthood until the god returns to woo her. BROODINGLY.
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