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Green | [Jay Lake]

Green

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own nameher earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesanand the skills of an assassinshe was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Dukes collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.
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Publisher's Summary

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name, her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan and the skills of an assassin, she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Duke's collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.

The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Duke's city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.

Acclaimed author Jay Lake has created a remarkable character in Green and evokes a remarkable world in this novel. Green and her struggle to survive and find her own past will live in the readers mind for a long time.

©2009 Joseph E. Lake, Jr.; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lively and thought-provoking...Lake effectively anneals steampunk with geo-mechanical magic in an allegorical matrix of empire building and Victorian natural science." (Publishers Weekly)

  • 2009 Recommended Reading (Locus Magazine)

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    Greg 04-26-13
    Greg 04-26-13

    littleluey

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    "Better listening experience than a story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok. If it was possible to search the book and remove all the sex references it would have been a much better listen.


    Has Green turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Green


    Did Green inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was well done. This actually made up for the mediocre book contents. The baseline story is interesting enough, but sex content of the book was horribly done. If you can step aside from the amateur level of those particular parts, the book does have some interest. I would say that the author does not reflect the growth of the main character very well. The inner voice of the 3-4 year old child has as much complexity 13 years later. Normally, I don't write reviews. The content is either acceptable or not. In this particular case, its clouded, and I felt some comment was deserved and would be helpful to those looking to purchase.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    patricia Overland Park, KS, United States 12-16-11
    patricia Overland Park, KS, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2011

    love to read!

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    "Wondering meaningless Details"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story has to many details that don't add to the story. Half of this story could have been edited out.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jay Lake again?

    No. I was planning on listening to the sequel whoever this is so disappointing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    Perhaps a full cast production.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am disappointed I was looking for an fantasy audiobook. There is a lot of decription of the different cities but somehow It never pulled me in.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    christopher Bennett Burbank, CA USA 04-03-14
    christopher Bennett Burbank, CA USA 04-03-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "It reminds me……."
    What disappointed you about Green?

    The best analogy I can come up with that explains what bothers me about this book was this. It felt like I went on a blind date with a girl, and everything reminded her of her ex boyfriend and all she did the whole time was tell me about how wonderful he was.

    "It reminds me." or "It made me miss" is what is said over and over and over. The character in this book had about 3 things happen to her in she was young, and she doesn't get over it. It felt like half the book was her have something happen and then "It reminded me of""or it made me miss…" insert one of the 3 things. I GOT IT, IM READING THE BOOK(Listing). I am listing to your story, I got that info already. Ill except if it happens 10 times or so….but it was sooo much more. And once you get half way through the story and there is progress in her life, all she does for the rest of the book is think about the earlier half of the book you just read…AND THOSE 3 things. I GET IT. I am listing.

    I listened to the whole book giving it the benefit of the doughty and really hoping that the last chapter, last page, last sentence would blow my mind and make everything make since,,,but it didn't. This is the fist audio book i truly hated…..but to say something nice, the reader was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it ends.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Kelly Lena, MS 05-31-12
    Kathy Kelly Lena, MS 05-31-12 Member Since 2014

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    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my credit back in this one. There is no way I'm getting anything else by this author.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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