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Please note I wrote almost a complete review of this book last night, and then Safari threw me off and my review disappeared So if you don t like this review, just know that the original was a work of astonishing beauty that would have moved you to tears When I grade student papers, I will often give a student a higher grade if s he has attempted something daring and put forth an original idea, even if the execution was somewhat flawed In over five years of teaching, this has happened maybe o Please note I wrote almost a complete review of this book last night, and then Safari threw me off and my review disappeared So if you don t like this review, just know that the original was a work of astonishing beauty that would have moved you to tears When I grade student papers, I will often give a student a higher grade if s he has attempted something daring and put forth an original idea, even if the execution was somewhat flawed In over five years of teaching, this has happened maybe once or twice Ice Song, in many ways, reminds me of those student papers I think the premise and the heroine are amazing, although the execution is a bit unbalanced My specific problems were with the narrative mode, and with the world building, but none of them were grave enough to detract from how impressed I was with the novel overall.To begin with, Ice Song is a novel that I would term interstitial, in that it has elements of both dystopian science fiction and epic fantasy and blends them, if not seamlessly, at least very well In the frozen land of the Sigue, Sorykah Minuit works on an ice drilling submarine Sorykah is the only woman working on the submarine, but,remarkably, she is also a Trader, somebody who shifts genders in times of great stress As a Trader, Sorykah is unusual, in that she has borne children also Traders , and when these children are kidnapped, she sets out on a quest through the frozen wastes to get them back.Traders are not the only remarkable creatures who inhabit the world of the Sigue it is also the home of mutant creatures known as somatics, who blend human and animal traits For example, early one Sorykah meets Rava, an octameroon or human woman with octopus tentacles for legs other somatics include a walrus man and a dog faced girl These animal human hybrids are intriguing, because they show how the genres of fantasy and science fiction are blended here they are mutants, but in the family of the villainous collector Matuk, the mutation is also treated like a curse Unfortunately, the somatics also brought out my skepticism at times, particularly with blending of incompatible creatures, i.e those who dwell in water and on land.I like strong heroines, and I particularly like heroines who demonstrate their strength not only by kicking ass, but through acts of endurance, courage, and resourcefulness, and the latter fits Sorykah quite well She does not control her gender shifts, and she does not share memories with her male alter, Soryk, which means she finds herself in certain places and situations with no idea how she came to be there Sorykah s quest throughout the book is ostensibly for her missing children, but it is also for the ability to control her transformation, to have some retention of Soryk s memories, and to convey to him her own Throughout the novel, not only does she have to rescue her children from a monster, and hopefully before he learns their secret nature, she has to do so knowing that, at any time, she might shift into someone who does not know them, whose life and general priorities don t necessarily match up with her own It s the equivalent to trusting the fate of your children to someone you ve never met only in this case the someone is you Ice Song is a thought provoking book written in richly descriptive language, about a world I want to revisit and about a heroine I won t soon forget I didn t know what to expect from Kirsten Imani Kasai s debut novel Ice Song To be honest this is not the type of book I usually go for when at the bookstore When Ms Kasani offered to send me a copy to read I thought would go ahead and take a chance Wow, I am glad I did as this a truly incredible and totally unique novel Books like Ms Kasai s are why I like having a book review blog as it gives me a chance to read novels that normally I would pass on.The plot is relatively simple Sorykah I didn t know what to expect from Kirsten Imani Kasai s debut novel Ice Song To be honest this is not the type of book I usually go for when at the bookstore When Ms Kasani offered to send me a copy to read I thought would go ahead and take a chance Wow, I am glad I did as this a truly incredible and totally unique novel Books like Ms Kasai s are why I like having a book review blog as it gives me a chance to read novels that normally I would pass on.The plot is relatively simple Sorykah Minuit s twin children have been kidnapped and she is on a mission to rescue them from their abducter, The Collector Sorykah is as a Trader or a person who has the ability to switched sexes Unlike other Traders, Sorykah s ability happens at inopportune times and she he retains no memory during the switch The male version is named Soryk and he really has had a difficult time The few times he introduced in the novel he does not even know that he has two children or how he ends up in some very strange places.The interesting aspect to this universe is the Somatics The Somatics are individuals whose DNA has been crossed with an animals, insects, etc They retain some of their humanity but also have the instincts of their animal portion This really makes for some interesting characterizations and Ms Kasani takes full advantage by creating some very unique people that populate her novel The Somatics are hated in this universe and at times, are hunted for sport by the normal humans.At the beginning of the novel we learn that Sorykah has taken a job to mine frozen Fossil Water for The Company She has planned to rendezvous with her children in the frozen land called the Sigue After several days pass the nanny who is bringing the children does not show up and the worst is feared It is discovered that her children have been taken to be used in experiments by the maniacal Collector It is well known in the Sigue that The Collector takes Somatics to be used in his wicked experiments and they are never seen again, expect with their heads sitting on pole outside his mansion Sorykah puts together a dog sled team together and begins her desperate race across the frozen tundra to rescue her children.For me, this is when the novel became very captivating and Ms Kasani does do not fall into the normal trappings of high adventure stories For example, there are not endless pages of Sorykah traveling and camping before she comes to her destination The plot is kept tight and focused andimportantly moving forward She also explores the backgrounds and motivations of each of the main players This was the highlight of the novel as it made all of the characterscomplex and their motivations not so simple There is nothing that is strictly black and white in this world as everything is a shade of gray, as it is in the real world.The only quibble I have with the story probably hasto do with me being a male than anything else There are numerous passages describing breast feeding in detail and after awhile it somewhat become tiresome.For some reason, this novel was published without much fanfare when it should have been be on everyone s radar Ms Kasai has written a truly extraordinary novel that I had the extreme pleasure of reading Her imagination is astonishing but is balanced by well crafted plot that will have you thinking about this story for years to come I eagerly await future novels from Ms Kasani and hopefully future volumes in the same universe This is a well written dark and unusual fantasy that takes place in a world where DNA mutations and combination s had gone a muck A female male protagonist fighting to reclaim hers his babies is the main story line There are many interesting turns in this story, and the growth that our main character achieves is very satisfying I really enjoyed that Kasai did not fall back on typical male female stereotypes to bring this story to a conclusion Well paced, well written, a great first nov This is a well written dark and unusual fantasy that takes place in a world where DNA mutations and combination s had gone a muck A female male protagonist fighting to reclaim hers his babies is the main story line There are many interesting turns in this story, and the growth that our main character achieves is very satisfying I really enjoyed that Kasai did not fall back on typical male female stereotypes to bring this story to a conclusion Well paced, well written, a great first novel Kasai s debut novel starts out very sci fi a woman works on an arctic submarine harvesting some fabulously expensive product for the urban rich then floats ever further off into fantasy and fairy tale realms Her journey to find her kidnapped twins takes her to seedy dive bars full of somatics with animal looking mutations, then to a woman who is either a brilliant botanist or a half insane sorceress, and finally to a pleasure palace straight out of a Tanith Lee dream Ice Song reads like Kasai s debut novel starts out very sci fi a woman works on an arctic submarine harvesting some fabulously expensive product for the urban rich then floats ever further off into fantasy and fairy tale realms Her journey to find her kidnapped twins takes her to seedy dive bars full of somatics with animal looking mutations, then to a woman who is either a brilliant botanist or a half insane sorceress, and finally to a pleasure palace straight out of a Tanith Lee dream Ice Song reads like an indie book that actually saw a good editor Quest stories are so basic as to be archetypical, but the fairy tale touches and moments of wordsmithing beauty elevate this out of the ordinary Aside from the pretty flourishes, though, I didn t find a tale that gripped my interest Characters either have murky vague motivations or one note relentless impulses without nuance There s a lot of interesting ideas here, but it s ultimately the kind of thing that s so meandering that it s easy to lay down forgotten for days at a time From Publishers WeeklyKasai s strikingly original but uneven debut posits a world where DNA has gone wild, producing Traders with amazing abilities and somatics with a mix of animal and human genes Sorykah Minuit, a gender switching Trader, arrives in the dirty, dangerous polar town of Ostara to meet her twin children and their nursemaid She encounters an octopus woman who tells her the children have been abducted by the Trader torturing Collector Passages of stunning imagery veer abruptly in From Publishers WeeklyKasai s strikingly original but uneven debut posits a world where DNA has gone wild, producing Traders with amazing abilities and somatics with a mix of animal and human genes Sorykah Minuit, a gender switching Trader, arrives in the dirty, dangerous polar town of Ostara to meet her twin children and their nursemaid She encounters an octopus woman who tells her the children have been abducted by the Trader torturing Collector Passages of stunning imagery veer abruptly into purple prose as Sorykah heads into the perilous, icy wilderness, only to pause her maternal quest for an extended romp at an isolated pleasure house After a brush with death, she abruptly becomes a man with no memory of female life Kasai s imaginative reach exceeds her grasp, and she squeezes in numerous intriguing ideas that languish only partially explored May I had a hard time deciding how to rate this On the one hand, the author s tremendous creativity, extraordinary worldbuilding, and unforgettable protagonist are all excellent On the other, I felt the story got a bit bogged down in places by description It is a strength of the author, but for my taste, gets indulged too frequently, sometimes at the expense of actually understanding what is going on which is counter intuitive but had that effect due to complexity and unusual nature of some of t I had a hard time deciding how to rate this On the one hand, the author s tremendous creativity, extraordinary worldbuilding, and unforgettable protagonist are all excellent On the other, I felt the story got a bit bogged down in places by description It is a strength of the author, but for my taste, gets indulged too frequently, sometimes at the expense of actually understanding what is going on which is counter intuitive but had that effect due to complexity and unusual nature of some of the descriptions It also seemed like the protagonist kept landing over and over and over in the same situation namely very deep trouble, all alone So even thought the nature of the trouble changed, it somehow felt repetitive Also, there were too many seriously icky from a physical repugnance point of view incidents for my taste.In the end, I went with four stars due to unpredictability, imagination, and really liking the main character Great debut effort, and looking forward to what comes next I am still not really sure what I think of this book Admittedly it took me over a month to get through, but that wasn t because it was bone achingly boring When I was reading it I enjoyed it for the most part, but it didn t give me that can t put it down feeling It was also confusing because there were chunks of the book that I felt were just thrown in there because, not for any specific literary purpose I am happy to be done with it and moving on to another of my other books I guess over I am still not really sure what I think of this book Admittedly it took me over a month to get through, but that wasn t because it was bone achingly boring When I was reading it I enjoyed it for the most part, but it didn t give me that can t put it down feeling It was also confusing because there were chunks of the book that I felt were just thrown in there because, not for any specific literary purpose I am happy to be done with it and moving on to another of my other books I guess overall I wasn t too big a fan As I minterested in hard scifi stories, I did not find this book as engrossing as others However I did enjoy reading it It was well written, I loved her very descriptive writing and great creativity However I found it a bit slow paced as her descriptions bogged down the story telling in some parts I think I would have enjoyed it better if it dealtwith her 2 genders and how that affected her life and relationships. {Free E-pub} ⚟ Ice Song ⚛ There are secrets beneath her skinSorykah Minuit is a scholar, an engineer, and the sole woman aboard an ice drilling submarine in the frozen land of the Sigue What no one knows is that she is also a Trader one who can switch genders suddenly, a rare corporeal deviance universally met with fascination and superstition and all too often punished by harassment or deathSorykah s infant twins, Leander and Ayeda, have inherited their mother s Trader genes When a wealthy, reclusive madman known as the Collector abducts the babies to use in his dreadful experiments, Sorykah and her male alter ego, Soryk, must cross icy wastes and a primeval forest to get them back Complicating the dangerous journey is the fact that Sorykah and Soryk do not share memories Each disorienting transformation is like awakening with a jolt from a deep and dreamless sleepThe world through which the alternating lives of Sorykah and Soryk travel is both familiar and surreal Environmental degradation and genetic mutation run amok humans have been distorted into animals and animal bodies cloak a wild humanity But it is also a world of unexpected beauty and wonder, where kindness and love endure amid the ruins Alluring, intense, and gorgeously rendered, Ice Song is a remarkable debut by a fiercely original new writer This was a very odd book that I picked up because I liked the cover It took me a bit to get into, but I did enjoy the book as a whole The transitions were a bit abrupt, confusing me a tad bit, however the characters were relatively well fleshed out Felt like a new author book If another comes out set in the same world, I d probably try it.