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Translation State
Translation State | Ann Leckie
"There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could."?John Scalzi The mystery of a missing translator sets three lives on a collision course that will have a ripple effect across the stars in this powerful new novel by award-winning author Ann Leckie. Qven was created to be a Presger translator. The pride of their Clade, they always had a clear path before them: learn human ways, and eventually, make a match and serve as an intermediary between the dangerous alien Presger and the human worlds. The realization that they might want something else isn't "optimal behavior". I's the type of behavior that results in elimination. But Qven rebels. And in doing so, their path collides with those of two others. Enae, a reluctant diplomat whose dead grandmaman has left hir an impossible task as an inheritance: hunting down a fugitive who has been missing for over 200 years. And Reet, an adopted mechanic who is increasingly desperate to learn about his genetic roots--or anything that might explain why he operates so differently from those around him. As a Conclave of the various species approaches--and the long-standing treaty between the humans and the Presger is on the line--the decisions of all three will have ripple effects across the stars. Masterfully merging space adventure and mystery, and a poignant exploration about relationships and belonging, Translation State is a triumphant new standalone story set in Leckie's celebrated Imperial Radch universe.
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Creadnorthey
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This is a lovely book- maybe not as hard hitting as her previous offerings, but suitably SciFi as reality gets twisted and intelligences vie for status. Leckie spends much time universe building and as always does a great job. However, for all the intricacies of interstellar race/gender relations and inherent duty verses personal freedom that Leckie infuses in her universe, at the heart of this story is a quite simple romance. Lovely.

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Centique
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Pickpick

Just serving you up more beach photos - i never get bored taking photos of this stuff!
I loved the Raddch series by Ann Leckie and now she sets us back in this universe with 3 new characters & we learn more about the Presger & other (human & non-human) civilisations that are not Raadchai. It feels a little Becky Chamber-ish in a “lets understand our differences” way - which i love. Its fascinating to get more insight into this complex universe ⬇️

Centique There are times when i lose track of minor characters (so many names of diplomats and who they represent!) but i just let that go and enjoy the ride. Just huge fun and i wolfed this down 😍 2mo
Bookwormjillk 😍😍😍 2mo
Ruthiella Awesome ! I really need to finish the Radch trilogy but at this point feel I should re-read Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword first…it‘s been so long. 2mo
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LeahBergen What a beautiful photo (I say begrudging from my huge dump of spring snow 😆)! 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella i know what you mean! I had a huge gap between one and two i think. Im sure i missed a few things because of it. 2mo
Centique @LeahBergen i am learning that snow isnt always pretty! But ill continue to imagine that you live in a beautiful snow globe 😂😂😂 2mo
batsy Stunning photo 💙 2mo
Megabooks Lovely Fall photo! 💜 😁 2mo
RohitSawant Such a terrific pic! 2mo
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Tonton
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RamsFan1963
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I only had one 5🌟 pick for November, but it was one of the best fiction book I read this year. Leckie never let's me down, she's an auto-pick author for me.
#12booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A good choice! 5mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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Mehso-so

I really liked her trilogy, the Imperial Radch novels. I thought they were great science fiction. This one…not so much. Three characters of indeterminate species come together to keep a treaty with some really bad guys in place and save the world. I couldn‘t even make sense of the story half the time. Lots of space adventure though!

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TracyReadsBooks
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#12Booksof2023

My favorite book in June was Translation State. It was a most welcome return to the world of the Imperial Radch. Leckie is a brilliant writer, her world building is phenomenal and her stories are always compelling. This one was no exception and I look forward to her next book.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Excellent 😁 5mo
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RamsFan1963
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📚 Tagged book was my favorite of November.
📚 I'm looking forward to reading System Collapse and Stars Wars -The High Republic: The Eye of Darkness.
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TheSpineView You're welcome and thanks for playing!👍🤩📖 6mo
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RamsFan1963
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114/150 When I read the Ancillary trilogy, I was blown away and thought it couldn't be topped. This doesn't top it, but it comes damn near close. Leckie's alien civilizations are amazing, so detailed and constructed, so believable. She makes you care about all the characters, whether human, presgar translator, AI or other alien species. A huge shout out needs to go to Adjoa Andoh, the narrator. She gave every character a distinct voice ⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 and characterization so you always knew who was speaking in the large and diverse cast of characters. I like the book is left open ended, I'd like to see more of Qven, Reet and Enae in future Radch novels 5 🌟 read. Highly Recommended. 7mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
wanderinglynn Ancillary is on my TBR. I might have to move it up on the list 🤔 7mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 6mo
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Decalino
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1. I read quite a few really good books this month, but I think Translation State by Ann Leckie was the best overall.

2. I plan to hand out candy if any trick-or-treaters make it out in the cold to our house on the end of our dead-end street!

@TheSpineView
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! HAPPY Halloween 7mo
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Decalino
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Pickpick

Enae is an inconvenient relative sent off on an impossible mission. Reet is an orphan who never felt he belonged, despite his loving adopted family. Qven doesn't know what is true or who to trust. Set in the world of the Radch, this brilliant novel explores identity, connection and self-determination in all the ways we've come to expect from Ann Leckie. I didn't want to put it down.

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Decalino
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"The last stragglers in the funeral procession were barely out the ghost door before the mason bots unfolded their long legs and reached for the pile of stones they'd removed from the wall so painstakingly the day before."

Really excited about this one! Bring on the weekend.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl TGIF 🎉 7mo
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Dilara
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You can count on Ann Leckie for a fantastic read. Here's the latest book in the Imperial Radch series, with the Translator Dlique button she gave me at a signing a few years ago 😍. Dlique actually makes an appearance right at the end, but the main fully-fledged translator in this book is Translator Dlar, who, seeing as their name is quite close to mine, I wished was more endearing!

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kgriffith
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Sometimes I can‘t tell whether an author‘s writing reminds me of other media, or if a shared narrator brings those previously-listened-to titles more easily to mind, but I‘m getting hints of N K Jemisin‘s Broken Earth for sure, as well as Octavia Butler and Martha Wells.

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kgriffith
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Adjoa Andoh is perfect as ever.

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Lizpixie
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My current read & my next one. Maybe🤔That‘s the problem with having such a massive TBR, too many to choose from makes for indecision. I‘ve already started Translation State & loving being back in the Imperial Radch Universe. Vanished Birds is also SciFi but I‘ll probably change my mind & switch to another genre knowing me lately🤷🏻‍♀️

#WeekendReads

Lizpixie Ps. Excuse my disembodied thumb in the photos! 9mo
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NotCool
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I really like this. Leckie does an incredible job of creating truly alien pov and then drawing the reader into them. The story deals with rape culture, trans identities, gender, and adoption in ways that makes me think this is going to be a book the young adults are going to continue to find and find solace in while the US loses its mind. Just an fyi, there is a scene that reads like and is treated like sexual assault.

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NotCool
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“If it was explained to them that I don‘t want-“
“No one is going to explain that to anyone. After all things are working out just fine for those of us in authority.”

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SW-T
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A welcome return to the Imperial Radch universe. Clever and twisty read.

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Tonton
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Pickpick

Anything Ann Leckie writes, I read! So much to pay attention to: intricate interstellar politics, internecine conflict, and shaking up of assumptions of identity. I confess sometimes I start with an idea of who/what a character presents as only to keep revising until it really doesn‘t matter in the end: Leckie is a master of making you care about the person-AI, human, alien, or bot-until the current IRL gender issues are seen as BS f—kery!

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bnp
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1. Florence! Not from a book, but I'm going to Italy next summer!

2. Yes, if you're a science fiction fan. (the tagged title - back to the Imperial Radch)

3. Umm. . . Got two on the go - The baby on the fire escape and Islands of abandonment.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs #1 oh how wonderful 🇮🇹 11mo
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Angeles
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Got the new book in the imperial radch universe. I ALSO got the audiobook. I just love Adjoa Andoh's voice and interpretation in this series. She is one of my favorite narrators. It is a wonderful treat to read the words while Adjoa wisperes in your ear

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bnp
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#FirstLineFridays @ shybookowl

bnp Fat finger syndrome - it should be mason bots. 11mo
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Lizpixie
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No2 in my #BookMail is the new novel from Ann Leckie. Set in the same galaxy as the Ancillary Justice trilogy, a missing translator sets 3 lives on a collision course that will affect galaxies. Enae is on a diplomatic assignment to track down a fugitive missing for 200yrs, Reet is told he has ties to a genetically mysterious family & Qven was created to be a Presgr translator. The paths of all 3 will collide with a ripple effect across worlds.

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TracyReadsBooks
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So good. Leckie writes such smart science fiction (I really have to pay attention when I‘m reading her work), stories that interrogate what it means to be human and/or alien, the nature—past, present, future—of our relationship with technology, including sentient technology, existence, identity & more. I loved this return to the world of the Imperial Radch, this story focused on the Presgar, & I hope we get more soon. Excellent.

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 11mo
TracyReadsBooks @TrishB So random that I have a water bottle which so perfectly matches the book—I sometimes wonder if the jacket designer has the same one! 😂 11mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Spending Saturday afternoon with my matchy-matchy book and water bottle. A few chapters in and of course it‘s just as good as expected. Leckie‘s books are always fantastic.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Not sure I ever expected to buy a book that would so perfectly match my water bottle but there you have it. 🤷‍♀️ Excited about today‘s #bookmail. I loved Leckie‘s Imperial Radch trilogy and I‘m excited to return to this world.

AmyG I thought the bottle came with the book. Perfect. 12mo
TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 12mo
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