Midnight Robber



[Ebook] ➧ Midnight Robber Author Nalo Hopkinson – E17streets4all.co.uk In Midnight Robber, the Caribbean colonised planet of Toussaint is in the middle of a carnival Tan Tan, the Robber Queen, is enjoying the festival until her power corrupted father commits an unforgiva In Midnight Robber, the Caribbean colonised planet of Toussaint is in the middle of a carnival Tan Tan, the Robber Queen, is enjoying the festival until her power corrupted father commits an unforgivable crime.Midnight Robber

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican born writer and editor who lives in Canada Her science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.

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  • 276 pages
  • Midnight Robber
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • English
  • 25 April 2017
  • 0759521123

10 thoughts on “Midnight Robber

  1. says:

    A rich and vibrant mixture of science fiction and West African Caribbean folklore, Midnight Robber tells the story of a young girl Tan Tan growing up on the world Toussaint, populated mostly by the descendants of Haitian colonists Tan Tan has a pretty good life at first Her father Antonio is the mayor of the Cockpit County Like most people in her colony, her needs are taken care of by Granny Nanny, the uber computer that controls and takes care her citizens through her Anansi Web, anticipatin A rich and vibrant mixture of science fiction and West African Caribbean folklore, Midnight Robber tells the story of a young girl Tan Tan growing up on the world Toussaint, populated mostly by the descendants of Haitian colonists Tan Tan has a pretty good life at first Her father Antonio is the mayor of the Cockpit County Like most people in her colony, her needs are taken care of by Granny Nanny, the uber computer that controls and takes care her citizens through her Anansi Web, anticipating all needs, monitoring all activity and keeping the peace mostly Tan Tan s favorite game is playing the Robber King Queen , a noble bandit from folklore Soon, however, Tan Tan s life is upended when her father is arrested for a horrible crime and he and Tan Tan are exiled to New Half Way Tree, an alternate dimension version of Toussaint with no servants, no nanotechnology, no comfort and no law There, Tan Tan must discover her own strengths to fight for survival especially from her own father, who is revealed to be a drunken sexual predator With the help of the indigenous inhabitants, the douen, Tan Tan slowly evolves from a scared young girl into her own incarnation of the fabled Robber Queen.The novel is exceptionally well crafted The world building is fabulous and also a lovely antidote to science fiction where all future worlds seem to be white and European It isn t an easy read, partly because the web of perspectives and narrative styles surrounding Tan Tan s story take some patience Also the entire novel is told in a dialect that the characters call Anglopatwa or Creole I got used to the language quickly enough, but be warned going into the novel that Hopkinson requires the reader to hear her story on its own terms This is both the novel s biggest challenge and one of its greatest strengths I was reminded of books like Clockwork Orange of City of Bohane, or James Joyce, for that matter where the language is an integral part of the story

  2. says:

    This is a very very good sci fi book about trauma and building a new identity To really explain you why you should read this, spoilers will need to be used It takes the book until almost halfway through for the actual point of attack to appear The problem is that it is impossible to talk in detail about this novel s second half without talking about its themes, which are a lot So before recommending this book, I want to warn as a spoiler view spoiler This is a book about incestuous child This is a very very good sci fi book about trauma and building a new identity To really explain you why you should read this, spoilers will need to be used It takes the book until almost halfway through for the actual point of attack to appear The problem is that it is impossible to talk in detail about this novel s second half without talking about its themes, which are a lot So before recommending this book, I want to warn as a spoiler view spoiler This is a book about incestuous child rape Tan Tan is repeatedly raped by her father, Antonio, and becomes pregnant as a result The second half of the book goes into her rebuilding her identity after killing him hide spoiler Tan Tan, as a protagonist, is fantastically resilient, well written, and compelling But as the book starts, she is deeply torn apart by what has happened to her To deal with what she has experienced, Tan Tan crafts two separate identities the good Tan Tan and the bad Tan Tan, one that is good and one to escape to in traumatic situations The Tan Tan we meet at age sixteen is not happy She has been taught from age nine that she is bad, evil, view spoiler by both Janisette, her stepmother, and Antonio, her father hide spoiler This compartmentalization and splitting of identity is what allows Tan Tan to survive She even crafts yet another identity, Robber Queen The Robber Queen s words speak against mistreatment When stories begin to spread about the Robber Queen, Tan Tan barely can believe them She has been so broken down how can she be anything like the Robber Queen of myth and legend Tan Tan learns, over time, to allow her Good Tan Tan self, her Robber Queen self, to become not a persona but a part of her This comes first and foremost from acceptance In her many months alone, as she becomes close friends with Abitefa, the Douen woman she meets She saves a Rolling Calf pup, one whose mother she has accidentally hurt this helps her to remember that she is able to love and to care, that she is not evil And she reunites with Melonhead, her childhood best friend To Melonhead, she initially feels the need to perform something uncorrupted, and is ashamed of having been raped shit 302 , she says when it slips out yet when he figures out, in what she has purposefully not said, he simply reaches for her hand It is through these connections of love and kindness that she has learned that what has happened is not her fault, not something she must punish herself for Bad Tan Tan is not bad she has done nothing view spoiler Is love that get the Robber Queen born, the crowd says 320 Perhaps they are right It is this love that gives her the courage, finally, to unite herself hide spoiler There is a lotto say about this book because I really liked this book The ending made me cry, in a very good way I really like the setting of the novel and the Douen culture this feels like a single story in a very wide world, which is a type of sff I really love I also liked how Midnight Robber uses a science fiction and fantastical this feels like a blend of both setting to explore themes that echo real life The sci fi tech of the world is removed, but not an evil force instead, a benevolent one In the same 2002 interview, Hopkinson said this As a young reader, mimetic fiction fiction that mimics reality left me feeling unsatisfied The general message that I got from it was life sucks, sometimes it s not too bad, but mostly people are mean to each other, then they die But, rightly or wrongly, I felt as though I d already figured that out I felt that I didn t need to read fiction in order to experience it But folktales and fables and the old epic tales Homer s Iliad, for instance felt as though they lived in a different dimension Midnight Robber is written in Caribbean vernacular, which some reviewers seem to have taken issue with Within a few pages, this language becomes easy to read the prose, though complex, is incredibly well written Hopkinson writes primarily in Trinidadian for Midnight Robber, she purposefully blended this with Jamaican and Guyanese Worldbuilding terms, meanwhile, have origins in various cultures the word Douen comes from a term for Caribbean children who die before their naming ceremonies It s easy to discount the level of thought that goes into this writing style Don t Metaphorically, in Midnight Robber, this blend of dialects functions as the language of a people In a 2002 interview, Hopkinson noted that she believes Midnight Robber could work in Yiddish, because Yiddish, near as I can tell, carries the historical sense of being the language of a people whose diasporic spread has at times been forced upon them, and it also, I think, has the sense of being a language of the people It is this that matters about Hopkinson s language I think it is very easy to read literature by Caribbean authors, written in dialogues some may consider other or exotic , and view it through that prism and lens But though the language of this book is certainly noteworthy, and an extremely important part of its message, to afford mention only to such qualities is beyond the pale It is an excellent story and an incredible discussion of trauma, and Tan Tan s character development is very good And the ending made me cry TW view spoiler rape, pedophilia, incestuous rape hide spoiler Blog Twitter Instagram Spotify Youtube About

  3. says:

    Great book, even if it took me a bit to flow into the creole, but right off the bat it starts and finishes with hard SF fully mixing with Anansi tale.What comes first The Anansi tale or the life of the Midnight Robber Tam Tam Who knows, we Either way, both help define and refine and divine the tale Who is the Midnight Robber She be the one to save two for every life she take She s the myth of she who punishes the wicked and help those in need She s the wronged who repays in both the good Great book, even if it took me a bit to flow into the creole, but right off the bat it starts and finishes with hard SF fully mixing with Anansi tale.What comes first The Anansi tale or the life of the Midnight Robber Tam Tam Who knows, we Either way, both help define and refine and divine the tale Who is the Midnight Robber She be the one to save two for every life she take She s the myth of she who punishes the wicked and help those in need She s the wronged who repays in both the good and the bad, the one who lives in slavery and delivers from it.I ll be honest, it took a bit of effort to start my mind flowing in the right direction for the novel, and later, even when I knew what spoilers there be to make my heart bleed, it almost threw me to the ground to kick he side until he vomit A few times, I even wanted to quit the novel I couldn t take what Tam Tam took But I suffered through what she suffered through, saw her grow strong, and in her strength, I gained strength.Things can get very dark, indeed, but there is light.Eventually, there is hope and redemption, and the novel is good The love is good.Maybe as I readnovels of this type, I ll enjoy CreoleAs it is right now, I m stuck in limbo Seen The language is beautiful and strange, but the poetry is clear and bright I m so glad I was turned on to this form

  4. says:

    Another school book this semester hahaha gotta love school Loved the Caribbean influences and hard topics she delved into but overall the story didn t appeal to me nor keep me interested

  5. says:

    This book has a central issue to it without which it really can t be meaningfully discussed It is a spoiler to something that doesn t start until about 40% in the book, and frankly, had I known that this was the subject of the book I never would have picked it up I m kind of glad I did though.I would recommend you skip the remainder of this review if you don t want to read the spoiler, because I m going to proceed as if you re aware of it Sorry, I don t want to put the whole review under spoi This book has a central issue to it without which it really can t be meaningfully discussed It is a spoiler to something that doesn t start until about 40% in the book, and frankly, had I known that this was the subject of the book I never would have picked it up I m kind of glad I did though.I would recommend you skip the remainder of this review if you don t want to read the spoiler, because I m going to proceed as if you re aware of it Sorry, I don t want to put the whole review under spoilers because you need to read this explanation view spoiler Tan Tan, the main character of the book, is repeatedly raped by her father from the age of 9 until the age of 14 when she falls pregnant Tan Tan knows a doctor though who gives her abortifactants The sexual abuse stops until she is 16, when she attempts to run away but is then brutally raped again by her father, but in the process she kills him She falls pregnant again to this last rape hide spoiler Toussaint is a planet that has been colonized by people of Caribbean descent and it maintains the Caribbean speech and culture from Earth with lots of believable additions It s a post scarcity civilization with ubiquitous AI surveillance and robot labor No humans need to work although some do Antonio, the mayor of the local city, and his wife Ione have a fractious relationship built around pointless grabs for attention, drama, cheating and basically being idiots This eventually leads to serious criminal charges against Antonio when he kills one of Ione s lovers One of the fates possible for criminals is to be shoved through a dimensional wall into an alternative Toussaint, called Half Way Tree, and rather than wait for a trial or sentence, Antonio opts to kidnap his daughter Tan Tan and jump to Toussaint without any equipment or provisions.Half Way Tree is a muchprimitive world than Toussaint but it has friendly and peaceful locals and a variety of settlements created by the people sent through from the other world It s a tough life, but Tan Tan finds happiness there with friends and surprisingly, family.Until her ninth birthday Cue events in the spoiler tags above.The second half of the book is about Tan Tan, a 16 year old girl, pregnant with an incestuous rape baby and convinced that she is a murderer She is pursued beyond all reason for her crime and she brings disaster on the people that help her, but she has been given a curse that guides her through her life from that point For every life she takes, she must save two.And thus the Midnight Robber, Tan Tan the Robber Queen is born.Ok, I loved this It s about a subject I find personally disturbing, but if you re going to read a book about child rape, this is probably the one to read The emotional impact of it is not glossed over Tan Tan hates what her father is doing, but she still loves him Her thoughts around this and her own reaction to the abuse are brilliantly set out and makes complete sense in terms of abuse survivors Then her guilt over killing her father is heartbreaking.The world building is amazing for both of these worlds, and the aliens and alien ecology are brilliantly set out as well Sprinkled throughout the story are Caribbean style Anansi stories that have been merged with the myths springing up around Tan Tan s own actions as the Robber Queen, a sort of vigilante executor of justice in these rough penal colonies So one section is the depressing reality of Tan Tan living rough as an outcast, and then there s a Tan Tan story which is obviously a tall tale, and then you re back to fine grained reality only some of the things that happened in the tall tale actually really happened.And all through in the background you re getting a narrative of social construction, choices and community It s just wonderful with so many layers to work through and hardly anything to gripe about Ok, I got called Mr Grumpy Pants for my commentary on Planetfall, so I need to live up to that a bit The only thing I will gripe about is that I d like to see a bitabout where it goes from the end of this book The douen the aliens are just sort of left where they were and I d like to see where their evolving relationship with the humans will go There s a particular alien character who I feel has been left in limbo at the end of the book The revelation at the end of the book has all sorts of interesting implications as well.Good book Horrible subject

  6. says:

    Nalo Hopkinson has crafted a magical, mesmerizing modern day folktale, pulsing with life, heartbreak, beauty, and an unfettered imagination Propelled by an utterly original, poetic, thrillingly inventive patois, the story pours forth with an unstoppable, emotionally rich energy Moving and scary and dreamlike and at times hilarious, Midnight Robber is absolutely unforgettable.

  7. says:

    Love it I love this book, Tan Tan is such a strong characters and the worlds that Hopkinson creates for Tan Tan to grow in are just so beautiful and mysterious and dangerous I m a sucker for this book, and the audio and fantastic I can t wait to read this again

  8. says:

    A magical story telling style, musically told, with a plot that weaves its way through some horrific landscapes in the most uplifting way A science fiction rumination on the power of myths, on the nature of humanity, but oh such a damn fine story

  9. says:

    I wanted to go to sleep, but I can t, so instead I ll review this brilliant, awful, mesmerizing, repulsive book.CONTENT WARNING some mild spoilers I can t avoid view spoiler This is a book about rape It happens repeatedly, graphically, and torments the main character throughout Also graphic, abhorrent child abuse, trauma to eyes and other soft body tissue, abortion, slavery, infidelity, killing of animals, murder, domestic violence hide spoiler Things to admire The writing The book I wanted to go to sleep, but I can t, so instead I ll review this brilliant, awful, mesmerizing, repulsive book.CONTENT WARNING some mild spoilers I can t avoid view spoiler This is a book about rape It happens repeatedly, graphically, and torments the main character throughout Also graphic, abhorrent child abuse, trauma to eyes and other soft body tissue, abortion, slavery, infidelity, killing of animals, murder, domestic violence hide spoiler Things to admire The writing The book is written in very anglo Anglopatwa which adds a lot to the flavor The worlds All of the worlds mentioned are so beautifully imagined, so rich and different but so fleshed out that you could smell the loam of those other places I could picture all the creatures and the way the sunlight from a different star might reflect Just stunning And not only the environment, but the people were so different This was an afro futurism that deftly skated through the fear of eugenics Yes, the population is mostly Black, but makes sure to call out the mingling of dominant traits from other cultures that came to Toussaint with the larger Caribbean population And, not only that, but homosexual, poly, and kink relationships were all gently and non judgmentally included With a few swift lines, Hopkinson welcomed everyone into the world and said there was room for us The mythology The weaving of the Afro Caribbean mythology into the story, especially with how narration is done, was absolutely spellbinding Sort of like a Zelazny esque myth retelling but so very unique to this author s voice It was extremely well done, some of the best truth behind the tale writing I ve read The fearlessness of the author The concept, the subject matter, the main character I can t imagine the work she put into this and she did it brave as the Robber Queen herself The good characters Tan Tan s honest response to trauma Aislin s huge heart, and her daughter just like her Charlie s sweetness Chichibud and Benta and Tefa They were wonderful characters, not just for their kindness, which was appreciated in the horrors of this book, but also for their flaws They were imperfect but trying and you loved them for trying.Things that made me want to crawl in a hole and never come out The trauma It s just constant Through the very end, this is a book about living after your life s been taken but your death hasn t found you I was ill prepared for it all, despite the content warnings I received which thank you This would have been so very upsetting without those warnings The pacing We linger a lot on certain parts of the story Normally pacing isn t the sort of thing that makes me want to hibernate, but when the lingering is on extremely upsetting things, I maybe start to look for caves The ending I can t even say it wasn t perfect I didn t see the twist coming It was all wrapped up too nice Except that it was actually a horror show that sort of shunted aside the awfulness that was really happening and gave us something like hope I guess For the futureeven if that future isn t really what s in store for our protagonist Yeah No, it was perfect for this narrativebut I m still crawling in a hole now and no one can come unless they have cookies and don t move too fast.It s certainly one of the most inventive books I ve ever read And the trauma was some of the most authenticI never felt like the author was doing anything with my emotions in mind She told the story she wanted to tell, and it s an important story But that doesn t make it one I like reading I will certainly look forby Hopkinson But first, a long, long long break 4 stars because of the stellar execution If we re going off of actual enjoyment, probably 1.5 stars As the people of Toussaint say, I hurt too bad

  10. says:

    I like science fiction I like Caribbean cultures But I ve never looked for the intersection of the two Actually, now I think about it, I have encountered lots of science fictional themes in reggae lyrics But certainly I never thought to look for a science fiction novel written from a Caribbean perspective.So that was the first thing I liked about Midnight Robber It begins on the Caribbean colonized planet of Toussaint during Carnival We read this for my book club here in New Orleans just a I like science fiction I like Caribbean cultures But I ve never looked for the intersection of the two Actually, now I think about it, I have encountered lots of science fictional themes in reggae lyrics But certainly I never thought to look for a science fiction novel written from a Caribbean perspective.So that was the first thing I liked about Midnight Robber It begins on the Caribbean colonized planet of Toussaint during Carnival We read this for my book club here in New Orleans just as our own Carnival season was coming to a climax so I was immediately hooked by the setting and the voice.The entire novel is written in what I guess might be described as creolized English It was certainly easy for me to understand once I got the hang of it, so I m guessing it s a blend of English and perhaps several true creole languages As an aside, I love it when two books I m reading at the same time illuminate each another in unexpected ways, and that happened here when I got to Jared Diamond s section on pidgins and creoles in The Third Chimpanzee The Evolution Future of the Human Animal In any event, the patwa definitely gave the book a unique flavor that I enjoyed hugely In my mind I kept hearing the voice of my favorite Dominican poet, Billy Jno Hope.But as I read on I discovered a lotthan that initial hook to keep me interested and involved The father daughter relationship which is a key element of this story resonated with me, but I did not anticipate the direction it would ultimately take To saywould be to risk spoiling, so I ll shut up The daughter emerges as the protagonist in the story It s a coming of age tale I ve read plenty of those from the male perspective, so it s refreshing to get one from the female side.Indeed, the perspective of this book is profoundly and vitally female I would not hesitate to call it feminist, except that label might scare away people who have certain preconceived notions about the f word Forget all that This is first and foremost a book about being human But it s hard to imagine it being written by anyone other than a woman of color I suppose comparisons to Octavia Butler are inevitable, not just because of the identity of the author but also because of the themes addressed I was also reminded of Marge Piercy s farstrident Woman on the Edge of Time.I found the whole story deeply involving and stimulating to my imagination Did I fail to mention this is unapologetic science fiction as well In addition high technology we also have alien creatures Blending these elements with Afro Caribbean folklore is a powerful combination that really worked for me.I d knock off half a star for the ending which felt a trifle rushed and a little too easy for me But endings are hard and I can t begrudge the last few pages when the rest of the book is so accomplished

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