This Forsaken Earth endedBut as the accurately kept records of previous Archivists attest ghosts don t speak No one knows anythingUntil todayI don tven know where to begin telling you how much this book rocks I loved many MANY books this year but this one is maybe the one I wish to hand sell the most Word of mouth please work let people read thisWhat makes me so The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) excited about Archivist Wasp SO MANY THINGSIt s set in a bleak primitive post apocalyptic world where no one knows how the worldnded It s the Archivist s job to find out through note taking and the uestioning of ghosts Not that that has shown any results in the past 400 years Why do they keep the charade Hope is a bitch I guess So are the dynamics of power and who really wields itWasp has been told all her life that she is uniue Essential That no one can do the job she does that the goddess Catchkeep is looking after her Despite this the Archivist is a dreaded figure a shunned member of society living in the outskirts with only the bare The Garden of Happy Endings essentials depending on the charity of strangers to sustain herself She has to fight for her lifevery year against young upstarts who have all been branded as children by the Goddess and who live close to sualor Meanwhile the priest dude has all the comfort and takes special care to make their lives 100000 times miserable The Archivist is told many times she is the chosen one Yet the duress of her life contradicts this statement on a daily basisWhen Wasp meets the ghost of a supersoldier who can talk to her and who Campfire engages her help to find another ghost someone he might have been looking forverything she thinks she knows will crumble down like a flimsy castle of cardsPlease note the word might used above because the ghost doesn t uite remember the older a ghost is the least he remembers He doesn t My Little Blue Dress even know his own nameAnd here is what happens next a buddy trip to the underworld All of a sudden the book morphs beautifully into somethinglse A uest a Voyage to the Underworld with a bonus trip down memory lane Literary Through the ghost and as an Archivist Wasp is able to connect with the ghost of the woman they are looking for More to the point she is able to access her memories This aspect of the novel really reminded me one of my favourite Fantasy series the Dogsland trilogy by J M McDermott by the way And it s one of my favourite narrative approaches because in this case just like in Dogsland it adds a different layer to the story two narratives in one two tales in one two characters juxtaposed different and yet notBut Wasp needs to remember something Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars else first as thentrance ticked to the underworld is to recover one of her own memoriesHer nameOh this moment YOU GUYS THIS MOMENT Have you read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Remember when we learn the name of the main character and how the significance of that reverberates throughout Because it s a uestion of knowing of identity of self And this is at the centre of Archivist WaspBut also friendship partnership alliances Between the Ghost and his partner lost to the memory of Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life eons past Between the Ghost and Wasp a slow building friendship without any signs of romance whatsoever that is painful to read and oh so beautiful Because it s tense Because it s desperate Because it matters so much for both of themItnds with the actualisation of the revenge fantasy of my dreams This is very important to me because from the opening pages there is a character the priest whom I completely and utterly DESPISED The Crazy Love ending is amazing in the way that he gets what he deserves But not in the way Ixpected BETTER Because now the story becomes clear for what it is a story about agency freedom and revolution All of sudden this book Mad Max Fury Roaded me like a bossSO Incredible characters fleshed out human complicated check Beautiful writing check Plot that. Wasp's job is simple Hunt ghosts And very year she has to fight to remain Archivist Desperate and alone she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long lost ghost of his partner.
Free read ì Book, PDF or Kindle PUB õ Nicole Kornher-StaceTwice but nope Eventually you get a handle on what is going on but I am not sure why the author intentionally wrote it that way For a book of its size I xpected the pages to fly by Alas Didn t happenEnjoyable but oh what 25 stars Full somewhat spoilery review here Did I love this Did I hate this HECK IF I KNOW A LIST OF THINGS I LIKED ABOUT ARCHIVIST WASP 1 The Premise Kornher Stace clearly has a gift for ideas The blurb and arly reviews promised me originality and that s xactly what I got Basically Archivist Wasp is about a girl named you guessed it Wasp Wasp is an Archivist a a girl named you guessed it Wasp Wasp is an Archivist a who hunts and studies ghosts before releasing them from limbo so that they can find ternal peace with Goddess
catchkeep for some absurd reason wasp s dealingsFor some absurd reason Wasp s dealings After Starting To Read The Seuel Latchkey And Realizing I Couldn to read the seuel Latchkey and realizing I couldn remember much besides my general feeling about Archivist Wasp I had to revisit it And now having re read it I think I had underrated and undersold it back 3 years ago This book left me a sobbing mess This is the kind of book crying I like the kind that is caused by motions not asily accessible After all anyone can make you cry over a dead puppy or a mom with cancer you know those books The crying I like is the one that a writer has to work harder to licit I cried for a man who spent centuries roaming the ghost world trying to find his friend who he thought he d betrayed I cried for a woman stuck in an New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood eternal prison because the sense of her selfhood had been taken away from her and I cried for a girl who needed to find strength to stop being a tool in a powerful man s hands Reading Archivist Wasp was as much painful as it wasxhilaratingStill think it s not a crowd pleaser there is no familiar comforting formula but oh well it spoke directly to my heart Original reviewSuch an odd strange book I totally understand why no big publisher wanted to take it on Ghost hunting traveling in a confusing land of dead often unexplained magicAnd yet it has SO MUCH to say about the power of friendship and the importance of taking back your own agencyNot for Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey everyone but kind of great Excellent review on Kirkushttpswwwkirkusreviewscombook re Different addictive and delicious Review to come Very strangeWasp is the Archivist an honored but feared position as the Chosen of the goddess Catchkeep Which is not fantastic because it s a position that she has to maintain by fighting challengers to the deathvery year The Archivists deal with the ghosts that saturate the post apocalyptic landscape where she lives After her latest challenges Wasp is at the God's Pocket end of her rope when shencounters an incredibly powerful ghost who convinces her to help him They take a journey through the ghostlands to help the ghost find his companion In the process Wasp finds out a great deal about herself and the world around herAs I said very strange Wasp s story is satisfying as is the story of her ghost and they go together weirdly well The two couldn t have different backgrounds but the parallels are strong The ancient ЯED experimental super soldier and the stubborn woman not far removed from an abused girl have much in common and have a lot to learn fromach other I do have frustrations with this book though chief among them being that you never get answers to the obvious uestions I m still not ntirely sure what to make of this one Reading Archivist Wasp is like navigating an intense harrowing nightmare in the company of a true friend Wasp the young heroine is the true friend though she doesn t know it Her role as recorder of ghosts and their ways and importantly for her town an xecutioner of them means she s a friendless outcast She achieved her position by killing the last archivist and three times a year other young girls try to do the same to her Her life has made her suspicious and untrusting but from the very first she shows gruff compassion for the ghosts and humans she The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs encounters Her compassion and her curiosity and okay a bit of self interest lead her to agree to help a ghost supersoldier who does something no other ghost she or any of her predecessors havever met could do talk He wants to find his comrade in arms also a ghost So Wasp Moreno embarks on a journey to the underworldThe rest of the book unfolds Wasp s own past and the past of her ghost companion and his friend in a mutable landscape pursued by terrors from Wasp s life in the land of the living As they search for the ghost s friend they themselves become friends Wasp s firstxperience of friendship The pacing is perfect and one scene in particular where the ghosts whom Wasp has spared over the years come to her aid was Monsieur Pain especially moving The language throughout is sharp powerful beautifulAnd maybe that s all a ghost is in thend Regret grown legs gone walkingThere s a seuel in the works I m very curious to see where Nicole takes us next. E been told for four hundred years Archivist Wasp fears she is not the chosen one that she won't survive the trip to the underworld that the brutal life she has scaped might be better than where she is going There is only one way to find out. .
Develops like it was written for me check A cool mixture of Fantasy and Science Fiction because ghosts but also super soldiers check and checkReminiscent of verything I love but of Fantasy and Science Fiction because ghosts but also super soldiers check and checkReminiscent of verything I love but its own thing a SF YA like I haven t read in a while Archivist Wasp is a book I will treasureNow you might be asking yourself is this yet another 10 rated book for 2015 from The Book Smugglers WHY YES YES IT IS This book There is something uite personal about this book which is a heart wrenching story of loneliness loyalty and unfufilled longing Nicole Kornher Stace has woven a profoundly imaginative tale that rivals the blend of fantasy and reality that I have come to associate with Frances Hardinge That is pretty well the highest praise I can give anyoneThis is one of my favourite books of 2015 Welcome to one of the strangest and most wonderful books you will ver read I wanted it never to The Exhaustion Breakthrough end I m almost sorry that Iver gave another book 5 stars because now 5 stars don t seem to be The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good enough for this oneThis is the rare piece of post apocalyptic fiction that doesn t feel like it s trying too hard I think it s been categorized as YA based on the age of the protagonist but it s not at all written with anye to the teenage Supplemental Book experience and contains none of the usual YA tropes Instead it s a fairy tale a ghost story a myth a parable about both thenduring power of friendship and the importance of individual autonomy From the first page the world feels both ancient and real yet tied only loosely to our own if at all I ve never applied the word mythic to anything but it s the only adeuate word that comes to mindWasp as a character is phenomenal She is the first female character I ve Hark! The Herald Angels Scream encountered in a long time who has not the slightest hint of a Mary Sue There s no way she can serve as a stand in for the reader because the reader has next to nothing in common with her At the same time there s something universally identifiable about her She s the rare female redeemable monster we see this archetype freuently with male characters but rarely with female ones if you re a fan of Helena on Orphan Black you will absolutely adore Wasp The nameless ghost that Wasp agrees to accompany on its uest through the underworld isually compelling His story takes parts of the book into conventional sci fi which is jarring at first but works perfectly with the overall story arc and reminds us that despite its mythological feel this world is truly intended to be post apocalyptic and post technologicalThe world of this book is brutal but not so much as to be depressing or off putting For all of the darkness and frightening imagery there is real magic as well The writing is astounding I won t say beautiful because there s a certain coarseness about the language which can t be described as pretty but which I absolutely loved Flowery language would only have dragged this story downI read about this book on Torcom and thank all the gods I did I don t know why it hasn t been getting press At the same time I almost hope that it stays under the radar away from those who would criticize its lack of YA tropes or refer to it as a dystopia people really need to learn what that word actually means I don t want it made into a movie and I don t want a seuel because it is already perfect Ultimately though I wish Nicole Kornher Stace Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners every possible success She is a brilliant visionary writer and I will readverything she has written and has yet to writeArchivist Wasp deserves to become an instant classic of the science fiction genre Run run run to your bookstore buy it give the author all your money set aside a weekend to do nothing but lose yourself in this story and prepare to be amazed I am the Archivist Catchkeep s missary ambassador and avatar on arth Her bones and stars my flesh my flesh and bones Her stars Mine is the mouth through which the dead world speaks Mine are the hands that record what the dead world left behind Mine are the Bidadari yang Mengembara eyes that hold vigil so that the old world s death does not return to kill the world anew Wow What an unexpected beautiful strange uniue imaginative story th Now that was different A solid fantasy that wasntertaining but just couldn t make the transition from good to greatThe premise worldbuilding was fascinating The characters frustrating TALK TO EACH OTHER AND SHARE INFORMATION PEOPLE Also share this information with me too So many uestions are raised by the intriguing premise but NOTHING Red River Girl ever gets answered Who What Where When How Forget it buddy move on Throughout the book I found myself vacillating on the rating One star Five stars Two Stars Four stars Three stars Repeat Twenty unputdownable pages Forty slow as molasses pages RepeatAnd then there were the one or two moments of cluelessness regarding what in the hell was happening I thought I must have skipped a couple of pages at least. And inxchange she will find out about his pre apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her And there is much to know After all Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess They're chosen They're special Or so they'v. ,