A Memory Called Empire

A Memory Called Empire

Book - 2019 | First edition
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During a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court, Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident--or that Mahit might be next to die. Now Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion--all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret--one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life--or rescue it from annihilation.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250186430
1250186439
9781529001587
1529001587
9781529001570
1529001579
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Mar
Characteristics: 462 pages ; 22 cm

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Everyoneelses
Sep 24, 2020

This is a very sweet, immersive debut. If you liked the Imperial Radch books, this one is in similar vein.

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nngrey
Aug 20, 2020

http://www.thehugoawards.org/

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atidball76
Jun 27, 2020

This was a very solid 4 stars for me up until the perfect, powerful ending that tipped it up to 4.5. Absolutely a phenomenal book, recommended to those who enjoy intrigue, political theater and in-depth world-building. As a comparison to similar authors, I was reminded of Vernor Vinge, especially A Deepness In The Sky, and also of Ann Leckie.

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JLMason
Jun 23, 2020

A Memory Called Empire is an impressive debut novel well deserving of its Hugo and Nebula nominations. What stands out is the complex diplomatic maneuvering, which forms the basis for the plot, carried out in a richly detailed culture created by the author. The characters are multi-dimensional, their verbal sparring animated with nuance and wit and poetry. The Teixcalaanli Empire rules a sector of the universe and exports its culture to the conquered and still free nations. As rival political factions mobilize, the emperor is dying and the new ambassador from the not-yet-annexed mining station arrives in the empire’s subtropical city world (I kept imagining it looked like Singapore) to replace her predecessor who has died under suspicious circumstances. At the end of the book there is a glossary and a review of the Teixcalaanli language. Much thought has gone into creating this universe. I particularly loved the naming convention for people in the Teixcalaanli world: a number followed by a word from nature or craft or tool: Three Seagrass, Nineteen Adze, Eight Antidote. (What name would you pick?!) There is an upcoming sequel.

IndyPL_CarriG May 31, 2020

Loved this work of political science fiction and excited about learning more about the universe it's set in. Martine has obviously put a lot of thought into building this world, and I feel confident she could spend her career writing books set in it. This particular political mystery introduces two very different and fascinating cultures, and one ambassador who is thrust from one to the other with little warning or preparation. The characters are well-drawn and the world-building is unique and believable. I can't wait to read the next one!

Hillsboro_RobP May 10, 2020

Humans are aliens among ourselves in a political sci-fi culture clash with a high-minded mystery at its heart.
The plot is excellent, if a bit simple, but the bulk of the creativity is spent on the science fiction technology and culture conceits that define why each moment carries weight to the characters. Although I enjoyed the characters, the book's sheer density makes it hard to absorb in small chunks. This is a novel to sit and read a few hours at a time. The author's descriptions aren't usually of the physical surroundings, but instead the introspection of Mahit's thoughts and an cultural or linguistic explanation of significance. Martine sticks the landing in the end.

For fans of intellectual sci-fi, EmbassyTown, Dune, detailed world-building and the politics of empire.

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fionajay
Mar 31, 2020

2020 Nebula Awards nominee and available on e-book through overdrive!

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heumann
Dec 02, 2019

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davidkluth
Sep 25, 2019

An average debut novel. You will find enough intrigue to keep you reading if you pick this up, however,your not going to find yourself waiting in anticipation for the obvious series of novels this is meant to proceed. The Plot lacks depth and novelty typical of the genre and the romance, though believable, could have been slightly more PG.

JessicaGma Sep 11, 2019

This book delivered on its hype - my goodness, this was a great murder mystery but also a taut space opera with much political machinations (which of course also play into the murder). This was a great read after a string of so-so books.

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