Ninefox Gambit

Ninefox Gambit When Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for her unconventional tactics Kel Command gives her a chance to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles from the heretics

  • Title: Ninefox Gambit
  • Author: Yoon Ha Lee
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for her unconventional tactics, Kel Command gives her a chance to redeem herself, by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles from the heretics Cheris s career isn t the only thing at stake if the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next Cheris s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos JedWhen Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for her unconventional tactics, Kel Command gives her a chance to redeem herself, by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles from the heretics Cheris s career isn t the only thing at stake if the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next Cheris s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao because she might be his next victim.

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    1. After reading the Ancillary Justice series, Ninefox Gambit was a wonderful complementary read. We are dropped into an interstellar empire called the Hexarchate, where six factions with different skill sets vie for power within the system. (Think Divergent on a galactic scale.) The ultimate power in the universe is pure mathematics. An understanding of number theory has to be agreed on and followed by everyone in the society, right down to the yearly calendar and how many days in a week. Within t [...]

    2. Update 5/15/17 Re-read:I got the ARC of the sequel and now that this novel has made it to the finals of the Hugos for this year, it behooves me to do a re-read since I enjoyed it so much the first time.Does it hold up after a year and a re-read?Absolutely!!!Knowing what's going to happen with all the twists I can expect does not reduce its enjoyment. Indeed, it only deepens it. This is indeed a beautiful work of the imagination, running wild and free like a raven across the universe. Yes, this i [...]

    3. RE -READ DEC. '16 I never re-read books. I am not a fast reader and I have so many books I want to read that I simply don't have the luxury of re-reading. I was just so bugged that I couldn't figure this book out the first time I read it, I knew I needed to try again Two months later. Well second time's a charm in this case. The trick: taking a full two weeks to read it (a little every day) to make sure I'm getting everything. My first read went quick because I basically resigned myself to being [...]

    4. One of my Hugo Award nominees, novel, 2016. _____Intelligent, challenging Military SF/Space Opera.I'd read a few of Yoon Ha Lee's short stories, so had every expectation of liking this debut novel - and I was not disappointed. (I'm fairly certain that at least one of the short stories is set in this universe, although I can't quite place which one.)Captain Kel Cheris is a respected soldier in an extremely regimented, authoritarian and militaristic society. Her talent for mathematics - part of th [...]

    5. Year of the SlothMonth of the Candied YamDay of the Engorged MarsupialHour of the Mollusc Dear Mr Yoon Ha Lee,I was particularly excited to read your story “Ninefox Gambit” as it has outstanding reviews from many smart people who's opinions I respect. It is clear from your prose and concepts that you are a very good writer and had a clear idea of what you wanted to do, then you went out and did exactly that.I have respect for the giant middle finger you waved at the “show don’t tell” s [...]

    6. DNF. I I'd say I'm not smart enough to appreciate this highly acclaimed Fantasy novel, but it would be dishonest : at 30% I've come to the conclusion that Ninefox Gambit is obscure for the sake of being obscure, and that's not something I enjoy reading. Look, I understand the need to create an original world, and perhaps (certainly) there are thousands of readers out there who happily dive into books without having a damn clue what the story is about and what the fuck are all these things descri [...]

    7. Final Review - - Rant WarningTruly awful in so many ways.A painful and total zero-star waste of time.AHA! Big Clue! - YHL went to college at “Cornell University, majoring in mathematics” [but no degree?], and earned a master's degree in secondary mathematics education at Stanford University. Perhaps YHL’s idea of math wasn’t disciplined enough? Lack of discipline certainly shows in the writing here in this book 😢At first, I thought the author was scamming readers on purpose with this [...]

    8. 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/06/12/I’ll admit, I was somewhat torn on this one. On the one hand, there were parts in this book that gave me a real struggle, but on the other, there’s no doubt Ninefox Gambit is one of the most fascinating sci-fi novels I’ve ever read.Step into the incredible universe of Yoon Ha Lee’s Hexarchate, a civilization whose way of life is entirely dictated by an intricate calendar system. Mathematics is king, the governing force behind eve [...]

    9. I don't think I've read an SF novel quite as inventive as this one since the last time I read Hannu Rajaniemi.The Heaxarchate is an interstellar empire that makes use of exotic physics enabled by broadcast nodes seeded throughout their empire. The exotic physics are enabled by "calendars" and are referred to as "calendrical effects", and a key part of them is that they are directly affected by the belief structures of the people living within the areas covered by the nodes. So for instance, ther [...]

    10. This book is awesome. And I mean that in the formal sense of the word: my mind is officially blown.There is so much to Ninefox Gambit that it's hard to figure out where to start. The story takes place in a world governed by calendrical systems: in effect, the beliefs, calendar, and observances of society create topologies that in turn affect the laws of physics and allow the use of "exotic effects," which are almost always utilized as weapons. Cheris lives within the hexarchate, which is run by [...]

    11. This book is a wild, hallucinogenic space adventure set in a far-future society that manages to be alien while retaining the memory of how fragile and beautiful individualistic humanity can be. There are Brave Robot Pals and a complicated friendship (n you call it a friendship? well, I would, after everything) between a dude and a lady at the center of the story that manages to be one of the most horrifying/fascinating partnerships I've ever read. SIGN ME UP FOR THE SEQUEL even though I'm still [...]

    12. Ninefox Gambit: Careful or You’ll Catch Calendrical RotOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureI’m just going to add my two cents here, as a heretic who refuses to conform to the calendrical hierarchy that forms the basis of this mathematical military hard SF space opera with some gender-bending thrown in for extra flavoring. Ninefox Gambit has drawn favorable comparisons to Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lighting, because this book not only throws you off the deep end, but chains you up in neol [...]

    13. Amazing, endlessly inventive; and ruthlessly clear-eyed on the cost of waging war and quelling rebellions. The technology (based on calendrical rules and complex interactions between six different factions) keeps throwing up mindblowing moments, and Cheris, caught in the machinations of the undead general Shuos Jedao and of the Hexarchate who commands her loyalty, is a sympathetic heroine torn between impossible goals.This should be on awards lists for 2016 if there's any justice. (disclaimer: I [...]

    14. Ninefox Gambit is the best novel of 2016 and exactly my kind of science-fiction. For me, the most important quality of a speculative fiction book is its "cognitive estrangement" (as China Mieville calls it), the degree to which the fiction takes you beyond your known world and throws you out of your comfort zone. And the estrangement can't get more alien than the world of Ninefox Gambit, an immersive and unforgettable universe in which the galactic government - the Hexarchate, formed by six very [...]

    15. Strange, weird tech with stranger names for it. Interesting main characters. A story of the hexarchate empire, which is based on ultra-strict adherence to mathematical theories and calculations, and rebellions, based on alternative mathematical models, against the hexarchate. The hexarchate is made up of six factions, one of which, the Kel, which uses mind control with its soldiers. The hexarchate as a whole has a variety of weird weaponry and spaceships, and has experienced horrible violence in [...]

    16. [3.5 Stars] My Video Review:youtu/PF-U7i5CizwMy knee jerk reaction was to give this a four star rating because I got super into it for the last 100 pages. But the learning curve for this novel was so high that it took me a very long time before I felt like I understood the world set up (Do I understand it completely? Not really). I definitely enjoyed the main character and her journey, so I am interested in what happens next. I just wish I didn't find myself reading whole paragraphs and ignoring [...]

    17. Ninefox Gambit begins with a desperate battle.I’m not talking about the battle that Kel Cheris fights in the first chapter of the story. That’s a pretty serious fight, but it pales next to the backs-to-the wall combat that you, the reader, will face. Prepare for full scale bombardment with a vast arsenal of factions, the screaming howl of incoming volleys of neologisms and massed assaults of odd and confusing names supported by an armored division of incomprehensible techno-magic. I only jus [...]

    18. LOVED this. So many amazing concepts that take time and attention to figure out. I can't even tell if some things are magic, or just so advanced (there's a Clarke quote for that I am too brain dead to remember the phrasing) I am so excited for the next book!

    19. DNFed at the 37% mark. I'd heard so many AMAZING things about this book. Combine that with the stunning cover and the fact that it's sci-fi by an Asian author and I thought this would be a sure fire hit for me. But when I got to just shy of page 150 and I still had LITERALLY NO IDEA WHAT WAS HAPPENING, I just didn't have the motivation to push on. Who knows, maybe I'm just too stupid for this book.Maybe I'll go back to it at some point in the future. But for now, I'm calling it quits.

    20. 2017 Hugo nominee for Best Novel -- and sigh, I have a lot of words. I know this book has gotten a lot of gushing 5-stars, so fair warning that I am not going to be as positive!I already knew that I was on rocky terms with Lee's writing, having read a couple of his short stories and been ambivalent about one, and outright hated the other ("Combustion Hour" was literally the only story I wound up skipping in the 2014 Tor anthology). But I was hoping that with a longer pagecount and thus more spac [...]

    21. ✨part of the 2017 booktube sff awards! I will be trying - and probably not succeeding, it's a stretch goal! - to read every one of the nominees. [aside from the middle grade and graphic because I just am not interested. sorry, maybe next year!]

    22. Posted to Booknest'Lieutenant, if I hear you’re late because you have your soldiers practicing four-part harmony, I will smother you with a drum hide. Got that?' Going into Ninefox Gambit a reader can be forgiven for a bit of confusion. Talk of calendars, formation instinct, exotics and heretical rot make up the bases of everything in this universe but the author pushes right past any sort of introductions, relentlessly throwing the reader right into protagonist Cheris' world. By the end of Ni [...]

    23. (Note: I think I'm going to go back and forth on 4 or 5 stars for this book for a little while.)There was a lot to like - to love! - about this book. It was inventive and thoughtful, concerned with characters and social constructs in a way that gelled beautifully with its faux-science. The audiobook is also excellently narrated, and, once you know what a calendar is, easy to follow. Strange to hear Ninefox Gambit called hard sci-fi when it's actually hard fantasy, though.There was a lot to disli [...]

    24. *3.5 starsIs it possible to be both completely frustrated by a book and at the same time be in complete awe?I had read plenty of reviews warning me that Ninefox Gambit was going to be a book that I would have to read slowly and carefully if I was going to understand it. I also read that I would be blown away by the world-building and character development of the two main characters who wind up sharing one body. While I agree that there is a very steep learning curve at the beginning of the novel [...]

    25. Wow that was weird. Word associations:Ethereal floating psychesSwarmsHexarchateKelimmortalityFormation instinctShardsCindermothCommanderGamesYours in calendrical heresycarrion bombsmathematicsFactionsexplosionsShuosLots of deathI just didn't get it…3 StarsListened to this on Audible. Narrator was Emily Woo Zeller. At this point I think the narrator elevated the material. She was excellent. Caveat: I admit that an easily distracted commuter likely missed tons of fascinating ideas. Will actually [...]

    26. So I picked this one up after hearing so many things about it. This is a military SF book (not my usual go-to I have to admit) which really throws you straight into the action. There's a world set up already, but the story just begins right in the middle of it and it's up to you, the reader, to figure it out.As a concept this book is super cool. Some of the world is really exciting and seems very advanced and full of life. Other times I felt like we were lacking a lot of the world-building becua [...]

    27. Ninefox Gambit is Yoon Ha Lee's first novel, though longtime readers of his amazing short fiction have been anticipating its advent for some time now. Ostensibly science fiction, as most military space-based adventure stories are, Ninefox Gambit highlights what Lee does best - science fantasy that feels like hard sci-fi. Lee's prose style has such perfect pitch and balance, and an effortless ability to convey a tone of ordinariness to even the most fantastical and absurd of his imaginings, and a [...]

    28. Executive Summary: So I enjoyed this one enough to give it four stars, but there is a giant caveat to that. In order to really enjoy it, I basically had to disregard the science completely. If you're able to do that like I was, you may enjoy it as I did. If not, you may find this a hard read.Audiobook: Emily Woo Zeller does a pretty good job with the narration. She does a few voices, and reads with good volume and inflections. She seems like a good fit for this book, and I'll continue the series [...]

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