io9 Book Club Is In Session: Let's Talk About Ken Liu's Grace Of Kings!

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. This month, we’ve read The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!

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What is this io9 Book Club all about? We meet once a month to discuss a book we’ve all read together, and then we have an online chat with the author — see our past meetings here.

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For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here’s how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you’re reading. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.

We hope Liu will be joining us soon to talk about the book. So, what did you think of The Grace of Kings?

In August, we’ll be talking about Uprooted by Naomi Novik. We’ll be discussing it on August 4.

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DISCUSSION

I’m curious about people’s thoughts on the women in the book. I haven’t really processed it fully, but it seemed like there was an effort to make the few women slightly more three-dimensional. But it FELT like an effort, and ultimately I’m not sure it succeeded. I’d grant an exception for Gin...

As I started looking for character names (my memory is atrocious for character names), I came across this review:

http://thebooksmugglers.com/2015/04/book-r…

I’m not as enthralled with the rest of the book as that reviewer, but I enjoyed it. The (relative) abundance of women at the end of the novel made sense to me, but they still felt like flat characters that the author tried to expand on...I’m not sure whether to praise the attempt or wonder why it required an attempt in the first place. I didn’t feel that way about the main male characters.