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Midnight Robber

by Nalo Hopkinson
As told by Nalo Hopkinson

Grand Central Publishing | March 1, 2000 | Trade Paperback

Midnight Robber is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
It''s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival-until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen''s legendary powers can save her life . . . and set her free.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.95 in

Published: March 1, 2000

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446675601

ISBN - 13: 9780446675604

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Midnight Robber-Carribean voice If you are from the Carribean or are familiar with stories of the Carribean, you are bound to enjoy this book. The writing, terms and dialect used will remind you of the warmth of speech and all the traditional colloquialisms used in story telling.It has it's share of bacchanal (gossip, rumours, etc.). You'll want to read it in one sitting.
Date published: 2000-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A scotch bonnet pepper of a book! She's from Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Canada, and she's GOOD. Makes me think of people like Tiptree and Zelazny and Sturgeon and Keri Hulme. West Indian science fiction--a new subgenre we've needed badly for at least fifty years, both spicy and nutritious. One of those books it's almost impossible NOT to read aloud to loved ones--even rarer, one they won't mind listening to, because it's so damn musical and such an engaging story. I will remember Tan-Tan the Robber Queen for a long time. Hopkinson won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and is clear proof there has been no decline in the quality of Campbell winners since, say, 1974. Don't miss this remarkable book.
Date published: 2000-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite! This was a surprise from start to finish, despite all the hints and spoilers in recent (glowing) reviews. A wealth of detail, delicious language, complex characters and a future history drawn with care... Ms. Hopkinson anchors her novel in the diversity, orneriness and imaginative strategies for survival of a future pan-Caribbean society that is neither utopia nor dystopia. Her writing voice is memorable, mature, and elegant. There's a solid, well-researched historical background here, a refreshingly non-technical approach to the experience rather than the nuts-and-bolts of new technologies, and an adventure tale related with the sureness and joy of a master storyteller.
Date published: 2000-03-06

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Midnight Robber

by Nalo Hopkinson
As told by Nalo Hopkinson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.95 in

Published: March 1, 2000

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446675601

ISBN - 13: 9780446675604

From the Publisher

It''s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival-until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen''s legendary powers can save her life . . . and set her free.

From the Jacket

Nalo Hopkinson has gained spectacular acclaim for her unique vision and the way she brings the vibrant traditions of Caribbean literature and lore to modern science fiction. The author of Brown Girl in the Ring, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel and finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award, now offers a haunting new tale of innocence and experience.

PRISONER OF NEW HALF-WAY TREE

It''s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. But to young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favourite costume to wear at the festival -- until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgivable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Here Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth -- and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen''s legendary powers can save her life...and set her free.

About the Author

Nalo Hopkinson was born in Jamaica and has lived in Guyana, Trinidad, and Canada. The daughter of a poet/playwright and a library technician, she has won numerous awards including the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Canada''s Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic. Her award-winning short fiction collection Skin Folk was selected for the 2002 New York Times Summer Reading List and was one of the New York Times Best Books of the Year. Hopkinson is also the author of The New Moon''s Arms, The Salt Roads, Midnight Robber, and Brown Girl in the Ring. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and splits her time between California, USA, and Toronto, Canada.

From Our Editors

Nalo Hopkinson is all about a fascinating fusion of Caribbean literature and modern science fiction. Needless to say, Midnight Robber is an intriguing novel. The Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating Carnival with music, dance and pageantry. All sorts of masked folks only add to the spirit of the celebration, until a young girl realizes that it is part of a system that has corrupted her father. Suddenly, the two are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree, where monstrous creatures rule and violent humans rebel. The young girl must reach into the myth to become the Robber Queen, the one person whose legendary powers can save her life.

Editorial Reviews

"...employs Caribbean folk elements to tell a story that is by turns fantastic, allegorical and contemporary."-Washington Post

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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