Midnight Robber by Nalo HopkinsonMidnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

Midnight Robber

byNalo HopkinsonAs told byNalo Hopkinson

Paperback | March 1, 2000

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"Deeply satisfying...succeeds on a grand scale...best of all is the language....Hopkinson's narrative voice has a way of getting under the skin."--The New York Times Book Review

"Caribbean patois adorns this novel with graceful rhythms...Beneath it lie complex, clearly evoked characters, haunting descriptions of exotic planets, and a stirring story...[This book] ought to elevate Hopkinson to star status." --Seattle Times

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.
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 collect...
Title:Midnight RobberFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.95 inPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage: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

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