The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente

Title: The Past is Red.
Writer(s)Catherynne M. Valente.
Format: Digital.
Release Date: July 20th 2021.
Pages: 160.
Genre(s): Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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15 thoughts on “The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente

  1. Waterworld, 2.0!

    Kevin Costner would proud that his bloated, self-absorbed dream lives on 😉

    You might have talked about this before, but how do you determine which books to read when publishers/authors send them to you? Or are they all solicited by you already so you’ve got a plan in place?

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    1. Hahahaha I didn’t even think of that movie but it’s pretty much that! 😛

      I rarely get unsolicited books but I squeeze them in when I can and if I do accept them. Most of the other books are books that I request out of curiosity. In this case, I was curious about the author’s other book, Deathless, for years and thought, why not try a novella first to see what her writing’s like.

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  2. Great review Lashaan! It seems that climate change is the underlying premise for a lot of new literature these days and of course that makes a lot of sense. However, an interesting and highly topical premise isn’t enough for me, I also want a solid and captivating story. Sounds like this one doesn’t quite deliver.

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    1. Thank you so much. I’ve started hearing more and more of them, especially in fantasy stories, and it’s definitely a nice premise to work with. For a novella, it does achieve a lot but for me, it doesn’t execute it in a way that would’ve made me want a sequel if there were ever to be one.

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  3. I’ve wanted to try Valente’s work for quite a while now. I don’t have this one but do have a few others in ebook form, so I’ll likely start on one of those. It’s always great getting to compare the thoughts of different folks after reading the same book and how some will love it, others hate it, and others only somewhat enjoy it. What will I think of it? Well, there’s only one way to find out. 🙂

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    1. I actually always wanted to read Deathless but never got around to it. I thought this novella would give me a good idea of her writing style and creativity so I went ahead to try it before. I can’t say it convinced me of anything in particular but I still look forward to trying Deathless someday now hahah I hope your experience with this author will be fully positive when you get around to it, Todd! Thanks for reading. 😀


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