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review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Johanna Sinisalo En vähän hän on itse asiassa tiennyt pojastaan tämän salaisesta elämästä internetissä ja sen ulkopuolella Ja Eeron ja mehiläisten kohtalot linkittyvät odottamattomilla tavoilla yhteenOrvo ottaa epätoivoisen askeleen Jonnekin mihin vain hän ja mehiläiset tuntevat tien. Part ecological warning part fable part story of a man who's just lost his son part discussion of the pros and cons of meat and maybe most of all an all too possible picture of how the world could fall apart without bees More alternate near history than science fictionI hope I get to hear her speak at Worldcon this year

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review Enkelten verta 103 å [Ebook] ➣ Enkelten verta ➩ Johanna Sinisalo – Albert Einsteinin väitetään sanoneen että mikäli mehiläiset häviäisivät maailmasta ihmislajilla olisi nelisen vuotta elinaikaa jäljelläOn 2010 luvun jälkipuolisko Ennennäkemättömän laa Albert Einsteinin väitetään sanoneen että Albert Einsteinin väitetään sanoneen että mikäli mehiläiset häviäisivät maailmasta ihmislajilla olisi nelisen vuotta elinaikaa jäljelläOn luvun jälkipuolisko Ennennäkemättömän laaja ja tuhoisa mehiläisten joukkokatoaminen ravistelee Yhdysvaltoja Suomessa mehiläis. It took me a really long time to read this book It's short but HEAVY The narration skips around in time some but it's fairly easy to understand what's going on although the subject matter is difficult advanced impacts of climate change very strained family relationships murder dealing with close death The main character is a good person if a somewhat simple man He's never wanted much out of life and does his best at the things he elects to do His care for his bees is a central part of the story and the mystery of the bees is certainly what pushes the book into the realm of spec fic I'd recommend it for those who want an intimate cli fi novel someone who wants a not uite dystopia but still uncomfortably true possible future and those who are looking for a bit of the hidden in everyday life

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Enkelten vertaHoitaja Orvo löytää tarhastaan tyhjän pesän Onko Euroopan ja ehkä koko ihmiskunnan lähtölaskenta alkanutOrvon elämällä on tähän asti ollut kaksi keskipistettä mehiläispesät ja hänen poikansa Eero Kun Orvon elämän perustukset romahtavat hän joutuu huomaamaan mit. Most readers could fly through Lola Rogers’ translation of The Blood of Angels by Finnish author Johanna Sinisalo in a handful of hours Yet as the relatively brief enjoyment of a spoonful of honey belies the phenomenal labor of countless bees so too does consumption of this novel’s simple flowing prose hide the rich complex depth of its construction and significance Sinisalo’s novel captures an apocalyptic large scale focus on humanity that is typical of speculative fiction yet keeps a keenly literary focus on the psychological trials of an individual and familyIn a near future of worldwide catastrophic ecologic change and economic crisis apiarist Orvo finds his life personally shaken when his long absent inattentive father Ari returns from the devastated United States and when his activist son Eero tragically dies Ari had taken over Hopevale Meats slaughterhouse putting him in opposition to Eero’s dedication to animal rights and leadership in organized disruption of industries that utilize – and in Eero’s mind exploit – animals Eero’s activities and passionate beliefs are only fully revealed to Orvo after his son’s death and discovering Eero’s posts in a personal blog and on the extremist Animalist Revolutionary Army website Eero ranInterspersed with extracts from Eero’s blogs The Blood of Angels tracks Orvo’s response to the loss of his son and the growing environmental threats to his livelihood The mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder CCD of honeybee populations appears responsible along with climate change and drought for agricultural disruptions and the resulting shortages in national food supplies that have global society reeling Though CCD hasn’t yet manifested in Finland Orvo fears his beloved apiary that he inherited from his grandfather Pupa may be threatenedHe discovers that the bees of one hive have inexplicably vanished abandoning their ueen and compounding Orvo’s recent personal loss However in the loft of his barn Orvo also discovers a strange window looking out upon a naturally pristine scene of a seemingly foreign world Reading up on mythology associated with bees Orvo begins to wonder if honeybee migration to this other universe may account for CCD and he soon realizes that the bees may not have been the only ones to flee the distress of our Earth for ParadiseThis plot permits Sinisalo to delve into ecological issues of humanity in its relation to fellow animals and its connectedness to the biology of Earth The instinctual devotion of honeybees at all costs to their role in pollination – and the vital pillar this job forms in the ecology of Earth – contrasts with the behavior of humanity which for all its intelligence creates technology that destroys habitats and which appears unable to change in response to the environment when unpleasant no matter how vital“I am a fleer from evil a dodger of difficultyI could at least sometimes not avoid the things that I know are going to turn out badly or upset me or cause me extra trouble How many times have I left an email unopened for days when I know the sender can’t have anything pleasant to say to me gone online to change my appointment for a check up at the dentist that’s already been put off too long avoided looking at a stain on the shower wall that might be an omen of expensive and difficult to repair damageBut unpleasantness misfortune wrongs that concern me I prefer not to face It’s a trait I no doubt share with the rest of the world We prefer to put off inconvenient truths until the very last minute” 23Whether early or late the consciousness of humans does ultimately compel action against wrongs In this regard The Blood of Angels makes key observations regarding activism First the best intentions don’t always end up well Human intervention is inherently disruptive with unforeseen effects beyond the benefits sought Would it be good for the environment if everyone stopped eating meat If we eliminate factory farming but still need to maintain current product levels would that then use land and energy If we alter apiary practices to combat CCD and use antibiotics – or stop antibiotic use – what will happen The we meddle the worse things may becomeSecond activism in one direction paradoxically engenders withdrawl from others In The Blood of Angels the admirable ecological consciousness of the characters comes at the price of personal disconnect from self awareness and family relation Orvo’s devotion to the apiary separates him from his son so that he isn’t aware of Eero’s extremist activities It transposes honeybee behavior onto his perception of his ex wife Until the novel’s end Orvo is defined almost through his inactivity and the misfortune that causes Ultimately his one decision to act is not due to any individual need but for the good of the environment at large Likewise Eero’s fanatical devotion to broad animal rights prevents him from relating with his grandfather Ari and takes any time away from closeness with his fatherIn regard to these traits the human characters of the novel act much like honeybees sacrificing individual relations and regard for devoted focus on the hive the ecosystemHowever it also makes the characters less likable or perhaps relateable to the reader This is particularly true in the blog post portions of the novel where Eero’s opinions could provoke a negative reaction in the reader particularly if one is fine with eating meat and strongly disagrees with Eero’s politics and sanctimonious air Eero’s voice is also balanced by eually extreme voices from comments left in response to his posts Additionally the portion of text written in Orvo’s third person point of view indirectly shows the complexity of Eero and his opinions and the virtues and weaknesses alike that arise from his activismThough not about the science of CCD with its hypothesized causes and possible cures The Blood of Angels could be classified as science fiction with its inclusion of multiple universes Most would probably classify it as fantasy or magical realism which is in line with Sinisalo’s hesitance to my knowledge for genre labeling Only briefly does Sinisalo imply that the other world through the window that Orvo finds is a reality rather than a product of Orvo’s imagination A symbolic reading is still feasible and the other world with its Paradise like aspects is clearly used as an allegory for the after life with life “moving on to the Other Side”“The bees own Elysian Fields where angels’ blood is never shed Immortal forever youngThe darkness grows thicker and I wait for the stars holding my breath I believe that even at its darkest the night on the Other Side isn’t impenetrably black its darkness never as thick as sludge I can imagine that even on the most moonless starless winter night the black of the sky must be transparent stealthily see through so that you sense the flaming heat of a hidden summer beyond itA spotless skyEuripides’ paradise” 194Tying into the animal rights themes of the novel this Other Side is accessible to both humans and other animals bees illustrating a shared property of having an immortal soul This harkens back to one of Eero’s posts on what some might argue is the only characteristic separating humanity from other Earthly beasts“What if scientists one day locate the soul – if for instance it’s shown to be a magnetic field that can perhaps be photographed I’ll bet you anything that if animals are found to have a similar ‘soul’ then it will be the wrong size the wrong colour or in some other sense clearly not as good” 149The novel’s thematic focus on ecology and humanity’s responsibility to other life isn’t surprising given Sinisalo’s previous work What is unexpected from the James Tiptree Jr Award winning author however is the near exclusive feature of male characters Women in The Blood of Angels are not simply absent they are creatures that have abandoned most particularly Eero’s mother Marja Terrtu who has left Orvo for another man This interpretation largely comes from the often misogynistic point of view of Orvo Readers soon discover that the mother’s ‘abandonment’ is not simply her decision but rather arises from the power and control of menHuman society in the novel is thus presented as male dominated Here the generations follow Pupa Ari Orvo and Eero and the women are merely shown as present for the biological role of procreation This take on gender seems to reinforce the comparison that Sinisalo makes throughout the novel between human society or behavior and that of honeybees Nonetheless as noted by Nina Allan in her review of the novel on Strange Horizons the meaning Sinisalo intends with connections between the portrayal of women and the novel’s themes is not entirely clearThe Blood of Angels nicely welcomes many interpretations I for instance do not see problems with the ‘passivity’ of the characters that Allan brings up in her review It clearly could provoke uite different reactions depending on the reader Beautifully well written on important issues it is a novel to check out and a uick read that will linger like honey on the tongueDisclaimer I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This review was originally published at