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read The Courier's New Bicycle kindle ↠ ebook ☆ [Read] ➵ The Courier's New Bicycle By Kim Westwood – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A beautifully written story of the near future and its murky underworld A beautifully written story of the near future and its murky underworld.And its murky underwor I'm really disappointed this book isn't better known and easily available with secondhand paperback copies thin and expensive on the ground and the publisher only offering it as print on demand or KindleI found out about the story through a talk on Australian science fiction where a panelist discussed the basic premise and I thought it sounded amazing and it certainly didn't disappoint Australian SF writers need to be better known and this one is important because it is set in Melbourne and undeniably Australian in its feel This isn't really a story about science fiction as very few sciencespeculative fiction books are It's about gender fertility animal rights religious extremism basic new romance etc It's also about trying to be a good person in a corrupt world – where religion and morals are so completely divorced from one anotherI have to admit to expecting ahead of the plot because I thought I saw set ups that weren’t carried through for example I thought Inez would be revealed as dealing with the enemy and something would happen to the cat I mean come on when someone’s involved in a dark underworld and the author is waxing lyrical about how desperately important the main character’s pet is you know the kitty’s going to get itI also feel like the animal liberationist part was at some points a step too far Westwood is already beating the drum for gender euality and making so many other righteous cautious points to then have to go into animal rights I was almost a bit caused outThe scariest type of SF for me is the stuff which is really only a few years ahead of where we are right now – making its warnings all the vivid Already this year there has been scandals involving surrogacy laws and Australians – and the return of faith based hate crimesOne of my favourite books of this genre is Atwood's Handmaiden's Tale and there's a lot reminiscent with the dystopian Melbourne of this book

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A beautifully written s I'm conflicted over reviewing this book as there was a lot to love about it but overall it really didn't set my world on fire I wanted to like it than I did but that may be due to my tastes than any fault of the authorThe story is set in a dystopic future I love 'verses like this that are connected closely to our own but with some twist It's why i love Mira grant's Newsflesh series In Westwood's vision for the near future a vaccine for a bird flu has caused widespread infertility The instability arising from this has seen a rise in religious fundamentalism and a black market in fertility drugs Sal the courier of the title delivers these drugs around Melbourne The main plot involves a fight for turf amongst the hormone bootleggersThere's a great sense of place which as a Melburnian I particularly enjoyed Overall the world building is interesting if a bit heavy on some repetitive exposition Sal is a 'transgressive' someone who's gender expression is clearly beyond the binary One of my issues with the book is that we get told this all the time but the actual exploration or demonstration or Sal's gender is rather thin The plot moves along uite well although I would've liked of the sub plot relating to Sal's involvement with an animal rights group which rescues animals from hormone farms Sal only distributes synthetic hormones which had some great tension in itIt's worth a look if only because ueer dystopic fiction like this is rare enough I'd hope for a seuel though so it did make an impression

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The Courier's New BicycleTory of the near future I got a copy of this science fiction novel set in Melbourne after hearing about it on Galactic Suburbia I now have a Galactic Suburbia tag for books that fit into this category and enjoyed it very much Westwood envisions a dark oppressive future where a virus has drastically reduced fertility rates and created a thriving black market in hormones Salisbury Forth is a bicycle courier for one of the ethical hormone companies and when dodgy hormones start turning up on the street purporting to be from her employer she goes into detective mode It wasn't so much the mystery element of this story I enjoyed as the entire world Westwood has created the character of Salisbury and her family she has created of those mostly on the outskirts of the narrow limits society now deems to be acceptable A wonderfully enjoyable book