Catalyst

Catalyst Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Title: Catalyst
  • Author: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • ISBN: 9781892391384
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Catalyst Nina Kiriki Hoffman Catalyst This psychologically complex science fiction novel focuses on a sensitive adolescent making the difficult transition from childhood into adolescent sexuality and adult society A boy fleeing a bullyin
    This psychologically complex science fiction novel focuses on a sensitive adolescent making the difficult transition from childhood into adolescent sexuality and adult society A boy, fleeing a bullying classmate, inadvertently makes first contact with a race of aliens who live beneath the surface of his planet Exploring such subjects as the dynamics of dysfunctional famiThis psychologically complex science fiction novel focuses on a sensitive adolescent making the difficult transition from childhood into adolescent sexuality and adult society A boy, fleeing a bullying classmate, inadvertently makes first contact with a race of aliens who live beneath the surface of his planet Exploring such subjects as the dynamics of dysfunctional families and human society s greed based political system, Catalyst has eerie psychological undercurrents and tells an emotionally compelling and surprising story.
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    About Nina Kiriki Hoffman


    1. Nina Kiriki Hoffman s first solo novel, The Thread That Binds the Bones 1993 , won the Bram Stoker Award for first novel her second novel, The Silent Strength of Stones 1995 was a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards A Red Heart of Memories 1999, part of her Matt Black series , nominated for a World Fantasy Award, was followed by sequel Past the Size of Dreaming in 2001 Much of her work to date is short fiction, including Matt Black novella Unmasking 1992 , nominated for a World Fantasy Award and Matt Black novelette Home for Christmas 1995 , nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon awards In addition to writing, Hoffman has taught, worked part time at a B Dalton bookstore, and done production work on The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction An accomplished fiddle player, she has played regularly at various granges near her home in Eugene, Oregon.


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    1. A very short book.This book reminded me in many ways of many kids YA books I ve read about young people making first contact with an alien species Andre Norton s, for example A young teenager on a colony world, fleeing a bully, stumbles into a cave and finds an alien city Issues with the bully get resolved, the adults get called in, and positive aspects should come out of this for all.The radical elements here are that the colony world in question is really a criminal world, bootlegging illegal [...]

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    2. Ummm What a unique and weird and fun book I really liked it, it was just a little too short, ending just when it was about to really get going I would definitely read a sequel What else There s a scene where the boy meets some aliens inside a cave and they view spoiler lick him all over until he orgasms hide spoiler Which is, like, OK But then he brings his MOM to the cave and then they view spoiler undress her and presumably do the same thing to her while he s standing right there hide spoiler [...]

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    3. An unusual first contact novel, her first SF novel The setup is a bit squicky, but it s well written and I liked it pretty well Odd characters, odd planet, interesting aliens Publisher s Weekly said, This weird novel of alien contact careens like a pinball among the bumpers of science fiction, young adult literature and softcore porn So, there you are Kinda bizarre 2.6 stars

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    4. Nina Kiriki Hoffman is one of my favorite authors If you like Octavia Butler or Ursula LeGuin, Hoffman will be an author for you.This book was categorized as SF, rather than Young Adult at my library, most likely because of the erotic scenes This would be one of those secret word of mouth books that I m sure that scifi fantasy teen readers will hope to stumble across for that very reason You get a hint of the sexy stuff to come within the second page She looked like his ideal woman, but he never [...]

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    5. strangehorizons reviews 2007 04 the_2007_philiptml return return Kaslin, the adolescent hero growing up on a recently colonised planet, falls into a cave while escaping the torments of the rich girl who he fancies, and discovers a hitherto unknown indigenous alien lifeform, a hive mind that communicates through sex and food This could have been a great novel of sexual and political awakening, as Kaslin gets to grips with the alien being and the girl in the first case, and her greedy oligarch par [...]

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    6. I wish there was a way to distinguish in the rating between meh and I loved part so much and hated part so much This one was definitely the second type of two stars.It reads like a completely awesome beginning of a novel, with a horrible ending tacked on too soon Like the author got frightened of the mess she had created for her characters and slapped on a deus ex machina Like the other book of hers I ve read, I was totally impressed with the worldbuilding and the themes she addressed, and I fou [...]

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    7. A creative story, and a nice foray into science fiction for Hoffman I enjoyed the world she created, both the aliens and the humans It did have a bit of a feeling of a short story, leaving many questions unanswered and with no real resolution As always with her tales, a character initially setup to be an antagonist is redeemed, rather quickly in this case This may be puzzling to those not used to Hoffman s writing style.

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    8. Uncomfortably perplexing, rushed pacing, and cringe y sexual sensual moments with non consensual overtones with teens So No Very alien aliens right up to the predictable moment when view spoiler they reveal that they are an ancient species that already knew about humans and probably bio engineered or meddled with all life in the galaxy Sigh Really Again hide spoiler.

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    9. What an odd book I can t recall a first contact novel anything like it YA except the nonconsensual and extremely thorough touching would freak out the kind of adults who freak out about that sort of thing view spoiler Thematically a little bit like Childhood s End in that the alien master race wants less to do with the adults, especially the enhanced ones, than with the unspoiled children hide spoiler Definitely speculative fiction, not science fiction very little science in bink, bink, bootah b [...]

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    10. Quite creeped out by this one, not sure if I was supposed to be Alien first contact with dubious consent sexual relations, grievous bullying with everyone in power looking the other way, and slavery masquerading as work contracts While I normally recommend everything Hoffman to everyone, this is the exception to the rule.

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    11. A bit weird OK, read in all one sitting and I liked the world created for this story, but I can understand the reason this book isn t found in too many public libraries Waaaaay too much emphasis on the teen s masturbatory by the aliens and sexual encounters with another teen It s not handled in a porn way, but I just found it detracted from the overall book I would have preferred backstory on some of the other characters, or on the setup at the colony his father at one point basically sold the [...]

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    12. This was a fun read, and one that drew me in so I finished it faster than many other books I ve started The story did have a bit of a frantic pace at times, too many things happening a bit too quickly, but that aspect is hard to differentiate from the world building which deftly built up the background of the characters and the world with a minimum of awkward exposition.The story is obviously framed as one of first contact, of initial interaction of discovery and I feel like the ending works wel [...]

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    13. This is one of the oddest, kinkiest YA SF books I ve read in a while In her other fantasy novels, Hoffman has often touched upon the theme of people with too much power over others and how they abuse that power Teenaged Kaslin has been at the whim of his parents, a bully, and now the aliens he found in a cave on the human colonized planet where he lives His relationship with the bully becomes disturbingly romantic though it mirrors the plight of many female characters in romance novels and the a [...]

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    14. I had a few quibbles with the social structure described in the book, which seemed very unstable, but my real complaint is the abrupt ending of the book I wanted the story to continue, and to find out what happened next To me, that is one sign of a good book.The alien contact was fascinatingly strange, and the portrayal of a truly incomprehensible advanced alien culture was very interesting But then, it just stops

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    15. While I love all of Nina Kiriki Hoffman, this is the only book by her I have definatly NOT recommended to my niece Tyler My sister Mary d kill me for the rather strange eroticism of the book.I have all Nina s books but won t let me add Courting Disasters, Unmasking, Legacy of Fire or Common Threads.The story Housewife has sex and eroticism it s about the only story or book by her that makes me squirm with discomfort.Susan

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    16. This is in some ways not the typical SF plot I expected, but instead a typical Nina K Hoffman book with lots of twists, strange life forms and even stranger ideas concepts However, I really liked the idea, that the aliens aren t arriving from the sky, but instead are already living under the feet of a human colony An original idea is also the fact that the protagonist is the only one in the beginning able to manipulate the alien material into everything he wants with his voice Nice

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    17. This is a good example of a book that doesn t go exactly how you would expect it to, which is realistic The main character is not what I would call a hero, but I enjoy learning about him as the random person who stumbles into the role of protagonist His emotions and the manipulation of them by other characters is believable, and sometimes a little sad, and captures a less than rock solid teenager.

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    18. Normally I m a fan of Nina Kiriki Hoffman, but this one didn t click for me Some of the ideas were interesting, in terms of the world she created, but I couldn t stand Histly, and Kaslin is way too passive for most of the book The whole time, things are just happening to him, and it just didn t make for an engaging read for me Also, the sexual material in this book was justodd The pieces of this book just didn t fit together into a cohesive whole for me.

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    19. Earth based humans in a future earth dominated galaxy Good emotional depiction of main character, as he makes first contact with subterranean aliens of extraordinary ability The family life of him and his friend adversary tells a lot about the developments of human culture Interesting read, but not going onto my favorites list.

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    20. I read two Nina Kiriki Hoffman books this weekend and I am still like, why have I never read any of this woman s stuff Holy crap, can she write This novel was short, sweet, emotionally resonant, and mature Also, I need to find out if there is a sequel, because I would like So much .

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    21. This is a very atypical book forNina Kiriki Hoffman, being definitely science fiction, but still good In fact, I wish she d write like this.Also surprisingly hot teenage BDSM sex.

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    22. Such a good start bizarre, original It messed with gender roles and consent Then it just lost steam, fell flat I m all for an open ending, but this was a letdown Still, the start was interesting and entertaining enough to warrant three stars.

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    23. One of the most original and fascinating sci fi novels I ve read in ages A quick read, mostly because it was so weird and inventive I couldn t put it down.

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    24. More novella than novel, an intriguing coming of age First Contact story set in a plausible future discouragingly dominated by technology and greed.

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    25. The only reason I didn t rate it highly is because I was annoyed at how it ended

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    26. i love Nina Kiriki Hoffman, but this was really bad.

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    27. Author has a great imagination, but just not my cup of sci fi tea Glad it was a short read.

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    28. Alien sex poetry That about sums it up.

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    29. A little entertaining and a little interesting The main character is too passive, and others are unlikable.

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    30. This was kinda a sex with aliens book Which ok if there s something else there that s fine but really the rest wasn t interesting either.

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