Looking Through Lace (Looking Through Lace, #1)

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  • Looking Through Lace (Looking Through Lace, #1)
  • Ruth Nestvold
  • English
  • 14 October 2019

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Looking Through Lace (Looking Through Lace, #1) Thought Provoking Great, Classic Sci Fi NovellaI Want Very Enjoyable Read Reader Reviews.As The Only Woman On The First Contact Team, Xenolinguist Toni Donato Expected Her Assignment On Christmas Would Be To Analyze The Secret Women S Language But Then The Chief Linguist Begins To Sabotage Her Work What Is Behind It Why Do The Men And Women Have Separate Languages In The First Place What Toni Learns Turns Everything She Thought They Knew On Its Head Originally Published In Asimov S In 2003, Looking Through Lace Was A Finalist For The Tiptree And Sturgeon Awards The Italian Translation Won The Premio Italia For Best Work Of Speculative Fiction In Translation In 2007.Reviews Looking Through Lace By Ruth Nestvold Is Terrific Science Fiction I Want To Read Of This Writer S Stories Andi Shechter In January Magazine Looking Through Lace By Ruth Nestvold Is An Intelligent, Complex Story Illustrating The Difficulties Of Learning And Understanding The Nuances And Intricacies Of An Alien Language And Culture, Particularly One So Similar To Our Own That We Persist In Viewing It Wrongly On Our Terms The Reason Why There Are So Many Differences Between The Languages Of Both Men And Women Are Logical And Well Thought Out, And The Final Revelation About The True Nature Of The Relationship Between The Women And The Men Comes As A Nice Twist Phil Friel In Tangent Online Two Strong Stories Stand Out From The Rest Of The Fiction Ruth Nestvold S Looking Through Lace Rests On A Relatively Simple Reversal Or Secret, But The Rest Of It Is Solidly Written And Convincing The Main Character Is A Young Female Xenolinguist Named Toni She Is Called To A Planet Named Christmas To Study The Mejan Culture Nestvold Presents A Neat Puzzle, And She Takes The Time To Present It Just So James Schellenberg In Challenging DestinyAbout The Author Ruth Nestvold S Short Stories Have Appeared In Numerous Markets, Including Asimov S, FSF, Baen S Universe, Strange Horizons, Realms Of Fantasy, And Gardner Dozois S Year S Best Science Fiction Her Fiction Has Been Nominated For The Nebula, Tiptree, And Sturgeon Awards In 2007, The Italian Translation Of Her Novella Looking Through Lace Won The Premio Italia Award For Best International Work Her Novel Flamme Und Harfe Appeared In Translation With The German Imprint Of Random House, Penhaligon, In 2009 And Has Since Been Translated Into Dutch And Italian She Maintains A Web Site At Www.ruthnestvold.com.

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10 thoughts on “Looking Through Lace (Looking Through Lace, #1)

  1. heidi says:

    I like how much easier it has gotten for me to read novellas Yay for ebooks, because I never read Asimov s.I thought this highly polished story was a perfect example of how to work through one s own expectations At first, our viewpoint character arrives on the planet Christmas, expecting pretty much what people told her She got invited because she is the only female xenolinguist available, and it appears that the women have a second language that the men don t use She does all the things a sopho expert does starts figuring things out, falls for a local, gets squashed by her boss, the usual The twist is when she starts using her linguistic skills to tease out the cultural differences between what she has and expects, and what is actually going on.I spotted the twist coming, but that didn t ruin my enjoyment watching her figure out what was going on.Read if You like watching people have to re evaluate their assumptions, your are having a bad week with your boss.Skip if Linguistics scare you you don t have to understand the details, but they are a big part of the story You were hoping for a full book.

  2. Denise says:

    Linguists as heros and villains

  3. Ricki says:

    Parts of this were hard to follow, but very in depth world building for such a short novella.

  4. Ann says:

    My only problem with it is that there wasn t of it WHAT HAPPENS NEXT also felt a bit Sheri S Tepper ish, which is in no way a bad thing

  5. Margo James says:

    So different A new language thought not recorded, but the male scientists were wrong.

  6. Debra Dunbar says:

    Toni Donato is a xenolinguist, normally working behind the scenes, cataloging inflection, grammar, and structure of alien languages in massive databases, but she s finally gotten her big break to do field research On the planet, Christmas, the women appear to have a distinct, secret language from the men, and as the only female xenolinguist available, Toni is chosen for the research job She s excited to be a part of the first contact team, but that enthusiasm takes a hit when the chief linguist on the project blocks her every move, and sabotages her research efforts Culture and language misunderstandings abound, and Toni finds she needs to overcome her basic assumptions about the inhabitants in order to understand them and gain their trust.This book is a sci fi novella about 55 pages that would especially appeal to those with a love of the academic World building is excellent, and the author does a great job of showing how Toni teases out the differences in a language, using context, culture, and structure to break the code I found it all fascinating, but those looking for of an action oriented sci fi might think Looking Through Lace moves rather slowly The alien race on the planet Christmas are hominids, and it s easy to see them as just like us when they look just like us These assumptions need to be recognized and tossed aside in order for Toni to truly understand the language, society, and culture of the inhabitants Fun stuff There s a mystery Why is Toni s boss hindering her work Why do the women have a separate, secret language How do the linguistics of this culture tie in with their social structure There s a little hint of a romance, but it doesn t drive the story and drifts off at the end That was fine with me as I don t need to have romance in ALL the novels I read.

  7. Laurel Bradshaw says:

    I needed a title beginning with L for a book group challenge and had this on my Kindle I had also tagged it Christmas which is tomorrow so I thought why not It really has nothing to do with Christmas, except that it takes place on a planet called Christmas, named for the predominant red and green vegetation It was a fun little diversion a short story really so I finished it in two sessions It s really quite a polished little piece The author manages to create a believable world, complete with folk tales I love languages, so I enjoyed the puzzle of why there is a secret women s language on this world, and the process of learning about a culture through its language Not everything is solved at the end what DID happen to the first contact team , and there is a sequel.Description As the only woman on the first contact team, xenolinguist Toni Donato expected her assignment on Christmas would be to analyze the secret women s language but then the chief linguist begins to sabotage her work What is behind it Why do the men and women have separate languages in the first place What Toni learns turns everything she thought they knew on its head Originally published in Asimov s in 2003, Looking Through Lace was a finalist for the Tiptree and Sturgeon awards The Italian translation won the Premio Italia for best work of speculative fiction in translation in 2007.

  8. Arlena says:

    Author Ruth NestvoldPublished By R.N.Age Recommend 16Reviewed By Arlena DeanRaven Rating 5Blog Review For GMTAReview Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold was a wonderful fascinating short Sci Fi read This author did a wonderfuljob with the main character, Toni Donato who was female xenolinguist. her assignment was with the first contact teamon the alien planet Christmas to analyze the secret women s language studying the Mejan culture The women spoke a different language that the men were not allowed to learn Why and how did this happen However, obstacles are put in place for Toni to do her jobthe chief linguist Dr Repnik began to disrupt her work so she was going to have to do something How did she accomplish this task Well, you will have to read Looking Through Lace to find out Looking Through Lace wad a well written and worthwhile read If you a a science fiction lover this is really a novel for you The title is perfect for this read and I liked the book cover.Read

  9. Anna says:

    This is one of those books that makes me regret the fact that I give out five stars to every book that entertains me for a day Because Looking Through Lace transcends that rating system and begs at least six or seven starswhich I m unfortunately unable to give it.At 79 pages, this book is tight and solid, lacking fluff and leaving you wanting but still feeling like a full, thought provoking story The heroine is a xenolinguist in a first contact situation, so there s lots of linguistic geekerywhich is 100% relevant to the story I don t want to tell you any for fear I ll spoil the book, but suffice it to say there s a solid mystery, great characters, and a world I want to see much of.In the end, this book reminded me of A Door Into Ocean, one of those little known books that deserves to be much widely read I recommend this title to everyone who either likes the intricacies of thought provoking science fiction or simply enjoys a page turning, character driven yarn I could write much , but I m off to borrow book two instead.

  10. Vroom says:

    I m being a little generous with my I liked it because it has a cute little set up and one of my favorite topics Unfortunately, the characters aren t deep and the antagonist is ridiculously cardboard Feels very much like 1970 s SF, which is a good thing.Novella not a real book, so it s done about as soon as you pick it up Still, I liked it and that s mostly because it has a lovely linguistics oriented mystery at its heart which was fun to explore and felt fresh The pity is that it wasn t expanded to a proper book, where it could take the time to explore exactly what certain relationships meant view spoiler by which I mean the pretty boy prostitute who was supplied for the protagonist s use and her surprise and horror when she realizes she is the exploiter It s just as ugly as if she had been written as a male with a young beautiful girl hide spoiler