Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted past.In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of ...

Details Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

TitleGods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Novella

Reviews Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

  • Justine
    3.5 stars rounded upA very interesting novella. At the outset I felt like the worldbuilding was a bit of a combination of too much detail about some things and not enough about others. The characters, however, were quite wonderful right from the start.About the halfway point things smoothed out for me, and once the time travel happened I loved the entire portion spent in the past. That ending though, what? I want some more please :)
  • Gabrielle
    A very interesting novella about time-travel and ecology! I got this one on sale for Kindle as a vacation read, and I had no idea what I was getting into.Earth has suffered massive ecological disasters and humans are slowly re-building the ecosystems necessary for the planet’s survival. An older generation of humans, the “plague babies” grew up during the worse of the cataclysms, and some, like our protagonist, Minh, chose to get artificial...
  • Leo Robertson
    Fascinating, imaginatively dense and highly compelling sci-fi novella about time-travelling ecological preservation projects? For sure!Since Robson is evidently a devourer of sci-fi, this reads like a story for sci-fi devourers. The details come thick and fast at the beginning in simple enough language--habitats are "habs", "bioms" monitor health, "whispering" is like telepathy (right?), there are "bots" helping out around the peach orchard, the ...
  • Lata
    3.5 stars. Great mix of elements in a future post-environmental destruction, with habitats, different generations of humans (that’s not a good description of the differences based on those born during plague years and those born much more healthy afterwards), projects to rebuild portions of the environment, and time travel. And a fabulous book cover. And an older female protagonist. And, a story that begins in a future Canada! This is a story w...
  • Gary
  • Veronique
    3.5*Another rather good novella, this time featuring a future where Earth has suffered a devastating ecological disaster and humans are trying to re-built/re-generate the planet. The vision Robson gives us is intriguing, from the technology used to the different ‘classes’ of people. The two narratives, juxtaposing the far past with the far future into recognisable worlds, work very well together, presenting such different societies, and yet w...
  • Lindsay
    A novella that starts in the future with a small cast of environmental remediation specialists working in Calgary, Canada after a global ecological apocalypse, and then heads into the distant past for a time travel mission to ancient Mesopotamia.Our main character is Minh, pictured in the amazing cover art, is a "plague baby", one of a generation of humans born into incredible hardship. In Minh's case she has no lower limbs and uses an octopus-li...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    I loved this! Video review: https://youtu.be/FxroXhPmqzk(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC.)
  • Rina
    3 stars- I liked it.Kelly Robson has created a unique world in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach. The concept, prosthetic limbs help create mutants who travel back in time to an early river civilization, kept my interest throughout this novella. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the world building in this story, I did not find myself too emotionally involved with the characters. With that being said, I think I will read future works by this auth...
  • Sara Saif
    This is the kind of science-fiction that makes you feel stupid. And confused. And sleepy. Mercifully, it was short. "Minh drove into project management mode. She wanted to skim through TERN's project protocol information and then focus on further refining her work plan using whatever historical information she could get access to. But the project protocol docs were tedious, with hour upon hour of real-time content. Summarizing and scanning ahead ...
  • Allison Hurd
    Ecological conservators get a job to do a survey of the ancient world. In their present, the world is in cataclysm, capitalism has choked off progress, time travel has halted the future, and "privacy" is measured in how many walls you get to say you own rather than any sort of solitude in your own mind. In the world they're exploring, their coming is signaled by three new stars in the sky.CONTENT WARNING: (no actual spoilers, just a list of topic...
  • daisy
    Review also posted over at my reading blog. (It's still very new and 'under construction' in terms of the layout/content/links, so keep that in mind!)Now, I don't have the best track record when it comes to novellas, short stories and short fiction. They inevitably leave me wanting more - and not always in a good way! Having said that: I really enjoyed Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach and mostly because it was so unlike anything else I've read...
  • Lucille
    4,5/5This was very good!! I'll write a longer review to explain why closer to release date! A note: - a character is asexual, with the word being used!- but the way the text references it later on gives the wrong idea: being asexual does not mean not being interested in romance, asexuality and aromanticism aren't the same thing
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    There's a lot to unpack in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach and I would be lying if I said that I figured out everything with my first read through. Robson doesn't tell you everything, and I appreciate that. Instead, Robson gives you the bones of the story, and you're left to flesh out the rest of it on your own. And you can't just accept everything at face value, either. There's some information you'll only clue into if you google it (or you'...
  • Leseparatist
    A fascinating world and complex characters whose interactions with it are thoughtfully presented. However, I can't help thinking it's half a book and not all of it; the repercussions and some of the elements of the story never quite play out. I guess some of it is the thematic point of the story, but if that's so, I wish the build-up to the anti-climactic end had been more decisive.Robson is very talented and this might just be a personal prefere...
  • Alexandra
    Did your brain go totally Roald Dahl when you saw the title? Mine did. Anyway, this novella was sent to me by the publisher, Tor.com, at no cost. It will be available for you to read from 13 March, 2018 (which is this year!). Somehow, don't ask me how, I managed not to read "The Waters of Versailles," Robson's highly regarded short story from... last year? The year before? I don't know how I managed not to read it, given everyone else was raving...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book as a gift. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)My lasting impression of Robson's novella is that this entire world building reads effortlessly. At first it's like you've jumped into the deep end of a pool on a hot summer day. The shock is blinding and initially frigid because Robson doesn't throw us any life boats. There's no hand holding and incredibly tedious hand holding. We are ...
  • Kam
    Review based on an #arc given to me for free by Tor.Com Publishing. It is scheduled for release on March 13, 2018.Man, but this was a fun read. The characters are wonderful to read about (I love Kiki and Minh), and though it takes a while to really get into the worldbuilding, once you grasp it it's a really well-built, well thought-out world that projects a future that might not be too long in coming if we keep on going down the road we're on rig...
  • Mike
    3.25 out of 5 starsThis is a compelling little story that drops you into a future where ecological disasters have ravaged the Earth and time travel is now a possibility. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on in the first several chapters, but things are made more clear as time passes. The interplay between the chapter epigraphs and the main narrative was a really great feature that I enjoyed puzzling out.As a setting, ancient Mesopotamia provid...
  • Jeffe Kennedy
    A gorgeous, thoughtful story about environmental consultants of the future, waging a battle to restore damaged ecosystems by traveling to the past. This possible future is detailed and richly imagined. My favorite of Robson's stories so far.
  • Paul Perry
    A wonderfully fresh, inventive, lively and thoughtful read. We are at some point in the future where humanity seems to be rebuilding itself following various disasters, largely ecological one of our on making. I say "seem to be" because Robson never states this, just has the characters allude to things in their history - or, rather, things in their present that hint at the history. This naturalism is one of the things I loves about the writing, t...
  • Erin
    Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is a slower moving novella. There’s a far amount of the book that is focused putting together the research project. It’s realistic. Research proposals and plans are time consuming. It took me a little bit to get hooked but the research proposal planning section was really great for seeing the character’s history and dynamics. You are thrown right into the world at the start and it takes a while for some o...
  • Roslyn
    3.5There was a lot to like about this novel, and I appreciated all of it. The mishmash of the world in the future, the time travel theme and the larger-than-life characters shouldn't have worked, but it somehow did. For some reason, though, I admired rather than purely enjoyed the book - it didn't quite grab me by the throat in that delightful way that usually makes a novel special for me. In particular, I wan't fond of the (view spoiler)[villain...
  • Donna
    Minh, a Plague Baby and environmental remediator, travels from 2267 to 2024 to learn about the previous ecosystem.This is almost a five star book for me. The characters were all great - they had depth and reality. Minh is an annoying person and I still really liked her and cared about her. Her companions, another Plague Baby who is obsessed with horses, and a Fat Baby who would do anything to be included on this time travel trip, were real to me,...
  • Adam
    This was a big personal treat. I've been choosing a lot of my reading lately by trying to see what has already been done in the realm of my target area for fiction: combining ecology and genre fiction. To some extent, my motivation derives from the enormous gulf between, to the stuff it seems like there ought to be, and how few books actually been able to find that really deliver on it. Thankfully, that seems to be changing. In this book in parti...
  • Judd Karlman
    It was a fun read with interesting characters and a solid setting. It had some interesting things to say about generational tension and research funding.I'm not sure that it stuck the landing but it is a novella coming in at less than 200 pages. If the idea of a socially conscious eco-sci-fi time travel story appeal to you pick it up.
  • Rhonda
    I will add a link when my review has been published (Coming soon!).All I will say for now is...read this gem! You won't regret it.
  • Kate
    Really interesting world building and great characters. An amazing amount of detail packed into a short novel - I would have been happy if had been twice as long.
  • Nicole Luiken
    SF novella. Interesting post-apocalyptic setting with a ecological scientist heroine, plus time travel. I really liked grouchy Minh's relationship with the younger generation Kiki. The two timelines worked well together.Quibble: The ending had no denouement and felt more like the one-line punch ending to a short story. It left me wondering what happened next. Tor.com has had a number of sequel novellas from other authors, perhaps this will also g...
  • Astra Astrid
    I love Kelly Robson. I read all her short stories when they were posted for free, then went and bought them when they went up for sale. As far as I know, I've read everything she's written, and loved every word.This book, despite the odd title (which totally makes sense for the story) is no exception. It's wonderful. She takes a considerably unoriginal trope - time travel - and writes a unique story about it.I really like Ms Robson's turns of phr...