Midnight Robber

Midnight Robber

by Nalo Hopkinson
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Midnight Robber 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PoCoAlaskan More than 1 year ago
Huge story packed into a small book. In this novel, Hopkinson displays her talent for creating worlds with their own complex ecosystems of both sustenance and power relationships. Both planets come alive but through the limited understanding of Tan-Tan, who must adjust to a new world and carve a place out for herself. As with Brown Girl in the Ring, the reader is drawn into the concerns of just a few characters while recognizing that there are so many other stories in these worlds that yearn to be told. Hopkinson builds her worlds form the ground-up rather than from the top-down and yet I'm never left wondering why things are the way they are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author's skilful use of Caribbean patois lends an air of reality to the story. Plot is somewhat unusual. ----- LME
harstan More than 1 year ago
On the planet Toussaint, womanizing Cockpit county Mayor Antonio catches his wife Ione sleeping with Quashee. Irate, Antonio moves out of their home, but for the next five months does nothing about being cuckolded. He has only a few hours left to challenge Quashee to a duel of honor in the fight yard before the legal limit for such a matter ends. The rules do not allow for loss of life, but Antonio kills his opponent anyway.

Under arrest for murder, Antonio, accompanied by his daughter Tan-Tan flees their technically advanced planet through a dimension shifter to land on its primitive ¿twin¿, New Half Way Tree. On their new home planet, the dinosaur-like Douen that are mythological creatures on Toussaint thrive. As the years pass Antonio drifts into a world of alcohol and sexually abuses his daughter, who ultimately kills him in self-defense. As she flees from her stepmother¿s ire, Tan-Tan begins to understand her new tree mates the Douen and soon becomes the MIDNIGHT ROBBER, a legend on her former home planet.

The MIDNIGHT ROBBER is an excellent science fiction tale because author Nalo Hopkinson makes both of her worlds seem vividly real. Toussaint appears to be a technologically advanced Caribbean planet while New Half Way Tree seems very primal. Antonio is a strange, but fully developed character while Tan-Tan will steal the hearts of the audience. As with BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, the award winning Ms. Hopkinson proves she has a unique and wonderful perspective that provides a fresh voice in the science fiction arena.

Harriet Klausner