- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (May 6 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442145080
- ISBN-13: 978-1442145085
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,805,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Admonishments of Kherishdar Paperback – May 6 2009
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About the Author
M.C.A. Hogarth has been many things, but is currently a mother, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens.
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This one is rather darker than the first book, and has some (usually offscreen) violent / disturbing episodes. But overall it's a character study of Shame, the peculiar conscience-as-person of the society. The format is so unique and the worldbuilding is so wonderful. Absolutely recommended.
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For one, it's well written, I mean -really- well written. Second, it's the same amazing world building I witnessed in The Aphorisms of Kherishdar, just...world building on the darker side of Civilization. Some of the stories in this book are heart-rending, but others are more comedic, or soul-lifting. I personally love 'Cutting', but my favorite story would have to be 'Homicidal Ideation'.
Yes, nearly each story is named for a crime to be corrected. Correction isn't punishment in this setting, but is meant to bring one back in line with the society of this world. The naming of the chapters is good, because you can easily skip triggering content if you wish. Still, I'd read with caution. The world building and amazing storytelling are worth it, but some of the stories can be upsetting. I personally don't read it as a morality guide. I read the stories as if I'm simply being shown how a particular society and culture work. This book makes you think, truly.
The second book, "The Admonishments of Kherishdar" is much darker than the first book. It describes the process by which those who transgress against Ai-Naidar society are brought back into alignment with it. A series of 25 individual stories told from the perspective of individuals having an encounter with the protagonist, the stories revolve around the common theme of Correction, which is a fairly religious function for them, administered by a priesthood. Corrections are performed not for punishment's sake, but rather for the purpose of bringing wayward members of society back into spiritual harmony with the culture.
it is beautiful, creative, and wonderful. It has some fascinating characters and social roles.
I remember it fondly, and I love the strangeness, and the society's own internal working logic.
As for the disclaimer, I do not seem to have many trigger points. I really can not comment on many books that way (OK, Even the Wingless was at least a bit disturbing).
This one isn't an easy read. The laws are not ours; this is an alien civilization and it shows. I'm still having issues with how some of the characters are treated-not all of these solutions would work for human. The vocabulary shows this- the author has given a great deal of thought to including Ai Naidar terms that almost won't translate to English.
It's an extremely well-thought out piece of world-building, but it's not a comforting read.
And the art! The art is gorgeous, and goes along with the story, adding to it. (The paintings are not afterthoughts or mere illustration, they add to the stories.)