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Of Oysters, Pearls and Magic


Joyce Chng

An interesting blend of sci-fi and fantasy set on a colonized planet, long after the colonization from Earth has receded into distant history and when magic has become as important as technology. The main character is from a coastal community descended from a settler group from Asia, but leaves her home in search of acceptance, which gives us a chance to visit several different communities and trace how they evolved from their own settler groups. This exploration of the cultures that have evolved on this new planet was intriguing, and elevated the story beyond what the plot alone provides.

Favorite Thing: 
The recipes interwoven with the story, which added authenticity to the cultural explorations
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Part of a series of short stories/novellas
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