Gideon the Ninth

Gideon the Ninth

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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Muir's Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cutthroat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.
Publisher: New York :, Tom Doherty Associates,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: FANTASY
Characteristics: 448 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Gideon the 9th
Series Volume: 1.
Custom Field2: Precedes: Harrow the Ninth.


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Oct 12, 2020

recommended by Martha Wells

kmcgay Aug 25, 2020

What didn't I like about this book? A fantastic debut novel from Tamsin Muir.

She avoids info dumping lore on the reader and gives us just enough to get through the story while also leaving room for theories on how the universe works as a whole (my partner and I are still debating whether the Nine Houses are a future version of our solar system or a fantasy one). The characters are fun and lively and I love, love, love that the protagonist is an unapologetic butch lesbian.

While the language and depictions of gore (necromancy ain't pretty, afterall) place this book firmly in the adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy category, the writing style is similar to an upper-level YA book. A great way for those who read mostly YA to dip their toes into the adult waters.

The plot can get a bit tricky to follow at times, but fortunately our POV character and protagonist is, for lack of a better word, a bit of a moron. Often when I found myself getting lost, Gideon was right there with me and ready to chime in with a "Hey wait, what's going on here?" Whether intentional or I just share more traits with Gideon than I thought, it was much appreciated. Pacing wise, it has a bit of a slow start but once it picks up you won't want to put it down (catch me accidentally staying up until 4 AM on a work night).

Loved this book so much that I immediately bought book 2 because I didn't want to wait in the holds queue to find out what happens next.

Aug 24, 2020

I didn’t expect to love this book. I heard great things about the “lesbian necromancers in space” book and thought “I’m glad that exists but it’s probably not for me.”

It was very much my favorite book I’ve read in maybe two years. This is an incredibly well-written book. It does space wizards that aren’t jedi and it does it really really well. It references memes in an unobtrusive but genuinely funny way and I’m so very very into it. Please read this book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 22, 2020

Necromancy fantasy is usual not my thing, but I enjoyed this book. I had a love/hate relationship with the dialog: super funny, but it leans too heavily on current slang which clashes with the futuristic setting. Curious to see where the author takes this and will be checking out "Harrow the Ninth" when it comes out next month!

MickWF Apr 07, 2020

Necromancy. Science-Fantasy. Murder mystery. Sword play. Haunted mansion with creepy hidden laboratories. Rivalry and romance. Angsty sarcastic punk protagonist. This book could basically be the premise of a new My Chemical Romance album.

Mar 31, 2020

2020 Locus Award winner, Best First Novel, Nebula Awards nominee; Best Novel.

Mar 23, 2020

An extremely well crafted book, with strong worldbuilding and interesting characters. This book hooked me in immediately, and it was on of the most enjoyable (and terrifying) reads of my life. However, I felt the ending was in bad taste, as it feel into harmful tropes for black and gay characters. More's the pity. Otherwise, I certainly would recommend this! If you're so inclined, give this a read!

Mar 13, 2020

I was looking forward to liking this book but had to put it down halfway through because the gnashing of my teeth got too loud. Sigh. It felt like I was reading a paint-by-numbers kit on 'How to Write a Trendy Best-Seller'. There wasn't a single character that didn't feel contrived or possible to believe for a nanosecond. I didn't buy Gideon for an instant. Plenty of hyper-modern bitchy dialog straight out of reality TV and millennial speak. Check! Downtrodden princess-in-waiting? Check! Unbelievable sword skills? (No bows and arrows here though Ms. Muir must have avidly studied the Hunger Games). Check! Ultracool haunted gothic palace floating in space? (Try reading Gormenghast or The Golden.) Check! Way stylish bone magic? Check! Competition for the fate of the Universe? Check! Nefarious Emperor? Check! Teenage angst? Check! Necromancy (Oooooh, Necromancy!!!)? Check! Trendy yet uber chic gender bending? Check, check, check! (Try reading some truly brilliant writing with lesbian characters like Slow River or Oranges are Not the Only Fruit). And slathered with awards, even a Nebula nomination. Ugh.

I'm not a masochist but do like seeing what the shooting is about with the best-sellers du jour. Da Vinci Code? Page turning but holier than meh. The Bridges of Madison County? Drivel...and what a sequel! Sold eight copies. The Alchemist/The Prophet/The Celestine Prophecy/Jonathan Livingston Seagull? New Age sewage for the functionally illiterate. I couldn't read Fifty Shades of Spanking...I do have some standards.

Mar 12, 2020

recommended by TOR

Mar 07, 2020

I read this for the "Set In Space" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I went in thinking it wasn't going to by my style or my thing, and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved Gideon's character and her original insults. I liked how the plot was never predictable. There were still a few things that felt unresolved at the end, but I will definitely be reading the next book.

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Aug 15, 2020

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