For "Nomad", short story in the anthology ARMORED
Easy going prose, extremely strange, foreign plot concepts, coupled with a very intriguing setup made this story quite enjoyable. On top of that were some good intellectual threads. I’d certainly read more by this author.
‘Nomad’ by Karin Lowachee is a love story of a different sort, one party being the armour itself. I found the tale and the emotion very touching.
For THE GASLIGHT DOGS
“The Gaslight Dogs” belongs firmly in the category of “genre fiction” ... but general readers as well will be rewarded by this rich, morally ambiguous novel.
...a social commentary, an imaginative piece of work, a secondary world that has uncomfortable parallels with ours, and a ripping good story besides... an excellent start to what looks to be an intriguing series.
This book is a step away from the norm of the genre, which really helps make it stand out among many.
Lowachee's prose is powerful and often uniquely styled ... highly recommended to anyone looking for an original and emotionally gripping story.
Lowachee isn't a writer you read for mindless escapism; rather, she's an author whose work you can savor, an author who creates characters you can easily see as real and tangible, people you could interact with. It's a solid fantasy that's both similar and different than her science fiction, and I can't wait to read more (of both).
Black Coffee Poet
The implications of dreams and the use of tattoo art is unique. The story takes you into the minds of two people who are living in a world that does not know the word colonialism..
Book Love Affair
Lowachee has the required deft hand in all aspects of this socially relevant commentary. Her skill extends to writing the magic of the world ... There are tons of different types of magic based in myths and myths are often interested in shape-changing or identifying with animals. Lowachee combines these and yet manages to keep her version different.
The Literary Omnivore
While The Gaslight Dogs isn’t a mad dash against time, it’s wildly compelling – I had trouble putting down to get ready for the day! Half of it is Lowachee’s writing and the other half are the terrific characters – Sjenn is especially vivid.
(not really a review, but a cool analysis of the themes in The Gaslight Dogs)
What is striking about this book is that these themes are obviously heavily steeped in history, in the reality faced by many aboriginal communities today as they maintain their culture in the face of poverty, violence, discrimination, stereotypes and cultural appropriation.
She also wrote an interesting further analysis about the use of nature and technology in the book.
Forget Victorian England. Forget Europe. In The Gaslight Dogs, Karin Lowachee is taking her readers into a steampunk Arctic, where a culture based on the Inuit and their mythology is clashing with a more engineering-based southern civilization. ...In the hands of a writer like Lowachee and with a novel setting, you get a distinctive slice of steampunk fiction.