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And What Can We Offer You Tonight (original 2021; édition 2021)

par Premee Mohamed (Auteur)

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In a far future city, where you can fall to a government cull for a single mistake, And What Can We Offer You Tonight tells the story of Jewel, established courtesan in a luxurious House. Jewel's world is shaken when her friend is murdered by a client, but somehow comes back to life. To get revenge, they will both have to confront the limits of loyalty, guilt, and justice.And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed is a dystopian thriller with a breathless, unique voice.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:And What Can We Offer You Tonight
Auteurs:Premee Mohamed (Auteur)
Info:Washington, DC: Neon Hemlock Press, 2021
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"I died," she says. "He killed me."
"Who?"
"I don't remember."
Well. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Sep 23, 2022 |
In a drowned future where individuals have no value except as workers at the mercy of their employer, the courtesans of the House survive on little rebellions: friendship, grief, honouring the dead with gifts rendered useless by the act of giving. In their tightly-controlled world, the House controls everything except their love for one another.

Winfield’s murder is surprising only because she was the House’s best: the one who commanded the highest prices, the one who earned generous tips. It’s not enough for the House to seek justice from a wealthy patron shielded by privilege.

Premee Mohamed’s jagged little novella explores what happens when the overlooked and undervalued get a chance to push back against those who exploit them. The brutal challenge for Jewel is whether to believe that they can resist. I had a great deal of sympathy for her even when she made terrible choices, appreciating her perspective all the more for being unusual in a genre that typically prefers active protagonists tearing down the status quo over passive protagonists caught in its iron grip. But how do you decide what’s best when all your choices have been taken away?

I also appreciated this novella as a fuck you to all the cyberpunk novels and grim futures that casually sacrifice sex workers to show how dark and gritty their worlds are. Here, the focus is unwaveringly on the victims rather than the murderer (who is untouchably bland; not some monster, just another rich asshat) – humanising, demonising and redeeming them by turns.

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  imyril | Feb 18, 2022 |
And What Can We Offer You Tonight is a gorgeously devastating little book. Mohamed’s lush, expressive prose creates a tangible world for readers to sink inside and builds the complex and intricate story into something unforgettable.

This book’s great glory is its attention to language. Mohamed’s descriptions are intoxicating: “a grand jagged ruin bleeding rust into the slowlapping sea”; “the sky is blueblack as a bruise and the water is the same and between them, very often, is a single knife-thin slice of gold sun”; “the music, from floating speakerlights, comes down ghostly and slow, like snow rather than sound”. In other hands, the tumbles of descriptions might trip over themselves, but here they soar, lifting the story out of the simmering dark cauldrons of rage that underpin its events and transforming it into something luminous and transcendent.

One minor criticism is that, every so often, the lovely, flowing sentence and paragraph structure rushes into a tangle and becomes difficult to follow. It does not happen often, and, with careful reading, is easy enough to untangle—but it did, in a few places, jar me out of the story. My only other quibble is that it’s never made clear how, or why, every character appears to simply understand and accept a central plot point that does not strike me as the obvious assumption for them to make about what is happening. However, neither of these points ultimately detracts terribly much from an otherwise spectacular story--if anything, they only serve to highlight how a story that has its little flaws can still be magnificent.

Overall, I found this book engrossing, enchanting, heartrending, and entirely worth several reads. One of the best things a novella can do is to somehow leave its reader at once satisfied by a fully-realized story and yet still longing for more. This book amply satisfies that potential; I am glad to see that Mohamed has several other books currently in print and more forthcoming.

I received a digital advance copy of this book from Neon Hemlock Press via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I also ended up purchasing a paperback copy for my novella collection, which I think says as much as anything else about how much I liked it. ( )
  inquisitrix | Aug 10, 2021 |
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In a far future city, where you can fall to a government cull for a single mistake, And What Can We Offer You Tonight tells the story of Jewel, established courtesan in a luxurious House. Jewel's world is shaken when her friend is murdered by a client, but somehow comes back to life. To get revenge, they will both have to confront the limits of loyalty, guilt, and justice.And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed is a dystopian thriller with a breathless, unique voice.

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