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The Courier's New Bicycle kindle ´ ebook Á kim westwood Á ❆ [KINDLE] ✿ The Courier's New Bicycle By Kim Westwood ➟ – A beautifully written story of the near future and its murky underworld A beautifully written story of the near future and its murky underworld.Tory of the near future This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading ChallengeThe Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood was a very interesting read It is set in Melbourne Australia in a near future where the Australian population has become almost entirely sterile as an unintended conseuence of a hastily rolled out mass vaccination program for a new strain of avian flu A new ultra nationalistultra conservativeultra religious party called Nation First has used the crisis to get into power and immediately denounced scientific infertility solutions as being the work of insert bad supernatural entity of choice here with clean living and godliness being the only way to fertilityThe heightened awareness of fertility has led to an even stronger set of prejudices around gender identity The protagonist Salisbury Forth Sal identifies as androgynous not the easiest path in this milieu Sal works as a bicycle courier for an illegal fertility treatment distributor and is an animal rights activist When someone starts distributing inferior knockoffs of the treatments under Sal's employers brand mystery ensuesI recently read and enjoyed Ms Westwood's contribution to the Anywhere But Earth anthology so I've been looking forward to reading this bookThe heightened gender politics in the novel were very confronting While obviously exaggerated in this darker world you can see the origins of the attitudes represented in today's society I've always struggled to understand why people care so much how someone choses to live their lives when it is not harming anyone else but if you have a relatively liberal circle of friends it is easy to forget how much prejudice still exists in broader society I think Australians in particular will resonate with the future painted because you can certainly identify those aspects of contemporary Australian political life that are being built upon to create the world of The Courier's New BicycleCounterbalancing this dark setting is a beautifully rendered series of relationships that show the importance of the family you choose to form around you in life as opposed to the one you are born into The examination of self in this context was very powerful and one of the stronger elements of the bookThat's all a bit metaphysical though so lets focus on the story for a moment Sal as reluctant detective investigates an acceptably interesting mystery and there is a good balance of action with mystery solving Care is taken to ensure that all red herrings are explained Sometimes the explanations felt a little forced but you certainly weren't left wondering about any loose ends All of the sometimes disparate elements of the story come together at the endThe sense of place was also very strong in this book My wife is from Melbourne originally and as a result I've spent time there in the last 10 years I loved the description of the dystopian city and the images created of settings I know especially some of the fancier parts of the southern parts of Melbourne that have fallen on hard times For those not familiar with Melbourne it will obviously have less impact but for those that are it is a fantastic contributor to the reading experienceThe character of Sal was very sympathetic and the story was certainly arranged such that future novels could be set in the same world If any ever are I'll be lining up to get my copyI also reviewed this book my website

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And its murky underwor I'm really disappointed this book isn't better known and easily available with secondhand paperback copies thin and expensive on the ground and the publisher only offering it as print on demand or KindleI found out about the story through a talk on Australian science fiction where a panelist discussed the basic premise and I thought it sounded amazing and it certainly didn't disappoint Australian SF writers need to be better known and this one is important because it is set in Melbourne and undeniably Australian in its feel This isn't really a story about science fiction as very few sciencespeculative fiction books are It's about gender fertility animal rights religious extremism basic new romance etc It's also about trying to be a good person in a corrupt world – where religion and morals are so completely divorced from one anotherI have to admit to expecting ahead of the plot because I thought I saw set ups that weren’t carried through for example I thought Inez would be revealed as dealing with the enemy and something would happen to the cat I mean come on when someone’s involved in a dark underworld and the author is waxing lyrical about how desperately important the main character’s pet is you know the kitty’s going to get itI also feel like the animal liberationist part was at some points a step too far Westwood is already beating the drum for gender euality and making so many other righteous cautious points to then have to go into animal rights I was almost a bit caused outThe scariest type of SF for me is the stuff which is really only a few years ahead of where we are right now – making its warnings all the vivid Already this year there has been scandals involving surrogacy laws and Australians – and the return of faith based hate crimesOne of my favourite books of this genre is Atwood's Handmaiden's Tale and there's a lot reminiscent with the dystopian Melbourne of this book

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The Courier's New BicycleA beautifully written s I'm conflicted over reviewing this book as there was a lot to love about it but overall it really didn't set my world on fire I wanted to like it than I did but that may be due to my tastes than any fault of the authorThe story is set in a dystopic future I love 'verses like this that are connected closely to our own but with some twist It's why i love Mira grant's Newsflesh series In Westwood's vision for the near future a vaccine for a bird flu has caused widespread infertility The instability arising from this has seen a rise in religious fundamentalism and a black market in fertility drugs Sal the courier of the title delivers these drugs around Melbourne The main plot involves a fight for turf amongst the hormone bootleggersThere's a great sense of place which as a Melburnian I particularly enjoyed Overall the world building is interesting if a bit heavy on some repetitive exposition Sal is a 'transgressive' someone who's gender expression is clearly beyond the binary One of my issues with the book is that we get told this all the time but the actual exploration or demonstration or Sal's gender is rather thin The plot moves along uite well although I would've liked of the sub plot relating to Sal's involvement with an animal rights group which rescues animals from hormone farms Sal only distributes synthetic hormones which had some great tension in itIt's worth a look if only because ueer dystopic fiction like this is rare enough I'd hope for a seuel though so it did make an impression