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The Courier's New Bicycle kindle à ebook Ç ❆ [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.A 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

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Tory of the near future The Courier’s New Bicycle is Kim Westwood’s second novel and its nice and compact at 327 pages Playing wonderfully to my own biases and beliefs Westwood has taken some of my dark fears and made a scary reality of themThe World The world of The Courier’s New Bicycle is a near future Melbourne Australia is in the midst of a fertility crises caused by a compromised H1N1 vaccine The population is largely infertile and while several fertility companies sprang up to deal with the crisis a swing in power to the religious right sees these companies outlawed The resultant Australian cultural landscape is a dominionist’s wet dreamWith power In the grip of religious fanatics anything outside of very hetero normative ideals of gender are held in contempt Hessian frocked prayer groups wander the streets laying on hands and Neighbourly Watch lurks like a synthesis between the Gestapo and a Christian version of the Mutaween Our Protagonist The Courier’s New Bicycle features a “gender transgressive” protagonist Salisbury Forth Sal has achieved a comfortable for Sal gender identity that sits between male and female Sal is a courier for an ethical hormone supplier and is good at the job genetically gifted with a body for it Sal becomes a reluctant detective when unknown parties target the boss’ business When Sal’s friend Albee is injected with kit laced with pesticides the business war becomes personal Is it a dystopia? I’m not sure I find it an all too plausible reality one that only reuires a few changes to get to it from present day Australia Westwood has done an excellent job of extending current circumstances political social environmental and religious She tweaks recognisable institutions and extrapolates current Australian culture with skillThe conservative party both religiously and politically Nation First is eerily close to a combination of Family First and One Nation The contempt in which “gender transgessives” are held is not too different from conservative values held by the majority of the Australian population – only in The Courier’s New Bicycle hatred of “The Other” is given the imprimatur of both state and religionOn Gender The novel has an androgynous protagonist and is at least in part an exploration of the life and experiences of ‘The Other’ Whether ‘The Other’ be the transgendered the animal activist the immigrant or the socially undesirable street racers Now I don’t know if it’s the fact that I have been fortunate enough to listen to uality gender discussions and that I am comfortable in my gendersexuality but I didn’t find that exploration at all uncomfortable or confronting The treatment of said characters by the over zealous religious society inflamed my internal sense of social justice but the treatment itself is sadly all too close to what ‘The Other’ experience in the here and now For a reader who has lived a very sheltered life their response will no doubt be differentFor me I am just happy to have a cracking good story whose protagonist and supporting characters are drawn from genderueer and other diverse communitiesWhat impressed me There’s a tangibility to Westwood’s world building I don’t know Melbourne all that well but it feels to me that she’s captured the essence of the city and then cloaked it in this oppressive tension The spectre of Neighbourly Watch always in the background and the fact that Sal’s entire life is pretty much illegalHonestly The Courier’s New Bicycle is a great read an Australian speculative fiction novel with elements of crime drama thrown in When people think speculative fiction is just shooting rockets at Jupiter or dog fights in space press this into their handA beautiful sketch of darkly shaded future that I hope never comes to pass

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The Courier's New BicycleAnd 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