The Only Harmless Great Thing

The Only Harmless Great Thing

Brooke Bolander / Apr 19, 2019

The Only Harmless Great Thing The Only Harmless Great Thing is a heart wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble sentient elephants In the early years of the

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  • The Only Harmless Great Thing is a heart wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants.In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to deaThe Only Harmless Great Thing is a heart wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants.In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island These are the facts.Now these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling histories of cruelty both grand and petty in search of meaning and justice.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

    The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander A charming oddity, The Only Harmless Great Thing provided an evening of loquacious elephants, radiation, and some surprisingly tight writing Though an atypical choice of subject matter, an alternate history of the radium girls crossed with intelligent and communicative elephants works surprisingly well. The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander Tor Brooke Bolander The Only Harmless Great Thing is a heart wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants In the early years of the th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning. Download a Free Ebook of The Only Harmless Great Thing by The Only Harmless Great Thing is available from Jan , AM ET to Jan , PM ET Download before PM ET Jan , . The Only Harmless Great Thing Tor The Only Harmless Great Thing In the early years of the th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island These are the facts. Review The Only Harmless Great Thing Reviews Robots The Only Harmless Great Thing is a perplexing read, this little book takes time to sink in before you realize the brilliance the author has put forward. The Only Harmless Great Thing Paperback The Only Harmless Great Thing is a searing meditation on myth, history, and the persistence of poison in all its terrible forms Bolander gives voice to the voiceless with such controlled and perfect fury the pages seem to char and burn as you read. The Only Harmless Great Thing Brooke Bolander Macmillan The Only Harmless Great Thing is a heart wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander that imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants In the early years of the th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING Kirkus Reviews THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke Bolander BUY NOW FROM Kirkus Reviews Issue Nov th, More Fiction Literature More Science Fiction Fantasy SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS Sci Fi FARTHING by The Only Harmless Great Thing Kindle Edition The Only Harmless Great Thing is a searing meditation on myth, history, and the persistence of poison in all its terrible forms Bolander gives voice to the voiceless with such controlled and perfect fury the pages seem to char and burn as you read.

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      • Brooke Bolander

        Brooke Bolander writes weird things of indeterminate genre, most of them leaning rather heavily towards fantasy or general all around weirdness She attended the University of Leicester 2004 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is an alum of the 2011 Clarion Writers Workshop at UCSD Her stories have been featured in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Uncanny, and various other fine purveyors of the fantastic She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards, much to her unending bafflement Her debut book with Tor Publishing, THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING, is scheduled for a 2018 release She is represented by Michael Curry at Donald Maass Literary Agency.


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    1. “No matter what you did, forty or fifty or a hundred years passed and everything became a narrative to be toyed with, masters of media alchemy splitting the truth's nucleus into a ricocheting cascade reaction of diverging alternate realities.”This novella is a story about stealing back your narrative from those who wish to change it, to sanitize history and make their own actions sound good. It is a discussion of the animal capacity to feel and the morality of making animals props in our war [...]


    2. Brooke Bolander Maths :And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead +Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies=TO READ THIS POST HASTE I NEED.


    3. So.Caveats first: I'm another Tor author; I know Brooke Bolander as a friend. The draft I read? One of the earlier versions of the finished product, I'm sure. But stranger, if you're here, combing through the wilds of to see if this book is worth pre-ordering or buying, the answer's simple: Yessssss.The Only Harmless Great Thing is a raw nerve, played by an orchestra. A song of ache and ghosts, radium girls whispering from across the ether, a thousand bad things tied together with the question [...]


    4. Brooke Bolander's work has been defined to date by a combination of relentlessly precise language and colossal emotion depth and focus. Her short fiction is seared through with images that linger after you've finished reading and turns of phrase that sit on the backs of your eyes like the after image of the Sun. There is nothing that she's written that is less than brilliant.This is the best thing she's written to date.Combining two separate historical atrocities, Bolander explores both the scan [...]


    5. 3.75 stars.The Only Harmless Great Thing is one of the most unusual books I've ever read. It's alternate history, and maybe it's even set in an alternate universe, as here elephants can talk with human through sign language.Its premise is brilliant in its simplicity and weirdness: what if we combined the tragic story of Topsy the elephant with the tragic story of the Radium Girls? It's a great idea, really - in its very few pages, this novella manages to talk about both the exploitation of women [...]


    6. The Only Harmless Great Thing is a tough one for me to digest, and I'm not quite sure what to say about it. The narrative round-robins its way through multiple points of view: we have, at the book's core, an alternate history take on the Radium Girls, factory girls who were killed by radiation poisoning, who are being replaced by elephants; we have a story strand set in the future; and we have the myth of it all, stretching across the span of existence, as told by elephants relaying the stories [...]



    7. The language and emotion are very compelling in this story about injustice, anger and violence. I enjoyed the breathlessness and the imagery, and the way disparate strands were brought together to weave a story. Alas, I also couldn't quite suspend my disbelief for some aspects of the tale that are left untold and only implied ((view spoiler)[like how Topsy's actions led to legislature and elephant rights, or how her story could get disneyfied (hide spoiler)]), and that's why I only liked it over [...]


    8. This was an interesting idea - a rewriting/reimagined history combining the female Newark workers affected by radiation in the early 1900s, and the electrocution of an elephant in Coney Island which took place around the same time.Sounds good on paper but it didn't work for me. The first part was super confusing - there were about three different narrators and too much was going on. The second part was more readable but most of my interest had been lost by then. There were glimmers of something [...]


    9. I feel kind of bad about my rating after seeing so many raving about this, saying how tragically sad this is, but I didn't feel anything at all while reading this.It's a typical "it's me, not you" case because the writing style wasn't for me at all and had me more confused than anything else. I just couldn't get into it and was waiting to actually feel something but I felt completely disconnected to it the events of the story from start to finish.


    10. I have read some great stories by Brooke Bolander - but I've been itching for a novel/la. And here it is. but she's scared me off: All reviews say it's a punch straight to the gut. In this political and gut-wrenching time, IDK if I can do that.So I'm saving her for later. When I feel like getting my ass handed to me.


    11. What a wonderful book. What an angry and wonderful book. The Only Harmless Great Thing uchronically weaves together the fates of the women who were cruelly poisoned by radium from painting clock faces, with the fate of Topsy, the circus elephant who was electrocuted as a fun fair spectacle for striking back against the men who tormented her. With that, the book weaves in terminal storage of plutonium and the matriarchal mythology of elephants. In 90 pages. “ no one tale held to the ear by itse [...]


    12. Bolander weaves together a phenomenal book using different points-of-view from different periods of time with immense skill. Each voice is distinct, and the mythology building on display here puts me in mind of Ursula K. Le Guin (particularlyAlways Coming Home).


    13. Bolander has a way with words that is interesting and poetic to read. By no fault of the author, I just struggled to understand how this story was framed and told. Maybe I’ll reread it again sometime when I can focus more but I just didn’t get it.


    14. I was fortunate to receive an Advance Reader Copy of this book.I'm going to need a word count for my 2019 Hugo nominations in order to know whether this is a novelette (as I suspect) or a novella (what so many other people are saying).This very affecting, slender book was so emotionally powerful that I set it aside for a bit half way because I kept crying while reading it. A story about dangerous, terrible lies, both the ones others tell us to use us as fodder, and the ones we tell ourselves to [...]


    15. It's really difficult to choose the right words to review this book, because it stirs a lot of emotions while also leaving a lot unsaid. Since it's so short, it's best to go in not knowing much about the plot. All you need to know is it's an alternate history at around the time of the Radium Girls, and it involves radioactive chemicals and elephants. Bolander writes with a poetic prose that places you in a floaty, existential headspace. It's not often that books do this, and she does it very wel [...]


    16. 3.5 out of 5 starsThe Only Harmless Great Thing tells a heartbreaking tale of victimization, injustice, and the bonds shared by all living things. Based loosely on true events, author Brooke Bolander uses killer prose to weave a dark alternate history that demands to be read in one sitting.This was a novella that I appreciated more than I enjoyed. It features heavy themes and an interwoven narrative that is sometimes difficult to decipher. I suspect that rereading this thin tome would reveal eve [...]


    17. Regan, one of the "Radium Girls", works with Topsy, her elephant replacement, as Regan slowly dies from radium poisoning.This is a short novella, but it packs a lot into the 89 pages. I was a bit worried to read this since I've seen so many 'it's tragic', 'I cried' type reviews. I liked all the characters here - Topsy, Regan, and a female scientist who is trying to figure out how to signal 'danger' in nuclear waste areas in a way that will last for eternity. The author is a sharp wordsmith and h [...]


    18. Anyone who even remotely follows sci-fi has come across the name Brooke Bolander in recent years, what with all the Hugo noms and Nebula noms and such. Her short story career has been fascinating to watch, culminating in last year’s visceral and powerful “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies.”Her first book, a novelette, is yet another shining example of the immense talents that lay within her hands. It’s a quick read at just 90pgs, but as any fighter will tell you, the quick hits often pack th [...]


    19. I had no idea what this book was about when I received the ARC. I just started reading, and I'm glad I did. Because jesus, my heart. o.0I really like elephants. I love how when given a mirror, they'll use it so examine parts of themselves they can't normally see. I love speculating what these huge, self-aware creatures think about every day. Do they have a religion? Do they think about the future? We know they can love, maybe more intensely than we can. So when bad stuff happens to elephants, I [...]


    20. A lyrically written, beautifully imagined alternate history which tells the story of Radium Girls, who contracted radiation poisoning by painting watch dials (1917), and Topsy, an elephant electrocuted at an amusement park in 1903 at Coney Island. Pairs well with: Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko TawadaQuotable: "But chains can be snapped, O best beloved mooncalf."


    21. This was a super-quick read and a really weird idea that worked really well. I want more, but narratively-speaking I don't NEED more. Also now I am ashamed for how we treat elephants, which I now believe are obviously sentient.



    22. I honestly don't think I can adequately describe this book except to say that it involves love and elephants and Radium Girls, and you need to read it.



    23. Bolander ha conseguido hilar unos hechos reales con una magia narrativa impresionante. El estilo es muy particular, igual que las mujeres y elefantas que protagonizan esta novela corta. Una lectura profunda y emocionante que llega a la patata.



    24. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this is one of the texts future kidlets have to study in schools someday.


    25. Oh. Holy. Wow. This book, you guys. This book is FANTASTIC.Lyrical like Valente and unsettling like Gaiman. Justad this. Please.


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