Besides, remember I try to teach about what I does do, and you run away? Sep 11, Jalilah rated it really liked it Shelves: into-the-forestchallengemythic-fictioncanadian-lit. The magical elements and the use of Afro-Caribbean folklore and spiritual beliefs made it a compelling read.
This was a reread for me and I enjoyed it every much as I did the first time around. Nalo Hopkinson is a gifted writer and I've loved everything I've read from her! While this book is shelved as a fantasy here on GR, it is actually more of a horror set in post-apoc. The municipal center is now a lawless zone where poor survive, riddled with addicts and the informal power in hands of a sorcerer.
Those with money are living in former suburbs and visit former center only as While this book is shelved as a fantasy here on GR, it is actually more of a horror set in post-apoc. Those with money are living in former suburbs and visit former center only as entertainment-seeking tourists.
Ti-Jeanne has strange vivid dreams about mythical creatures from Caribbean folklore and is afraid that she is going mad like her missing mother. The author uses Caribbean English to convey a lot of dialogues and for non-native speaker like me is sounded a bit off and distracted from the novel.
Overall, an interesting read, but not exactly what I like, horrors are not my thing. Jun 09, Althea Ann rated it it was ok. I think I was mostly disappointed by this book because I came to it with really high expectations - I'd read some great reviews of it, comparing Hopkinson favorably to Octavia Butler, etc.
Well, both writers are black and tend to write about black characters, but there the similarity ends. This is a reasonably entertaining voodoo adventure story That's all fine - and fun - but that's about as far as it goes. This is not great literature - the characters are all fairly one-dimensional, and it gets to be pretty annoying that ALL the women are strong, long-suffering, resourceful and good, and ALL the men are either weak and useless, or outright evil.
The main villain is so evil as to be fairly unbelievable. This was Hopkinson's first book, so I won't write her off completely, but I'm not planning on going out of my way to get more of her work.
Have to reread. Feb 15, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: May 10, Megan Baxter rated it really liked it. I'm working my way through it, slowly, although it is annoying that it skews so heavily towards the recent. And there are certain other themes that I am less than happy about.
Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook I enjoyed the folk religion blended with the use of magic. She drew on a vast culture but never info dumped and kept the pace moving. The worldbuilding and political commentary were subtle and on point. She effectively skewers white privilege and makes her case for a very real and disturbing future.
A novel of redemption for some and despair for others. But her skill as a novelist keeps you guessing who the saved and who the damned will be.
Jan 29, Tiara rated it liked it Shelves: features-protagonists-of-colorscience-fantasyurban-fantasyspec-fic-by-authors-of-color. Been on hiatus because of work and things, but hoping to get more reviews back out.
I know this book is classified as science fiction, but honestly, it felt more like urban fantasy to me. At best, it was science-fantasy because it does have some science fiction elements. However, those things aren't nearly as pronounced to me as the fantasy portion of the novel.
Downtown Toronto has abandoned by the Canadian government afte Been on hiatus because of work and things, but hoping to get more reviews back out. Downtown Toronto has abandoned by the Canadian government after a series of financial disasters that lead to an economic depression.
They've blocked the people from leaving the hellhole its become, but those who have money move to the suburbs are allowed to keep their illusion of safety while those who don't are forced to stay in Toronto and fend for themselves, which is largely made of a society of people of color.
Depending on the ways of their ancestors, despite their ugly surroundings and reality, they've built up this society that focuses on bartering and relying on the old ideas of their people ranging from India to the Caribbean.
That could come in the form of food or knowledge of the land or that can come in the form of more fantastic elements. Ti-Jeanne is a new mother who hasn't named her baby. She's recently moved back in with her grandmother, Gros-Jeanne, due to the baby's father being an addict and needing support that she knows her grandmother LP) provide. Despite that, Ti-Jeanne fears her grandmother's herbalism and spiritualism powers.
She also fears that they may be manifesting in her as her dreams begin to plague her, and she is reluctant to give into that side of her family, especially since her grandmother said the visions made her mother mad before she disappeared. However, there are evils in their city that Ti-Jeanne will eventually have to find the courage to face as she learns not to fear who she is. This is one of the books that I choose from the Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color Challenge because I wanted to read more spec fic by authors of color.
This was a beautifully written book that incorporated so much cultural character to the story. Quotes like this just made my whole reading experience: "Tony could give sweet, sweet talk. Words so nice, they would charm the money from your pocket, the caution from your heart, the clothes from your body.
Words so sweet and soothing, they sounded like love, like let me hold you the way your mama never held you, like come and be my only special one, my doux-doux darling. Words that Brown Girl In The Ring - Enigma (2) - Aint No Stoppin (Vinyl heaven. Words that speak to me. Words that feel genuine. Words that I can hear people I know in my life saying.
Hopkinson created a very scarred, scary, abandoned society, but at the same time, she's made it Brown Girl In The Ring - Enigma (2) - Aint No Stoppin (Vinyl diverse place full of colorful characters who are just trying to survive.
Now, for the main character, Ti-Jeanne. We had a torrid relationship for a moment. While I appreciated and even empathized with Ti-Jeanne's struggles with being a mother, loving a man that's "no good" for her, and trying to assert herself as a woman to her grandmother, Brown Girl In The Ring - Enigma (2) - Aint No Stoppin (Vinyl, it took me a while to connect with her character.
I understood her selfishness and her anger at not only her personal situation but the situation of her city.
However, that may have been part of the point to all this. Ti-Jeanne needed to learn to respect, compassion, and selflessness. She needed to learn that, while selfishness is part of human nature, one has to temper it with respect for others.
It's one of those books where you want to tell the character you are no more special than anyone else in respect to your needs or wants. Your needs do not outweigh the needs of others. Many of your needs and wants are only different from anyone else's. Many first mothers have troubles. Many of us don't have enough to feed ourselves much less others. Of course, your problems, these problems, seem worst than the next person because they're yours.
However, the next person feels the same way about their problems. You are special because you are you, and no one else can say that. However, as Ti-Jeanne grew as a character, I grew to love her much more. Her transformation from this almost girl-child pretending to be a woman to a woman who is not afraid of what power she holds, not just as her grandmother's child, but as her tragic mother's child and as a woman of power herself, is beautifully done, Brown Girl In The Ring - Enigma (2) - Aint No Stoppin (Vinyl.
Her grandmother reminded me so much of my own great-grandmother who could be a curmudgeonly soul, but this is how she imparted wisdom and love. Parts of the book like that just made me so nostalgic. I have to say I didn't quite know if I'd come out of this one loving it. I appreciated it, but it took me so long to warm to Ti-Jeanne that I was afraid I was going to like it, but it wasn't going to be that story for me.
I'm grateful that I was wrong, and I look forward to more of Hopkinson's wonderfully magic books. Feb 10, Sunil rated it really liked it Shelves: own The first sentence of Brown Girl in the Ring contains the line of dialogue, "We want you to find us a viable human heart, fast.
Brown Girl in the Ring runs a scant pages, but it packs a hell of a lot into those pages. Ti-Jeanne, Our Heroine, has her hands full with a new baby, but her former lover, Tony, gets embroiled in the dealings The first sentence of Brown Girl in the Ring contains the line of dialogue, "We want you to find us a viable human heart, fast.
Ti-Jeanne, Our Heroine, has her hands full with a new baby, but her former lover, Tony, gets embroiled in the dealings of a ruthless drug lord is there any other kind? Complicating matters are Ti-Jeanne's incessant, cryptic visions, which threaten to drive her mad as they did her mother.
But she must have some connection the old gods, says her grandmother, Gros-Jeanne, or Mami. So it's time to use magic to solve some problems, and we all know that always goes well. I admit to having some trouble following everything because I'm not familiar with Caribbean lore, and Caribbean English grammar treats pronouns and verbs very differently, which makes the dialogue hard to understand until you get the hang of it. But I loved learning more about this culture, its gods, its food, its magic.
What I found particularly interesting was how evocative the language was, such that the sections about the rich, white people felt like they belonged in a completely different book, despite that they were part of the same world.
It's done so skillfully that it's not jarring, but I loved how the feel changed. While she never directly makes comparisons between the two classes, it's an inherent part of the story, and it's seen not only in the language but in the contrast between magic and science, each described in precise detail.
The heart of the story, however, lies in the relationship between Ti-Jeanne and her grandmother, now her magical tutor. It's a story about family, and about three generations of women and their connection to the spiritual world and what it's done to their family. It's a story about a young mother learning what it means to be a mother.
It's also a story in which someone is skinned alive, so there's something for everyone. Brown Girl in the Ring starts off with a bang, slows down a bit, and then unleashes a relentless stream of plot twists and fantastical horror that makes it hard to truly classify this book in one genre, as it has elements of several. I may overuse the phrase "it's like nothing I've ever read," but as I continue to expand my horizons and read more diversely, I expect to be saying it a lot more.
And that's awesome. Jun 26, CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian rated it liked it Shelves: canadianclassfeminismqueerfictionscience-fictiontorontoblackcaribbeanown.
Many writers and other literary types have been concerned as of late with the idea of queering science fiction, fantasy, and other kinds of speculative fiction, which have an unfortunate but not entirely undeserved reputation of glorifying certain kinds of white homophobic masculinity. It comes recommended by Octavia Butler Many writers and other literary types have been concerned as of late with the idea of queering science fiction, fantasy, and other kinds of speculative fiction, which have an unfortunate but not entirely undeserved reputation of glorifying certain kinds of white homophobic masculinity.
I was also excited about this novel because it had been one of the contenders in the Canada Reads contest Jun 28, Bobby Bermea rated it really liked it Shelves: visions-of-tomorrowthe-god-in-the-bowlblues-people. In many ways, what Nalo Hopkinson achieves is akin to Tolkien. She takes the myths, history and language of a people and turns them into a rich literary tapestry that has a new resonance for readers today.
Tolkien "remembered" stories from his communal past and retold them in a context he had created, re-introducing the world to goblins and trolls and elves and wizards, among others.
Hopkinson does the same with Brown Girl. Instead of Middle Earth we have a Toronto of the future that has been de In many ways, what Nalo Hopkinson achieves is akin to Tolkien. Instead of elves and trolls, "the Burn" as it is called is populated with women and men, yes, but also duppies, obeahs, and orishas.
Hopkinson further upsets the cultural apple-cart by centering the story in a pre-dominantly feminine paradigm. The hero is a young woman and mother, who is not at all convinced that she her child is her destiny. It is the women in her life that give her strength, wisdom and the tools to confront and re-shape the world around her.
Hopkinson's Ti-jeane is as fully realized and human a protagonist as you are likely to come across and her trials, her weaknesses and her towering strengths are fundamentally recognizable. It is an absolutely intoxicating experience. Sex, in this book, is as powerful a natural force as hunger or a hurricane. It is fraught with its own perils and, of course, rewards because of the very vibrancy of its impact on our lives.
Ti-jeane can no more resist its pull than she can stop breathing. Not that Hopkinson goes in for long passages of mechanical descriptions, quite the opposite, but the book is infused with a sensibility that allows itself to be profoundly affected by this spiritual, tangible energy. Sex is the active ingredient between the two poles of life and death that carries us on our path through fate.
Hopkinson's characters speak in an arresting West Indian patois that carries you along with its energy and rhythm and is as much a part of the narrative as the events that happen in the plot. The book would be entirely different -- less than -- without it. We learn something about the people, their history and who they are because of how they talk. It's a dialect rich in music and wit and it's the medium that carries the reader into and through the spell she has created.
By itself, it is own achievement. Hopkinson's audience won't be as wide as Tolkien's because she's not white, frankly, nor are the people she writes so eloquently about, but it should be. Brown Girl in the Ring fairly beats with a heart of its own while you hold it in your hand. Oct 01, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: speculative-ficitionfantasybooks-insci-fi-fantasy-books-in So this book kind of reminds me of a short story I read by Hopkinson in the Dark Matter anthology as far as the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter.
Like most of the books I read by her, I got sucked into the world and finished a great deal of the book in one sitting. The hero of the book, Ti-Jeanne is realistically written with faults and blindsides. There is an interesting twist I didn't see coming and a bittersweet ending. Loved it. Oct 26, Jherane Patmore rated it really liked it Shelves: rebelwomenlit.
This book is awesome! Reading this was so easy and Nalo packs in HUGE themes of ethics, Afro-spirituality, immigration, aging, motherhood, poverty, and exploitation. I learned so much about my own Caribbean culture from reading this book based in Toronto, how sway? I would recommend this book for anyone with an interest in seeing a dystopian world where the spirits and gang lords contend and Afro-Caribbean single mothers are the victors.
A bit of a mixed bag. Love the breastfeeding mother protagonist, taking time out from saving the city to put her baby to breast, simultaneously figuring out the new mother hurdles along with the fighting evil hurdles. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction. Speculative Fiction. About Nalo Hopkinson. Nalo Hopkinson. Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born writer and editor who lives in Canada. Her science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.
The song had previously been recorded by the group Malcolm's Locksleading to a dispute over royalties. The song had also been recorded in by the Bahamian musician Exuma.
Boys and girls play ring games in many parts of the world, especially during their pre-teen years. Elder and Bess Lomax Hawesit is suggested that ring games are a children's precursor to adult courtship. Players form a ring by holding hands, then one girl or boy goes into the middle of the ring and starts skipping or walking around to the song.
The girl or boy is then asked, "Show me your motion". At this point the child in the center does his or her favorite dance. If asked "Show me your partner", he or she picks a friend to join him or her in the circle. It has been played for many centuries in all of Jamaica. Arguably the most popular version of the song, Boney M. In Julyfollowing ten weeks in UK Top Ten, five of them at number one, "Rivers of Babylon" slipped to number 18 and then to 20, when radio stations flipped the single.
Airplay for "Brown Girl in the Ring" resulted in a happy chart reversal, with the single re-entering the Top Ten, where it would spend an additional nine weeks, peaking at number two in September. Mitchell's ex-boyfriend Malcolm Magaron was the group's lead singer. Arranger Peter Herbolzheimer accused Frank Farian of stealing his arrangement for the song, for which Farian claimed credit on Brown Girl In The Ring - Enigma (2) - Aint No Stoppin (Vinyl single.
The early single version 1st pressing released on the Diamond CD box-set in features the full-length version. The single mix is also slightly different from the album version: the latter features steel drums on the outro riff of the song whereas the single mix does not. The four-minute single hit version 2nd pressing has yet to appear on CD as of July Eternal Flame Tracks of Disc 2 1. Funkytown 3. Rhythm Of The Night 5. Nightshift 6.
I Can Dream About You 7. Ladies Night 8. Word Up 9. Sister Christian Somebody's Watching Me Dreamin' Obsession Secret Lovers Cool It Now Breakout Crush On You In My House Don't Be Cruel.
Tracks of Disc 1 1. I Can Dream About You 2. We Are The Young. Don't Be Cruel Tracks of Disc 2 1. Mickey 2. Centerfold 3. C'est La Vie 4. Rock Me Tonite 5. Abracadabra 6. Promises, Promises 7. Don't Dream It's Over 8. Only The Lonely 9. Never Surrender Mary's Prayer Walking On Sunshine Miss Me Blind Morning Train Nine To Five Shattered Dreams Don't Shed A Tear Destination Unknown Election Day Tracks of Disc 3 1. Everytime You Go Away 9. Eternal Flame Tracks of Disc 4 1. What A Feeling 2.
Up Where We Belong 3. Cruel Summer 4. Ladies Night 5. Desire 6. Respect Yourself 7. C'mon And Get My Love 8. Pilot Of The Airwaves 9. Maniac The Look Of Love Into The Night The Lady In Red. Sexual Healing 2. Never Too Much 3. Blame It On the Boogie 4. Boogie Wonderland 5. Boogie Nights 6. Love Really Hurts Without You 7. Let's Go Round Again 8. Dance to the Music 9. Play That Funky Music Hold Back the Night I'm Doing Fine Now Just Be Good To Me Loco in Acapulco Best of My Love Love Train Give It Up Saturday Love This Is It Band of Gold Tracks of Disc 2 1.
These Words 3. I'm Outta Love 4. C'est la Vie 5. Tragedy 6. Walk Like an Egyptian 7. I'm So Excited 8. I'm in the Mood for Dancing 9. It's Raining Men Never Gonna Let You Go No Scrubs Crazy Chick Lady Marmalade Girls Just Want to Have Fun We Want The Same Thing Total Eclipse of the Heart More, More, More Shackles Praise You Everybody Backstreet's Back 2.
I Want You Back 3. Bomb Diggy 4. If Ya Gettin' Down 5. Ready or Not 6. Superstylin' 9. God Is a DJ Boxerbeat Heaven Everybody's Free To Feel Good Rhythm is Gonna Get You You're a Superstar You're Not Alone Relight My Fire When Will I Be Famous?
Fake Maneater Tracks of Disc 4 1. Can I Kick It? Loverman 4. Hey Ya! This Time Around 6. Voodoo Child 7. Jump 8. Here Comes the Hotstepper 9. Gravel Pit I've Got a Little Something for You Out of Touch The Key, The Secret Weekend Anthem Moving on Up Lets Get Ready To Rhumble Hey Baby Uhh Ahh Don't Stop Believin' 2.
Thunder In My Heart 3. Footloose 4. Stand and Deliver 5. I Want Candy 7. Walk This Way 9. Hey Rock And Roll Shine Shang-a-Lang-Bay I Want You to Want Me Dancing in the Moonlight Club Tropicana Steal My Sunshine Swamp Thing I Love to Love Macarena Mambo No.
All By Myself 2. Without You 3. Every Day Hurts 4. Seasons In The Sun 6. Brown Girl In The Ring 7. Shang-a-Lang 8. Dancing On A Saturday Night 9. Goodbye My Love Under The Moon Of Love Arms Of Mary Yellow River Knock Three Times Tweedle Dee Twiddle Dum Fairytale Love Of My Life Rio More Than A Feeling 2. All The Young Dudes 5. Walk On The Wild Side 6. Rich Girl 7. What Can I Say 8. Longer 9. She's Not There A Good Feelin' To Know Free Electric Band Frankenstein A Thing Called Love Desperados Waiting For A Train Fool Sylvia's Mother In My Own Time Don't You Know Sweet Inspiration Best Of My Love 3.
Native New Yorker 4. Got To Be Real 6. More More More 7. Don't Leave Me This Way 8. Rock The Boat 9. Hold Back The Night Turn The Beat Around Kepp On Dancing You Bet Your Love Armed And Extremely Dangerous Dr Love I Wanna Dance Wit Choo Disco Lady Grace Tracks of Disc 4 1. Perfect Day 2. No Regrets 3. Summerlove Sensation 5. Ride A Wild Horse 7. Swing Your Daddy 8. Watch Me 9. Gertcha I Can Help The Most Beautiful Girl Love Is Like A Butterfly Stand By Your Man
The Enigma Variations 2 Comp LP Vinyl Record Dead Milkman TSOL Agent Orange. $ New. The Silent Enigma by Anathema (Vinyl, Jan, Peaceville Records (USA)) $ New. Fall of a Rebel Angel [LP] by Enigma (Vinyl, Nov, Decca) out of 5 stars (5) Total Ratings 5, $ New. $ Used. Go to next slide - Best Selling. All;. The 70 song games collected in Brown Girl in the Ring come from the Eastern Caribbean, a crescent-shaped chain of islands that stretches from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. The compendium is based on song games that folklorist Alan Lomax recorded in For each of the songs--which come from Dominica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Nevis, and Carriacou, as well as Trinidad and Tobago--there are Reviews: 3. Get the best deals on Enigma Pop Vinyl Records when you shop the largest online selection at derbattmogegefilykornorolsoftcat.xyzinfo Free shipping on many items Enigma - Ain't No Stoppin' LP stars on 33 ISRAELI PRESS. $ Enigma Sadness Part 1 7” Single A1U B1U Pressing - VG+. $ Got one to sell? Nov 04, · Enigma Summer Groovin' 12" Remasterd By B.v.d.M Summer Groovin' 01 Y Viva Espana () 02 Hasta La Vista 03 Una Paloma Blanca 04 One For You, One For Me 05 Rasputin 06 Painter. Aug 13, · The protagonist of Brown Girl in the Ring is a young, black, unwed mother named Ti-Jeanne (a play on the Caribbean everyman character, Ti . Brown Girl in the Ring Lyrics: Brown girl in the ring / Tra la la la la / There's a brown girl in the ring / Tra la la la la la / Brown girl in the ring / Tra la la la la / She looks like a sugar. Brown Girl In The Ring; 7. Shang-a-Lang; 8. Dancing On A Saturday Night; 9. Goodbye My Love; Under The Moon Of Love; Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows) Arms Of Mary; Yellow River; Knock Three Times; I Get A Little Sentimental Over You; Tweedle Dee Twiddle Dum; Fairytale; Love Of My Life; Rio; You've. If you've grown up with Enigma over the years and miss the regular injection of the Enigmatic synths then get this album, if you are looking for a first introduction to the music then I recommend picking up one of the earlier works first. I don't regret buying the album but just expected a little more. If I could I'd give it 3 1/2 /5(). Enigma discography and songs: Music profile for Enigma. Genres: Disco. Albums include Ain't No Stoppin', I Love Music, and Ain't No Stopping Disco Mix “Brown Girl in the Ring” is a Caribbean song and game where a girl dances within a circle of other girls swinging her hips and twirling around to the playful melody. The words are self-explanatory: there’s a brown girl in the ring, she shows her motion, and she looks like sugar and plums—or, she likes sugar and rum, depending on the.
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