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read epub » The Courier's New Bicycle æ ebook ë [Reading] ➸ The Courier's New Bicycle Author 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.And its murky underwor THREE AND A HALF STARSTRIGGER WARNINGS substance use violence ableism religious political oppression kidnappingWhat the hell is the nonsense of positivity towards the Salvation Army? They don't care about ueer people No turn of events in some future setting will ever change that They demanded and received a federal exception in Australia so they could discriminate against gay people when hiring staff They've said ueer people will burn in hell I've even heard stories of them discriminating against ueer people in the provision of their so called charity So they wouldn't be helping out or sympathetic if the government turned ultra conservative and even religious That could be a description of the Salvation Army themselves I don't know if the author isn't ueer and is switched off to ueer issues or if she's particularly naive and ignorant

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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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The Courier's New BicycleTory 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