Karen Lord

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I have seen men who are trying to find themselves, and I have seen men who are trying to lose themselves, but rare indeed is the man who knows exactly who he is and where he is at.

Karen Lord (born 22 May 1968) is a Barbadian writer of speculative fiction.

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Redemption in Indigo (2010)[edit]

All page numbers are from the trade paperback first edition published by Small Beer Press ISBN 978-193152066-9
Nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award
  • His mother had been the daughter of a minor chief, and she had carefully instilled in Ansige an understanding of the importance of importance.
    • Chapter 1 “Ansige is Delayed on the Road to Makendha” (p. 8)
  • Ansige’s outer appearance could be deceptive, but, given enough time, he let everyone know who and what he was.
    • Chapter 1 “Ansige is Delayed on the Road to Makendha” (p. 10)
  • Ansige unreeled the tale of his tribulations, thoroughly ransacking the truth and then dipping into the bag of embellishment and sprinkling with a free hand.
    • Chapter 2 “Ansige Eats Lamb and Murders a Peacock” (p. 17)
  • Chaos was a far subtler force than most people realised. It would be so easy to sense if it threw off thunderbolts or sent barely sensed thrummings through the fabric of reality, but it was nothing more than the possible made probable. It did not break or bend any laws of nature or tip the balance of the universe.
    • Chapter 8 “The Indigo Lord Spies on the Citizens of Makendha” (p. 64)
  • That was the nature of chaos; its effects spanned time in ways that were not always immediately discernible, not even by beings outside of time.
    • Chapter 9 “A Stranger is Coming to Makendha” (p. 69)
  • Besides, for poets it wasn’t lying, it was art.
    • Chapter 9 “A Stranger is Coming to Makendha” (p. 72)
  • Women fell into that category of fantasies and dreams that worked well when unfulfilled but presented all kinds of problems when brought out into the real world of trial and failure.
    • Chapter 10 “Paama Among the Sisters, and Alton the Poet Finds His Muse” (p. 82)
  • Paama sat up slowly, moving as cautiously as if facing a lion who had just declared his intention not to pounce, but to have a friendly chat instead.
    • Chapter 15 “A Lesson on Chances and Choices” (p. 114)
  • “Never?” he said, dismayed.
    “Never,” she reiterated firmly.
    He nodded, pretending to be resigned, but secretly he thought that there were always ways to get around “never.”
    • Chapter 17 “The Sisters in Charge, and the Trickster in Trouble” (p. 134)
  • It was a common characteristic among the warriors—no fear of death, and only pride for their scars, but little thought of all that could happen in between those two extremes.
    • Chapter 18 “A Spider in His Parlour and a Very Eager Fly” (p. 136)
  • Let me tell you, I have seen men who are trying to find themselves, and I have seen men who are trying to lose themselves, but rare indeed is the man who knows exactly who he is and where he is at.
    • Chapter 18 “A Spider in His Parlour and a Very Eager Fly” (p. 139)
  • Getting information out of them was like extracting gold from ore—a lot of labour and time, and why bother to do it when you know there’s a store just around the corner?
    • Chapter 23 “One Door Closes...” (p. 174)

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