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Wn woman with her tongue cut off and Eliana’s name tattooed on her skin arrives at the House of Webs Eliana discovers an invisible network of power behind the city’s facade All the while the sea is clawing the shores and the streets are slowly drowni An enchanting tale of love and resistance Unexpectedly tender and heartfelt the story swept me away Itaranta has crafted a world of intrigue that both defies and embraces the many dystopian tropes weaving a story with a pattern uite unlike any other “The world is ready to drown The world is ready to rise” The synopsis describes the plot in barren terms The protagonist Eliana is a young weaver in The House of Webs where a spider like Goddess is worshiped and she does meet a mysterious young woman who has had her tongue cut out and Eliana’s name tattooed on her skin But the synopsis speaks of networks of power and a drowning city like those are the focus of the story When it is Eliana’s internal struggles which are explored in most depth Her developing relationship with the woman who cannot speak the secrets she hides and the secrets she uncovers are the focus of the book And throughout there are beautifully nuanced characters most of them women “Our hours are brief and our days are brittle and the marks our hands leave on the world belong to us”There is a wonderful dream like uality to The City of Woven Streets or The Weaver as it is known in the US The regular chapters are occasionally interspersed with 2 pages of sentences which forgo regular punctuation and structure They evoke the night time or fever induced visions of a wandering mind and help to build an atmosphere between fantasy and reality “The sky has begun to fade into the colours of smoke and roses” The writing evokes some rather startling images eschewing cliché in favour of brief description that are so vivid I had to close my eyes for a moment just to let them sink in Though the plot does drag a little at times the mood and descriptions of the Island kept me floating along with the story “we are pebbles on a wide and far stretching shore not the moon that will turn the tide” The City of Woven Streets could easily have been a typical dystopian story with a tyrannical government placing strange restrictions on the life of the population Yet through a combination of unusual language choices and focus on character it manages to avoid feeling tired “Only the wounds of the dead do not scar”I really enjoyed this book the first I have read by a Finnish writer It has given me much to think about and the haunting image of the Island continue to linger in my mind Los asquerosos off and Eliana’s name tattooed Speakout Advanced Plus 2nd Edition Students Book/DVD-ROM/Workbook/StudyBooster Spain Pack on her skin arrives at the House Trilogía El Club of Webs Eliana discovers an invisible network GULLIVERS TRAVELS 1ºESO BAR of power behind the city’s facade All the while the sea is clawing the shores and the streets are slowly drowni An enchanting tale Goddess Rising (Complicated Creatures of love and resistance Unexpectedly tender and heartfelt the story swept me away Itaranta has crafted a world Complicated Creatures 1.5, A Companion Novella of intrigue that both defies and embraces the many dystopian tropes weaving a story with a pattern uite unlike any NEJ other “The world is ready to drown The world is ready to rise” The synopsis describes the plot in barren terms The protagonist Eliana is a young weaver in The House Triplets Find a Mom of Webs where a spider like Goddess is worshiped and she does meet a mysterious young woman who has had her tongue cut Silent Runners out and Eliana’s name tattooed Foc latent on her skin But the synopsis speaks Mrs Queen Takes the Train of networks Planisferio celeste. 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La guía completa (Social Media) on the world belong to us”There is a wonderful dream like uality to The City Intensidad Max : Un plan de ejercicios y nutrición para sacar lo mejor de ti misma en sólo 90 días (Psicología y salud) of Woven Streets Sugaar (Xaguxar) or The Weaver as it is known in the US The regular chapters are Quentin Tarantino occasionally interspersed with 2 pages The Peoples State of sentences which forgo regular punctuation and structure They evoke the night time Punks Wing (Punk, or fever induced visions Go Your Own Way (Go Your Own Way, of a wandering mind and help to build an atmosphere between fantasy and reality “The sky has begun to fade into the colours The Perry Mason Book of smoke and roses” The writing evokes some rather startling images eschewing cliché in favour Un Mundo De Sonidos A Cuaderno - 9788480253932 of brief description that are so vivid I had to close my eyes for a moment just to let them sink in Though the plot does drag a little at times the mood and descriptions Deseo de ser piel roja of the Island kept me floating along with the story “we are pebbles The Man of Fashion on a wide and far stretching shore not the moon that will turn the tide” The City Russia in Flames of Woven Streets could easily have been a typical dystopian story with a tyrannical government placing strange restrictions Under the Water on the life Cat Breaking Free of the population Yet through a combination El Andorrà: D'car mo un pastor d'Almeria es converteix en l'home més ric d'Andorra of unusual language choices and focus ایران در گذر روزگاران on character it manages to avoid feeling tired “Only the wounds Ezekiel (Taupadak) of the dead do not scar”I really enjoyed this book the first I have read by a Finnish writer It has given me much to think about and the haunting image Mujeres de luz of the Island continue to linger in my mind

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The City of Woven Streets

The tapestry of life may be fragile than it seems pull one thread and all will unravelIn the City of Woven Streets human life has little value You practice a craft to keep you alive or you are an outcast unwanted and tainted Eliana is a young weaver in t I am probably too tired to write a coherent review having travelled across Europe by train for twelve hours after five hours sleep Nonetheless I’ll give it the old college try I enjoyed ‘The City of Woven Streets’ than Itaranta’s previous novel Memory of Water which I liked but found frustrating Her latest has of a fantasy atmosphere whereas her previous was explicitly post climate catastrophe science fiction ‘The City of Woven Streets’ is also arguably sci fi but set in a distant enough future and containing enough fantastical elements that it felt like reading fantasy This seemed better suited to Itaranta’s lyrical writing style which I can imagine might appeal to some than others I appreciate it once I get used to it although at first it seems to occlude meaning somewhat The reader gets a strong sense of atmosphere from the start however it takes longer to establish who the narrator is and what is actually happening Eliana's first person narration of Eliana does carry the reader along though and after about fifty pages I was carried away by the characters and story I do love that the majority of main characters are women with an interesting range of perspectives motivations and ethnicities The world building is also excellent; this was a great strength of Memory of Water tooThere are two major things I also want to discuss one that I greatly approve of and another I’m rather critical of but both are massive spoilers view spoilerFirst the good Memory of Water depicts a close friendship between two women that seemed ambiguously romantic to me Don’t get me wrong I greatly enjoy female friendships in fiction That one seemed oddly ambiguous though which contributed to the overall rather insubstantial and ephemeral nature of the book As Eliana’s connection to the mysterious Valeria developed I wondered if this was to be of the same But no Here the relationship turns romantic and sexual which remains extremely rare in fantasy and sci fi I grew rather invested in Eliana and Valeria as their love is beautifully depicted and the narrative delights in separating endangering and fake killing them Although it is poetically vague enough to be interpreted otherwise I choose to assume that the ending is happy and they’re safe together On the subject of the ending I am critical I was disconcerted by the twist basically a deus ex machina that Eliana has magic powers Perhaps I failed to pick up on hints but this seemed to come out of nowhere I liked the awareness of a long term secret revolutionary conspiracy to uncover the truth about the oppressive anti dreaming regime and their use of tattoos for control Eliana’s suddenly awakened mutant powers I’m not sure how else to describe them fitted oddly with these political machinations Also it was a shame that Valeria was unable to communicate her views due to being mute I wanted to know what she thought of this peculiar turn of events Perhaps such a deus ex machina ending bothered me because I delight in trying to find allegorical meaning within dystopian fiction In this case the dystopia is uite stylised however there is some interesting stuff about biopower caste type systems and environmental degradation I’m don't really know what to make of the ending though It felt odd and abrupt hide spoiler Complicated Creatures 1.5, A Companion Novella of life may be fragile than it seems pull NEJ one thread and all will unravelIn the City Triplets Find a Mom of Woven Streets human life has little value You practice a craft to keep you alive Silent Runners or you are an Foc latent outcast unwanted and tainted Eliana is a young weaver in t I am probably too tired to write a coherent review having travelled across Europe by train for twelve hours after five hours sleep Nonetheless I’ll give it the Mrs Queen Takes the Train old college try I enjoyed ‘The City Planisferio celeste. 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Emmi Itäranta ´ 8 review

He House of Webs but secretly knows she doesn’t really belong there She is hiding a shameful birth defect that would if anyone knew about it land her in the House of the Tainted a prison for those whose very existence is considered a curseWhen an unkno 35 starsI'm so happy that I gave this book a chanceIt's a Finnish fantasydystopian novel about an island slowly sinking into the sea and features a beautifully understated romance between two girls each carrying their own secrets and burdensI don't want to say too much about the plot and the characters at this point because I don't want to give away too much information it's best if you go and discover it by yourselfThe atmosphere that Itäranta paints is dreamy and at times eerie The writing is beautiful and there are some truly stunning uotes the prose is rich and full of vivid imageryHowever there is also a downside to this I have to admit that I struggled uite a bit at the beginning – the author doesn't do much explaining at start and you have to put together little pieces of information about world building and the characters as you read on Everything in this book feels dreamlike but that is not always good To me it was hard to get a good sense of the world and the characters because of the vagueness of the writing so it took me about 120 pages before I could actually enjoy the story and have a better idea about what's going on Other than that I LOVED the imagery that the book left in my mind – all the sea green hues scent of brine and sea salty breeze empty halls gauzy webs floating in the wind the drowned streets of a doomed city and best of all the uiet sweet relationship that blooms between our narrator and a mute girl that one day appears at the templeI adore the world that the author created and the dreamy feeling that persists throughout the novelSo all in all it was a beautiful lyrical read but I had some issues with the sometimes too flowery prose and it took me really long to get into the storyWould I recommend it? 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  1. says:

    ''This night is different Sleep is thin in the house because strange blood is drying on the stones of the suare'' What is left when even the ability to dream literally is considered a crime? And even worse when your dreams are nightmares for which you may be punished severely? You are marked by society exiled to the House of the Tainted the left overs of the communityI tend to approach every book that wishes to belong to the Dystopian genre with extreme cautiousness First of all when 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale grace my bookcase there's bound to be a comparison Secondly everyone and their mother have decided to write a dystopian novel of late and I have always had a slight disliking for things that are en vogue However Emmi Itäranta comes from Finland and call me biased but I would even read a phone book if it was written by an author from the Nordic lands And thus I ventured into The City of Woven Streets The title is extremely intriguing and the two themes on which the story is built are dreaming and isolation This society isn't as bleak and dark as others we have come across It is made beautiful by the intricate webs created in the House of Weavers In this dystopia governed by the Council dreaming is not allowed Dreaming euals Freedom the Council cannot control the thoughts of the islanders and this is toxic to them and their regime This is a very interesting premise on Itäranta's part We've seen many kinds of totalitarian societies but not one where occupation is so absolute so extreme that stretches into the most private personal solitary activity of a human being that of sleeping ''First the monster swallows you then it digests you and eventually you come out of the other end feeling filthy'' The night terrors can be uite a shocking experience I used to suffer from sleep paralysis during my university years when my anxiety level was sky high Naturally we know that science has explained this weird phenomenon to the point of exhaustion but still I cannot avoid thinking how its traces approach the thin line between the Natural and the Supernatural worlds In the novel the writer makes good use of the myth of the night maere as is the original spelling the Old Hag as it is also called In Greece we call it ''Mora'' and the people of the past used to believe that it was a demon visiting those who were ''unclean'' targeted by the devil Not unsimilar to the belief of the Council in the story Here the dominant religion is organised around a mysterious figure of many faces called Our Lady of Weaving a combination of many goddesses of the European pantheons and a divinity we never come to know much about ''A wind does not rise A rain does not come The dead stay dead and do not respond'' ''Do you look at this island and believe you see the truth?'' Placing a dystopian community within the narrow space of an island makes the feeling of isolation and enclosure tense and atmospheric The mists arising from the waters cover the city and the characters' actions There is no contact between Eliana and her brother except for the times when he comes to visit herAll these must sound very interesting and believe me they are but there are a few weaknesses as well The plot becomes tedious after a point All the talk and the details about the different kinds of ink and their ingredients become boring and slow down the narration Around the 60% mark it became too wordy with long descriptions that offer nothing new and I began to lose interest Worse I started feeling confused losing touch with the plot and this doesn't happen often The characters are nothing to write home about to be honest Eliana is a nice sympathetic heroine clever loyal developing an interesting relationship with Valeria a rather mysterious presence but nothing we haven't seen beforeI don't know if it is considered a YA novel as I am not familiar with the category but I can say that it is an interesting book a nice addition to the Dystopia genre and I definitely intend to read Memory of Water by the same author However The City of Woven Streets as well written as it may be is not The Handmaid's Tale for the younger generation


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  3. says:

    I am probably too tired to write a coherent review having travelled across Europe by train for twelve hours after five hours sleep Nonetheless I’ll give it the old college try I enjoyed ‘The City of Woven Streets’ than Itaranta’s previous novel Memory of Water which I liked but found frustrating Her latest has of a fantasy atmosphere whereas her previous was explicitly post climate catastrophe science fiction ‘The City of Woven Streets’ is also arguably sci fi but set in a distant enough future and containing enough fantastical elements that it felt like reading fantasy This seemed better suited to Itaranta’s lyrical writing style which I can imagine might appeal to some than others I appreciate it once I get used to it although at first it seems to occlude meaning somewhat The reader gets a strong sense of atmosphere from the start however it takes longer to establish who the narrator is and what is actually happening Eliana's first person narration of Eliana does carry the reader along though and after about fifty pages I was carried away by the characters and story I do love that the majority of main characters are women with an interesting range of perspectives motivations and ethnicities The world building is also excellent; this was a great strength of Memory of Water tooThere are two major things I also want to discuss one that I greatly approve of and another I’m rather critical of but both are massive spoilers view spoilerFirst the good Memory of Water depicts a close friendship between two women that seemed ambiguously romantic to me Don’t get me wrong I greatly enjoy female friendships in fiction That one seemed oddly ambiguous though which contributed to the overall rather insubstantial and ephemeral nature of the book As Eliana’s connection to the mysterious Valeria developed I wondered if this was to be of the same But no Here the relationship turns romantic and sexual which remains extremely rare in fantasy and sci fi I grew rather invested in Eliana and Valeria as their love is beautifully depicted and the narrative delights in separating endangering and fake killing them Although it is poetically vague enough to be interpreted otherwise I choose to assume that the ending is happy and they’re safe together On the subject of the ending I am critical I was disconcerted by the twist basically a deus ex machina that Eliana has magic powers Perhaps I failed to pick up on hints but this seemed to come out of nowhere I liked the awareness of a long term secret revolutionary conspiracy to uncover the truth about the oppressive anti dreaming regime and their use of tattoos for control Eliana’s suddenly awakened mutant powers I’m not sure how else to describe them fitted oddly with these political machinations Also it was a shame that Valeria was unable to communicate her views due to being mute I wanted to know what she thought of this peculiar turn of events Perhaps such a deus ex machina ending bothered me because I delight in trying to find allegorical meaning within dystopian fiction In this case the dystopia is uite stylised however there is some interesting stuff about biopower caste type systems and environmental degradation I’m don't really know what to make of the ending though It felt odd and abrupt hide spoiler


  4. says:

    4 to 45 stars In all honesty I felt a little lost during first 75 pages but once I got into the story I adored this This is not a perfect book but Emmi Itäranta's gorgeous writingstyle beautifully vivid worldbuilding and original story made this a fantastic experience for me I'm going to let this sink in properly but will definitely write a indepth review soon RTC


  5. says:

    35 starsI'm so happy that I gave this book a chanceIt's a Finnish fantasydystopian novel about an island slowly sinking into the sea and features a beautifully understated romance between two girls each carrying their own secrets and burdensI don't want to say too much about the plot and the characters at this point because I don't want to give away too much information it's best if you go and discover it by yourselfThe atmosphere that Itäranta paints is dreamy and at times eerie The writing is beautiful and there are some truly stunning uotes the prose is rich and full of vivid imageryHowever there is also a downside to this I have to admit that I struggled uite a bit at the beginning – the author doesn't do much explaining at start and you have to put together little pieces of information about world building and the characters as you read on Everything in this book feels dreamlike but that is not always good To me it was hard to get a good sense of the world and the characters because of the vagueness of the writing so it took me about 120 pages before I could actually enjoy the story and have a better idea about what's going on Other than that I LOVED the imagery that the book left in my mind – all the sea green hues scent of brine and sea salty breeze empty halls gauzy webs floating in the wind the drowned streets of a doomed city and best of all the uiet sweet relationship that blooms between our narrator and a mute girl that one day appears at the templeI adore the world that the author created and the dreamy feeling that persists throughout the novelSo all in all it was a beautiful lyrical read but I had some issues with the sometimes too flowery prose and it took me really long to get into the storyWould I recommend it? Well that dependsREAD IF• you like to get lost in dreamy fantasy worlds • you don't mind a slow read • you're looking for something fresh and original• you like a slow burn understated romanceDON'T READ IF• you are looking for a fast paced adventure – this one is uite the opposite• you dislike purple prose• you need the world building and the characters to be well defined and have a strong sense of what is going on


  6. says:

    An atmospheric fantasy that serves up a frustration of characters and world buildingEliana is a young weaver in the House of Weavers one of several craft houses on an island where dreaming is forbidden Eliana can dream though which makes her incredibly nervous when a voiceless young woman turns up at the House with a tattoo of Eliana's name on her handIt's difficult to say about this because Eliana is so sheltered and passive she doesn't know much than that She has no idea what happens in the House of the Tainted where dreamers are sent and she doesn't realize that where she lives in only marginally less a prison than that one She also has no knowledge of the Council that rules the island other than that they must be obeyed It's a perfect little dystopia with a compliant and complacent populationBut eventually and I do mean eventually Eliana does start to learn as the plot happens to her I use the phrase deliberately; Eliana has almost no agency throughout most of the book Unfortunately by the time the book discovers it has a plot there's not enough book left to make it satisfying and everything rushes to a hasty conclusionAnother thing that annoyed me is the world building or to the point the communication of the world building It sounds fascinating with an island of webs and woven tapestry walls everywhere and pre human ancients But there's almost no description of any of that instead sticking with the point of view of Eliana who uestions nothing ever There's also the Council and the guards who you would presumably expect to have the best interests of the island at heart even if they are fascists but instead are paranoid lunatics bent on persecuting people rather than surviving the clearly imminent natural disasters that the island is facingNot recommendedAlso worth calling out the American version of this book shamefully white washes the cover unless that's not the main character Eliana is brown skinned


  7. says:

    It's strange how books choose you I recently spent some days in Finland which had been my dream for years From day one I was looking for some beautiful Finnish literature to take home with me when the time came to go back And from day one I couldn't find any bookstores that had a separate space for Finnish literature translated into English Then the day after my birthday I was in Turku and it was really cold and I started going into malls and shops just to avoid the outside weather Then I found a bookstore just another one and surprise my so anticipated Finnish books in other languages area And it didn't take too long for me to choose because The City of Woven Streets had already claimed me as a reader since the first time I laid eyes on it This book wasn't perfect but there were so many perfect things about it Some people claim the first part before the plot really starts developing is slow and boring and I will agree that it takes time for things to really start happening but that whole slow beginning is my favorite part about this novel The way Itäranta describes the island the Houses of Crafts the main character and her shadows the ink marking process the Council It's a weaver's work what she does there and I was completely hooked on it all along The prose she uses is beautiful uite poetic most of the time the kind of narrative that makes you picture every single detail feel every single emotion the characters are going through I don't think I would ever get tired of reading this authorThe main character was built slowly brick by brick the perfect image of someone completely subdue until doubt starts rising and none of it makes sense any Her journey was long and painful but it felt so realThe way the author portrayed dreams and nightmares light and shadow and the power of dreaming that was perfect too People forbidden to dream are people forbidden to see What wasn't perfect the shallowness of most supporting characters I didn't uite enjoy Biros and Lazaro; but Moth Weaver Alva Janos and even Valeria could have been very interesting if explored the uickness of the plot itself the lack of a binding connection between Valeria and Eliana even when I think the romance was beautiful But you know it's all forgettable because the rest of the book was amazing and it had been a while since a novel surprised me this much in such a positive wayThis won't be the last I read by Itäranta I can't wait for the next journey she'll take me on


  8. says:

    An enchanting tale of love and resistance Unexpectedly tender and heartfelt the story swept me away Itaranta has crafted a world of intrigue that both defies and embraces the many dystopian tropes weaving a story with a pattern uite unlike any other “The world is ready to drown The world is ready to rise” The synopsis describes the plot in barren terms The protagonist Eliana is a young weaver in The House of Webs where a spider like Goddess is worshiped and she does meet a mysterious young woman who has had her tongue cut out and Eliana’s name tattooed on her skin But the synopsis speaks of networks of power and a drowning city like those are the focus of the story When it is Eliana’s internal struggles which are explored in most depth Her developing relationship with the woman who cannot speak the secrets she hides and the secrets she uncovers are the focus of the book And throughout there are beautifully nuanced characters most of them women “Our hours are brief and our days are brittle and the marks our hands leave on the world belong to us”There is a wonderful dream like uality to The City of Woven Streets or The Weaver as it is known in the US The regular chapters are occasionally interspersed with 2 pages of sentences which forgo regular punctuation and structure They evoke the night time or fever induced visions of a wandering mind and help to build an atmosphere between fantasy and reality “The sky has begun to fade into the colours of smoke and roses” The writing evokes some rather startling images eschewing cliché in favour of brief description that are so vivid I had to close my eyes for a moment just to let them sink in Though the plot does drag a little at times the mood and descriptions of the Island kept me floating along with the story “we are pebbles on a wide and far stretching shore not the moon that will turn the tide” The City of Woven Streets could easily have been a typical dystopian story with a tyrannical government placing strange restrictions on the life of the population Yet through a combination of unusual language choices and focus on character it manages to avoid feeling tired “Only the wounds of the dead do not scar”I really enjoyed this book the first I have read by a Finnish writer It has given me much to think about and the haunting image of the Island continue to linger in my mind


  9. says:

    I wanted to love this book so much And there were a lot of things in it that I loved the descriptions of the island the exuisite language the main character But then there were things that I did not love the overall plot the ending how it felt like the story is stuck in place It took me a long time to get into the story for it to get going at all and once it finally did it felt like it ended all too abruptly with very little explanation Mostly I was left with the feeling that I did not get even a third of what happened so much time was used on build up and what happened to everyone in the end was left unexplained I did like the sudden environmental route it took for a chapter or so but in general it feels like the overall theme was lost somewhere between the beautiful words and that the author was trying a bit too hard I could not help but compare this to 'The Memory of Water' and must say I liked that one a lot better It was coherent This is not a bad book but it's not living up to the potential and expectations Points for the absolutely gorgeous cover


  10. says:

    Emmi Itäranta creates such wonderful worlds and places a female hero front and center First in Memory of Water and now in thisEliana doesn't waste time with irrelevant worries She's got plenty of all too relevant ones to worry aboutI am rather in readerly love with Itärata's style It's consistent and creative She has a way of portraying a horrible reality but having a thread of bright hope run throughout view spoilerWhich is odd considering her way of ending books hide spoiler