GENDER-BENDER BOOK RATED “BEST OF 2009” BY BARNES & NOBLE, SCHOOL LIBRARY SCHOOL JOURNAL, AND ROBOTS AND VAMPS
San Diego, CA January 8, 2010 – San Diego author Kirsten Imani Kasai’s debut novel ICE SONG, about a uniquely gifted single mother’s quest to rescue her abducted children, has been lauded as one of the best books of the year. Selected from a pool of more than 600 titles, the School Library Journal listed ICE SONG as one of six fiction picks for Best Adult Books for High School Students 2009.
Francisca Goldsmith, Chair, Adult Books for High School Students Committee, says, “The themes of identity, difference, and personal integration are woven into a fantasy recounted with the quiet, and sometimes disturbing, sense of the dream world.” www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6708196.html
Barnes & Noble book reviewer Paul Goat Allen included ICE SONG on his list of The Best Science Fiction/ Fantasy Novels of 2009, calling it “a deeply lyrical and sublimely haunting narrative powers this intriguing fusion of science fiction, fantasy and subtle social commentary.”
Highlighted as an “Unabashedly Bookish” featured selection in August 2009, Allen wrote, “Those looking for a powerful and provocative female voice in their fantasy reading fare should definitely pick up this stellar debut, which is set largely in the frozen wastelands of the Sigue. The story revolves around protagonist Sorykah Minuit, a rare human ‘Trader’ who can switch sexual genders at will. After Sorykah’s twin infants are abducted by a reclusive madman who wants to use them for nightmarish scientific experiments, she sets off on a desperate quest to find her children and avenge them—and inadvertently begins a breathtaking journey of self-discovery.”
Sci-fi, pop culture and book blog Robots and Vamps says, “Ice Song is probably the most underrated novel of the year. If the author would have been Ursula K. Le Guin instead of Kirsten Imani Kasai, then it is my opinion this novel could have garnered awards and received much acclaim. It is that good. [Kasai’s] imagination is astonishing but is balanced by well crafted plot that will have you thinking about this story for years to come.” http://robotsandvamps.com/?p=8158
The book has won praise from other reviewers, including:
"Hard to put down...an unstoppable force [that] ends with a bang."
"Ice Song is a gorgeously immersive novel, with lots of great details that give it a prickly, real-life feel even though the settings and critters are determinedly surreal."
"A boldly adventurous tale depicting a richly detailed world."
Philadelphia Gay News
"A near-perfect combination of fantasy, great storytelling and social commentary."
Kasai’s lyrical dark fiction, erotic horror and poetry have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. TATTOO, the sequel to ICE SONG, will be published by Del Rey in 2011. She’s currently writing a third novel about Sorykah’s family. Kasai resides in San Diego, CA with her husband and children. Kasai will be a guest speaker/panelist at the San Diego Southern California Writer’s Conference, Feb. 12-15, 2010 and ConDor, the San Diego Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Feb. 26-28, 2010.