The Smell of Intelligence

Adult
Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Fatha Gesha-emodo is the most talented scent-maker in the north, but even it cannot save its House from catastrophe... until it meets an anadi witch, and learns a secret that will save its House, but change everything else. What knowledge is worth the price of an anadi's tears? A novella of the Jokka.

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Words: 8,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465729361
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: Conrad Wong on Nov. 15, 2011 :
This is not the first book one should read if one hasn't read the Jokka stories, but for those who are familiar, this is a pungent piece-- I can't classify it as sweet or spicy-- that will haunt the reader for a while. I'm with E. McCoy on that this could be a turning point of the Jokka timeline!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Razz on Aug. 10, 2011 :
Another great story from Ke Bakkil that sheds more light on the Jokka, though this one is a bit more eerie than previous tales. The plight of the anadi is fleshed out more in this story and several possibilities that haven't been brought up before are now part of this fascinating setting. I found this to be a curious, bittersweet, and somewhat spooky addition to the Jokka stories. It may not be for the faint-of-heart, but if you're a fan of these aliens, you're definitely going to enjoy it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Aug. 10, 2011 :
Okay, this is cool. This is also Bits Of Creepy, that... I can point to, and I can even point to some of _why_ it's creepy, but other bits I can't actually define the creepy-source. This has... some interesting application for Jokka who have ever been female, and possibly some explanations for why it's bad to breed a Jokka before her second Turning.

I need to re-read it, though, and work on exactly why [plot element] is going to help with the perfumes, when it seems to also be fogging the narrator's gift with scent. Even if I didn't somehow mis-read, though, it's a very small loose end -- and this story... Drat, I just had to backspace over a paragraph of spoilers. Right. There's stuff here that, if it ever got addressed by Jokka of scientific mindset, could _seriously_ change the race.

Maybe that's the creepy part, actually; no one quite comes out and thinks about the full meanings of it, because it is Just That D*** Disturbing to the Status Quo.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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