Money for Sorrow, Made Joy

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Ekanoi is one of a train of neuters running the caravans that keep the few cities of the Jokka supplied. It and its leader long for a chance to explore the distant forests, in hopes of bringing better goods back to the cities... if only they had the capital to fund their venture.... More

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Published: Oct. 06, 2010
Words: 5,870
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452384177
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: K. Starbuck on Nov. 24, 2010 : star star star star
This story, out of the set of Jokka stories may be jarring for some. It is well written and with hope curled into the tale. However, the reality of the life of the Jokka in and of itself is a bit bleak. Not personally the reviewer's favorite story, though by no means a complaint against the author. The prose is well written and tight, the characterization endearing. It's simply one of the more bittersweet Jokka tales.

Anyone reading them would do well to pick it up. What is life if not sometimes difficult to live? This story rounds out the experience slowly shown throughout the series of shorts.
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Review by: MeiLin Miranda on Oct. 26, 2010 : star star star star star
Another Jokka story. There's not much to say I didn't say elsewhere, except to warn that if you visit the Jokka you'll keep coming back. This is a completely believable, well-built world, and it's addictive.
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Review by: Eric Hinkle on Oct. 15, 2010 : star star star star star
Short, not a wasted word, and done through a truly alien yet understandable viewpoint, this is classic Micah Hogarth and a fine start to her work.
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Review by: Razz on Oct. 15, 2010 : star star star star
One of the first Jokka stories and my first introduction to the world and its wonderful aliens, this is a great start for any would-be Hogarth fan.
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Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Oct. 13, 2010 : star star star star
Unlike the Stardancer stories, by the same author, the Jokka stories are not about finding humanity in non-human guise. The Jokka are *not humans*, nor even a funhouse mirror to humanity. They are aliens, with a complex biology that leaves them shackled by their genders -- where humans are a complicated and thus far unknowable amalgam of biological inclination and socialization, the Jokka are defined by what their gender eventually becomes.

When a full third of the species must risk insanity -- and succumb, soon or late -- lest the species die out... It makes for a harsh world, where few stories can end in anything but bittersweetness; the Jokka are born to an uncertain tragedy, and grab victory and joy where they can.

"Money for Sorrow, Made Joy" is (obviously) one of the bittersweets. It is, indeed, the story that nearly defines the Jokka for me, containing necessity, sacrifice, determination, and, yes, joy. I believe it's an excellent place to start discovering the Jokka and their world. My one complaint -- aside from a terribly human tendency to want a bit more sweet to the bitter, heh -- is that I don't think there are *more* stories for ke Ekanoi and ke Ledin, and I would like to see more of their travels.
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