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In this visionary novel by Larissa Lai--her first in sixteen years--a community of parthenogenic women, sent into exile by the male-dominated Salt Water City, goes to war against disease, technology, and powerful men that threaten them with extinction.

Kirilow is a doctor apprentice whose lover Peristrophe is a "starfish," a woman who can regenerate her own limbs and organs
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published October 2nd 2018)
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Katy
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that The Tiger Flu is unlike anything I’ve read before. The depth and range of Larissa Lai’s imagination is truly impressive. There’s a lot going on here: a disease called the "Tiger Flu" that mainly affects men, a group of exiled women called the Grist Sisters who can asexually reproduce, “starfish” women who can regenerate lost limbs and organs, a new technology that separates the mind from the body, major environmental destruction, and that’s not even ...more
Annie
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Larissa Lai has created a very strange world in The Tiger Flu, a lightning fast eruption of a novel. In this future version of our earth, waves of plagues have killed off many men; Caspian tigers have been restored from extinction; famine is widespread; some women have been genetically engineered to parthogenetically reproduce or regrow parts of their bodies; metallic scales and drugs can create extraordinary, half-real hallucinations; climate change has completely changed the landscape, and mor ...more
Audun Nes
Good, but not as good as expected

It took a while to find the rhythm of this book. There were a lot of concepts that were just taken for granted, and these concepts were gradually explained throughout the book. Frankly I found that a bit confusing. Also I didn’t really pay attention to the chapter titles, and I was about 20% into the book before I realized there were to main characters in the story. That was totally my mistake, and it added to the confusion.

As the story progressed, I began to en
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Jiaqi
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Advance copy provided by Arsenal Press because I am going to be interviewing Prof. Lai for Sine Theta Magazine’s next issue! sinetheta.net

this wouldve normally taken me 2 hours to finish but because it was “for work” it took 3 weeks. why am i like this
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Post (or perhaps mid?) apocalyptic dystopia made of climate crisis and plague and ongoing social collapse, set in what a previous century would have called "Vancouver" and environs. Imaginative, dizzying, chaotic, intense, dark. My only complaint, I think, is that there were a few points where the plot shifted direction and then shifted again where it seemed arbitrary, out of nowhere. Though perhaps that was intentional, to fit the setting? Anyway: really, really good overall.
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This had a super promising start and a really startlingly original world, but it seemed to fall apart near the end.
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Larissa Lai has authored three novels, The Tiger Flu, Salt Fish Girl and When Fox Is a Thousand; two poetry collections, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers' Award, she has been a fina ...more
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