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  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553568736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553568738
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #580,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "breathingmeat" on April 22 2004
Format: Paperback
This is probably the strangest Sheri S Tepper book I have encountered so far. If you've not read one of Tepper's books before, this would not be the best one to start with. Her talents are best showcased in Beauty and The Family Tree.
If you have read and liked other Tepper novels, then you'll enjoy this. On the surface it's very much to the Tepper formula - a strange and disturbing future resulting from modern society's monumental mistakes. But it's just a bit odd. The characterisations are deliberately starker and the plot takes a while to get going. 4 stars because I like it, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone.
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I love Teppers incredible imagination and enjoy her thoughts,up use of language, often old world's seldom used anymore. Her homemade words are delightful. UNFORTUNATELY punctuation is horrible and disappointing.
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By A Customer on Feb. 13 2004
Format: Paperback
I don't give out 5-star ratings very often. I believe that such works as Hamlet, The Lord of the Rings, and Frankenstein are comparable 5's. However, I have no hesitation whatsoever that this book is a 4. I read it and loved every page. I laughed more for this than for a Discworld novel. I feared for the central character and cheered her successes. This is a very successful novel as science fiction, social commentary, and humor. I have reccommended it to many friends, and my copy is dog-eared from many reads.
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By dandysmom on Nov. 5 2003
Format: Hardcover
Started off slow and wasn't sure I was going to like it, but then it just got better snd better. I thought Gate to Womens Country was the best. but this is right up there.
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Format: Paperback
I read a couple of her other books, "Grass" and "Beauty," and enjoyed them VERY much. This one wasn't as good, but still ok.
The beginning was tedious for me. I don't like reading about gang members who live in putrescent urban conditions and speak like retards. I also don't like futuristic novels where everything has gone wrong and gloomy. Moreover, the character development was not too good, at least at the start.
Fortunately, the whole book was not like that. While things started out being fairly confusing, they started hanging together better as I went along. I kind of had to force myself to stick with it, mostly because I liked her other books, but I was glad by the time I finished. The ending, which I won't reveal, was extremely creative and transformative.
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By A Customer on Feb. 22 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this a while ago, and was thoroughly unimpressed. The plot is disjointed, the characterization nonexistent, the prose style clunky, and the book's attitude on gender relations is irritating and simplistic. Perhpas she had some interesting ideas in there, however, strangely enough (perhaps due to the clunky prose style) they all came off as shallow and undeveloped. Maybe some of her other work is better, but I wouldn't know, as I've never picked up another Tepper book since.
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Format: Paperback
I very much enjoyed the first half of this book, that is, I loved learning about the world that Tepper created and was thrilled to know about the different characters and their relations. I didn't like the main character, though, the Orphan, because I never got to feel her from the "inside"; I just saw her through the other characters' motivations to relate to her,and I never really felt what drove her to act as she did.Nevertheless, the most unsatisfactory part of this novel was its ending; it is as if the author got tired of the story and decided to end it no matter how, leaving the readers with too many questions.
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Format: Paperback
I have to think that other readers besides me were a little disturbed by this book's seemingly easy acceptance of "final solution" thinking. A well-constructed narrative, intriguing concepts and bad, bad, bad guys are not a good enough justification for fascism, whether we're talking about actual history or speculative fiction. Strong, wise leaders who need to cleanse society (even a really rotten one) for the elites? Norman Spinrad's Iron Dream looked at this kind of seductive thinking a generation ago -- read your SF history!
Try some LeGuin in either her cultural or political mode, Emma Bull's wonderful War for the Oaks, or even the recent Lisle/ Bradley "Rift" books as antidotes to this stuff. Or go to the Salon e-zine to see David Brin's thoughtful rant about similar issues in the Phantom Menace. Good sf/fantasy is not incompatible with democracy!
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