5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction
Pros: several complex plot lines that all get resolved satisfactorily, interesting characters that develop over the course of the book, detailed world building - for the planet Grass as well as Earth and the rest of the universe (even though the rest of the universe isn't mentioned much)
Cons: can't think of any
Grass is a planet with no reports of...
Published on Feb 16 2011 by Jessica Strider
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into -- Almost not worth it
I like science fiction. But I found this book quite hard to get started. Information is obviously withheld for later in the book that would make the beginning much easier to understand. It is one of those books with a big secret, and once the big secret is revealed, the book is pretty much over. It is a good time-waster, nothing more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction,
This review is from: Grass (Paperback)Pros: several complex plot lines that all get resolved satisfactorily, interesting characters that develop over the course of the book, detailed world building - for the planet Grass as well as Earth and the rest of the universe (even though the rest of the universe isn't mentioned much)
Cons: can't think of any
Grass is a planet with no reports of plague victims in a universe of worlds dying of the plague.
Lady Marjorie Westriding Yarier and her family are sent by Sanctity, the dominant religion in the universe (though they are old catholics), to see if it really is free of plague, and/or if there is a cure for the plague on the planet. They are chosen because the nobles on Grass ride the hunt, and the Yarier family is good with horses.
Unknown to them, the bons ride Hippae, and the Hippae are not horses. They are malevolent creatures with unknown motivations.
The green brothers live on Grass, digging up the ruins of a civilization that died out centuries before. A race that may have died of the plague.
There are a lot of politics and a lot of revelations you won't be prepared for. It's a creepy novel at some parts, a tragic one at others. It is well worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars ***,
This review is from: Grass (Paperback)grass. miles and miles and miles of grass. haunting, beautiful and very intreging.
Sheri S. Tepper is one of my favorite science fiction writers and this is definatly my favorite book she has written. it starts out slowly, giving you information and creating charecters; by the end she has created a fast pased story with complex charecters, subtalty and romance. she depicts the human race going in a direction that they could go and each other race that is key, or even just mentioned in the story is very believable. she shows the flaws of a 'perfect' race with the Arbi. Grass is a good book that kept me involved and also made me think. she didnt go in the rather cheezy direction that many sci-fi writers these days go in with brightly colored space ships and wars with evil gooy aliens.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic -- still her best novel.,
This review is from: Grass (Paperback)______________________________________________
"Grass! Millions of square miles of it... a hundred rippling oceans,
each ripple a gleam of scarlet or amber, emerald or turquoise... the
colors shivering over the prairies... Sapphire seas of grass with dark
islands of grass bearing great plumy trees which are grass again."
So opens Grass, Sheri Tepper's first fully-successful novel and
If you've read any Tepper, you'll have noticed that she takes a pretty
Sanctity, the noxious world-religion of Tepper's Earth, is explicitly
The Hippae aren't nice, either. Neither are the Hounds, another
The extreme isolation and strange behavior of Grass's rural
Marjorie Westriding -- besides having a wonderful name, and a
The Great Plague, ah, that's where the dodgy biology lies, and it's a
4.0 out of 5 stars Science-Fiction with a message,
This review is from: Grass (Paperback)"'Damn it,' she cried aloud. 'Can't you see that theoretical answers are no answers at all! It has to be something you can DO!'"
Sheri S. Tepper writes engrossing science-fiction. While melodrama is the driving force behind many of the characterizations, the message of this novel goes much deeper than that, addressing such themes as religion and government, guilt and charity, the place of human beings (termed: 'very small being' in a particularly well-drawn scene in the novel) in the future universe, God, class, reproductive rights and overpopulation, and metamorphosis. While it is not a 'Brave New World', it is a sound work of science-fiction, and though it may not break out of this literature ghetto, it is worth however much time you spend reading it, whatever genre you prefer.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into -- Almost not worth it,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting,
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This review is from: Grass (Paperback)Grass is a memorable book. I've read thousands of books, and Grass is literary science fiction that speaks to women.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Moral Responsibilities of Aliens,
Into this world come Marjorie Westriding, her husband Rigo, her children Stella and Tony, Rigo's mistress Eugenie, and the family Catholic priests, sent as ambassadors from Sanctity, the controlling religious body on Earth, to investigate why Grass is the only known planet that does not seem to be infected with a fatal plague that is slowly wiping out humanity. The novel's action is driven by the consequences of family learning about the strange social structures and alien life forms of the planet.
While Marjorie, the main character, if fairly well drawn with a fair amount of depth, most of the other characters are very much stick figures that are supporting spear carriers only. This is a pity, as Rigo, Stella, and the dom Sylvan show intimations of being intriguing people, but they are never portrayed in enough depth to make them come alive. The total cast of characters is fairly large, and at later stages in the book it becomes difficult to remember just who each one is due to their limited portrayal.
Grass is at least partially an investigation of religion, faith, and original sin for both humans and for two different alien races. As such, it invites some comparison with other science fiction works that have dealt with these themes - Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz, Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead, and the one closest in theme to this, James Blish's A Case of Conscience. Unfortunately, Grass does not meet the high level shown by these other books, as the crisis of faith experienced by Marjorie and the Foxen is dealt with somewhat shallowly. There is little deep explication of the problems, ambiguities, and paradoxes that entail from the concept of original sin applying to an alien race that were so well investigated by Blish's work. Marjorie's own changing concept of God from the traditional Catholic picture to one where humans are mere instruments of God's will, a virus that He unleashed to perform a specific action, where individual humans are not known by name to God, is a better formed and portrayed concept, but still not at the depth and emotional level that Canticle for Leibowitz achieved.
This is an ambitious work, with many sub-themes twined around the main one, each of which is deserving of in-depth portrayal. As written, this book is just too short to do justice to either the sub-themes or the main theme, not to mention the need for greater character development. It probably should have been twice its current length to fully develop all of the richness of ideas that Tepper presents here. Still, a very original work, more focused on anthropology and with difficult thematic material than is common in science fiction, items which make this a worthwhile reading experience.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good characters, great suspense,
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully imaginative story.,
Most sci-fi authors try to write action novels of some kind to bring out their ideas. Tepper manages to work on a more emotional level. It is hard to come up with very specific ideas about faith that come up in this book (And this book is very much about religon). The story works more throught the mood and imagery that the characters create. Her supporting characters in her books are very often intentally two diminsional. They exist more to protray steotypes or ideas. Tepper managanges this so succesfull that I can belive in her archtype characters more than I can many authors most important characters.
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it. Didn't like it. Not sure.,
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Grass by Sheri S. Tepper (Paperback - Mar 1 1993)
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