Speaking Stones Mass Market Paperback – March 1 1999
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- Publisher : Harper Voyager (March 1 1999)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380799146
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380799145
- Item Weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 2.54 x 18.42 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,239,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
On the faraway planet Mictlan, a tiny human society has had to struggle with severe and often disturbing complications to adapt to its desolate surroundings. There were physical mutations and birth defects among them, then an uneasy coexistence with the Miccail, an indigenous tri-gendered intelligent species. Most startling of all was the evolution of a third human sex: the Sa, or midmale.
Now the fragile peace that governs the humans and the Miccail is shattered after a young human Sa child is kidnapped, igniting all the half-buried animosities smoldering between the two groups, as savagery and violence break out across the planet. The answer may lie in an imposing carved monolith--the Speaking Stone that contains the secrets of the ancient Miccail religion. Facing annihilation at the hands of its warring civilizations, the planet's only chance for survival hinges on deciphering the stone's cryptic hieroglyphs.
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Speaking Stones isn't a page-turner the way Leigh's Puppetman stories are, but it ispowerful nonetheless, and the ending is enchanting.
If there is one complaint is that the book isn't really a stand alone - as someone who hasn't read Dark Water's Embrace, Ifound the p lot hard to follow at times, and the narration technique, while cool and original, can be confusing, especially as some of the narrations are of a time much earlier.
Don't let all that stop you, though. This is a chalanging book, and reading Dark Water's Embrace may be a good idea (I know I intend to), but itis powerful, and rem inds me n ot only of Ursula K Leguin, b ut also of Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead and Octavia Butler's Exogenesis Trilogy.
I won't spoil much of the book,otherthan to say that it recounts a story of the clash of cultures, with no Heroes and Villans, but real people and aliens, men and women and mid-males (and one super cool computer called Ghost), who try to fight for the good of their people.
Leigh's a great, under rated book, and this is a great, underated book.