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Drinking Sapphire Wine (Four-BEE #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  463 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Four-BEE was an utopian city. If you didn't mind being taken care of all your long long life, having a wild time as a "jang" teenagers able to do anything you wanted from killing yourself innumerable times, changing bodies, changing sex, and raising perpetual hell, it could be heaven.
But for one inhabitant there was always something askew. He/she had tried everything and y
Paperback, 175 pages
Published January 18th 1977 by DAW (first published January 1st 1977)
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May 17, 2010 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the sequel to the first book, "Don't Bite the Sun." It is also, by modern standards, quite short at 171 pages, but Tanith Lee makes every page count. The basic story relates the main character's eventual banishment from the utopia, where everything is provided but nothing has meaning and there is no meaningful work to do. Lee makes the world an especially rich one; her descriptions give the world texture and beauty. Lee also explores the concept of emotional meaning with people who can c ...more
Roz Morris
Sep 05, 2010 Roz Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
A landmark book when I was a teenager and just as good now. Sparky, imaginative, poignant and brilliant.
Rowie Christopher
awesome. Read this as a child and it still reverberates today.
Apr 25, 2012 Laphalene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I first read and Bite the Sun and this sequel in my teens. Tanith Lee writes so lyrically with such evocative prose of this loopy dystopic utopia in a far away post-apocalyptic future. And yes, the domed city of Four Bee is both. What do you do in a hedonistic world where everything can be and is done for you by android servants? You can even change bodies and genders. Eternal vacation--or eternal childhood. Drinking Sapphire Wine picks up the narrative where the first left off with Jang exiled ...more
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Oct 17, 2016 Baal Of rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This one took a slightly different tone from the first book, still with plenty of the lush, ephemeral qualities, but also an additional harder edge, with the consequences of exile starting to kick in. There's a bit of indulgence in the false dichotomy between technology and freedom, but it's not overdone to the point of becoming preachy. I didn't see the infiltration by the Q-R's happening, so it did actually come as a surprise when it was revealed.
Nov 21, 2008 A.C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
The sequel of Do'nt bite the sun.
The first book was slightly better but this is a must read for everybody who has read the first.
our hero does something unthinkable and has to face punishment. A new body wiht complete wiped out memory our bannishment to the desert.
She chooses the latter and goes in exile.....
But just when she thinks she will never see another person again she gets company
Sammy Tame
Jan 03, 2015 Sammy Tame rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful conclusion to Don't Bite the Sun. I feel like the narrator's voice had matured appropriately after the time elapsed since the first book. An interesting statement on growing up and escaping the trappings of sanitised modern life and the meaningless hedonism of youth. And most of all, being different from the people around you and forging your own path. Fantastic reading
Jeff Doten
I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I probably would have loved it with a rewrite. Tanith Lee is so good that she can invent her world, hit a few plot points and fire out the the other side yelling "next !" My main argument is that she should have kept the delightful eight legged animals that the main character wanted to make pets out of - one is necessary for the last scene.
Nicole Lisa
Jun 08, 2015 Nicole Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is a more conventional book than the first, with a plot and more conventional story structure.

It was a very satisfying read, as pertinent now as it was when it was published in 1977, although some of the why has probably shifted, from political to ecological.
Sep 06, 2008 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tanith-lee
This book is similar to Anthem by Ayn Rand. It was an awesome read.
Nov 01, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book. One that seems more and more a foreshadowing of the future with each passing decade.
Little Miss Esoteric
5 stars. Note: this edition includes both Drinking Sapphire Wine and Don't Bite The Sun. The ideas behind both novellas are poignant and the stories linger.
Mickey Schulz
Dec 03, 2008 Mickey Schulz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a world where death is impossible, suicide is a commonplace act of teen rebellion.
Heather Jones
Jun 17, 2013 Heather Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoy the fantasy/science fiction of it and love the fact we never know the protagonists name. If i don't know what to read this is often my 'go to' book
Justaddwater (djwq)
Haiku-format review of
"Drinking Sapphire Wine / Don't Bite the Sun" by Tanith Lee

If I can be you,

Replace my body at will:

(S/he asks) "Who am I?".
Kim Falconer
Mar 25, 2012 Kim Falconer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm blogging about this right now! Tanith Lee is a beautiful writer addressing the hard problems of consciousness in the ancient way - through storytelling.
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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