The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States -- unexplained "oddities" tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths -- seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's life. That is, until the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to t...more
The Publisher Says: The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's life. That is until she is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their messsage of peace to the Powers That Be in Washington.
Her obligation does not end once the message is delivered, however, for the Pistach have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment, with Benita as sole liasion be ...more
This one features none of Tepper’ ...more
The book begins with an abused latina wife of ...more
Authors, when you manage to annoy me by preaching politics I generally agree with, there's something wrong.
Minus stars for ideological mud-slinging, but plus for fascinating worldb ...more
The core idea of the book really resonated ...more
If Ms. Tepper and I were to have a chat over coffee, I'd imagine we'd agree on almost everything. However, I don't need to be whacked over the head repeatedly with the political views of this book. I get it already! In short, this book gave me a concussion.
This book was so utterly awful that I can't even explain my level of loathing.
I almost gave it 2 stars because at the very least the writer can string sentences together, but then I remembered all the times people gargled their dialogue and I realised that there was no way in hell it was going to get that second star.
Author is going on my Never Read Anything Else Ever By This Writer list.
Since starting to work my way through patches of her oeuvre, I've become accustomed to the various quirks of the author, her pet environmental and feminist concerns, her tendency to recycle various plot elements in novel after novel, and her sometimes aggravating insistence that the plot is secondary to a character lecturing me about how we can live without technology. I've been taking this all in stride because while she seems to want me to fi ...more
From there things take off as Benita finds h ...more
The benign aliens apply such crash-course measures as removing Jerusalem from the planet & putting it into safekeeping -- like it's a toy that all t ...more
Her obligation does not end once the message is delivered, however, for the Pistach have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment, with Benita as sole liaison between the two sentient races. The mo ...more
I like the fact that this writer has issues to address, and she has always been one of my favourite feminist authors and I appreciate her environmental stance. However, in recent years she has abandoned subtlety or balance to lead us around by the nose, as well as here espousing the dubious stance that the end justifies the means - or perhaps it is simply that it is perfectly fine to meddle with other cultures in underhanded and mendacious ways if it for their ...more
In Fresco, Benita is a nobody who suddenly becomes an important somebody with peace loving aliens come and change the world as we know it.
Everything seems to be perfect until the religion and way of life for the aliens, Pistach, is shaken to the core ...more
This one was a guilty pleasure for me. There's a huge eco-feminist agenda in this book, almost preaching at points, but since it's basically stuff I agree with I couldn't help but enjoy it. The weakest part of the book came towards the en ...more
To me, the focal point in this book was of course, the Fresco itself. Many good issues are touched on/addressed, and the Fresco was used as a metaphor for ...more
I really enjoyed this book since it was highly "digestible"- very easy to read (but not completely monosyllabic and idiotic), and ...more
Really like the discussion of addiction and co-dependence beginning on page 359. Worth reading for anyone with that issue ...more
If I should ever sit down one day and try to create such a narrow list, this has a good chance of making it.
Sheri often writes with themes that are women or gender centric. This one looks at the roles between women and men in current society and how an alien race might perceive us and differ from us.
I've read this several times and will likely do so several more times. It's that good.
Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career (1962-1986) she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director. She has two children and is married to G ...more