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Starmother

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Paperback, 0 pages
Published March 1st 1977 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1975)
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Rod
Nov 28, 2014 Rod rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an odd, odd book. Definitely not your typical science fiction adventure by any means. As others have noted, the author has a way with descriptions (especially of location) that is excellent, especially with the way she works in all five senses. The trouble is, the world felt really fleshed out... the characters, maybe not so much. So many of them you get the feeling there's a tremendous back-story there, but you're never given access to it. As such, going through the book (and even at the e ...more
Laura
Sep 17, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In Starmother, space cadet Jahna is chosen to be the caregiver for "mutant" infants on a grey, unwelcoming world. However, the hostile welcome she receives conceals the extent of the genetic mutations that she later finds. The more she learns about the world and its split societies (order and silence vs. primal lust and chaos), the more she realizes that something is amiss. I can't say any more without revealing spoilers.

At just over 200 pages, this book is incredibly short. The world was fresh
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Rachael
Jul 27, 2014 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick little look into a backwater planet like none I've ever read of before. It was fun to see how neatly she managed to package all the themes into those quick 200 pages. Feminism and gender roles, what it means to be human, even the dangers of blind devotion.

I always enjoy anything by this author, and I'm pleased to see that Starmother was no exception. Van Scyoc is wonderful at what she does, and leaves just the right amount of story untold to satisfy me.
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Charles
Sep 21, 2008 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I wanted to like this more than I did. The idea seemed good. I didn't think the execution was as strong.
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Ending dropped the ball a bit. But intriguing all around.
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