Three planets in deep space were named by their human discoverers to reflect their environments: lush and foreboding Jungle, which swallowed up an exploratory team; Stone, phenomenally rich in rare ore; and Moss, the most enigmatic -- and dangerous -- of the trio.
Joining her half-brother Paul, the famed linguist, on a two-person scientific expedition, Jewel Delis has com...more
I found The Companions more metaphorical than many of Tepper's other novels. In this science fiction novel...
er, only the setting is science fiction. It's actually a mystery...
er, well, it's not only a mystery and it's certainly not a procedural!
The ideology is very feminist
but it's style is epic!
Anyway! You get the idea - Tepper takes on a lot! It's...more
SHERI S. TEPPER-- Author of many books inc...more
The setting is Earth in the future, where Mars and other planets have been colonized, but Earth itself is dealing with a sever...more
To a point.
I'm disappointed that in all the many works she built in this book, religions, genders, and gender roles are almost identical. Except with the Tharstians, who we only hear about and don't see directly.
Too, I felt the first 3/4 of the book was the strongest. Th...more
Let me summarize my thoughts on the Companions in bullet point form.
*The first 250 pages of this book were utterly depressing and made me want to stop reading entirely. Do you want to read about an over populated Earth with no animals or open spaces? Read the first 250 pages of this book. I appreciate the statement Tepper was making with the first 250 pages, but I felt as if she over did it. Every time I picked up the book I...more
The story is all over the map and spans multiple worlds, races, ideas, etc. and gets somewhat disjointed. About halfway through I wondered how the hell does this story get wrapped up in one book? She just keeps adding more...more
There's also a strong feminist slant--almost anti-male, though not overtly so. Virtually everything positive or productive that occurs is attributable to one of the many strong, resourceful, intelligent female characters; with one or two exce...more
I appreciated being introduced to each set of players one at a time. The back story was quite u...more
First, who does she borrow from? Well, she definitely follows the David Brin "Uplift" concept for the main underpinning of the book. Brin does a much better job of building the concept of alien races planting, growing and tending younger races as they reach for the stars. Tepper's races are less developed than Brin's, but she definitely borrowed...more
I also like the way "Companions" and some of her other books force me to think about, if not explicitly judge, facets of my own life and culture. I suppose that's a functio...more
Devoured it this past Summer on a chaise lounge in the sun on a a deck in Hawaii.
This was my first Tepper novel and I immediately grokked the feminist stance and anti-colonial background seeping from her characters and conflicts.
As an animal person I fully identified with the plot and female protagonist who evolves into an animal activist of sorts.
This book was a good intro to Tepper and inspired me to pursue more of her work.
However, in The Companions Teppe...more
I also liked the message the book seemed to give: be careful of our planet because otherw...more
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 Gen...more