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Six Moon Dance

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,311 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
It was many years ago that humans came and settled the world of Newholme-cruelly bending the planet to their will; setting down roots and raising up cities and farms and a grand temple to their goddess.But now the ground itself is shaking with ever-increasing violence. And the Great Questioner, official arbiter of the Council of Worlds, has come to this isolated orb to inv ...more
ebook, 544 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1998)
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Tepper is an author that always engages in wondrously imaginative world-building and who weaves very complex plots with a multitude of viewpoints together seamlessly. She sometimes gets pigeonholed as an ecofeminist SF author, because ecology and gender roles are frequent topics in her novels, but she never lets her message (which is nothing more radical than that we should think of the consequences of our actions and always treat each other like human beings, rather than men and women treating ...more
Mar 21, 2008 Myridian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tepper is one of my favorite authors. This book deals with our assumptions about the roles of men and women in society. The universe is one with many races and many inhabited planets. The focus of the novel is one planet in which women have manipulated society so that there are always fewer women than men, and thus women are valued. Women do have a prescribed role in society, but after they have married for a certain period of time they are allowed "compensatory joys." These take the form of con ...more
Baal Of
May 11, 2015 Baal Of rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wildly imaginative and dense with the politics of gender and ecology, Tepper creates a weird and wonderful world of deep complexity. She makes pointed commentary on sexism in our society through the twisting of gender roles in this world where men are forced to wear veils lest they excite the female lusts, and some men are trained to be consorts, purchased by women when their husbands have served their use and are put out to pasture as it were. Gender bending is also a norm, with a male geisha d ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Cathi95 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
(Fantasy 1998) The planet of Newholme has caught the eye of the Great Questioner, a female construct made to make sure that the universal population adhers to the rules of the Council of Worlds. The planetary society is mostly matriarchal, to counteract the usual male-dominated society. It is hard to find what to write without giving away key plots, but it was an interesting look at how our current societies often work, with a fabulous quirk of an alien world and alien concepts. Yes, there are n ...more
Lissa Notreallywolf
OMG! This is amazing, complicated fiction with passages I flagged because they had the truth of pure poetry. It started out with what seemed to be an intriguing series of short stories, the lives of characters who connected eventually, like roots to a tree. We didn't get a complete account of the Kabuki dancer, but Bao had siblings whereas Ellin, his counterpart did not have a consistent context and got more build up. The Newholmian pair of gender mismatch received the most attention, and I have ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As most everyone agrees, Ms. Tepper begins with a well-built world, develops it's history to support plausibility, and throws in imaginative elements. The story begins to fall apart as characters fail to develop, revealing frustrating inconsistencies in their words and actions.
Some plot lines fizzle altogether--for example, with her easy disposal of all of the villainous characters. Where is there a showdown of any sort?
Regarding her analysis of societies, and that presentation in this world,
Michael Battaglia
There's probably a case to be made that Tepper could get herself a nice career creating fictional worlds for other writers. I've only read three books by her and two of those showcase someone with a more than decent imagination giving her characters rich worlds to romp around in, with some thought given to intricate construction and a nod toward how the various moving parts would actually fit in together. Not all of it adheres to the strict principles of logic ("Beauty" sometimes resorted to the ...more
Carly Kirk
Jun 03, 2015 Carly Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tepper is such an amazing writer. She creates intricate societies/worlds, peopled with realistic ordinary people going about their ordinary lives and shows how they cope with extraordinary situations. On this world women are the ruling class. Men must go veiled in public to keep women from lusting after them. Women are the stronger sex because they have constantly changing hormones which allow them to handle any type of situation that may arise. There are Consort Houses that train young boys int ...more
Jonathan Miller
Dec 06, 2014 Jonathan Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Tepper book that I have finished in a while. I think that she is a talented writer of speculative fiction and does weird very well, I just generally have a hard time believing in her characters. In this case, her setting was weird enough that I did not have difficulty. An example is the view (and reality of this view) that some portion (maybe even a majority) of genetically/physically/etc humans are not human in the most intrinsic properties and are recognised or realised to be ...more
Bob Rust
Apr 24, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six Moon Dance (1998) allows Old Earth to survive (by the skin of its teeth) in the background focusing instead on a colony planet whose native indigenes do all the physical labor for humans but are "perceived" as invisible. The story however becomes far more complex than its beginning chapters suggest and its subtleties of social analysis along with some highly intricate Godgame manoeuvres by a sentient distributed network evolved beyond real comparison with Computers make it perhaps Tepper's f ...more
Moira Fogarty
At last I have finished this beast of a novel! The impossibility of attempting to describe what is going on in this plot to another person in casual conversation is partly why I give this 3 stars - it is tremendously complicated, with many weirdly diverse threads going on and very little to tie them together for a long time at the start. The Questioner, the Hags, Mouche, Ornery, Marool Mantelby, Ellin and Bao - each of these lives are shown almost from their inception and in some detail. It's ch ...more
Pete Marchetto
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Althea Ann
Sep 28, 2013 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Tepper's better books, I think. And it even had a major male character without any major, horrible flaws to his humanity!
I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I hadn't read it directly after reading The Companions, however - it shares a lot of the same elements/themes (especially the concept of a sentient world-organism with separable, seemingly-independent parts that are actually part of the whole.)

Upon second reading:

In Six Moon Dance, Tepper introduces her readers to the world
4.5 Stars

My full review: http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.b...

Set in the distant future, this science fiction story includes some novel concepts, such as the idea that people are cloned, grown and trained to be authentic, living parts of history exhibits. Some of the exposition is a bit laborious, but Tepper explores gender / power relations within societies with great insight. Although I found this is very interesting it does slow down the flow of the story, and some readers could get bored
Delicious Strawberry
Anyone familiar with Ms. Tepper's works is familiar with her feminist slant and commentaries on society and religion. This book is set on a world where there's twice as many men as women, but the women hold the upper hand with a certain set of rules that for the most part keep things in order.

Then you have people from off-planet, including one that will determine the fate of Newholme and its unique matriarchal system (men are veiled instead of women) while the planet of Newholme has its own inha
Feb 17, 2008 Stevelvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SHERI S. TEPPER-- Author of many books including these I have read and recommend: After Long Silence, The Awakeners, Beauty, Companions, The Family Tree, The Fresco, The Gate to Women's Country, Gibbon's Decline and Fall, Grass, Plague of Angels, Raising the Stones, Shadow's End, Sideshow, Singer From the Sea, Six Moon Dance, True Game, and The Visitor. All of Tepper's books have strong female characters, ecological plot twists and complicated storylines in which many characters must struggle wi ...more
May 16, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
When I discovered Sheri S. Tepper in high school, I was pretty sure I read all of the books by her I could get my hand on. Most of them were thought-provoking and also really good reads.

I remember the title of this book, but not the contents, so I started (re?)reading it to see if perhaps it was one that slipped through the cracks. Chances are I disliked it as much then as I did now.

The book started out well, with an interesting world and an intriguing main character. And then I learned he was
May 23, 2016 Jade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six Moon Dance is a display of worldbuilding at its best. Beyond buildings and people, Sheri S. Tepper has crafted entire societies and intricate cultures in daunting detail, proving her reputation in science fiction well-earned. It is a fascinating novel, however imperfect. With its heavy-handed and consequently tedious exploration of gender roles, the narrative falters, before ending on a rather unsatisfying note.
Rita	 Marie
Feb 10, 2016 Rita Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite character in this book is The Questioner. The rest of the humans are a bit ordinary, but the planet, its ecology, and the non-human characters are Sherri Tepper at her best.
Lisa Murray
Sep 30, 2014 Lisa Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
society where females are aggressors/more prized; men are family men, consorts or slaves; another entire world rests beneath the planetfun to readfeminist to the core ...more
Stephanie Foust
Jun 01, 2015 Stephanie Foust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
complex world building with emphasis on ecological concerns,gender roles & life forms.reader must invest the time in this rewarding novel by one of the best-Sherri Tepper
Apr 08, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tepper can always be counted on to develop detailed worlds and complex characters which enable her to explore issues of gender and otherness.
Cindy Turner
Sep 02, 2014 Cindy Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
interesting culture reversal. Good, not too prosey descrip of adapting a planet for humankind...when something other already exists there
Aug 07, 2014 Velma marked it as tbr-recommended  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Keeps showing up on lesser-known-but-worth-reading lists...
Rich Mulvey
The book started out strong, with Tepper's consistently well-done characterization and excellent world-building. The protagonists in particular are especially vivid characters. Unfortunately, Tepper dropped the ball in the latter half of the book. The pacing fell apart as everything came to a climax, as if she had to pack everything into a set number of pages, regardless of the impact on the story. This was especially evident in the subplot involving Bane and Dyre, leaving me wondering why they ...more
What a seriously weird and wacky book. There were parts I loved, parts I thought were heavy-handed and pointless, parts where I just didn't understand what Tepper thought she was doing. But it all came together in a hilariously messy pile of interesting, so. It's far from my favourite Tepper book, but also far from her worst.
Feb 04, 2013 Fran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“True, but Corojum had an answer that is equally true, and I like his better! We are made of the stuff of stars, given our lives by a living world, given our selves by time. We are brother to the trees and sister to the sun. We are of such glorious stuff we need not carry pain around like a label. Our duty, as living things, to be sure that pain is not our whole story, for we can choose to be otherwise. As Ellin says, we can choose to dance.”

Excerpt From: Sheri S. Tepper. “Six Moon Dance.” Harpe
Every time I read a Sheri S. Tepper book, I have such mixed feelings. She usually has very interesting ideas, from a speculative fiction standpoint, but her writing is so heavily laden with an agenda it's hard to wade through. In this case it's all about gender roles, and she seems to take every opportunity to lecture. It's disappointing, because with a little more subtlety, she could get her point across without undermining the storytelling. As it is, I feel let down and annoyed.
Sep 14, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great treatise on the different ways societies have dealt with the power balance of men and women. A wide variety of interesting characters. Creative aliens.

Some favorite quotations:

" long as you go on chewing yesterday's pains, you cannot eat today's pleasures...!"

"Our duty, as living things, [is] to be sure that pain is not our whole story, for we can choose to be otherwise...we can choose to dance."

Kathleen Dixon
I had read this before, as I realised after the first couple of pages, but I felt compelled to read it again and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Others have commented that this book is about sexual politics, and it is, but what primarily fascinates me about it is the author's concept of an organism that has a totally different way of existing to ours. It's like the idea of Gaia taken several steps further.
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Sheri Stewart Tepper is a prolific American author of science fiction, horror and mystery novels; she is particularly known as a feminist science fiction writer, often with an ecofeminist slant.

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
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“We are made of the stuff of stars, given our lives by a living world, given our selves by time. We are brother to the trees and sister to the sun. We are of such glorious stuff we need not carry pain around like a label. Our duty, as living things, to be sure that pain is not our whole story, for we can choose to be otherwise. As Ellin says, we can choose to dance.” 1 likes
“The ancient lizard mind lies below the mammalian mind, which lies below a primate mind, which is modified by a mind adapted to language, and since these layers have developed in response to differing evolutionary pressures, they often do not function efficiently together. Human civility tries to control ape dominance, human rationality tries to control mammalian sexuality, human social conscience tries to ameliorate reptilian greed, never with total success.” 0 likes
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