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Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
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Aug 27, 2010

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bookshelves: dragons, girlswhodothings, postmodern-magic
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This is not the best written book, but it has so much going on. It's about three civilizations, all essentially the same, but at different points in their development. The interaction between them is what makes this book so interesting. Even though it's science fiction, it's kind of left ambiguous which of the civilizations, if any, represents Earth.

I loved how the story managed to blend post-modern and pre-modern (almost fundamentalist) ideas. The most advanced, post-modern civilization is intervening to save the pre-modern people from the imperialist forces of the modernist civilization, but as the po-mo and pre-mo people interact they realize they have a lot in common, mainly their ability to acknowledge things they don't understand. Anyway, from the advanced society's perspective it's a pretty heavy story about invasion and intervention, but from the early society's perspective it's a story about dragons and enchantresses and magic stones with the power to save the world.

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