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Grass by Sheri S. Tepper
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Dec 28, 2011

bookshelves: octavia-sf
Read from December 28, 2011 to January 14, 2012

This is your typical story of a middle class do-gooder sent on a secret mission to another planet to save the human race because of her Olympian equestrian skills, only to find that the extraterrestrial fox-hunting is not all that it seems to be; meanwhile she grapples with a crisis of faith and deep problems in her marriage. There are horses. There are crazed monks. There is psychic alien sex.

This reads like a Gothic romance which happens to be set on another planet, for the first 4/5ths or so. In the final fifth the science fiction aspects become dominant, and this is also the weakest part of the novel. I enjoyed reading this book though. It is stuffed with many characters and themes, and best of all has that certain elusive weirdness that keeps me coming reading science fiction all these years. In our book club discussion we generally agreed the "world building" was the strongest element here.

Not that anyone cares, but this is the first book I read on an electronic reader (an iPad).

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message 1: by Crystal (new)

Crystal I love Sherri Tepper!!

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