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Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
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Jun 30, 07

bookshelves: feminist-interest, dystopia, contemporary-and-urban-fantasy, high-fantasy, favorites
Recommended for: dark fantasy fans, environmentalists, feminists
Read in January, 2004

When people force me to choose a single favorite book, I often name this one. It begins as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Then the time-travelers show up and things go crazy from there. The book has apocalypse, more fairy tales (cinderella, snow white, etc.), visits to Hell and Faerie, horror, and more. The familiar elements react to make a very original whole. The book wears its environmentalist and feminist hearts openly, but lack of subtlety doesn't mean lack of power. Every time I reread it I still shiver, still laugh, still cry. It is not for the squeamish...but then again, neither is what we're doing to the planet.
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