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Drinking Sapphire Wine

(Four-BEE #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Four-BEE was an utopian city. If you didn't mind being taken care of all your long long life, having a wild time as a "jang" teen-ager, able to do anything you wanted from killing yourself innumerable times, changing bodies, changing sex, and raising perpetual hell, it could be heaven. But for one inhabitant there was always something askew. He/she had tried everything and ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published September 2nd 1980 by DAW (first published January 1st 1977)
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Michael Jandrok
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness, what a gorgeous book! 1977 DAW paperback printing with cover and inset art by Don Maitz. #226 in the DAW pantheon, just in case you are a collector…...okay, okay…..I know, I have a bad tendency to get caught up in the aesthetics. I make no apologies for my love of obscure pulp paperbacks…….

What we have here is a book called “Drinking Sapphire Wine,” by Tanith Lee, and it is the second volume in the Four-BEE duology, preceded by “Don’t Bite the Sun.” I suppose that each book could be re
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Tricia
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this series - a lot more than I thought I would given the back cover. I didn't like this book as much as the first one but I still thought it delved into some pretty deep material given it was so short.

Once again the book explores what really makes people happy. In this book the main protagonist (we never learn his/her name) continues to try different things to make his/her happy - beginning with a change of gender to male for a while. During this phase he commits a crime (even
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Marsha
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the sequel to the first book, "Don't Bite the Sun." It is also, by modern standards, quite short at 171 pages, but Tanith Lee makes every page count. The basic story relates the main character's eventual banishment from the utopia, where everything is provided but nothing has meaning and there is no meaningful work to do. Lee makes the world an especially rich one; her descriptions give the world texture and beauty. Lee also explores the concept of emotional meaning with people who can c ...more
Rowie Christopher
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
awesome. Read this as a child and it still reverberates today.
Roz Morris
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
A landmark book when I was a teenager and just as good now. Sparky, imaginative, poignant and brilliant.
Laphalene
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ryan
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: justok
To me, fantasy and sci-fi only work if the author leaves things somewhat relate able. If things are too fantastic, it's really hard to get into the story. Unfortunately, this one falls into that trap. This futuristic civilization of immortal people who can do almost anything they want and are cared for by electronic caregivers is just so out there. On top of that, the characters are either lacking in personality or just plain annoying. All told, that doesn't leave much to hook me into this book.
Bookbear
Not as good as Don't bite the sun, but I still like it. It's slower, there are passages that I find more boring, but on the other hand the story carries the message, that one has to be careful about someone telling you he's there to take good care of you. Could turn out, he decides that it's better for you to be dead.
Elizabeth O.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Just read it ;)
Victoria
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
That was terribly fun!
Skyler
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 1982, I read this and the first in the duo (Don't Bite the Sun). I was reading them both for the second time. I reread them again and still loved them about fifteen years later.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I first read and Bite the Sun and this sequel in my teens. Tanith Lee writes so lyrically with such evocative prose of this loopy dystopic utopia in a far away post-apocalyptic future. And yes, the domed city of Four Bee is both. What do you do in a hedonistic world where everything can be and is done for you by android servants? You can even change bodies and genders. Eternal vacation--or eternal childhood. Drinking Sapphire Wine picks up the narrative where the first left off with Jang exiled ...more
Alien
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dies wird als Fantasy verkauft, ist aber klar SF. Anfangs fand ich es etwas schwer zu verstehen. Es gibt im Buch ein Glossar mit den verwendeten (überflüssigen) Zukunftsworten. Das World-Building war in den 80ern sicher mal cool, aber mich langweilte es ein wenig. Die Handlung ist recht einfach und bietet nicht viele Überraschungen. Die Personen interessieren auch nicht sonderlich. Die Botschaft scheint zu sein: natürlich ist besser als künstlich. Ob da noch mehr Ebenen sind, konnte ich nicht fe ...more
Baal Of
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This one took a slightly different tone from the first book, still with plenty of the lush, ephemeral qualities, but also an additional harder edge, with the consequences of exile starting to kick in. There's a bit of indulgence in the false dichotomy between technology and freedom, but it's not overdone to the point of becoming preachy. I didn't see the infiltration by the Q-R's happening, so it did actually come as a surprise when it was revealed.
A.C
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
The sequel of Do'nt bite the sun.
The first book was slightly better but this is a must read for everybody who has read the first.
our hero does something unthinkable and has to face punishment. A new body wiht complete wiped out memory our bannishment to the desert.
She chooses the latter and goes in exile.....
But just when she thinks she will never see another person again she gets company
Sammy Tame
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A powerful conclusion to Don't Bite the Sun. I feel like the narrator's voice had matured appropriately after the time elapsed since the first book. An interesting statement on growing up and escaping the trappings of sanitised modern life and the meaningless hedonism of youth. And most of all, being different from the people around you and forging your own path. Fantastic reading
Jeffrey Doten
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I probably would have loved it with a rewrite. Tanith Lee is so good that she can invent her world, hit a few plot points and fire out the the other side yelling "next !" My main argument is that she should have kept the delightful eight legged animals that the main character wanted to make pets out of - one is necessary for the last scene.
Nicole Lisa
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is a more conventional book than the first, with a plot and more conventional story structure.

It was a very satisfying read, as pertinent now as it was when it was published in 1977, although some of the why has probably shifted, from political to ecological.
Sandra
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. One that seems more and more a foreshadowing of the future with each passing decade.
Mickey Schulz
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In a world where death is impossible, suicide is a commonplace act of teen rebellion.
Heather Jones
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
really enjoy the fantasy/science fiction of it and love the fact we never know the protagonists name. If i don't know what to read this is often my 'go to' book
Justaddwater (djwq)
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"Drinking Sapphire Wine / Don't Bite the Sun" by Tanith Lee

If I can be you,

Replace my body at will:

(S/he asks) "Who am I?".
Peter
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting concepts - book didn't really grab me though
Kim Falconer
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm blogging about this right now! Tanith Lee is a beautiful writer addressing the hard problems of consciousness in the ancient way - through storytelling.
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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