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Grass by Sheri S. Tepper
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really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction

A family of ambassadors comes to the planet Grass, inhabited by isolated, rural aristrocrat families and one large commoner town, to figure out why it's the only human-inhabited planet where people are dying of plague. Really great human-alien interaction as well as between humans of extremely different cultures. The whole thing takes place in a universe dominated by a religion called Sanctity that is trying to cover up the existence of the plague. On the planet, the aristocrats could care less whether every other human on all other worlds dies of plague. Meanwhile, the aristocrats' relations with the alien species on the planet seem just a little too strange. The ambassador family must contend with all of this as they try to figure out the answers while not letting their family unit completely implode. I really enjoyed this book (and enjoyed it WAY more than the other Tepper book i've read, Gate to Women's Country.

The other good thing is that, at some point during the book, you get at least a glimpse, if not way more, into pretty much *every* culture encountered: aristocrats, commoners, Sanctity, plague-ridden communities, alien species, repentant monks also living on the planet, etc. It gets a little dizzying as there are so many societies introduced, but it all fits together really nicely, and avoids the problem I often have with this kind of book, which is "But what about the ____ people? What do they think?"
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August 10, 2007 – Shelved
Started Reading
October 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
October 9, 2007 – Shelved as: science-fiction

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