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The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper
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Aug 17, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: feminism, science-fiction
Read in August, 2009

** spoiler alert ** I want to love Sheri Tepper's writing, and sometimes I do... but this wasn't one of those times. This felt like a lengthy outline more than a book; the pacing was erratic and very few of the Margarets were fleshed out enough to become characters rather than bit pieces in an intergalactic game. The storyline held promise, but I never felt it delivered; in fact, at many critical moments, I found myself rolling my eyes. I hate admitting that about a book I wanted to like. I keep coming up with excuses for Tepper-- maybe, maybe the deadline was rushed and she couldn't flesh things out as much as she'd like to, maybe she wanted to write another book more...

Moreover, I found it disconcerting the way complex ideology -eco-feminism, to be precise- was applied to flatly good and evil characters. Whole races are evil. Some people are apparently born bad and it is alright to sterilize them without their consent or even informing them (I'm referring specifically to the astonishingly large parade of conjoined twins). It makes me profoundly uncomfortable to read this in stories that are meant to have a progressive message.

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