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Diadem from the Stars [Mass Market Paperback]

Jo Clayton
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books (Jan 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879972939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879972936
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,296,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring and unoriginal 12 Jun 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The story is about a superhuman Mary Sue that travels around and everyone she meets wants to kill her or rape her, but she's got superpowers, so that she can pull off a deus ex machina each and every time and move on to the next encounter. Ah, and she also likes to bathe, and for whatever reason the author decided we needed to know every time that she was going to have a bath (but don't hope in any kind of titillatory material), even though it is of no consequence to the plot and adds no depth to the character. Luckily we don't get to know every time she pees.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The flagship of a lengthy saga... 13 Nov 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Diadem from the Stars" kicks off Clayton's mammoth nine-book (with a follow-up trilogy which picks up where the original series, or what's left of it, leaves off) Diadem series. This book, which (to be quite honest) is mainly exposition, introduces us to the herione of the saga, Aleytys, who was orphaned by her spacefaring mother on a barbarian world. The book concerns her discovering her past and her powers, and her escape from the tribe who fears and resents her. In the course of her travels to find a way offworld to her home planet, she comes across the diadem, an alien artefact which, when she dons it, implants itself permamently into her skull and endows her with mysterious and fearful powers. The story unfolds in a manner similar to Tanith Lee's classic "The Birthgrave", but not as moody and bombastic. I quite enjoyed Clayton's writing style, and look forward to reading more of her work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay book and a must read for Jo Clayton fans. 31 Jan 1999
By mv2h@yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, which starts the Diadem series, develops really slowly (think classic novel as opposed to an action packed sci-fi film). There are also several scenes at the start that seem to come from nowhere (some do make sense later in the book). However, Jo Clayton did do a good job of getting the reader involved with the character (it doesn't hurt that she's a really sexy fem with lots of power). Clayton also did a nice blend of futuristic space themes with primitive ideas of elemental magic (this becomes even more apparent in the later parts of the series). Finally, the Diadem is just really cool (I'd like to have one of my own someday).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read! 14 Jan 2011
By Golum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A strong heroine with a unique voice. While not in the same league as C.J Cherryh or Lois Bujold, this series is well worth reading. This book is thoroughly enjoyable, as are most of Jo Clayton's works. Take the time to read these books, you will be happy you did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Diadem from the stars 16 April 2014
By Rosalie J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first book of a series by Jo Clayton that I have had for years and enjoyed, but the one I had disappeared into somewhere, and so I ordered another one, love the story, have read it half-a-dozen times.

thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still trying to remember why I loved this as a kid 16 Aug 2013
By Jodi Henley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was such a big fan of this series when it first came out. I had all the books, and all Clayton's other books. I love the idea of the diadem and had to read this again. The years weren't kind to it. The heroine has sex over and over again like eating potato chips and it's not even an erotica. And there are "huge" unexplained jumps between one chapter and the next where you need to figure out what happened. I wish I could give it a five, but it's in that weird place between dated and kitschy. Hopefully I'll come back to it in another twenty years and find the love again.
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