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Sheri S. Tepper
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14 Mar 1994
Humanity fled to Elsewhere, at the far end of an attenuated galaxy arm, to escape enslavement by the Hobbs Land gods. The gods - actually a benign biological symbiote - prohibited the asking of the Great Question: what is the ultimate destiny of man?

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (14 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006480047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006480044
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,651,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sequel to RAISING THE STONES, an exhilarating, dazzling tale of religious and political turmoil in a world where nothing is quite as it seems --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Barbaric customs and bizarre human cults are preserved on the planet Elsewhere. The rest of the universe has been taken over by the Hobbs Land Gods, which means that everyone alive, except the people on Elsewhere, lives in perfect harmony with nature and with each other.

But Elsewhere is ruled by computer-encrypted professors who have been dead for a thousand years. The professors were dedicated to maintaining human diversity. Their ancient analogs are dedicated to something infinitely more sinister.

The time has come to consider whether enslavement by the hobbs Land Gods is not preferable to the depravity being cultivated on Elsewhere. The time has come to ask the Big Question, What is the Destiny of Man? And answer it.

"'Sideshow' deserves to be on the same shelf as any classic you are to name. Sheri Tepper is one of the greats of human literature"

"Tepper has developed into one of the best novelists in the field…she is magnificently skilled"

"Remember reading? Really 'reading', I mean…the way I read in childhood – for knowledge, for transformation, for survival – that's how I found myself reading Sheri S. Tapper's exhilarating new science fiction novel 'Sideshow'"
CAROL STERNHELL, 'Village Voice'

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By M. Lill
I first read "Sideshow" several years ago. I read it again shortly after and then read it yet again recently. This is a book that probably suffers from being lumped under the "science fiction/fantasy" label which detracts from the fact that it is a beautifully written and remarkably imaginative story containing strong characters and elements of shear horror that would not be out of place in a Clive barker novel. There are scenes - I use the term scenes pointedly... you feel as if you've watched them rather than read them... that will haunt you long after turning the final page. The "conversion" of the twins into "Dinka-Jin's" - the ultimate in artificial body enhancement - is something that belongs in a nightmare - yet is strangely compelling. This is the literary equivalent of watching Erazorhead. The conclusion is almost incidental... it is the wonder of the journey that takes you there that will remain in your memory, whether you wish it to or not, for a very long time
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only time.. 15 Aug 2007
I first read this book many years ago (makes me feel so old, but it was my lunch time read at my work - very vivid memory of this). You become absorbed into the fabric of the characters very quickly, particularly the twins. Sheri doesn't treat her characters with the apparent respect that many other authors do; They seem to feel that the hero/ine should at (almost) all times come out on top. The first one of hers I read was 'After Long Silence', and at the end you knew she wasn't going to give you a comfortable time - or go along with your expectations. (One scene in 'The Gate to Women's Country' springs instantly to mind.) As for the title of the review; I was sat at the table in the kitchen at work, as I usually did on my breaks, reading this book. And when.. well, I'll not spoil it. She draws you in to the plights of the characters, and the twins you could just hug. So when she did...THAT to them I hurled the book across the kitchen and just sat there. I could happily have throttled her! But I was back in the book after a few minutes chilling out. Films may make you cry, but when a book (of fiction) can do that you just have to recommend it to everyone you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sideshow 5 Feb 2014
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Extrordinary...even by Teppler's standards , and I have been reading her books for over twenty years......(.and yet although Grass was one of my favourites I did not realise.... until the end ) ..........go on , read it yourself........if you can finish it without being blinded by tears.... ..... JLM Seaford UK
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5.0 out of 5 stars great sci fi read. 24 July 2013
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What a great story and the only thing I did wrong was to read this before 'Raising the Stones' so remember to read Grass first then Raising the Stones and then Sideshow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant author 11 Jun 2012
By Catlady
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What an imagination! Sheri Tepper is one of my favourite authors. She manages to combine her amazing imagination with very real human problems. The fact that they are set in a completely different world doesn't detract from the message she is putting across. Sideshow is the last of three books, not quite a trilogy ,(Grass and Raising the Stones come before this)but connected by certain characters, which challenge many age old concepts, such as the role of women in society, and the problems caused by religion when it becomes fanatical. It showcases the worse and best aspects of the human psyche. What could seem like very heavy themes are carried along by her sense of adventure and wonderful use of language. I cannot recommend this author enough. If you want an adventure with more substance, then this is it. Try some of her other books as well, they are just as good and very readable.
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