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The Merro Tree (Del Rey Discovery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Waitman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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1 Sep 1998 Del Rey Discovery
In the far reaches of our galaxy, the artist will face the ultimate censorship.

Mikk of Vyzania, the galaxy's greatest performance master, commanded stages on all the myriad worlds. His sublime, ethereal performances were unforgettable, drawing on the most treasured traditions of every culture, every people, throughout inhabited space. His crowning achievement, and his obsession: the Somalite song dance, an art form that transcends both song and movement to become something greater and more spectacular . . . almost divine.

When tragic events caused performance of the song dance to be proscribed, Mikk was devastated . . . until his strong sense of justice forced him to defy the ban. His trial will be the most sensational in the recent history of the galaxy; the sentence he faces is death.

Now the greatest performance master must hope to become the greatest escape artist. Somehow Mikk must break the stranglehold of censorship and change the law . . . or die trying!

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (1 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345414365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345414366
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 21 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Amazing book! Expressing concepts of censorship and homosexuality at the same time, as well as a great insight into the performing arts. Amazing!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 4 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I need to add my voice to those of the others here who have sung this book's praises. This is a wonderful book, full of gentleness and compassion, humor and strong message. I hope Ms. Waitman hasn't spent all her craft on her first offering, because I want to read whatever else her imagination is preparing for us. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Lyrical, Astounding! 13 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An absolutely gorgeous book. I barely made it though the day at work until I could get home and finish it. Ms. Waitman has a lyrical power that will leave you stunned, gasping and yearning for more. The only thing I regret is that this is her first book and I can't read more of her work immediately.
Please go out and expand your horizons by reading this book, you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful First--and First Rate-- Novel 21 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Merro Tree is on my Top Ten List of Best Books Ever. It has the makings of everything you want in a good story: begin with a protagonist we can identify and grow with, mix in a truly beautiful love story that crosses species and gender, add a message about the dangers of censorship for spice, and above all, infuse it with a sense of wonder, and you'll have this book. A sparkling new voice in the otherwise dull miasma of the genre, Katie Waitman is definitely one author to watch and wait for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, beautiful, incredible 4 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The characters are incredible, the story is interesting, and I could not put it down. Mikk's journey through life is engrossing, and all parts of the book are excellent. This is now my favorite book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be reprinted 15 Oct 2008
By K. Rush
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
A brilliant book. I started to read a few casual pages when it arrived, just to see if the good reviews were correct and I haven't put it down since. It gives insight not just on performing arts and censorship but also on difficulties faced by those who are 'gifted/talented' but are seen as 'odd', 'different'. It shows the horrors of child abuse in 2 chapters where others take several volumes. And it finishes with a demonstation that love and friendship have greater power than hatred does. I disagree with the reviewers who complain that it's not Science fiction. The author's ability to draw you into seeing from the point of view of a variety of lifeforms is nearly as good as Azimov's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Science Fiction 25 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Quite a good science fiction novel hidden beneath a horrible title and ghastly cover art. Looking forward to her next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I felt what Mikk felt all throught the story. The words just jumped to life right off the page. I simply loved it. I heard about it from a family member that knew her. He was very excited. SO with that I found the novel of the century. It will stay one of my favorite books for a long long time.
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