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The True Game
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2012
Tepper's later writing is much better, both in terms of how she includes her philosophical ideas and social commentary and more importantly in her construction of good stories and narrative.
Yet the relative naivety of the writing in this trilogy does not take away from some fascinating ideas and some good stories and characterization. Few authors successfully combine sci-fi and fantasy effectively but here Tepper does.
The first person tense becomes a little wearing after a while despite Peter's attractiveness as the protagonist but many other characters are also interesting if a little thinly drawn. One reviewer was correct in commenting that some of the major characters (i.e.Huld) change too dramatically to fit a story where the introduction of a new character would have been more appropriate but again I have to say the trilogy makes interesting and enjoyable reading despite some major faults.
These stories (including the other series Mavin Manyshaped and Jinian Foot-Seer) make a pleasant introduction to Tepper's work which matures into much tighter and better written books whilst still retaining the philosophical bent and sci-fi/fantasy mix.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2005
Having read the Mavin Manyshaped books, I was interested in this, the main character Peter being her son.
Based in a world where people have 'talent' and society consists of real life chess or 'True Game', a few people within this world are trying to seek justice - an ideal long ago forgotton.
This book is very well developed, split into 3 parts. Peter is a wonderful story teller and honest about his short comings and modest about his strengths. Tepper, of course, excels in her story telling and as usual delivers an exciting, compelling story with interesting characters and plot developments.
A little slow to get into, this is well worth the read. Looking into the shape shifter talents, mind reading and the like is both clever and believable.
Peter grows with the book and you will come to love him for his endeavours to become a man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2013
This was the first post-Tolkien tome I tackled as a misspent youth, relearning a love of literature after the horrors of high school. It has stayed with me all this time, big style. Why? It brought together in one novel entities that before lived in distinct parts of my brain. Such as? Sci-fi and fantasy. Concepts and narrative. Talents and journey. Reality and play, truth and game. 'True game' indeed.

I even wrote a blog about it - [...]

Deep, I know, for an Amazon book review, or one about a kids' novel anyway. But that's the point of 'true game' thinking. Don't separate things out. Join them up and see what happens. That's what Tepper does here to such magnificent effect.

If you'd like to know if there is any basis for this type of thinking, please take a look at the product link. Finite and Infinite Games
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2010
It was a delight to be able to read "The True Game" once more. I had given up hope that it would be available after such a long time - the story, set in such an interesting fantasy world, grips right until the end. Please publish all the following stories in this series - it would be wonderful to have the complete set.
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on 12 October 2013
Best thing about it was that it is three books in one, and some of the books not easy to get hold of, I found.

Up to usual standard of Sheri Tepper, so if you love her you will love this.
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on 19 January 2012
Sheri Tepper is a one off, inventive stories that engage and thrill, personalities that are realistic and draw you on into the amazing worlds she creates. A true original.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 1998
I had read Beauty many years before I stumbled upon this book at the library. I have since read every book I could get of hers...but this is my favorite. Of course this book is just part of a greater Trilogy....the Mavin and Jinian series...both out of print.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2011
The book was clearly second hand, but in very good overall condition - the only 2nd hand indication was the smell of 'old paperback'. The book was a replacement to my original version that had gone on to the Big Library in the Sky and it's excellent to have this title back in my collection. I have not gone through the pages, but they all look like they are there.

Overall excellent rating to the Supplier for speedy delivery and good quality book. Will use them again.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2000
It is unfortunate that the publisher has allowed this collection to go out of stock. Worthy of reading if only as representing the author's first trilogy of works, it also introduces the reader to Tepper's interweaving of social and philosophical ideas into genre narrative that has so typified and exemplified her later and more serious work.
Tepper is largely a writer of science fiction, known for conflating her ventures into fantasy through its elements. They are in evidence here, especially present in "Necromancer Nine," with its references to a world seeded by an alien race who have lost touch with their purpose in colonizing the planet, as well as the technology supporting their society. As usual, Tepper attempts to use fantasy to explore larger issues, here including the relationships between science, religion, education, and society. Unfortunately, as is often the case with science fiction writers, the storyline gets subsumed in the expression of the ideas, greatly diminishing the strength of the narrative. The plot is often loosely wrapped and largely dependent upon the underpinning of the concepts explored, with a concomittant lack of narrative description and character development. Intriguing ideas and conceptual exploration do not by themselves provide good story telling, and it is here that this trilogy appears its weakest. Many of the characters remain one dimensional, and at times Tepper appears to lose track of her earlier plot development in order to tailor the story development to what she wishes to express conceptually. Thus plot contrivances at times emerge, and the resolution of "King's Blood Four" and "Wizard's Eleven" seems rushed and far from satisfying in terms of storytelling, and the evolution of Huld's character is forced to fit Tepper's evolving needs in the latter two works of the trilogy, largely at odds with his earlier characterization in the first book.
I suppose a complaint that can be leveled at many writers of fantasy is the lack of substance often present in the telling of a good tale, their avoidance often of addressing larger social or political or philosophical issues in preference for spinning a good yarn. However, true as this often may be, I would offer that many writers of science fiction loose sight, in their pursuit of conceptual content, of the elements necessary to construct a good, tightly woven storyline, the ideas contained in their writing often having to carry or substitute for a lack of solid narrative development. In this work, for all its intellectual merits, Tepper fails to provide a story that fully engages or is developed beyond stimulating an inquiry of the intellect. While offering a large degree of mental richness, visually and emotionally it remains largely atrophied and only minimally developed. It would be wonderful to find Tepper's conceptual skills merged with the narrative and storytelling abilities of an author such as Jordan or Hobb. So far these skills---good storytelling versus conceptual investigation---appear to remain mutually exclusive. However, we can always hope for the future...
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