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4.0 out of 5 stars Very subversive--but I mean that in a good way.
To be perfectly honest, after reading a couple of chapters of "Polymorph", I wasn't sure I that was going to enjoy this book, because I intially found the protagonist's life-style so trite and unappealing. As she begins to search for the other polymorph, I became a little more interested, but still wasn't really blown away by it all. That is, until the...
Published on 15 Jun. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very one dimensional, considering the topic
While an intriguing idea, I thought that the character development was a bit thin. For the most part, the story survives on the interesting morphing ability of Lee. Overall, characters seemed barely motivated. Lee, the main character, gets her identity stolen. Big deal - she can be anybody she wants. Lee claims to be upset because the villian, Bonito, won't tell her about...
Published on 9 Jun. 1998


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4.0 out of 5 stars Very subversive--but I mean that in a good way., 15 Jun. 1999
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To be perfectly honest, after reading a couple of chapters of "Polymorph", I wasn't sure I that was going to enjoy this book, because I intially found the protagonist's life-style so trite and unappealing. As she begins to search for the other polymorph, I became a little more interested, but still wasn't really blown away by it all. That is, until the last two chapters. The way this book ends is so chilling and so subtly subversive that it redeems practically all that has gone on before. I highly recommend it, just for the unexpectedly viscious little twist at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What defines self?, 19 Nov. 1997
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POLYMORPH provides a thrilling, thought-provoking narrative on the nature of self, a most welcome adjunct to the current debate on the ethics of cloning humans. The fear of human cloning stems from the belief that DNA is all--"Genes are us". However, Westerfeld's polymorphs, through their ability to change both physique and physiology, emphasize the contribution of environment, especially culture, to identity.
And what happens if you can be copied and replaced?
Two polymorphs, two hackers, a software mogul (the man Bill Gates would like to be), and his glorious girlfriend battle it out in the clubs, streets, artworld and corporate offices of a futuristic but quite feasible New York. Westerfeld's New York is wired--caffeine, adrenaline, amphetamines and morphine flow through the characters. It's also computer wired--identities can be created, lost and found in cyberspace, which the hackers manipulate much as the polymorphs manipulate their physical form.
Westerfeld's racing, racy prose will keep you turning the pages eager for more. There's a twisted car chase that must be one of the scariest literary car events since Ballard's CRASH. And, POLYMORPH gets to the crotch of the issue of gender--both men and women will find some amazing strategies to improve their sex lives! If you're looking for brains, brawn, and beauty - POLYMORPH has it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 9 Oct. 1997
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Keep an eye on the name Scott Westerfeld. With his debut novel POLYMORPH he has created a believable future in the tradition of science fiction yet kept an almost fanciful undertone.
Lee is a shapechanger, a "polymorph" who can change her shape and gender at will. She thinks she's the only one until she discovers that the guy she met a a bar is also a polymorph. Not only that, but the man Freddie is plotting the absolute control of information technology. And only Lee can stop him. Readers should be aware this book contains implications of homosexual intercourse in more than one instance.
POLYMORPH is a stunningly clever novel. I'm eagerly awaiting Westerfeld's second novel FINE PREY, available sometime in 1998.
Casey Thomaston
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4.0 out of 5 stars good debut, 10 Nov. 1997
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This was an entertaining and fast paced book about a shape-shifter who uses his/her abilities to go club-hopping until s/he meets another polymorph who uses her/his powers for more insidious purposes. Westerfield will undoubtably be compared to William Gibson due to subject matter and writing style. Those who have read Gibson may recognize the setup which seems to be taken from his and Robert Shirley's short story "The Belonging Kind" (available in Gibson's collection, BURNING CHROME.) The aspects of being able to change genders, races and even body parts is explored in almost every way one can think of from impersonation to sexual uses. After reading this book, I don't think I'll look at any stranger in club the same ways again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very one dimensional, considering the topic, 9 Jun. 1998
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While an intriguing idea, I thought that the character development was a bit thin. For the most part, the story survives on the interesting morphing ability of Lee. Overall, characters seemed barely motivated. Lee, the main character, gets her identity stolen. Big deal - she can be anybody she wants. Lee claims to be upset because the villian, Bonito, won't tell her about other polymorphs - not really an insurmountable problem. Even Bonito has no real objective goal, only trying to get close to the "King of America." In my opinion, the author has an interesting idea then was stretched thin coming up with a full-length story. But, if you like twisted sex, some drugs, with a bit of vague hacking thrown in, this book's for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous., 26 Nov. 1997
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What an amazing read! POLYMORPH is definitely one of the slickest, sexiest books I've read in a long time. There's a lot more here than you'd expect from your typical cybernovel -- Lee is a fascinating, complex, richly-drawn character, and Manhattan's downtown scene is so fully sketched that it almost qualifies for character status itself. Westerfeld is constantly questioning identity and community, and he plays with the reader's preconceptions of sex and sexuality and gender in very real (and disturbing) ways. Plus, it's a great story -- with some of the hottest sex scenes in recent memory. I had a *wonderful* weekend with this book, and recommend it without qualification. Put me down for his next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, graphic, and full of imagery, 13 Jan. 1998
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The author uses fantastic imagery to provide the reader with a world of graphic, descriptive sexualtiy and gender-bender chameleon talents of the main character.
The plot appeals to many diverse interests, ie. cyber-punks, shape-changer fans, and fans that wish they could also cross all ethnic/gender/cultural lines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Science Fiction in the post-cyberpunk era, 27 April 1998
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Westerfeld is definitely a talent to watch for. This novel is sleek, sexy, intelligent and thought provoking. It was a joy to read; fast paced and filled with characters of depth and quirks galore. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking, 19 July 1999
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A great book that makes you think about gender and identity. The plot was a bit weak in parts, but the characters were extremely interesting. Highly recommended.
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