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Ammonite (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 13 Sep 2012
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The JAMES TIPTREE JR AWARD-winning novel.
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Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women's biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing - and realises that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction . . .
'A marvellous blend of high adventure and mind-boggling social speculation' Kim Stanley Robinson
'A powerful story of connection, allegiance, and obligation' Vonda N. McIntyre
Nicola Griffith (1960-)
Nicola Griffith was born in Yorkshire and currently lives in Seattle. An alumnus of the Michigan State University Clarion science fiction writing workshop, she has won the Nebula, James Tiptree, Jr and World Fantasy Awards.See all Product description
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However, my main frustration was it could have been so much more! Where was the male point of view? Ok maybe "The Company" represents male oppression/exploitation but it wasn't explored except shallowly.
The other aspect that frustrated was that the "virus", what should have been a major character and motivator, was reduced to spooky woowoo.
This novel could have been a seminal exploration of an all female society from a woman's perspective, and hence of major interest to this particular bloke, but felt truncated intellectually.
The author should find a suitable male co-author and write a sequel, that would be really interesting. I'd read that and watch the hit TV series.
The story itself is just brilliant, wonderful! I can hardly believe this was the author's first book! Nicola Griffith is such a talented writer, she always blows my mind. I love all the knowledge she puts behind her stories and the way she can describe a world, make you live in it. While Slow River remains my favourite among her books, Ammonite is another masterpiece, I absolutely loved it!
A thoughtful near perfect first novel, it richly deserves the accolades and awards lavished upon it. It also helps to redress the dearth of women science fiction or speculative fiction writers. More, please.