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Biting the Sun Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (31 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553581309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553581300
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a world dedicated to pleasure, one young rebel sets out on a forbidden quest--.
Published for the first time in a single volume, Tanith Lee's duet of novels set in a hedonistic Utopia are as riveting and revolutionary as they were when they first appeared two decades ago.
It's a perfect existence, a world in which no pleasure is off-limits, no risk is too dangerous, and no responsibilities can cramp your style. Not if you're Jang: a caste of libertine teenagers in the city of Four BEE. But when you're expected to make trouble--when you can kill yourself on a whim and return in another body, when you're encouraged to change genders at will and experience whatever you desire--you've got no reason to rebel...until making love and raising hell, daring death and running wild just leave you cold and empty.
Ravenous for true adventures of the mind and body, desperate to find some meaning, one restless spirit finally bucks the system--and by shattering the rules, strikes at the very heart of a soulless society....


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Tanith Lee is one of Britain's most well know fantasy and science fiction authors and this is without doubt one of her best works. The story appears to take place in the unimaginably distant future, a time when all needs can be instantly satisfied. A world without work or progress is revealed as being a world where life seems to have lost it's purpose.
The world is portrayed through the eye's of a young predominantly female (you can change gender at the drop of hat) narrator who is coming to realise the hollowness of this seeming perfect existence.
This is a brilliant far future fantasy, comparable with Michael Moorcock's 'Dancers at the end of time' trilogy, where rediscovery of ancient emotions leads to redemption for the central characters. Fans of both science fiction and fantasy should find somthing to please them in this book.
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This was one of the first Sci Fi novels I read when I was a lonely teenager, and I thought it was fantastic. I still re-read it again every few years and I'll tell you the reasons why. The Utopian view of the world in Biting the Sun is one we can relate to, it may ave been a 1970ies idea to be able to change your body and enjoy yourself with mind altering drugs, but just because it's not 1979 anymore, doesn't mean to say it doesn't happen anymore. Biting the Sun is simply a wonderful book about one person's struggle to be an individual, who strives to work out what life is all about while everyone is telling her/him that she/he should be having a good time and to hell with anything else. It also shows that once you work out what life is really about, then all the gloss fades away and you are left with something hard and nasty. I love this book because it made me grow up.
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I've never read Tanith Lee before, and picked this up because I saw it referred to as a modern day Brave New World type novel. It is, and is very readable, although the earlier part of the first of the two books in this collected volume is a bit slow going. Lee is a very imaginative writer, and at times one is bombarded with imagery for all the senses. However, the denouement of the second novel was not what one would have preferred. There is scope for a follow up novel, but I assume it won't happen as these were written so long ago.
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One of my favourite books of al time, even though I only just read a fewweeks ago. it's beautiful, and powerful, and the charachters are amazing.I love Lee's zany new words and this book is just beautiful. It's like afriend. It's absolutely zaradaan, and that's what I love so much!Ahh...it's incredible
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