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The Mount: A Novel by [Emshwiller, Carol]
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Brilliantly conceived and painfully acute . . . (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

A memorable alien-invasion scenario, a wild adventure, and a reflection on the dynamics of freedom and slavery. (Booklist)

About the Author

Carol Emshwiller is the author of the collections Report to the Men's Club, The Start of the End of it All, Verging on the Pertinent, Joy in Our Cause, and I Live With You, and the novels The Mount, Carmen Dog, Ledoyt, and Leaping Man Hill.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1759 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001KOTUO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emshwiller paints a seemingly naïve and simplistic vision of Humanity living in servitude under the rule of the Hoots; small, fairly immobile aliens who have taken control of the Earth. The Hoots have eyes on the sides of their heads, giving them virtually 360 degree vision, very strong hands and weak legs, which is why humans are used as mounts, to carry them about their daily business.
Indeed, Hoots breed humans in much the way that we breed horses today, producing different strains for different functions. Tennessees are generally thin and fast, and do well in racing while Seattles (like our hero, Smiley) are darker, stockier and stronger.
Smiley is a prime Seattle and has been bonded as the mount to his little Master, his most Excellent Excellency, the future Ruler-of-us-all.
Following a raid by wild humans, Smiley (or Charley as his human name is) is unwillingly rescued by his father, Heron, and taken - along with his Little Master - to live in the wild, where the relationship between Hoot and Mount inevitably begins to change.
Emshwiller provides an interesting afterword on the inside back cover in which she explains her process of writing and the impetus for the novel, which was a study of the relationships between predator and prey.
The idea of humans as slaves or pets of alien masters is not a new one, since the idea stretches from `War of The Worlds' in which humans are destined to be foodstock for the Martians to the not dissimilar `Tripods' trilogy by John Christopher, and beyond. `The Puppies of Terra' by Thomas M Disch sees humans as pets to grotesque alien masters.
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There are no plot reveals in this review, because I don't want to spoil it for you! I finished this book recently and it really does haunt me with the voices of the main characters and the interesting premise. Young Charley speaks with an authentic voice for his age and situation, someone who has no concept of freedom and who only wants to please and excel in his rôle, and the author's made it possible to relate well to, and even sympathise with, the aliens, and especially the infant who is so important to Charley. You learn only gradually how such puny creatures enslaved humanity, and the casual delivery of the information makes easy to believe. There's a little switching time periods, and certainly no sense that the book is little more than the shallow sequence of events you sometimes get in fiction; the treatment is reflective. There's some poignant insights here into many relationships: father and son, human and animal, slave and master. A great read.
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Quick delivery, to me a completely novel idea well told.
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What an unusual story. Glad I read it.
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Arrived in time. As described
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