Top positive review
Brilliant, imaginative, engaging, satisfying read!
on 14 March 2017
The initial couple of chapters build slowly, but once you're firmly on Grass it explodes into mystery after mystery... If i had to compare this to other science fiction it would be a mixture of, 'Hothouse', by Brian Aldiss and, 'The many coloured land', by Julien May. It is similar in the colourful, imaginative characters and races of those novels. The utterly mad and strange planet created by Sheri Tepper is a plunge into another world, without any inhibitions. What is fascinating is the presence of an abrahamic religion, absent in so many science fiction novels; it suppresses and controls the emotional dialogue of the protagonist. The inner battles fought by the heroin, Marjorie, tormented by her faith, her husband and even her daughter. What could make you support a character more than one who strives towards emancipation from this backward, self chastisement? This emotional wrangling accompanies a fast paced, rich and intriguing plot, with aspects of fantasy, science fiction, battle, coercion..I could go on.. I would thoroughly recommend :)