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Sheri S. Tepper


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I'm no longer nearly as fond of Tepper as I once was. When I started reading her, she was writing very odd, very strange, wildly implausible little fantasy novels, like the True Game series, and the Marianne trilogy. Since, she's acquired pretensions and begun to load her books Rather Heavily with Matters of Import, and so isn't nearly as fun. I'd avoid Grass, in particular, at all costs. And then, the world view she's pushing so strongly I find distasteful (I really don't need to be told, in book after book, that men and religion are the source of all ills. Great, I've got the message, I don't buy it, enough already.).

But I do still like her earlier stuff, and here's some of it.

The True Game

The premise is completely absurd, and becomes more so the more you know, but these are still great books.

King's Blood Four
Reviews: 1 July 2004
Necromancer's Nine
Wizard's Eleven
Reviews: 1 July 2004
The Song of Mavin Manyshaped
The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped
The Search of Mavin Manyshaped
Jinian Footseer
Reviews: 1 July 2004
Jinian Star-Eye
Reviews: 1 July 2004
Dervish Daughter
Reviews: 1 July 2004

Marianne

Tepper is amazingly good at creating strange little worlds with rules of their own, and her skill is manifest nowhere so well as in these three books.

Marianne, the Magus, and the Manticore
Marianne, the Madame, and the Momentary Gods
Marianne, the Matchbox, and the Malachite Mouse

Other Books

After Long Silence
The Awakeners
The Revenants
Beauty
A Plague of Angels
The Family Tree
Reviews: 1 August 1998


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