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A philosophy of sharing and cooperativeness vs. a philosophy of domination and control.
I thought that the characters were interesting, and the clash between a sort of "patriarchy" with a definite matriarchy was thought-provoking, as well.
Slonczewski has created two very distinct and intriguing worlds, populated with very human-acting characters.
It's been more than a decade that I read this book, but as I was sorting all my books, I realized I had not given Joan Slonczewski the credit she so deserves for writing wonderful... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zoe
I was really drawn into this book, which a friend had lent me, because of the uniqueness of the ocean world and how well it was imagined. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer Sinclair
It is such a boring book. I tried donating it to Goodwill and even they refused to take it. I now use it on flights when I am unable to sleep.Published 15 months ago by Wynn
A fully believable world, with nice, developed characters. The book could be shorter though, to tell the story as well.Published 18 months ago by Gert-Jan Lind
An amazing novel. The descriptive language was powerful; I actually felt like I was on Shora, with warm breezes and gentle rocking. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Frosta
This is a book about lesbian Quaker anarchist communist pacifist mermaids from the Moon, and what happens when they're invaded by the Holy Roman Empire. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by MBL
I enjoyed this book, although (having read feminist sci-fi since the 70s) there were no surprises here. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Barbara B.
I heard about this book at an eco-feminism talk, and my advisor who is male read it first and raved. Don't let the all-woman society scare you away. Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by book traveler
This book details how a culture based on sharing interacts with a culture based on war. While reading, I never forgot the Lifeshapers of Shora could engineer a killing plague and... Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by Judah