This review will (very briefly!) cover all three of Foster's Morphodite books:
The brief review below this one will give you an idea of what's going on. In essence, these are classic good vs. evil confrontations, with the moral vigor of the Morphodite and his allies contrasted with the evil and corruption of the Mask Factory and the Galactics who built it. But they'll get their comeuppance, in the oft-appalling vengeance of the Morphodite!
This closely-linked series features marvelously Vancean writing, vivid characters and weird societies. Minor plot-logic lapses. And, I'm sorry to say, PRESERVER isn't as good as the first two, so you may want to stop at #2.
Pluses: good sex and better characters. The major characters are remarkably well-drawn. And Foster had a real talent for sketching weird (but plausible) human societies. Plus he's a marvelous storyteller.
Minus: humor. Almost none detectable. And the third book is rather perfunctory.
Morphodite & Transformer are two of the best SF novels of the 80's, I think, and if you've missed out on discovering Mike Foster, you have a number of treats in store. Sadly, his books never sold that well, and so he dropped out of writing SF over 20 years ago. A real pity, and a real loss to science fiction.
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