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Cards of Grief by [Yolen, Jane]
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“A strong and moving story, a piece of dream unmoored and drifting through daylight. Jane Yolen writes wondrous well.” —Roger Zelazny

“A lovely, compelling fantasy. I haven’t read anything as original in a long time. I’d say [Yolen] belongs on the same shelf as Ursula K. Le Guin and Patricia McKillip.” —Marion Zimmer Bradley

About the Author

Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.   

Product Details

  • File Size: 3716 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (June 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D00WABO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I became a Jane Yolen fan through this book. Her unusual style, such as is seen in the Great Alta trilogy, where history, critical judgement, and matters of the heart mingle, works absolutely perfectly here - though elsewhere it might be a little daunting to the reader. A researcher, studying the culture of a world where grief is the primary emotion, becomes involved with the Queen's Own Griever and her tragic life. The story is told in a series of interviews and flashbacks; it has depths far beyond its tiny length.
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This is a beautiful lyrical work about a culture founded on the belief of continual grieving both as an art form, a basis of racial memory and the way that the world is maintained.
The coming of man contaminated this world and the repercusions are severe and lasting.
A beautiful work that I strongly recommend to the thoughful among us.
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The world that the author creates is clever and original. The history of the society is fascinating. But the actual story and character development falls severely flat. In many places, the book loses emotional connection, as it glances over key events and simply gives a synopsis of what happened, rather than taking us on a personal journey through the experience of the characters.

I love being taken on an adventure by an author, where you have no idea what is going on, but its very intriguing nevertheless. This book has all those necessary elements. But it feels like the author pulled back at the last minute, and the last third of the book brushes over what could have been a compelling and emotional journey.
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An elegant, eloquent, haunting book - my copy is over 20 years old, has survived many moves and several readings. The book tells of a young anthropologist, Aaron Spenser, who comes to work on the planet Hederson's IV. His task - to observe, to learn, to record. The planet has perfected grieving as an art form, and grievers are held in high respect. Aaron comes too close to one of his subjects, and in doing so falls in love. The planet does not recognise or value love, and Aaron's actions have rippling repercussions for both his world and Henderson's IV. The unusual format for the telling of the tale - through recordings, some which have the subject's permission, some which don't - moves the tale through different cycles of life, love, art and grief.
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This is interesting in much the same way sociological and anthropological texts are interesting. The plot isn't too interesting in itself, but for some reason, it is one of my favorite books I've read on my Kindle (and there has been a lot, particularly in the sci-fi realm). I just wanted to share how much it reminded me personally of some of the studies I did in college.
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I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, probably a book or two a week, and this is one of the best in a long time. What appeals to me in sci-fi literature is the speculative aspect, the "what if" factor. Jan Yolen has invented a world in which grieving is a dominant social foundation of the society. Opposite ours in which grieving is repressed. So what happens when these societys meet? She handles this question convincingly , with subtlety and great character and plot development. It's a fascinating thought provoking read.
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The style of the story, being told through audiorecordings, is a trifle odd, and off-putting at first, but the author makes it work beautifully, and you get snippets of story that would be unavailable through more conventional story telling methods.
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Again the suspension of disbelief is quite easily attained. The non chronological order of the chapters was an adjustment in the beginning of the read although once entering the story, it was enjoyable reading. Creating a new universe and its possibilities is always interesting from a creative perspective. There are some elements which this story has in common with others. However, The author uses these common elements in an unusual way.
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