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Contrarywise Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1989

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Contrarywise Series

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  • Series: Rimble (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441117112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441117116
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,453,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, it's been awhile since I read this book, so any in depth review is out of the question. Suffice it to say, for a good few years now I've been looking for another book by the same author, sadly to no avail. This however has not surprised me, Contrariwise is such a gem it's difficult to imagine the author would have much material left to do anything else. At any rate, on with the story! Contrariwise is not your run of the mill fantasy, Knights in armour, damsels in distress etc. The usual theme of good and evil is tossed out the window, the main character being the "Trickster", one of a pantheon of Greatkin, whose nature is as his name. He is at once childish and omnipotent, and in true Olympian style takes great delight in meddling with the lives of mere mortals. The geographics of the world in which contrariwise is set vary greatly from our own, and are able to physically affect the natures of the people who are born into them. There are no rules which correspond with the rules of our concepts of reality, therefore anything is possible. This said, There is a very definite logic at play,and many connections with familiar cultural teachings. "So turn the inside, inside out, And go sanely mad with me. Master the Trickster's roundabout, And come to my ecstacy!"
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By A. Burgess on January 21, 2014
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I've been trying to get hold of this book for years. I've seen it referenced a number of times as one of the more realistic trickster related novels. So far I'd have to agree! It's not filled with jokes, not extremely silly.... but that's what makes it great!
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Greenhalgh's "Contrarywise" is set in a different world than ours. There are several races with distinct and unique racial attributes. For instance, the Jinnjirri normally wear hats or head scarves, since their hair changes color to match their mood. They can also effortlessly change their sex. One of the Jinnjirri characters is homosexual. It doesn't matter which sex s/he is, s/he wants the sexual partner to be the same sex. A book with inventiveness such as these examples has a lot going for it. Also, Greenhalgh shows a deft ear for dialog. Real people do talk the way she has her characters talk.

There are some problems with the book. Many of the characters are only two dimensional. The outright villain of the book, Cobeth, is described as being very charismatic. He certainly hides it well, or Greenhalgh doesn't show this side of him. He comes across as a vain, self-centered, vindictive jerk. Gadorian, the mayor of the city where most of the action takes place, is supposed to be very intellectual and altruistic, yet he appears to be driven purely by political ambition. He is convinced to ignore his prejudices solely because an outright display of them would hurt his reelection.

This book has some clever ideas in it, most of which work. It's obviously a first book, but Greenhalgh does show considerable talent.
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Contrariwise is not only well written, but Greenhaugh has developed a wonderful fantasy without all of the standard fantasy elements (wizards, unicorns, mercenaries, etc.) This book is at once funny and thought-provoking, and will keep you on your toes. I've been waiting desperately for a re-print ever since I lost my copy a few years ago!
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This book is great and I always want to share it with as many friends as possible. The seller was great, prompt service, and the book was in perfect condition. My friend is loving the book, too!
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