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A Door Into Ocean (Elysium Cycle) Paperback – October 13, 2000
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''[A] dreamy, poetic book . . . very much in the spirit of Dune or Le Guin's works. It's tough to build a world, particularly if you try to get the science correct. Author Slonczewski accomplishes that difficult feat and manages a gripping plot into the bargain. Maybe Le Guin has competition.'' --San Francisco Examiner
An intriguing ocean world...[The] schematic political framework is enlivened by the full-blooded characters who negotiate between the two cultures. Science Fiction Book Club selection. --Publishers Weekly
''One of the best new science fiction novels of the last several years.'' --VOYA
''Slonczewski creates an all-female, nonviolent culture that reaches beyond feminism to a new definition of human nature. This novel is highly recommended.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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To understand the Valans, two Sharers leave for Valedon with the hope of sharing learning with them: Usha the Inconsiderate and her lovesharer, Merwen the Imaptient, who believes deep down that Valans are humans, too, like the Sharers of Shora. For her to prove this, she must teach a Valan the ways of Shora, and after their ordeal on Valedon, they bring home with them a young stonecutter's son, Spinel.
As Spinel's learnsharing begins, the Patriarch, protector of Valedon, wants to bring Shora into its folds in order to make use of its valuable resources such as minerals and fish. His Envoy dispatches a military unit to move relations along, at first with kind words. When that goes nowhere, he resorts to terrorism, both ecological and physical. Undaunted, the Sharers, unaccustomed to useless killing, fight back with pacifism and intelligence, hoping to bring an end to this unwanted presence on their homeworld.
Slonczewski has created two very distinct and intriguing worlds, populated with very human-acting characters. One item I truly liked about this book is the interplay of the contrasting world views of the Sharers and the Valans don't think that the either is human: the Sharers consider Valans nothing more than children who need to learn in order to grow; the Valans think of Sharers as nothing more than catfish.Read more ›
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I loved parts of "A Door Into Ocean": the complex world and characters, the heady issues of pacifism and violence, and more. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ready Mommy
"Door Into Ocean" is a subset of sci-fi, "varying humanoids on multiple planets." It follows a young adult human from a patriarchal planet as he interacts with the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Belenen
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 19 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 on June 20, 2014 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 on January 12, 2014 by Wynn
A fully believable world, with nice, developed characters. The book could be shorter though, to tell the story as well.Published on October 26, 2013 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 Amazon Customer
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.