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The Snow Queen Paperback – February 1, 2001
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But it is so much more than Dune, really. The world of Tiamat and the Hegemony is as large and complex and ancient as the world of Arrakis and its empire, perhaps larger; it is so large that it is not even apparent that this is the future of humankind as we know it until you get deep into it. There are layers upon layers of political scheming in this universe, so deep that no single character can explain it all. There are so many different levels of conspiracy and technology and religion that is difficult to grasp it all at once. But none of it will mean anything unless Moon can keep them from destroying themselves....
It is a brilliant book, and its sequel, the Summer Queen, is as good or better. Joan D. Vinge has a unique insight that makes you feel like you are discovering something new instead of reading a book. I heartily recommend it to anyone who has interest in the kind of thoughtful science fiction that opens the mind with possibilities.
This is that story, only set in a word where a huge space spanning empire has collapsed and left behind a smaller, less magnificent version. There is an intergalactic conspiracy to keep the people of one world, Tiamat, where our two young lovers (Moon and Sparks) hail from, technologically stupid, and mysterious keys to the survival of the human race seeded throughout humanity. There are clones, battles, love and deceit. While there is no magical mirror that turns Sparks into a bad person, as in my picture book, there is temptation in the form of a potion that will keep the drinker forever young-only this potion is harvested from the blood of the otter like creates that live on Tiamat, who are seen as holy by the Summer people who live on the Islands spanning the planets middle.
There is the snow queen, leader of the half of the Tiamat people called the winters (who live in the north), who in an effort to prolong her reign seeded the Summer people of Tiamat with eight clones of herself. And there is one clone who survived to maturity-Moon, the lover of Sparks, the boy stolen by the snow queen.Read more ›
The story is a futurized version of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen." Personally, I'm an admirer of writers who can successfully translate traditional stories into modern literary works, and Joan D. Vinge pulls it off spectacularly.
Her main character, Moon, is a loving young woman who loves her cousin Sparks and goes through several trials and torments to save him from her clone, the ruthless, power-hungry, and vain Snow Queen Arienrhod. But Sparks isn't the person Moon remembers. He gets swept up in the crazy city of Carbuncle. Soon, Moon is also swept up in this whirlwind.
Love, suspence, action, and a mystery more cosmic than the people of Tiamat realize. This is a substantial book (but not quite as much as its sequel) that leads the reader beyond the imagination and into a whole new world.
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This sci-fi take on the Snow Queen folktale is fantastic. Unfortunately, with the popularity of Disney's "Frozen," they can't make a film out of it without people thinking... Read morePublished 24 days ago by M. Pessoa
Vinge creates wonderfu, magicall word pictures of the characters and their environments. The environments are remarkably complete and realistic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by english teacher
One of my all-time favorite novels. The Snow Queen is a great story, if you want to read it at that level, with a steady quick pace and just one twist after another that loops into... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Snow Queen is the first part of a two part series, the second book being the Summer Queen. With the two books being 25 and 35 years old, the stories hold up very well today. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kappy
The dangers of power, the lure of corruption, the illusion of immortality, the changes in the mirror, forgiveness and love - all mixed in a beautiful story, as real on Tiamat as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andreea Pausan
Joan Vinge is one of my favorite Sci-fi writers of all time. This book is just great, but you really have to read The Summer Queen (the sequel) to get the Big Picture. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. H. Feld
I liked the premise of this book. It's imaginative and consistent, and has some interesting ideas. What I didn't like, however, was the pace. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chad Cloman