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"Well-written, the story will appear to the reader of science fiction as well as students of history, colonialism, and race relations. A gripping tale of the shock and misunderstandings arising when two very different cultures clash." - Ronald Hore, CM Magazine

About the Author

Sylvie BÚrard was born in Montreal in 1965. She completed her graduate studies at UQAM and holds a Ph. D. in Literature. She joined Trent University in 1998 and, after spending a year at Queen's University in 1999, returned to Trent and has been teaching Quebec literature in the Modern Languages and Literature Department there since that time.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing; 1st edition (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think Of Wind And Sand is a very believable take on how humans would react to another planet's inhabitants; there's a lot of emphasis on the inevitability of things going wrong. Dartzls (giant, desert-dwelling lizards) are very different from humans and the story follows various characters' attempts to bridge the enormous, mistrust-ridden species gap. Dartzls are more than just the enemies of humans -- they're richly developed as a race, and the reader gets to see into their day-to-day culture. The dartzl language is well-defined, such as in one instance where a human's grammar error changes the conversation entirely. For those readers who find non-human sentients interesting, this book's worldbuilding is a treat.

The only downside I found was that the story arcs all deal with a lot of dark, grim subject matter. Of Wind And Sand paints a vivid and believable picture, but it's certainly not light reading and I couldn't get through much in any one sitting.
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