Grass Reading Grass By Sheri S Tepper What Could Be Commonplace Than Grass, Or A World Covered Over All Its Surface With A Wind Whipped Ocean Of Grass But The Planet Grass Conceals Horrifying Secrets Within Its Endless Pastures And As An Incurable Plague Attacks All Inhabited Planets But This One, The Prairie Like Grass Begins To Reveal These Secrets And Nothing Will Ever Be The Same Again.

  • 3.5
  • 550
  • English
  • 20 June 2017
  • Paperback
  • 476 pages
  • 9780553762464
  • Grass
  • Sheri S. Tepper

10 thoughts on “Grass

  1. mark monday says:

    tis the season13 TALES OF TERROR BOOK 4once upon a time there was a delightful young story named Grass by Sheri S Tepper this story seemed to know exactly what i was longing for Horror in Space and so she provided it to me a fascinating planet full of strange multi colored grass, bizarre fauna, the ruins of an alien civilization a backdrop based around a particularly esoteric and semi totalitarian theocracy an expertly portrayed and atypical heroine who felt alive and real and who rather reminded me of Deborah Kerr in her various classy roles a perfect introduction to the planet s aristocrats, well rendered through the eyes of an uncomfortable young lady on her first foxhunt a foxhunt that is not a foxhunt, but something else entirely something inexplicable, something horrible a feeling of claustrophobia but, uniquely, a claustrophobia based on an entire planet, one filled with huge living spaces and wide, windy open ranges an atrocious plague spreading like wildfire from planet to planet the unsettling sound of beasts stamping out a threatening dance from not so distant caverns my gosh, those bizarre fauna the various moments portraying them gazing silently and malevolently at characters, up close and even eerily in the distant grasses such brilliantly sinister tableaux and those fox...

  2. Peter Tillman says:

    Grass Millions of square miles of it a hundred rippling oceans, each ripple a gleam of scarlet or amber, emerald or turquoise the colors shivering over the prairies Sapphire seas of grass with dark islands of grass bearing great plumy trees which are grass again So opens Grass, Sheri Tepper s first fully successful novel and her masterwork, I think.If you ve read any Tepper, you ll have noticed that she takes a pretty dim view of human nature, especially among men and of religion, especially patriarchal religion The standard Tepper themes are here of course, they weren t standard back then but handled lightly and thoughtfully, with only a bit of the didactic ham fistedness that mars some of her later books What I didn t remember about Grass is the splendid sense of place she evokes Grass emerges as a fully formed, beautiful, and thoroughly alien world The formative image of Grass, to the Colorado born raised Tepper, is that of the American Great Plains after a good spring, which is indeed an oceanic experience one that your Oklahoma raised reviewer has shared, and misses.Sanctity, the noxious world religion of Tepper s Earth, is explicitly modelled on Mormonism Mormon readers saints will not be flattered though Tepper has exaggerated for effect Sanctity is not nice At times it verges on cartoonish, but then I would reflect on the banality of evil Tepper does a good job, handling evil Beauty 1991 is...

  3. Oliver Wilson says:

    I ve no idea how this makes lists such as most underrated sci fi , or how it s in Gollancz s SF Masterworks range despite one or two interesting ideas it is, on balance, absolute drivel.The pacing is terrible The science is woeful The characters are tedious and one dimensional, and their dialogue wholly convincing However, much worse than that, the entire novel turns out to be some vehicle for the author to explore some uninspired hokum about Catholicism guilt, original sin, etc and horse riding fox hunting.Any opportunity to discuss colonisation of alien worlds, first contact with an alien race, the differing philosophical outlook of that race, telepathic control, sexual submission, genocide, or indeed any of the potentially interesting themes that emerge in this book, all ultimately become disc...

  4. Wanda says:

    There s a lot of things going on in Grass Religion, tradition, health illness, education, relationships all these things get batted around during the course of the book, and that s a big load for just 500 pages, but not unusual in a planetary romance of this sort However I liked the main character, Marjorie Westriding, with her love of her horses, her ability to ask the right questions of the right people, and the willingness to put herself in danger.As in her book The Gate to Women s Country, Tepper explores human relationship territory in which men and women seem to talk past one another, with Rodrigo not taking Marjorie seriously enough and Marjorie taking him way too seriously They do approach mutual comprehension several times during crises, only to back away quickly.Also explored is the issue of who is worth caring for The church of Sanctity has decided to let the plague run its course and the resurrect only a chosen few although they refuse to admit publically that there...

  5. Kay says:

    One of my favorite science fiction books in recent years, this intricately plotted book creates a complete world and is utterly absorbing Tepper reminds me a bit of another favorite woman sci fi author, C.J Cherryh, in that she takes a somewhat anthropological approach to the alien societies she creates I won t go into details of the...

  6. aPriL does feral sometimes says:

    Grass is an absolutely stunning read Shari S Tepper is now one of my top adored authors I hate to use the overused noun tour de force , but I do not have the imagination to use another word for this novel It has everything a literary reader and a science fiction fan would require for an absolutely enchanted weekend of reading joy Intelligent, forceful, fast paced, enthralling, unique, rational I am SO happy However, I have read reviews which go a bit sideways from my ecstatic positive opinion of Grass , if not outright south of my position with disappointed groans So, I am including, perhaps, a mild spoiler the moral of the story is dogma is dangerous, and people who are dogmatic are people you should immediately guard against Life is a process of changing circumstances and paradigm shifting discoveries Dogmatic certainties are a poison to intelligent reasoning.IMHO, NEVER allow dogmatic believers in positions of authority Dogmatic minds are evil, and do much evil, since they persist in shaping reality to suit their unchanging philosophies, no matter the evidenc...

  7. Wealhtheow says:

    When a plague sweeps humanity, a diplomatic mission is sent to Grass, the only human settled planet without signs of the sickness Grass is nominally run by the bons, a patriarchal society modeled after old European nobility But the bons are far interested in the Hunt than in the running of the planet, or even the certain extinction of humanity The ambassadors are as ill suited to saving humanity as the bons are Lady Marjorie Westriding Yrarier is consumed with guilt, and her husband Roderigo is too busy trying to get his wife s adoration and the bon s respect to concentrate on the plague But at last, personal tragedies spur Marjorie on to first finding the source of the plague, and then confronting those who stood by and did nothing while it spread In so doing, the interconnectedness of sentient beings, the oddities of evolution, and the morality of genocide are all examined.Tepper has very little sympathy for most of her characters, and it shows She s also rather heavy handed when presenting ethical choices it s very clear what side the narrative is on at all times Although in the beginning this book looked like it was going to be a space faring take on culture clash, the middle section was entirely about how selfish and self involved Roderigo and their teenaged daughter Stella are And then the end is basicall...

  8. Mike says:

    Unreliable narration is kind of trendy these days It s not the easiest thing to do well, and often enough I ve seen people kind of dismissively wave it away as a cop out And it very much can be a cop out Which is why it s really refreshing to see it used well, and I really enjoyed the way this book kept catching me off guard again and again Grass is an old fashioned science fiction book, in the best sense It s set on an ecologically interesting world with a fairly small human colony There s a number of interesting concepts explored, and a satisfying conclusion to the story But it s the way the book kept cutting my feet out from under me with assumptions I didn t realize I was making that I m going to remember.As far as the technology marches on problems that can plague older science fiction, there really isn t any of that What there is, however, is social commentary that feels ...

  9. Megan Baxter says:

    Sheri Tepper has never been my favourite science fiction writer I ve only read two of her books, and while I thought The Gate to Women s Country was interesting feminist dystopia utopia, I really disliked The Fresco I thought the solutions in that one were very deus ex machina, although the bit about impregnating right to life male senators with alien babie...

  10. Nick T. Borrelli says:

    Not my favorite Sheri Tepper book I totally loved The Awakeners and Plague of Angels but Grass was a bit too wordy and tedious, even a little preachy at times An average book from a usually above average author.

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