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  • Title: Sideshow
  • Author: Sheri S. Tepper
  • ISBN: 9780553762891
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the planet of Elsewhere, the Council had always enforced the governing of each province in the manner the people had chosen, so long as each respected its neighbors local customs and so long as the people remained within their homelands Generations later, inhabitants have begun to question this tradition The Council has received mysterious messages and reportOn the planet of Elsewhere, the Council had always enforced the governing of each province in the manner the people had chosen, so long as each respected its neighbors local customs and so long as the people remained within their homelands Generations later, inhabitants have begun to question this tradition The Council has received mysterious messages and reports of strange manifestations across the planet Now, Enforcer Fringe Owldark has been sent with a small crew of seven, each possessing an unusual talent, to investigate their worst fear the arrival of the Hobbs Land gods Free will and the reality of God are just too of the timeless issues this courageous band of humans must confront as they strive to decide if complete tolerance and leaving others alone is evil d what they should do if it is Vividly imagined and exquisitely rendered, Sideshow is Sheri S Tepper s most controversial novel yet.From the Paperback edition.
    Sideshow On the planet of Elsewhere the Council had always enforced the governing of each province in the manner the people had chosen so long as each respected its neighbors local customs and so long as the

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    1. I m either getting very contrary in my old age or I just have no idea what it is I actually like I completely expected to hate this one based on the mixed reviews from people who were fans already, especially since I find a number of the fan favorites we ll be polite and say somewhat grating But once it got going it wasn t bad That s not going so far as to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, but there were very few moments where I felt a need to get a mouthguard before I gritted my teeth down to [...]

    2. Another excellent piece of work from Ms Tepper The characters make some interesting sociological comments which have bearing on today s current events I found this exchange slightly edited for brevity particularly pertinent Bertran commented in a dry voice, In our world there were a number of smallish countries ruled by unpleasant types, and our country occasionally invaded one of them to set something right Killing numerous innocent bystanders in the process, snapped Nela d people took sides as [...]

    3. I read this after reading Grass, and was pleased to note a couple of familiar names and faces Personally, this is one of my favorite of Ms Tepper s works, and the commentary on religion and tolerance amidst various barbaric practices in this book make it a worthwhile read.This book would have achieved 5 stars if it wasn t for the Tepper style deuz ex machina that I have come to expect from her books This one wasn t as obvious or contrived as some of her other books Family Tree, The Visitor, Gibb [...]

    4. I don t know why only gave this a three star on my previous read as I was completely entranced this time around Sideshow rounds off the Marjorie Westriding sequence of books magnificently Tepper s idea of humanity escaping the Hobbs Land Gods because they suppressed diversity is fascinating, and the themes of intolerance masked as tolerance and religious extremism masked as human diversity are very apt for the world that we currently live in And unlike some of the Tepper books that come after, t [...]

    5. This book is an excellent example of how science fiction can examine diversity, non intervention, and transcendence Asking questions about when to intervene and when to respect cultural differences on imaginary worlds offers the reader perspectives than asking these questions in a realistic setting the mind is not limited to known worlds, but is free to explore new paths Also, having a female main character one of a strong ensemble who is not interested in marriage and love is important for fem [...]

    6. This one took a lot of getting into The first quarter is terribly slow, and it takes a long time to establish who the principal protagonist is The rest of the book is entertaining, but the conclusion deals with trancendence in a way that felt flat to me.Also, I found the Celerians irritating, in a Bombadil esque way.

    7. Wonderful ideas story telling could be better, 5 stars on the idea and social criticism level, 3 stars on the charters who are developed and then neglected in favor of various axes which she grinds quite well

    8. Sideshow s was an engaging enough story it had to be, considering I kept reading despite pausing to roll my eyes every 10 to 15 pages The writing was not up to the standard I d expected Every moment of exposition is miserably expositiony, far too told, if you will The concepts with which Tepper engages are interesting, sure, but the way in which she goes about it feels heavy handed at times.The characters almost redeemed the book for me They re all interesting, all mostly round with a few flat s [...]

    9. c1992 From Fantastic Fiction Enforcer Fringe Owldark is sent with a small crew of seven, each possessing an unusual talent, to investigate the arrival of the Hobbs Land gods on Elsewhere.

    10. The third part of Tepper s Arbai not really a trilogy, and in my opinion the weakest of the three Whereas the first two books, Grass and Raising the Stones could easily be read independently of each other and of this one, too , without the reader losing anything, Sideshow presupposes a knowledge of Raising the Stones, and one of the big reveals is contingent on having read Grass That said, it s not a bad book Picking up where Stones left off, then fast forwarding several thousand years, the plan [...]

    11. Elsewhere, lit by one middle sized yellow sun and accompanied by a scattered handful of heavy little planets and moons Elsewhere, which had been set up so said Council Supervisory as the last refuge of humanity from enslavement by the Hobbs Land Gods, that botanical plague that had swept across the galaxy over a millennia before, bringing, so it was said, slavish conformity in its wake.Some of the urgency had seeped out of that claim over the centuries, during which time Elsewhere had remained s [...]

    12. This, the final book in the Arbai series, was something of a disappointment Tepper can be somewhat strident in her advocacy for a human race that has enough empathy for the rest of the universe that it stops behaving like the center of said universe While I agree with her in principle, I sometimes wish she used a little subtlety in her storytelling, a chisel instead of a sledgehammer In this final volume of the Arbai trilogy, the last humans who have rejected complete empathy hide themselves aw [...]

    13. This was not one of my favorite books of Sheri S Tepper I was confused by the concepts she was discussing, the surgically rendered androgynous conjoined twins from the 21rst century are an interesting psychological study of privacy issues, when you share DNA and a four inch fold, one heart, etc.The Enforcer culture is definitely sympathetic perception of individuals participating in a police state.Elsewhere is a planet where diversity is promoted, but in a territorial way The female conjoined tw [...]

    14. I found this book a little slow and almost put it down after the first few pages, but I know that Tepper is a very good writer so I decided to keep on and I m so glad I did The overall sstory is about a band of Enforcers and their friends that are trying to find dragons that have been seen in a far land They must go through several countries that have very different cultures No one is allowed to move from one country to another because it would upset the diversity of the country The Enforcers mu [...]

    15. I like Tepper a lot The Gate to Women s Country and Gibbon s Decline and Fall seared themselves into my adolescent brain and I think I m better for it I largely agree with the moral philosophy she espouses in her writing, and she tells a damn fine story That said, one can only take so much preaching against worst case scenario political correctness and cultural relativism, so many straw man bad guys who destroy the environment and perpetrate violence upon women, so much agenda, before one starts [...]

    16. For decades I could only find the one book by Tepper Grass, but around 2002 I started to locate others and read them totally out of order.Ms Tepper writes using the same characters and totally different ones she refers to previous and later stories and also things I have not read yet will they appear but the main thing I find on finishing a book like this is a sense of the best humanity can be and it s converse although sometimes the humanity is of course displayed by an alien.

    17. Among other things, a really nice satire of ineffectual international organizations and cultural relativism gone way too far You have to wonder if we would be better off going the way of the Hobbs Land Gods The poem Tepper includes at the beginning is also interesting Manby Koi Bashiheaven longing apeangel who stumblesblind light bearerwho falls and fumblesworshiper of errorseeker after truthhurting and aging lover of lovely youthwild beast ragingcraven and bravefreak of fashionand custom s slav [...]

    18. Intriguing I ve read Grass years ago, so I noticed some of the references there, even though I ve forgotten just about everything Raising the Stones I ve never read perhaps that would ve helped.In any case, this was an interesting read quite convoluted and perhaps somewhat too long, but the story did cover some fascinating philosophical ground for interventions, gods, diversity and what not Not Tepper s best book, by far, but worth reading.

    19. Everything from the first two books becomes clear in the last book of the series.Welcome to Elsewhere, the libertarian paradise where diversity is to be maintained at all costs, even life itself is not valued as much as diversity, where freedom of choice is the end all be all of the universe.Take one part Handmaid s tale, one part the question to life, the universe and everything if posed by Ayn Rand, and one part Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep and put into a blender until a poisonous mixtu [...]

    20. The third and weakest of the Arbai trilogy This is the culmination of the story begun in Grass and then Raising the Stones None of the characters are as realistic or compelling as in the first two, and the plot creaks a bit The Siamese twins Nella and Bertram are probably the most sympathetic characters, although Fringe Owldark may be intended as a heroine The very characteristics that make her Tepper s heroine tend to push the reader away There are some extremely good sections, particularly in [...]

    21. Tepper makes me think I love hert fascinating future worlds that investigate the real issues of survival that face humanity today This book, in particular, looks at how good ideas can mutate over time into trouble and chaos Tolerance and diversity are good values, but sometimes holding on to what makes us different than others can drive us apart rather than bring us together Sometimes it is important to decide what parts of our past are worth hanging on to and what is worth letting go of If you [...]

    22. The last and the best IMHO of the Arbai or Marjorie Westriding trilogy, this one can be read alone or first, but there s a great deal that connects up to the prior two books, especially towards the end, all unobtrusively explained, of course The sequence of events is not so important one could easily read the trilogy in reverse In the story, the concepts of diversity and non interference as practiced on the world of Elsewhere are not what the average reader would expect As usual, Tepper uses her [...]

    23. Elsewhere is the only planet that hasnt been taken over by the Hobbs Land Gods it is a planet where diversity is protected and cherished.butere is something wrong on Elsewhere interesting read, with a predictable ending but it s really not about the end but about the journey the interwoven stories and the careful clue dropping the examination of ideas such as diversity and what happens to minds trapped for too long without corporeal existance or reality s touchstones.

    24. Sideshow isn t my favorite Tepper book it s a bit too convoluted, and the plot meanders about and doesn t quite ring true but it s still a pretty satisfying read, with all the requisite plot points that a Tepper novel encompasses This is the second time I ve read it I did actually enjoy it this time around Next time I ll try all three of the Arbai Trilogy Grass, which I love, Raising the Stones, which I don t quite remember, and Sideshow all in a row.

    25. I have totally mixed feelings for this book Parts of it I really enjoyed, being excellently written and full of wonderful ideas But other parts were messy and frustrating In all, a book that could have done with another draft and could easily have been quite excellent But alas, it is not excellent, rather it is good and well worth the read if already kinda interested.

    26. I once survived reading Sheri Tepper1992 free will and th reality God decide if complete tolerance and leaving others alone is ever evilwhat they should do if it is Planet of Elsewhere,each respected its neighbors local customs.ay in their homelands.rival of the Hobbs Land gods Oh, great dragon,will they come again

    27. Another mind f from Ms Tepper I read this story and thought, WTF This is a prison zoo, not a preservation of cultures The meaning of the title suddenly becomes apparent As all Ms Tepper books do, I m vaguely discomforted and question some of the practices I see in life Another winner for me.

    28. I was unable to put this book down I was once again taken to another planet with connections to people and places in the earlier two volumes of this series I loved the way that things tied together in the end in ways that I didn t see coming and feel as though I had an actual journey with the people in these books I am so happy to have found them.

    29. I have read and re read this so many times and never get tired of it Love Fringe Owldark and Jorie and Asner and all the people they travel with on the great river.Reading about a planet that is almost a museum of cultures is fascinating This is another of Tepper s books that fits into a giant frame, started in the novel Grass, and watching and reading closely to make the connections is fun.

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