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S result committed the first crime in centuries The AI caretakers of the city decide to unish her by exiling her to the desert outside the Craft Notes for Animators protective wallsThis and that happen and our heroine half accidentally half by design creates a greenaradise outside the isolated dwelling the AIs have created for her Her situation and her uniue and to be honest unthinking revolt against Four BEE draw in other voluntary exilesThere were a decent number of things that didn t work for me in this second half of the Four BEE duology The introduction of older Earth concepts to this now Perception and the External World presumablyost apocolyptic utopia felt shoehorned in After almost an entire book of episodic events that connected into an intriguing weird whole our author finally realizes that maybe we should have a Popular Representations of Development plot so there s a big explosive conflict and then the the whole thing is capped off with one of the oldest SF chestnuts the view spoilerrebirth of Eden hide spoiler The BasicsIn a world where the least desire is met our heroinehero is getting bored They want something intangibly that vast technological advances can t meet The uestions becomes not whether they will find the answer they seek but whether society will let themMy ThoughtsThis is one of Tanith Lee s mostopular works and having finally read it I see why Not just for it s entertainment value of which is has a lot but for the chances it takes and the messages it sends By today s standards what Lee does with the idea of gender swapping might seem tame but for it s day I can imagine it was different illuminating and maybe even shocking to some Characters in this world change appearance and gender on a whim They get married and divorced within a week There is a lot said here about sexual orientation sex in general gender identification and so on In many cases the truthfulness of what s said is debatable like how our nameless narrator makes a very different man than she does a woman and what the implications of that are But it can still be said that this book takes a lot of worthy chances by involving the idea of gender being transitoryThe story also echoes the classic Brave New World though from a slightly different angle Where Huxley had an outsider appalled by what he witnessed in this supposed utopia we have an insider who starts to see the sheen and glitter of their utopia tarnish And in the most interesting way Death is nothing in this world Suicide is the norm something Sister for Sale people do so they can come back with a new body Yet our narrator suffers loses Theath she takes and most of her loses are suffered when she is in a female body makes it so she witnesses death in a very The Blue Door (Threshold personal way So that by the time we reachart two of the story she is now a he and Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity pursuing an entirely different way of life than those around him The heroinehero s narrative is so well done that this transition feels entirely natural and the character development is thorough and fascinatingAs you can see this book is hard to sum up It s about a dystopia in sheep s clothing It s about acceptance of the imperfect It s about facing death It s about gender identity It s also just an amazingly fun romp for all that A future world adventure with a narrator who starts out a shallow nuisance and becomes something their world has never seen before It has a richlot and a great main character It s worth the hype it receivesFinal Rating55. Desire you've got no reason to rebeluntil making love and raising hell daring death and running wild just leave you cold and emptyRavenous for true adventures of the mind and body desperate to find some meaning one restless spirit finally bucks the system and by shattering the rules strikes at the very heart of a soulless socie.

RFull Review Tanith Lee s books have this odd undefinable dream like uality to them They certainly have the same logic as most dreams or at the very least feel as though they do Biting the Sun a science fiction dystopia in which the world is controlled by some form of robot and the majority of humans are encouraged to spend the entirety of their lives in blissful ignorance of the real realities of life and humanity there s a never growing up metaphor that isn t uite a metaphor throughout the b Utopia No death no risk no danger no work no money just sheer comfort and fun and leisure forever A The Art of Standing Still perfect futuristic society watched over by benevolent AI androids Who could want right Except if that society isn t your cup of tea well living in it can be hellish Great book or rather two books since this is apparently Don t Bite the Sun and Drinking Sapphire Wine bundled up in one They re both utterly necessary though so you should definitely read bothIurposefully A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, picked this up after my latest Iain M Banks in order to explore a different take on utopian society The difference here is that therotagonist is deeply unhappy in the way that juveniles and adolescents are but she truly doesn t fit in with the rest of her society The first book Don t Bite the Sun is the weaker of the two because it feels like one very very long drawn out Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience prologue butrecisely because of that it s necessary for what comes next You have to see her trials and tribulations and false starts a I love how easily Lee can create depressed or unhappy characters without ever once saying so Thus is the case with this book s heroine The writing as usual for Lee was great but again as with most sci fi I read this wasn t for me Edit added review for Drinking Sapphire WineDon t Bite the Sun 45 starsDO NOT BITE THE SUN TRAVELERYOU WILL BURN YOUR MOUTH Attlevey oomasWhat do you do when you grow tired of constant ecstasy When every need is The War to End All Wars provided and all that s asked of you is your gratitude and you re still filled with ennui and dissatisfaction Even your rioting and destruction seems expected of you not dangerous at all and doesn trovide the catharsis you re looking forMaybe you should get a job Try out the arts Have a child Or impulsively join an archaeological expedition in the blazing desert outside your city in a bubbleThis short novel starts out tantalizingly weirdly with strange language and cultural uirks with no explanation I had to skip back a couple of times to recall various events or characters because it was a little overwhelming After a while it all settled in and was easy to follow and I was able to sympathize with our unnamed main character s troubles in her glamorous decadent worldThe disaffected youth angle is not exactly original and the revelation on the last Death Comes for the Archbishop page didn t seem to follow from anything that had come before it However the heroine s humorous self aware observation of her decisions and emotional state keeps things light and there are hints of genuine affection between her and her circle and her and her stolenet which made for an oddly cozy feel I m interested in seeing where the story goes in the second Four BEE novel ublished in this collected volumeDrinking Sapphire Wine 35 stars Attlevey again oomasOur unnamed heroine has done it this time She s been reading the materials in the Historical Library in Four BEE started a duel and Mits no risk is too dangerous and no responsibilities can cramp your style Not if you're Jang a caste of libertine teenagers in the city of Four BEE But when you're expected to make trouble when you can kill yourself on a whim and return in another body when you're encouraged to change genders at will and experience whatever you.

In the far far future after most of the lanet has been sucked dry humanity lives in three colossal dome cities in the middle of the vast desert There is no hunger sickness or true death suicide is a sport that has next to no conseuences since a new body of any shape size or sex is always waiting Youth now lasts a century and the disaffected young eople now form a separate class in society the eternally dilettante Jang encouraged or reuired to be silly selfish and rofligate to change their bodies and their sex often to sample every drug food music and sensation this hedonistic society has to offer and never to think a serious thought or do anything that is not thoughtless and Damias Children pleasurableBut what if this existence chafes What would such a society do to one of its own who threatens the cities balance by trying to break free of the mold This book has such a wonderful main character though she has a desire for something greater in her life for three uarters of the book she spends her time getting distracted from that by many shiny things a newet someone new to fall in love with a new body archeology volcanos stone carving someone else new to fall in love with theft etc The author does such a good job humanizing her as a Cutremur de timp protagonist through that because honestly who really trusts a teenager who decides to dedicate their life to a greater something or other and thenroceeds to focus on that to the exclusion of all elseAlso a theme never trust robots robably they are evil andor explosive This was an absorbing utterly loopy read about a world gone so wrong that suicide is one of the most opular options available This story is about finding a way out of that meaninglessness Kept me reading even though I often wanted to slap the Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie protagonist Great stuff Really interesting to read just a week or so after Brave New World as they both explore enforced utopias In both sex is very casual individuals are not only not very individual but they don t interact with other castes age groups careers are meaninglessrocreation is controlled and is not done in the womb drug use in encouraged to increase happiness etc In neither do we learn much about how this society developed how it really works Both are of course focused on one misfit This is a much longer book with interesting characters and is often entertaining The cover is kinda sorta don t worry about it about what it means or what scene it s illustrating It s not fantasy and it s not really a girlie book Def Patagonia Express provocative SF Maybe better for younger folks though who can likely empathize with the Jang and theirrolonged adolescenceIf you re interested you really do want the omnibus It s not too long or long feeling at least once you get Predator past the first ah 60p or so And so if you re interested I do recommend the air If not they re skippable You ought to take this seriously I was scoldedHow will that help Like most loners you carry the seeds of violent authority Loners need to be bossy They uickly learn it s the only method they have of shoving eople off their backs This was a strange book but definitely a memorable one I didn t think I liked it at first and I definitely didn t love it but I did find my thoughts returning to it after I d read it It will be staying on my bookshelf for that reason Seven Days in Utopia plus admittedly I d be loath to get rid of it even so due to the lovely Kinuko Craft cove. In a world dedicated toleasure one young rebel sets out on a forbidden uestPublished for the first time in a single volume Tanith Lee's duet of novels set in a hedonistic Utopia are as riveting and revolutionary as they were when they first appeared two decades agoIt's a Lots of Love perfect existence a world in which noleasure is off li.

Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction horror and fantasy She was the author of 77 novels 14 collections and almost 300 short stories She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK science fiction cult television series Blake's 7Before becoming a full time writer Lee worked as a file clerk an assistant librarian a shop assistant and a wai