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Rituel de chasse

par Sheri S. Tepper

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What could be more 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 ...… (plus d'informations)
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    Mother of Demons par Eric Flint (MyriadBooks)
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Love this book, that starts out as a horsey horror store and ends...well ends so beautifully, leaving me wanting more time with the characters. ( )
  wildhorses | Mar 28, 2021 |
Reminiscent of “Dune” in its scope and detail, Sherri S. Tepper’s “Grass” tells the story of a prominent Earth family sent to a remote planet to determine the truth behind rumors that could literally save the human race.

Humanity is dying – stricken down by a plague without known cure, spreading among all the inhabited planets. Except for the planet of Grass. And rumor has it that plague victims have actually recovered while visiting there. Responding to a request from his uncle, the head of a strict fundamentalist cult which essentially rules the known human universe, Roderigo Yrarier, his wife Marjorie Westriding, their two adolescent children, and Roderigo’s mistress, set off on a diplomatic mission whose true purpose cannot be revealed for various political reasons.

From that basic set-up, Tepper thrusts her characters into a society putatively directed by the local aristocrats, who have removed themselves from the day-to-day lives of the planetary port city, establishing vast estancias on the grasslands. There they devote huge amounts of time and energy to a bizarre hunting tradition – riding great beasts (think carnivorous horses the size of elephants) accompanied by “hounds” the size of Terran horses, in pursuit of another native species they have christened foxen.

Things, of course, are not as they seem, and as Marjorie and her family try without much success to fulfill their mission, they find themselves involved with missing aristocrat daughters, a cold reception from the upper class, splinter factions from within the ruling Sanctity cult, and family conflicts arising from two people in a loveless marriage who nevertheless try to observe the tenets of a weakened Catholic church, to which they belong.

None of this, it turns out, is window-dressing. Tepper’s characters struggle with ethical and moral questions in ways that have far-reaching impacts on the native inhabitants of Grass, who are themselves much more complex and nuanced than it first seems.

The novel does drag a bit toward the end, when a major conflict has been resolved but survivors continue to struggle to do what is right, both for themselves and for the species with whom their lives have become inextricably entwined. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Mar 3, 2021 |
Urrrrgh.
Couldn’t get through the first chapter. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Marital problems
almost as bad as the plague
less fun to slog through. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
excellent 4.5 ( )
  Swybourn | May 29, 2019 |
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When I first read Grass, I realised that Tepper is a genuine wild talent, taking SF in new and unexpected directions.
ajouté par lquilter | modifierSF Site, Peter D. Tillman (Aug 7, 2009)
 
Tepper (The Gate to Women's Country) delves into the nature of truth and religion, creating some strong characters in her compelling story.
ajouté par lquilter | modifierPublishers Weekly
 
Tepper's Grass is, with hindsight, one of the most significant works of 1980s SF: a spacious, well-plotted, wise and thought-provoking book with an exceptionally well-drawn central character and a beautiful twist on the 'beauty and the beast' mythos at its heart. ... Those who have not read this powerful masterpiece should be herded with cattle-prods out to the bookshops until that situation is remedied; those who have read it should take this opportunity to re-read the work. Like all great literature, it repays re-reading and close attention. ... It is one of the genuine, and one of the most genuine, classics of twentieth-century SF.
 

» Ajouter d'autres auteur(e)s (11 possibles)

Nom de l'auteur(e)RôleType d'auteurŒuvre ?Statut
Sheri S. Tepperauteur(e) principal(e)toutes les éditionscalculé
Chicheni, OscarArtiste de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Karjalainen, TapioTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Moore, ChrisArtiste de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Pearlman, DinaNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé

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A voice says, "Cry!"
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
All flesh is grass. . . .Isaiah 40-6
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And they were there. Three of them, just as there had been three horses when she and Tony and Rigo had ridden here. Three Hippae doing dressage exercises, walking, trotting, cantering, changing feet to cross the arena on long diagonals. They did everything she had done with Octavo, did it casually, offhandedly, with a practiced ease, concluding with the three animals side by side, facing away from her, the saber tips of their neck barbs pointing at her like a glittering abatis, as threatening as drawn blades. Then they turned and looked up at the place where she was hidden, their dark eyes gleaming red in the light of dawn, soundless.
Amusement, she thought at first. A kind of mime. These Hippae had seen the humans and their horses and were amused at what these little off-world beasts had been doing with their human riders. She held the thought only fleetingly, only for a moment, trying to cling to it but unable to do so. They knew she was there. They knew she was watching. Perhaps they had timed this little exercise to coincide with her arrival . . .
It wasn’t amusement. Nothing in that red-eyed glare was amused.
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What could be more 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 ...

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