November 21st, 2008

red panda eating bamboo

Booklog

A Door Into Ocean (Elysium Cycle) A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I didn't like some aspects of the narration -- she used different accents for different characters, and some of the accents were jarring to me in a science fiction book that is not about Earth.

The plot is a well worn one -- anarchist pacifist society meets patriarchal militarist society. (Note: to me "well worn plot" is not a criticism. I love to see what people do with our (sub)culture's modern legends.) The world building is excellent, at least the parts that are set on the moon Shora. The world of the patriarchal society is a little less detailed. Most of the characters are complex, interesting, and believable, although some of the secondary characters are a bit stereotypical.

It took me a while to get into this book, but by the end I was pretty impressed, and it feels like a story that will stay with me.
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Liz Henry's reviews on the Feminist SF blog are much more thorough than mine:
http://blogs.feministsf.net/?p=756
http://blogs.feministsf.net/?p=765