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Posted September 8, 2012
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Angie
The main character, Sita, has learned the skill of cartography from her formal education. But what makes her the best at her craft is her intuition, and what has been passed down to her through the generations of her family going back to her great grandfather who spent his life as a tour guide in the Himalayas… always searching for – but never finding – the Yeti.
As part of a scientific team on Mars, Sita searches for her own Yeti in a very unlikely place and finally discovers that maybe her great-grandfather did see his Yeti afterall!
This short story just didn’t grasp me. . It was a really interesting idea about what scientists might find on Mars, but in the end I felt no connection to any of the characters. I didn’t feel like I was there in the action.
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Posted August 15, 2012
This review is based on the copy provided to me by the publisher,
Untreed Reads, on July 30, 2012, in exchange for my fair, honest, and
impartial review, via Goodreads Group Making Connections. Review of A
Cartographic Analysis of the Dream State by Pat Murphy 5 Stars A
literate and lyrical exploration of the polar cap of the planet Mars, of
the art and science of cartography (map-making) and of the human psyche
and its capacity for imaginative dreaming and projection, “A
Cartographic Analysis of the Dream State” simultaneously intrigues and
soothes, leaving readers blinking at the end and wondering why it is
over so soon. Sita, a cartographer of the Martian landscape, is the
descendant of Tibetan refugees, raised in India by a university-educated
father, but she holds close the stories and legends passed on of the
great-grandfather, a mountain guide in Tibet, who led expeditions on
searches for the yeti-the snow creature sometimes called “the abominable
snowman.” Sita believes yeti are real, not so much as they are pictured,
but as inhabitants of the dreaming state, nocturnal messengers; and she
believes the polar regions of Mars are just as likely to sport yeti as
are the Himalayas of Tibet, if she dreams them into being-and just
maybe, she will be proved accurate in thinking so.