Deviations: Covenant [NOOK Book]

Overview

Vol. 1: An accomplished hunter in the Masari village of Crossroads, TripStone is charged with slaying the sacred Yata. Her comrade Ghost tries to end Masari dependence on Yata meat by performing experiments punishable by death. Their worldview shatters when they harbor a Yata woman raised to be livestock instead of a god -- while a secret Yata militia prepares to alter the balance of power.

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Deviations: Covenant

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Overview

Vol. 1: An accomplished hunter in the Masari village of Crossroads, TripStone is charged with slaying the sacred Yata. Her comrade Ghost tries to end Masari dependence on Yata meat by performing experiments punishable by death. Their worldview shatters when they harbor a Yata woman raised to be livestock instead of a god -- while a secret Yata militia prepares to alter the balance of power.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000787175
  • Publisher: Elissa Malcohn
  • Publication date: 11/26/2009
  • Series: Deviations , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 129,305
  • File size: 396 KB

Meet the Author

Elissa Malcohn's novelette "Lazuli" (Asimov's, Nov. 1984) made her a 1985 John W. Campbell Award finalist for best new science fiction writer of the year. Her short story "Moments of Clarity" (Full Spectrum, Bantam, 1988) reached preliminary ballot for the 1989 Nebula Awards. Commenting on "Moments of Clarity" in his review of Full Spectrum in the November, 1988, Out of This World Tribune, Bruce D. Arthurs wrote, "This one story is worth the price of the entire book."

Elissa's work also appears in publications that won awards in 2009. IPPY Silver Medalist Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (Scriblerus Press) contains her story "Arachne" (originally published in Aboriginal Science Fiction, Dec. 1988). Bram Stoker Award winner Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press) contains her story "Memento Mori." Her story "Hermit Crabs" in Hugo Award winner Electric Velocipede (#14) and her novelette "Flotsam" in Asimov's (Oct./Nov. 2009) made the recommended reading list in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 26th and 27th Annual Collections, respectively.

Elissa's work has appeared in dozens of publications since the 1970s. Covenant, the first volume of her Deviations series, was originally published by the now-defunct Aisling Press in 2007.

Elissa edited Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, from 1986-88 and was a five-time Rhysling Award nominee for best speculative poetry of the year.

Outside the genre, Elissa won first prize in the Woodview Coffee House 2010 song-writing contest.

Member, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Science Fiction Poetry Association, Broad Universe, more. Proud participant, Operation E-Book Drop, Books For Soldiers, and Shadow Forest Authors.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    There is a deeper meaning behind this series.

    Elissa Malcohn has created a society of cannibals. The Masari ritualistically kill the Yata on Meat Day. They depend on the Yata's flesh to survive. There appears to be an understanding between the two "tribes." The Masari offers godship and worship to the Yata.

    There are dissidents in the Masari want to become self sufficient and not dependent on the Yata to survive. There are dissidents in the Yatas that do not want to be looked at as a god and that does not want the Masari dependent on them.

    Not all Yata are treated as gods, some are raised as livestock.

    I cannot tell you that I enjoyed reading Deviations: Covenant. It is a dark book and at times difficult to read. However, it is a brilliant book. There is a deeper meaning behind this series. This is a study of how societies feed and devour each other. Elissa Malcohn gives each character a distinct voice. Well done MS Malcohn.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 23, 2012

    This book Rocks...

    This book Rocks...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Fascinating story

    Well written book. Good character development and plotline in a unique and complete world. I am looking forward to reading more of this series and more from this author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Great idea but tedious reading

    I am curious about next book but i doubt i could tolerate the writing style. The plot was intriguing. I doubt i will ever finiah the series.
    Bingaux

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Written well

    This story is hard to believe in our culture. The writer has an imagination so bizarre that it made sense considerinng the charactors written about. I have never read a book like this so I can't say how I truely feel about them until I read them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Thought-provoking and interesting novel

    This well-written novel tells the story of two groups of people, one of which uses the other as food. The story could very easily be a cautionary allegory about class struggle in America.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    Slow, slow, slow

    I read the entire series.......well I slogged through it. It was free after all. I could not manage to make myself finish the last book. Some of this is so preposterous. Please do yourself a favor and just don't bother.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2011

    Interesting ideas

    Hard to catch on at first,who is what and how the culture works. After all that was clarified it became an interesting read. Question, why are women portayed as so boneheaded and unreasonable? Main woman, heroine, is so irritating at times, ugh, enough already. Women are capable of emotonal clarity and very rational behavior. It would not have harmed the story. Liked the conflict principles.

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