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Grass (Arbai Trilogy Series #1)
     

Grass (Arbai Trilogy Series #1)

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by Sheri S. Tepper
 

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“One of the most satisfying science fiction novels I have read in years.”—The New York Times Book Review

Here is a novel as original as the breathtaking, unspoiled world for which it is named, a place where all appears to be in idyllic balance. Generations ago, humans fled to the cosmic anomaly known as Grass. Over time, they

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“One of the most satisfying science fiction novels I have read in years.”—The New York Times Book Review

Here is a novel as original as the breathtaking, unspoiled world for which it is named, a place where all appears to be in idyllic balance. Generations ago, humans fled to the cosmic anomaly known as Grass. Over time, they evolved a new and intricate society. But before humanity arrived, another species had already claimed Grass for its own. It, too, had developed a culture. . . .

Now, a deadly plague is spreading across the stars. No world save Grass has been left untouched. Marjorie Westriding Yrarier has been sent from Earth to discover the secret of the planet’s immunity. Amid the alien social structure and strange life-forms of Grass, Lady Westriding unravels the planet’s mysteries to find a truth so shattering it could mean the end of life itself.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Generations in the future, when humanity has spread to other planets and Earth is ruled by Sanctity, a dour, coercive religion that looks to resurrection of the body by storing cell samples of its communicants, a plague is threatening to wipe out mankind. The only planet that seems to be spared is Grass, so-called because that is virtually all that grows there. It was settled by families of European nobility who live on vast estancias and indulge in the ancient sport of fox hunting--although the horses, hounds and foxes aren't what they what they appear to be. Rigo and Marjorie Westriding Yrarier and family are sent to Grass as ambassadors and unofficial investigators because the ruling families--the bons--have refused to allow scientists to authenticate the planet's immunity from the plague. The egotistical Rigo sets out to prove himself to the bons while Marjorie remains wary about the relationship between the hunters and the hunted. She gains allies in her search, but invasion strikes from an unexpected quarter before the truth about an alien species comes to light. Tepper ( The Gate to Women's Country ) delves into the nature of truth and religion, creating some strong characters in her compelling story. (Sept. )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553762464
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Series:
Arbai Trilogy Series , #1
Pages:
476
Sales rank:
701,882
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sheri S. Tepper is an acclaimed American writer of over thirty science fiction, horror, and mystery novels including The Gate to Women’s Country, Beauty, and the Arbai trilogy. Her books are often known for their feminist slant. She is the winner of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Grass (Arbai Trilogy Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
pheret More than 1 year ago
a plague threatens mankind on all planets but Grass, a world of various colors, shades and textures of grass. a world of culturally inbred aristocrats and their mounts, the Hippae. a world to which Marjorie arrives, hoping to find answers both to the worlds-threatening plague and her own overwhelming feelings of guilt, responsibility and love in a most extraordinary way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another superb book from Tepper. Her characterizations are excellent as always, and the plot works on multiple levels. There are surprises throughout the story. Truly a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very nice documentary, but it's reallly innaccurate.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't see why so many reviews heap high praise on this. Found the characters thinly drawn. Even the beasts failed to capture my imagination. And Foxen? This is a creature that can't be seen. I kept having visions of the Carfax hand puppet fox. I just didn't buy into this.
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ThatJimGuy More than 1 year ago
What an excellent novel. The description of this book on the Net, as far as I have read, is a bit misleading. I attribute this to the fact that this novel is always much more than one thinks it is. Life on a very different planet with native sentient beings, ruins of a lost alien civilization, class struggle, religious differences, etc. Very engaging and I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are some cats locked out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This woman is an amazing writer
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Vicki Danley More than 1 year ago
The best of Tepper's uniformly very good work. Characters are beautifully drawn. The story is complex and fascinating and theme does not intrude, nor cause the plot awkwardness found in some of Tepper's books. Read this!
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No it's GrassClan.
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