Abulon Dance

Abulon Dance

by Caro Soles

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780968677629
Publisher: Baskerville Books
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Series: Merculians Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 0.63(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

About the Author

Caro Soles is a reformed academic whose published work includes mystery The Tangled Boy as well as two short story collections and five novels under the nom de plume Kyle Stone. She has been published in many sf anthologies and gay magazines. Caro is an active member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Sf Canada and the Writers Union of Canada. She is the founder and guiding light behind Canada’s biggest annual mystery convention, Bloody Words, for which she received the Derroch Award. Her mystery, Drag Queen in the Court of Death, was short listed for a Lambda Literary Award. She teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto.

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Abulon Dance 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy The Abulon Dance was quite interesting and had many facets the synopsis doesn’t come close to letting the reader know. There are many things going on in this story, and the summary only touches the surface. The first thing to catch my eye, and appeared to be different than other books out there, was of course “the pleasure-loving hermaphrodites”. I’m also a huge fan of Sci-fi, and this book does deliver a great story. This is the second book in this series. It took some time for me to get accustomed to the names; they went from formal with titles to private names or just shortened to informal names. Added to that were the designations for several of the characters. I think because the names were so unique that it took longer to figure out who was who and how they fit together. At least it was for me. The story starts with Triani the head dancer who is obnoxious throughout most of the book. He is with his very young lover. On a side note, had this part of the story been in a different genre it would have been considered taboo. The author does have a lovely way of writing about dancing and how the bodies flow and connect. I especially enjoyed the touch dancing at the ending of the story. It was extremely well written and you could feel the connections of the characters and dance felt like it was leaping off the pages. “The pleasure-loving hermaphrodites” were written about in a prominently male way, only a few times do you get the idea of a mentally feminine side of the characters. I also want to find out more about the Serpian’s and their culture as there were a few things unclear in regards to the vow Thar-Von made. I’m hoping there will be more information in the next book. I loved the world building, the author did a wonderful job of describing how Beny was adjusting to the new world and why. Culturally, the differences appear so large that it was difficult to see a positive outcome. There was a lot of spirituality within the rough culture of Abulon. I really enjoyed the Quetzelan, Dream weaver thread in the story. It had the flavor of a Native American Dreamwalker. On goodreads this story is shelved as Sci-Fi, I would also, add mystery and horror. Clearly the mystery was the kidnapping of Cham and the political intrigue, with several different factions. But, the horror of enslaving a people to make them into Androids was quite startling. I didn’t see that one coming. What a great story line!!! There is so much going on in this story, that it will fulfill a wide variety of readers and different tastes, I’d recommend for a mature 16 year old and over, for male, female and intersex genders. This story has some very unique parts that I think will make this a great series, that I look forward to reading more of. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Guest More than 1 year ago
The garrish cover should warn you not to buy this book. Inside is a weak and tired plot filled with cliche's from the most basic science fiction novels and shows. Avoid.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In terms of the universe, perhaps the most unique residents come from the planet Merculian. In every other orb, sentient beings are either male or female. However, Merculian has the distinction of every individual being a hermaphrodite. Merculians contain male and female reproductive organs and can impregnate every other member of the species. Perhaps it is caused by their sexuality, but no other race seems as homogenized as the Merculian race is. To outsiders the entire species acts and behaves the same in a sort of effeminate male type manner.

The Merculian National Dance Company is a nightmare for any other world diplomats under the best of conditions as they tour other planets. Led by Triani, somehow this group lands smack in the middle of a civil war on planet Abulon. To add to the dilemmas of the touring Merculians, one side of the conflict kidnaps Triani¿s young lover Cham while the other arrests Triani placing the troupe deep inside the conflict.

THE DANCE OF ABULON is a strange science fiction novel that uses the premise of sexual identity to establish a unique species touring the worlds of the more universal two gender creatures. The bias and not so subtle distaste towards the Merculians enable talented Caro Soles to provide an entertaining social commentary though the Abulon politics and civil war provide some action to the mix. Still the tale works because readers believe that the race of Merculians is plausible and the sexual bigotry towards them for their natural make up shows how foolish and defeating intolerance is.

Harriet Klausner