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E spoiler I love how easily Lee can create depressed or unhappy characters without ever once saying so Thus is the case with this book s heroine The writing as usual for Lee was reat but again as with most sci fi I read this wasn t for me Edit added review for Drinking Sapphire WineDon t Bite the Sun 45 starsDO NOT BITE THE SUN TRAVELERYOU WILL BURN YOUR MOUTH Attlevey oomasWhat do you do when you Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow grow tired of constant ecstasy When every need is provided and all that s asked of you is yourratitude and you re still filled with ennui and dissatisfaction Even your rioting and destruction seems expected of you not dangerous at all and doesn t provide the catharsis you re looking forMaybe you should The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid get a job Try out the arts Have a child Or impulsively join an archaeological expedition in the blazing desert outside your city in a bubbleThis short novel starts out tantalizingly weirdly with strange language and cultural uirks with no explanation I had to skip back a couple of times to recall various events or characters because it was a little overwhelming After a while it all settled in and was easy to follow and I was able to sympathize with our unnamed main character s troubles in herlamorous decadent worldThe disaffected youth angle is not exactly original and the revelation on the last page didn t seem to follow from anything that had come before it However the heroine s humorous self aware observation of her decisions and emotional state keeps things light and there are hints of Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys genuine affection between her and her circle and her and her stolen pet which made for an oddly cozy feel I m interested in seeing where the storyoes in the second Four BEE novel published in this collected volumeDrinking Sapphire Wine 35 stars Attlevey again oomasOur unnamed heroine has done it this time She s been reading the materials in the Historical Library in Four BEE started a duel and as result committed the first crime in centuries The AI caretakers of the city decide to punish her by exiling her to the desert outside the protective wallsThis and that happen and our heroine half accidentally half by design creates a Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, green paradise outside the isolated dwelling the AIs have created for her Her situation and her uniue and to be honest unthinking revolt against Four BEE draw in other voluntary exilesThere were a decent number of things that didn t work for me in this second half of the Four BEE duology The introduction of older Earth concepts to this now presumably post apocolyptic utopia felt shoehorned in After almost an entire book of episodic events that connected into an intriguing weird whole our author finally realizes that maybe we should have a plot so there s a big explosive conflict and then the the whole thing is capped off with one of the oldest SF chestnuts the view spoilerrebirth of Eden hide spoiler The BasicsIn a world where the least desire is met our heroinehero isetting bored They want something intangibly that vast technological advances can t meet The uestions becomes not whether they will find the answer they seek but whether society will let themMy ThoughtsThis is one of Tanith Desire you've ot no reason to rebeluntil making love and raising hell daring death and running wild just leave you cold and emptyRavenous for true adventures of the mind and body desperate to find some meaning one restless spirit finally bucks the system and by shattering the rules strikes at the very heart of a soulless socie.

And I definitely didn t love it but I did find my thoughts returning to it after I d read it It will be staying on my bookshelf for that reason plus admittedly I d be loath to et rid of it even so due to the lovely Kinuko Craft coverFull Review Tanith Lee s books have this odd undefinable dream like uality to them They certainly have the same logic as most dreams or at the very least feel as though they do Biting the Sun a science fiction dystopia in which the world is controlled by some form of robot and the majority of humans are encouraged to spend the entirety of their lives in blissful ignorance of the real realities of life and humanity there s a never Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, growing up metaphor that isn t uite a metaphor throughout the book is no exception It wasn t entirely to my taste I m not much of a science fiction person but I enjoyed it nonetheless A piece of advice don t think about it too much Justo along with it like a dream Utopia No death no risk no danger no work no money just sheer comfort and fun and leisure forever A perfect futuristic society watched over by benevolent AI androids Who could want right Except if that society isn t your cup of tea well living in it can be hellish Great book or rather two books since this is apparently Don t Bite the Sun and Drinking Sapphire Wine bundled up in one They re both utterly necessary though so you should definitely read bothI purposefully picked this up after my latest Iain M Banks in order to explore a different take on utopian society The difference here is that the protagonist is deeply unhappy in the way that juveniles and adolescents are but she truly doesn t fit in with the rest of her society The first book Don t Bite the Sun is the weaker of the two because it feels like one very very long drawn out prologue but precisely because of that it s necessary for what comes next You have to see her trials and tribulations and false starts and flailing attempts to Only a Whisper grasp meaning out of a life that has utterly lost meaning and toradually realise that there is no way out These attempts are what slowly make her and sympathetic and likeable even in all her shallow superficial airs and shenanigans What starts off as youthful rebellion evolves into so much She Copper Lake Secrets grows upWhich is where Drinking Sapphire Wine comes in which is much stronger and plot driven and I strongly preferred it The aimless anecdotes turn to a educated disillusioned protagonist and the novel eventually becomes a futuristic Robinson Crusoe and I am totally 100% okay with that I won t say much else for fear of spoiling its developments but it was veryood the world building throughout was strong and interesting the voice witty and fun and heartwrenching at timesAnd a note about the villain view spoilerThe slow unveiling of the Rs the uasi robots as the baddies was perfectly done and plays right into Brooklyn's Song genre tropes re villainous AIs and the Hal esue It s for your ownood malice Moddik s reveal at the end honestly caught me offguard though I should ve seen it coming His speechstunt also oddly presaged Watchmen s Ozymandias fabulous I did it thirty five minutes ago So well done Tanith Lee hid. Mits no risk is too dangerous and no responsibilities can cramp your style Not if you're Jang a caste of libertine teenagers in the city of Four BEE But when you're expected to make trouble when you can kill yourself on a whim and return in another body when you're encouraged to change enders at will and experience whatever you.

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In the far far future after most of the planet has been sucked dry humanity lives in three colossal dome cities in the middle of the vast desert There is no hunger sickness or true death suicide is a sport that has next to no conseuences since a new body of any shape size or sex is always waiting Youth now lasts a century and the disaffected young people now form a separate class in society the eternally dilettante Jang encouraged or reuired to be silly selfish and profligate to change their bodies and their sex often to sample every drug food music and sensation this hedonistic society has to offer and never to think a serious thought or do anything that is not thoughtless and pleasurableBut what if this existence chafes What would such a society do to one of its own who threatens the cities balance by trying to break free of the mold This book has such a wonderful main character though she has a desire for something reater in her life for three uarters of the book she spends her time Plain Jane The Hotshot getting distracted from that by many shiny things a new pet someone new to fall in love with a new body archeology volcanos stone carving someone else new to fall in love with theft etc The author does such aood job humanizing her as a protagonist through that because honestly who really trusts a teenager who decides to dedicate their life to a Family of Her Dreams greater something or other and then proceeds to focus on that to the exclusion of all elseAlso a theme never trust robots probably they are evil andor explosive This was an absorbing utterly loopy read about a worldone so wrong that suicide is one of the most popular options available This story is about finding a way out of that meaninglessness Kept me reading even though I often wanted to slap the protagonist Great stuff Really interesting to read just a week or so after Brave New World as they both explore enforced utopias In both sex is very casual individuals are not only not very individual but they don t interact with other castes age Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed groups careers are meaningless procreation is controlled and is not done in the womb drug use in encouraged to increase happiness etc In neither do we learn much about how this society developed how it really works Both are of course focused on one misfit This is a much longer book with interesting characters and is often entertaining The cover is kinda sorta don t worry about it about what it means or what scene it s illustrating It s not fantasy and it s not really airlie book Def provocative SF Maybe better for younger folks though who can likely empathize with the Jang and their prolonged adolescenceIf you re interested you really do want the omnibus It s not too long or long feeling at least once you et past the first ah 60 pp or so And so if you re interested I do recommend the pair If not they re skippable You ought to take this seriously I was scoldedHow will that help Like most loners you carry the seeds of violent authority Loners need to be bossy They uickly learn it s the only method they have of shoving people off their backs This was a strange book but definitely a memorable one I didn t think I liked it at first. In a world dedicated to pleasure one young rebel sets out on a forbidden uestPublished for the first time in a single volume Tanith Lee's duet of novels set in a hedonistic Utopia are as riveting and revolutionary as they were when they first appeared two decades agoIt's a perfect existence a world in which no pleasure is off li.

Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction horror and fantasy She was the author of 77 novels 14 collections and almost 300 short stories She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK science fiction cult television series Blake's 7Before becoming a full time writer Lee worked as a file clerk an assistant librarian a shop assistant and a wai