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What could be more commonplace than grass or a world covered over all its surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins to reveal these secrets - and nothing will ever be the same again.

©1989 Sheri S. Tepper. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Superb

The story is dramatic and literary, thrilling and unique. The narrator, Dina Pearlman, added volumes of emotional meaning to Sheri S. Tepper's words.

This book is science fiction at its best - full of ideas, adventure and speculative entertainment. It was difficult to stop listening when I needed to quit. I definitely will read more by this author.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Speculative & Creative, Yet well Paced and Unique

The novel Grass by Sherri S. Tepper is incredibly interesting as it explores a diverse future where the human race has colonized other worlds. The titular planet of Grass is the centerpiece of the story, on which strange ritualistic hunts, similar to British fox hunts, are held using monstrous horse and hound like aliens.

Grass, as a novel and a planet, is full of secrets. These secrets compel the reader through the events of the plot with a fervent curiosity. The brilliant characterization and insight, especially of the primary protagonist Marjorie, keeps the narration and events of the story fresh and interesting, while the unfolding scope of the narrative ups the stakes of each conflict as the story progresses.

The only notable criticism I have concerns the presentation of the ending. Much of the last quarter of the book attempts to tackle complex philosophical and political concepts. While most of the discussion is interesting, I found it to be too didactic at times.

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Long-awaited audio version of a true masterpiece

For years I’ve wished Tepper’s books were available on audio. Now, some time after her death, it appears that Audible Studios is starting to produce some, for which I am grateful. I snatched this one up as soon as I realized it was there for the snatching (yes, it took me a long time to get around to writing this review), and I must admit that I have mixed feelings. It seems Tepper’s writing style, often whimsical and allegorical and quite lovely to read, may not be all that well suited to being read aloud. Like the Foxen, those masters of psychic camouflage, her action scenes and many others are often blurred, viewed through unusual lenses, requiring the reader to fill in some blanks, use some imagination, do some actual work. In audio format, this comes across as perhaps a bit choppy, or even unfinished. Hmmm… not sure I’m getting this across, but anyway – still a great, great book by a vast talent who is sadly no longer with us. Aside from the audio aspects, there's a lot to be said about this novel, so I'll try to be brief. For anyone who hasn't read Tepper, the thing you need to know is there has never been a stronger voice in SF/Fantasy for feminism, social/religious commentary, or male-female relationships. If you dig that idea, I would further state that few writers have ever been more successful at blurring the lines between fantasy and hard SF, and almost none have ever written better female leads. If you are STILL with me... you MUST download or read "The Gate to Women's Country" (available from Audible TOMORROW as I write this) and "Beauty" (which I can only hope Audible has on their production list). Both of these are brilliant and heartbreaking. Most of Tepper's books are excellent, although now and then she wandered into the weeds a bit, but the two above plus "Grass" and its two sequels are truly wonderful stuff. Enjoy!

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Finally!

Grass, Raising the Stones, and Sideshow comprise the Arbai trilogy. Grass is an excellent example of Ms. Tepper's incredible ability to create worlds and "take you away." Can't wait for The Companions, Family Tree, The Margarets, and so many more! She is one of my absolute favorite authors.

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good, but a little disappointed

Grass is one, like Shardik, that I have always looked forward to, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed. It is often mentioned in conjunction with Dune and I can see why on the one hand as it involves a world and its ecology/environment. On the other hand, I don't think it is as successful at it as Dune was, nor did I find it as well written. The creatures are the central aspect around which the world revolves, and for me they were the most interesting element, but there were also troublesome issues concerning them. I would much rather have had their aspects delved into even more and re-thought a bit. They lacked something essential. I think where things really started to go wrong for me, was when the intelligence of the creatures was dealt with, but more so when I felt things devolved into a Hollywood style monster attack and shoot 'em up. I love the way the novel started, and many aspects within it, and I see the author had higher intentions, but I pick up quickly on what I consider bad writing habits and there seemed to me to be increasingly more as I went along. Just not for me I guess. Also let down when at end I felt cheated, and have since discovered it is part 1 of a trilogy-- a trilogy that I don't feel compelled to follow. Makes me want to revisit Dune for the 4th time.

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Wait for it

I almost quit on this book because it had so many characters to track and I couldn’t find any characters to like and the beginning didn’t seem to be much about the planet but its aristocracy. Well it all ties together eventually but the beginning is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 rating.

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a mindnumbing atrocity

this is the most overdescriptive mindnumbing absolutely nothing going on story ever....like ever...horrible.....total waste of a credit....

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  • APLang
  • FARGO, ND, US
  • 08-28-18

I couldn't get into it.

This book has great reviews so I'm kind of surprised I wasn't able to get into it. The writing style just made it hard to follow. Like another reviewer said, maybe this better read than listened to. I only made it two hours in before I had to call it quits. I just didn't understand what was going on, who was who, and what the characters were referring to with their strange terminology for things. The author just throws you into a weird world without attempting to explain anything. I'm giving it three stars because I believe this would be a good read rather than listen.

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Fantasy, Sci-Fi Mystery

A Story Like No Other. This book is a favorite of mine, as is the Author. The setting is on a planet of amazing lifeforms. some good, others horrific. Along with flora, fauna, the humans that inhabit it, earthlings that visit it. All in all, a most remarkable tale.

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  • Cheryl
  • Des Moines, WA, USA
  • 10-11-16

Excellent listen

I enjoyed the story and the narration immensely. The plot was unique and different. The story was well developed with interesting characters, action and descriptions of places and situations. The ending was satisfying. The narrator was a great fit for the story and characters. I have been listening to audible books for years now and this narrator is in the top group of ones I have enjoyed the most.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful