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Welcome to Silistra, a glimpse of a far distant future wherein a civilization proclaims the greatest feat an individual can perform is to produce one child, yet distrusts the sciences that brought them to verge of extinction. Here women and men coexist uneasily in a society ravaged by war, technology, and infertility, each vying for power, each seeking dominion over one another. Feminists, misogynists, misanthropes, or fans of political diatribe, this is not the book for you. High Couch of Silistra, first of the notorious Silistra Quartet, brings us to a realm where thought alters probability, where creativity is inextricably linked to the urge to own and dominate, and where the universe itself is amenable to a focused mind.

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Welcome to Silistra, a glimpse of a far distant future wherein a civilization proclaims the greatest feat an individual can perform is to produce one child, yet distrusts the sciences that brought them to verge of extinction. Here women and men coexist uneasily in a society ravaged by war, technology, and infertility, each vying for power, each seeking dominion over one another.

Feminists, misogynists, misanthropes, or fans of political diatribe, this is not the book for you. High Couch of Silistra, first of the notorious Silistra Quartet, brings us to a realm where thought alters probability, where creativity is inextricably linked to the urge to own and dominate, and where the universe itself is amenable to a focused mind. The concept and style of writing, in my opinion, are very modern and have strong feminist tones. Ms Morris writes with an exceptionally skilled hand — her fantasy worlds come alive like a breath of air and I found myself swept into this tale, so much so I could hardly put the book down.

Estri, the heroine, appears like a bronzed Goddess before your eyes and she has quite a quest to complete. She is off to find her father, an outworlder, and discover her destiny. With the help of her mother and grandmother, she will have a few portents and pieces of advice with which to take with her, but this will not be an easy journey.

The story is sexual in nature and cleverly analyses human behavior, both good and bad. It will go down as a favorite in my bookshelf — one to read again and again. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes.

She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. This quartet had more than four million copies in Bantam print alone and was translated into German, French, Italian, Russian and other languages. In the s, Baen Books released the second edition of this landmark series.

Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology, and other defense and national security topics.

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High Couch of Silistra

Her quest was in galaxies beyond the civilized stars. Somewhere deep in the heavens of a terribly distant tomorrow was the one man whose will conquered her own. People are gonna start to think I have something against women science fiction authors. This book did not buck the trend. It had a lot for me to not like. Ugh, it so accurately describes this book. How many of those words are in bonkers language?

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Sep 17, Andrew Weston rated it it was amazing To truly appreciate the epic scale that encompasses The High Couch of Silistra, you need to understand the complexity and profundity of thought Janet Morris incorporated into the historical foundation that forms Silistran society. Ill summarize what you need to know here: Thousands of years before our story takes place, Silistra faced catastrophe, a catastrophe so severe that all life would have been wiped out were it not for the prudence and tenacity of a special group of people, the Day Keepers To truly appreciate the epic scale that encompasses The High Couch of Silistra, you need to understand the complexity and profundity of thought Janet Morris incorporated into the historical foundation that forms Silistran society. The chaldra edicts and guides the standards, morality and governance of Silistra in all situations and is divided into two broad spectrums. It is essential you understand these tenets affect all of the main laws, duties and labors of Silistran life — even their approach to sexual practices and preferences, relationships and family matters. Yes, all are determined by chaldric. With the foundation thus revealed, we can better appreciate the setting. More than twenty-five and a half thousand years have passed since Silistran refugees emerged from their hides.

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High Couch Of Silistra High Couch Of Silistra About book: This is a novel that changed the game for women characters in science fiction, and the women who write science fiction. If memory serves, I think this novel was first promoted as a new breed of Sword and Planet, and later it was labeled Sword and Romance. What it is at its core is speculative fiction, futurist fiction that takes a serious, hard look at the universe surrounding it, and the main character of Estri and her place in it. She is an aristocrat who becomes and outcast, then a slave, then a ruler. Action and adventure? There is plenty of that. But this book was also carefully devised and structured, well plotted and deeply thought out.

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