The Margarets

The Margarets

Sheri S. Tepper / Jun 03, 2020

The Margarets The myriad alien civilizations populating far distant worlds have many good reasons to detest the blight called humankind The only human child living in a work colony on the Martian satellite Phobos

  • Title: The Margarets
  • Author: Sheri S. Tepper
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  • Page: 201
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  • The myriad alien civilizations populating far, distant worlds have many good reasons to detest the blight called humankind The only human child living in a work colony on the Martian satellite Phobos, little Margaret Bain has invented six imaginary companions to keep boredom and loneliness at bay Each an extension of her personality, they are lost to her when sheThe myriad alien civilizations populating far, distant worlds have many good reasons to detest the blight called humankind .The only human child living in a work colony on the Martian satellite Phobos, little Margaret Bain has invented six imaginary companions to keep boredom and loneliness at bay Each an extension of her personality, they are lost to her when she is forced to return to Earth But they are not gone.The time will come when Margaret, fully grown and wed, must leave this dying world as well this Earth so denuded by thoughtlessness and chemistry that its only viable export is slaves For now Margarets are scattered throughout the galaxy And their creator must bring her selves home or watch the human race perish.

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      • Sheri S. Tepper

        Sheri Stewart Tepper was a prolific American author of science fiction, horror and mystery novels she was particularly known as a feminist science fiction writer, often with an ecofeminist slant.Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career 1962 1986 she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director She has two children and is married to Gene Tepper She operated a guest ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.She wrote under several pseudonyms, including A.J Orde, E.E Horlak, and B.J Oliphant Her early work was published under the name Sheri S Eberhart.


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    1. Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: The only human child living in a work colony on the Martian satellite Phobos, little Margaret Bain has invented six imaginary companions to keep boredom and loneliness at bay. Each an extension of her personality, they are lost to her when she is forced to return to Earth. But they are not gone.The time will come when Margaret, fully grown and wed, must leave this dying world as well—this Earth so denuded by thoughtlessness and chemistry that its only viab [...]


    2. Tepper, Tepper, Tepper what can I say about her that I already haven't said? She's interesting, aggravating, inspired, pedantic, gifted in her ability to invent elaborate cultures, races and settings and given to bludgeoning the reader over the head with heavy allegories constructed of the same.The Margarets is neither her best work nor her worst. It contains neither the ridiculous excesses of Shadow's End nor the true sense of menace and fear of Grass. True to Tepper's pattern, it is heavily al [...]


    3. Even though I love her writing, I have to admit that every Tepper book I've read before has been ponderous and sometimes painfully slow to gather momentum (kind of like this review). So I surprised myself by liking this book almost from the beginning and only getting more caught up in it as I read. Even though it seemed clear from near the beginning exactly where the plot was going and how it would end, I was fascinated by the execution.Tepper can - and does - create such strange scenarios with [...]


    4. This was a Sheri S Tepper book I'd not read before and I really enjoyed this. While the splitting decisions to create new universes is quite an old concept now, the idea of having those stay characters within the same universe was different, and handled so well. It was kinda like a reverse Philip K Dick story. The focus of the story was ecological disaster caused by humans, how Earth became over crowded to the point where it was totally destroyed. In the end it moved from dystopian scifi into fo [...]


    5. This was a strange book. I started it feeling like I was reading a sci-fi/dystopian novel, but as the story progressed, it felt more and more as if I were reading the novelization of one of RPG video games I used to play: here's the intro where you find out that Something Big Has Gone Wrong (long, long ago, of course), and our unassuming hero must fix it; here's where you travel around finding all the supporting characters, with their predictable archetypes and their tragic back-stories; here ar [...]


    6. I wish Tepper was a bit better at (or more concerned with) science. She says of the future Earth's "space elevators": "There's been some talk of building more of them as ocean-based platforms, but the last time that was tried, a tsunami took it out." Please! Tsunamis don't work that way. At sea, you're unlikely to even notice the wave. It certainly will be smaller than many "rogue" waves. But I have to keep forcing myself to remember Tepper really doesn't write SF, she writes a kind of pseudo-sc [...]


    7. I now find myself wanting to reread all (or most) of Tepper's books, because I think that various incarnations of the Margaret character shows up in passing in many of them. I like how Tepper is pulling some of her worlds together into a single universe, with the unifying device of the doors (which connect disparate points in space). In this novel, Tepper tackles the problems of overpopulation and the resulting inevitable environmental collapse. She blames this largely on humans' lack of racial [...]


    8. This one initially engaged me, but I found myself running out of steam about 1/2way through. Even with the index in the front keeping the Margarets seperate was difficult for me and it was a pain in the rear to need look them up every chapter. I really liked Tepper's premise, but I think this book would have been a much better read had it been quite a bit shorter. I had to push myself to finish it. This one reminded me a lot of "Beauty" in that Tepper used it as a platform to comment on the soci [...]


    9. horrifying encomium to eugenics and genocide wrapped in science fiction for young adults I spent the entire book waiting for a twist ending where the Gentherans are revealed to be the true villains, because surely no alien race can be hailed as truly civilized when it relies on mass forced sterilization (unavoidably genocide) to solve the issue of overpopulation. But I reached the end, and my twist never came. And this choice continued to be presented in a celebratory manner. And I felt sick.Her [...]


    10. First the legalese: I received this book (as a nifty hardcover, no less) as part of the Harper Voyager Super Reader program. Free books for an honest reviewsweeeeeeet. SoNot a bad book, but not a great book overall. Excellent premise, one person splitting along different world-lines pending certain choices ala quantum probability (if it can happen, it has happened/will happen/is happening). The problem is in the execution. The storyline is spotty and the POV bounces between characters so often t [...]


    11. I know all the complaints about Tepper: she can be preachy, and sometimes lets her moralizing about feminism, conservation, and pacifism (or at least her distaste for mindless violence and power mongering) get in the way of plot and character development. But hey, folks, can we acknowledge she has a great ability to create alternate worlds, she has wonderful strong, imperfect female characters (as opposed to the annoying strong perfect woman trope), and what she espouses -- treating women and ch [...]


    12. I thought this book would be similar in quality to the only other Sheri S. Tepper book I've read, The Gate to Women's Country, which was really thought-provoking and just good. This, on the other hand, is a piece of crap, even for sci-fi, which is a genre that contains quite a bit of crap. Too many confusing alien races and alien planets, too much uninhibited use of unnecessary apostrophes in people's names. The plot itself didn't make a lot of sense, and proceeded at times way too slow and at o [...]


    13. This was an amazing book. It was very complex and needed quite a bit of concentration (especially as I read it on my kindle, which meant I could not keep going to the page at the front which showed all the Margarets and where they all were). I didn't want to put it down and finished it at 2.40am! Without giving the plot away, the problem to be solved required one person to walk 7 roads at the one time in order to save the human race from extinction. I guessed partly how things were to be done, b [...]


    14. Although I disagreed completely with the authors spiritual, religious, and moral philosophy, this book was so well-written and interesting that I enjoyed it nonetheless. The characters were incredibly-well developed, and the concept was so original. Great book!


    15. I really liked this book! I appreciate it when books and storylines can still surprise me and I appreciate it when I don't feel as though the author was trying to dumb down their material for the reader. In both of these aspects this book did very well. I loved the characters. Although some didn't get expanded as much as others, and there were entire swaths of time I would have liked to get more attached to certain characters, overall I felt like I got very involved in their lives and was defini [...]


    16. I'm quite conflicted on this book. On the one hand, I found it really hard to get in to, and reading it took nearly six months. On the other hand, I hit the end, and immediately turned to the beginning and started again. I have no memory of ever doing this with a book before.The story is beautifully, intricately plotted, with at least seven separate plot threads. And then it ends with everyone turning out to be powerful, or heirs to a monarchy, and things like that. Happily ever after is okay, * [...]


    17. In The Margarets, the eponymous character finds herself splitting into separate entities at various points in her life, each entity pursuing a different life, gaining different knowledge and experiences, and becoming a separate person. This is not an accident, of course, but all part of a carefully orchestrated plot by some gods to help restore humanity's racial memory so it will stop making war and killing planets.Why yes, I do have the ability to take any novel's plot and summarize it in such [...]



    18. Let me put my cards on the table – I’m a fan of Tepper’s writing. A Plague of Angels absolutely blew me away. I still vividly recall the main details of the plot years later – something that happens with only a handful of books, given my shocking memory. So it was a red letter day, when I discovered this book on the library shelves.Margaret Bain is the only child on Phobos, a human colony working on a doomed project to transform Mars into a garden planet. To keep away the suffocating dem [...]


    19. This is not so much a review as a commentary on the frequency of twins in Tepper's fiction.Recognizing otherness is a recurring theme in literature because it reflects an experience we all share. Even in intimate relationships, as close as a family of parents and siblings, we can have that moment of feeling isolated, unknown to the others around us, or be baffled, unable to understand the motivations of our spouse. Even a twin may be a world apart from us.I was swept with deja vu when re-reading [...]


    20. Imagine that at every pivotal point in your life, when you were at a fork in the road and had to choose one path over the other, your self split into two, and you were able to take both roads at the same time. That is just part of the concept that makes up this novel, a concept I find most intriguing.The setting is some time in the future. The population on Earth has gotten out of hand, and we're running out of resources. An alien people are trying to help us remain in a planetary sort of allian [...]


    21. Overall is was an enjoyable book. It's a bit inventive, I like the break the author takes from the standard militarism angle. It was refreshing to read a story featuring interplanetary clashing that side-stepped guns and conventional war.I like the versions of a person splitting off and the overpopulation out of control situation. It's cute who the Gentherans are I could tell that she had fun inventing the names of alien things. I liked that half way through, I started to feel weird and woogly ( [...]


    22. I love just about everything by Sheri Tepper but I found this book hard to get into. I picked up a few months ago but had trouble with the plot device of dividing a person into seven separate people. It felt askward and unnatural and did these divisions did not happen smoothly or naturally. Still I picked up again and slogged through it liking many of the ideas and loving the ultimate message of the book which was as usual about human nature, and how to solve our problem of over proliferation, a [...]


    23. Many children create imaginary friends. Little Margaret Bain really went the distance with hers, though. They are bits of her and they are much more real than one might expect. The book is very inventive. There are many worlds, story lines, and types of beings. Earth is in danger, used up, teetering on being uninhabitable (actually from some perspectives, it's there, except that folks somehow do live on her). Eco-disaster is not unusual in sci-fi, of course. What it does to Earth's far-flung chi [...]


    24. Of my limited experience with Tepper's books, this one appears pretty typical to me. Splendid writing, interesting and immersive (if not altogether believable) world building, great philosophy punctuated with somewhat jarring asides, and a weird deus-ex-machina ending leaves us with a kind of uneasy conclusion. Some of the Margarets were incredible, memorable characters, and some felt like little more than their original premise (healer and warrior, I'm lookin' at you). On the whole, a good book [...]


    25. So, when I found _The Waters Rising_ and read it, and was a little surprised at how light it was for a Tepper book? Having found out that I somehow missed a book by her (AAAAAHHH!) that came out a year or so previously, and snagged a copy of it heck. My brain is tired after just reading this, of COURSE she'd want to write something lighter afterwards!I will tell you that I was a little worried at first, because I tend to shy away from books that come with a who's-who list at the front -- I figur [...]


    26. Typical Tepper! I like her books and often completely agree with her implied opinions on humanity. I WAS getting a little tired because she was starting to get a little preachy and I like it more subtle and this book is more subtle, though still obviously, social commentary. I was feeling that maybe the commentary was overcoming the stories but I think The Margarets did a better job with the story.It's a story of a girl, in the future when Human beings have become so numerous that they basically [...]


    27. In “The Margarets,” Tepper atypically starts at the beginning, though other events are already in motion. It’s the late 21st century, the overpopulated Earth is close to ruin, and humans have begun traveling as colonists and as slaves to other worlds.Margaret is the only child on Phobos, a human colony on the Martian moon. Precocious and bored, she invents other personas for herself: a queen, a spy, a warrior, a healer, a seer, a scholar. As Margaret grows up, these personas split off from [...]


    28. Wonderful. Thinking and thought-provoking sci-fi.I enjoyed it so much that the what I remember most are things I *didn't* enjoy; or that struck me as not as well thought through as the rest of the book clearly was. In no particularly order:-1. the only male of the seven was the strategist2. that sterilisation is an acceptable means of dealing with earth's / humankind's overpopulation problem3. that xenocide was not acceptable w.r.t humankind but that it was acceptable w.r.t "vile races"4. that h [...]


    29. Young Margaret has several imaginary friends (other selves), whom she invents to keep her company. When her family is forced to leave Mars, Margaret is confronted with some major decisions, and in each case one of her other selves chooses the other option and follows another path. Their stories and experiences are told in alternating chapters as they mature on different worlds under different circumstances, but a common thread unites them – a threat to humanity. In this future humans are so nu [...]


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