Review: Fish Tails by Sheri S. Tepper


Fish Tails
Sheri S. Tepper
Harper Voyager, 2014.

Sheri S. Tepper is hailed as champion of feminist and environmental sci-fi and fantasy, often compared to the great Ursula K. LeGuin and Margaret Atwood.

Based on Fish Tails I don’t know why.

Tepper’s 35th novel is a hamfisted, didactic novel that bridges her recent “Plague of Angels” series with the “True Game” novels that kicked off her career over 30 years ago. It follows Abasio and Xulai from the “Plague of Angels” series through preachy episodes highlighting the descent of man into cruel misogyny. The couple are like Noah, preparing for an inevitable flood that will destroy the earth, and mankind if it doesn’t evolve. Their children have already grown fins, now they are attempting to convince others to follow them into the sea.

I consider myself an environmentalist and a feminist and I found this book so over-the-top I was almost offended — it didn’t attempt to persuade, it bludgeoned. If this is the summation of her career I have no interest in exploring further.

You can read my complete thoughts on Fish Tails at WSFA’s  The Nameless Zine.

—Michael Senft

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About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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1 Response to Review: Fish Tails by Sheri S. Tepper

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