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The Stone Gods

by Jeanette Winterson

      Billed as an "interplanetary love story," this engrossing science fiction tale, filled with satire, wit and adventure, takes us to the edge of the universe and back again. At once both futuristic and a frantic look at the past, Billie Crusoe and the deserter robo-sapian Spike are looking to colonize a "new blue planet." This revealing saga gives travel, history, and technology, while wrapping us up in the bizarre love story between Billie and Spike. Moreover, not a small element of this clever weaving of past and future is our ubiquitous hope that it is not too late to redeem ourselves, and save our own blue planet.

Not only does the story meander across time (65 million years ago, 1774 and a post-WWIII environment called "The Wreck") but also the love stories intertwine and morph throughout the time changes. Winterson's own disenchantment with our inability to save our Earth or ourselves is a constant theme, and although hope is always present, the reader certainly feels that Winterson believes we are following an ironically set pattern of cause and effect that continues to worsen.

Each time-period in the book provides revealing and frustrating blueprints of the behavior and the selfishness of humankind, which can be quite depressing when our daily news is full of global warming, famine, and third-world nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, even the constantly scary, often lyrical words with which Winterson evokes possibilities gives the reader a renewed sense of planetary evolution, and the potential improvement and betterment of human nature. A clever and yet unsettling book, it is a great read, forcing us, through Winterson's carefully crafted storyline, into facing an uncertain future with a definite hope and faith in the human experience. ENJOY!

The Book

Harcourt Inc.
April 1, 2008
Science Fiction / Fantasy
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The Reviewer

Laura Strathman Hulka
Reviewed 2008
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