The Companions

The Companions Humankind has arrived on Moss to discover if any intelligent native life exists there and to assess the planet recently discovered by the Derac a nomadic space faring race for development and prof

  • Title: The Companions
  • Author: Sheri S. Tepper
  • ISBN: 9780575076280
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Humankind has arrived on Moss to discover if any intelligent native life exists there, and to assess the planet, recently discovered by the Derac, a nomadic space faring race, for development and profit Multi coloured shapes of dancing light have been spotted strange sounds are heard in the night the researchers name them the Mossen and send for a linquist to ascertaiHumankind has arrived on Moss to discover if any intelligent native life exists there, and to assess the planet, recently discovered by the Derac, a nomadic space faring race, for development and profit Multi coloured shapes of dancing light have been spotted strange sounds are heard in the night the researchers name them the Mossen and send for a linquist to ascertain if it is evidence of intelligent life Jewel Delis has accompanied her half brother Paul to this verdant paradise Her task is to help Paul decipher the strange language of the Mossen but she has a secret mission too A new law on Earth means the imminent massacre of all beasts great and small, so Jewel must discover if Moss holds the promise of sanctuary for the doomed animals once humankind s beloved companions Time is running out for Jewel s creatures, but it might be running out for Humanity too the Planet Moss, itself a living entity, is not sure it cares for any of the species currently living on its surface.

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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.

    850 thoughts on “The Companions

    • A mature and well-crafted work.I personally find the sci-fi scenario where humans are squished together in huge building complexes that they rarely leave, and all other lifeforms have been forced into extinction due to humanity's lack of caring or active malevolence, to be truly terrifying, as it is all too likely that that is truly the direction that we are heading in.I thought Tepper's point that a race that cannot co-exist in its natural environment is unlikely to be able to co-exist with its [...]

    • I can't begin to say how angry I am at the blurbing of this book. It doesn't even begin to hint at how awesome and wide-ranging and epic it is. Without prior knowledge that Tepper is amazing (which I knew from reading Beauty), I would have had zero reason to expect this to be at all something I would like. The blurb tells you that humans have arrived at Moss to see if there's intelligent life - which is true; that Jewel is accompanying her half-brother "to help Paul decipher the strange language [...]

    • This book might have worked if it had been expanded into a series of 4 or more novels of the same length. As it stands, Tepper bit off more than she could chew, or at least relate convincingly in one book. Too bad, because it started off with promise, and I was hooked for the first 300 pages. However by the end the relationships ended up falling flat, failing to probe much psychology or show growth. All alien species: bugs, tentacled, lizard, whatever acted some variation of human. The war eleme [...]

    • Those who dismiss Sheri S. Tepper's books as too strident in their feminist and ecological concerns need only take a look at the 2012 U.S. Republican presidential campaign for retort. It provides almost too many examples of the ways in male public discourse at the very highest levels that women—and their reproductive systems—are reduced to mere vessels, sluts, and handmaidens, almost as extremely as they are in Tepper's dystopian Gibbon's Decline and Fall. That Tepper always has axes to grin [...]

    • I just finished reading this book. I decided last summer that it would be fun to read a Tepper novel a year, and this one was June 2008's selection.I found The Companions more metaphorical than many of Tepper's other novels. In this science fiction novel, only the setting is science fiction. It's actually a mystery, well, it's not only a mystery and it's certainly not a procedural!The ideology is very feministbut it's style is epic!Anyway! You get the idea - Tepper takes on a lot! It's pretty ad [...]

    • Companions is the Sherri S. Tepper book which made me decide that she was a genius and is now my most favorite author of all time. It's a very complex book with several planets and many different species, from sentient dogs with human slaves to a living moss. The story combines feminist ideals with ecological concerns and a desperate attempt to transcend cultural differences as well as languages expressed in music and scent in order to save the universeERI S. TEPPER-- Author of many books includ [...]

    • I read this on someone's recommendation, and I will admit I was slightly biased against Tepper after being traumatized by The Gate to Women's Country. While I found this story engaging and interesting, I believe it suffered from the "10 pounds of crap in a 5 pound bag" problem.The story is all over the map and spans multiple worlds, races, ideas, etc. and gets somewhat disjointed. About halfway through I wondered how the hell does this story get wrapped up in one book? She just keeps adding more [...]

    • This is another winner by the engrossing Sheri Tepper. As with her other books it is very different from each other she has written, and different from mainstream SF. In this one, about 700 years from now, the Earth has been stripped of most vegetation and animals, and people live in 100 sq mile "urbs", consisted of ten tower blocks each way. There are people who live down near the bottom of these 200 story towers, and those who live at the top, in penthouses that were in trust for their familie [...]

    • This is Tepper's Treasure Hunt book. She borrows from other authors and puts it all together in a book that doesn't quite fail and doesn't quite succeed.First, who does she borrow from? Well, she definitely follows the David Brin "Uplift" concept for the main underpinning of the book. Brin does a much better job of building the concept of alien races planting, growing and tending younger races as they reach for the stars. Tepper's races are less developed than Brin's, but she definitely borrowed [...]

    • Sheri Tepper considers the politics of trashing a planetary environment. In this future, all non-sentient animals are banished from Earth as requiring too many resources (air, water, food) -- a heart-wrenching threat for us animal-lovers. But humans are just one of many sentient species in the Galaxy, and Earth is just one planet. The villains were too villainous, however, without shades of gray. Also, too many dogs, not enough cats.

    • Complex aliens, political struggle and dysfunctional interpersonal relationships make this by far the best Tepper novel I have read. In places the depiction of alien species and ecologies is equal to the work of David Brin. Unfortunately the end is somewhat rushed and the author reverts to the heavy handed morality tale present in so much of the rest of her work.

    • This novel really needed a good editor. It's about Jewel solving the mystery of her husband's disappearance - so many pages devoted to her escaping for her evil mother-in-law's machinations. It's about inter-species diplomacy and averting war? It's about the arkivists' saving species from extinction on earth and battling those that would see all non-humans expelled from the planet. No, it's about crab people and scent creatures and moss demons. And what are concs, are they are simple as they app [...]

    • I love Sheri S. Tepper, but this was not one of her best. It was a big book, and some of the storylines were left without a satisfactory resolution. The characters were not well-developed, and some things that were presented as science are actually magic. (view spoiler)[Humans turning into dogs, and then back again, at will? That's not science, no matter how many surgeries you undergo. (hide spoiler)] But I think the part that bugged me most was that she could not decide on the spelling of a (ad [...]

    • A green feminist tract: another mirror of the present masquerading as speculative fiction and transparently illiberal in its conclusions: that the bad part of humanity (warlike, pack creatures, alpha males) was genetically engineered and the good part (co-operative, preserve the planet etc) is the baseline. Whatever the political orientation, racialist or feminist, such deterministic stories dumb down the human.

    • So I finished reading this book, really great book - 1st, each page had on average 1 word which I didn't know, which was NOT a hinderance at all - I'm jsut saying, there are some really cool words in it. I will make a list of "hard words" some other time.The book has a Dune scent to it - that is, anyone who liked Frank Herbert's Dune series - will reckognize some very distant similiarities regarding the complexities of the worlds involved in the story.In a way it reminded me a lof of dune's well [...]

    • I am a huge fan of Sheri S. Tepper. However, I did not enjoy this book as much as others. There were too many different names, planets, groups with weird names that were difficult to keep track of. I did, however, enjoy the main story line.

    • I really like Tepper’s earlier work, but sometimes she gets a little carried away, and this novel is a case in point. She could have divided this into five parts, and had five very imaginative sci-fi novels. About midway through, it starts to come together more, and some of the loops come back to their starting point. Most loose ends are tied up by the end of the novel, although a few are left hanging. In all, it’s pretty ingenious. It’s set in a dystopian future, in which all animals have [...]

    • Sheri Tepper does great sci-fi in that she discovers a lot about us by exploring possibilities that are different than us. I'm also impressed that she usually manages not to sacrifice more literary considerations in order to concentrate on her ideas - which of can happen in one way or another in all genres, but may be a somewhat more frequent weakness of science fiction. Rarely do I find frustration with ad hoc plot devices, lack of consideration for issues outside of those the novel directly de [...]

    • I wish I could give this novel .25 stars. I read this book over a decade ago and I still consider it the worst book I've ever finished.

    • I sometimes feel that every review of a Sheri Tepper novel should be subtitled, "Dances With Words." Even though I rarely agree with the writer's philosophy, the astoundingly graceful way in which she spins words into story is seductive, and subliminally persuasive:The moss world was a Victorian parlor of a planet, everywhere padded and bolstered, its cliffs hung with garlands, its crevices studded with cushions, every cranny silk-woven, every surface napped into velvet. Here were peridot parkla [...]

    • This was the first, and most likely the last, Tepper book I will read. Let me summarize my thoughts on the Companions in bullet point form.*The first 250 pages of this book were utterly depressing and made me want to stop reading entirely. Do you want to read about an over populated Earth with no animals or open spaces? Read the first 250 pages of this book. I appreciate the statement Tepper was making with the first 250 pages, but I felt as if she over did it. Every time I picked up the book I [...]

    • Sheri Tepper's latest is a remarkably ambitious and complex story, perhaps too ambitious and complex. The story encompasses so many different locations, and different species, all with competing agendas, it was difficult to keep track of who was doing what to whom, and for what purpose. I had a little trouble remembering who some of the individual players were, and their various foibles and attributes.I appreciated being introduced to each set of players one at a time. The back story was quite u [...]

    • Bioengineered dogs are brought to the newly-discovered planet Moss, whose inhabited status is still under debate. Tepper is a conservationist author, but in an embarrassing way: lofty, extremist, frankly unresearched; reaching for an untenable and romanticized ideal while painting the opposition in such exaggerated and villainous strokes as to obscure the real problem. The tone here is satirical but flat, like humor that's missed the mark. And to call the ending a deus ex machina would be a vast [...]

    • 'The Companions' is a difficult one to rate. Tepper uses language beautifully, playfully, and her worlds are incredibly intricate and inventive. Her characters are dimensional and believable, their tribulations very relatable. To a point. I'm disappointed that in all the many works she built in this book, religions, genders, and gender roles are almost identical. Except with the Tharstians, who we only hear about and don't see directly. Too, I felt the first 3/4 of the book was the strongest. Th [...]

    • Anyone who is a seasoned reader of Tepper is familiar with her tendency to introduce crazy and/or contrived deus ex machinas near the end of her stories, and some of them were terrible (Family Tree, the Visitor), but this story actually made more sense. Like her other works, this delves into issues like religion, society, gender roles, slavery, and other important topics.The setting is Earth in the future, where Mars and other planets have been colonized, but Earth itself is dealing with a sever [...]

    • After a bit of a shaky and confusing start I have absolutely loved this imaginative sci-fi/space opera novel. It is an example of what I would describe as feminist sci-fi. Indeed on googling the topic I find that I am far from the first to make that observation! Two of my favourite other sci-fi novels "The Left Hand of Darkness", and "The Handmaids Tale" are other examples of the genre. Earth is over-crowded and breaking down as an ecological system for anything more than human-beings. At the sa [...]

    • I really enjoyed this one, but it is just a little too ideological to flow well which would be fine, except its ideological about more than one thing. The main focuses of the book are environmentalism and animal rights, with a side dash of feminism, and a smaller detour on slavery and societal construction, and the meaning of emotions and relationships. That's a lot to explore in a book that still has a fun plot! What I'd really love to see from Tepper is some actual god, not philosophy, but a s [...]

    • This book was decent, but it's not the one I would recommend to a first time Sheri Tepper reader. Tepper always deals with gender/feminism and eco-issues (i.e. humans destroying their world/worlds), themes which I appreciate. The first half of the book (on Earth) was very promising, as it played to what I like about Tepper: the development of a charismatic lead character who cares about the world, which has been built in an interesting (if not always unique) way. However, in The Companions Teppe [...]

    • Wow, this book is dense with themes, plots, and elaborately-crafted alien worlds, races and histories. Among other things, Tepper explores conservation, religious extremism, overpopulation, the evolution of language, and mankind's long love affair with dogs.There's also a strong feminist slant--almost anti-male, though not overtly so. Virtually everything positive or productive that occurs is attributable to one of the many strong, resourceful, intelligent female characters; with one or two exce [...]

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