OT - Meredith Ann Pierce
hallieod at indigo.ie
Mon Mar 1 12:21:39 EST 2004
> >I just finished the Darkangel trilogy, and am going slightly demented
>>trying to remember if there was a discussion on the list a few years
>>ago. What's coming up is the faint glimmer that someone (Elise?)
>>said the third book was a big disappointment and others agreed. It's
>>quite possible that I could just have fabricated all this because
>>it's my feeling though! Anyone read the books and want to comment?
>The third book is an abomination. (How's that for a comment? :)
It's a delight! If I'd known that was forthcoming, I might not have
had to rant about it at my daughters every time I could get them as
captive audience. :) Becca read the first two, at my suggestion, but
I only wanted her to read the end of the third for the horror, to see
just how wrong it all went.
>This was my reaction: The first two books hint at the scientific origin of
>the world--the terraformed moon, the genetically engineered people--but all
>from the point of view of those living in it, who only have legends to go
>on. Very cool. Then in the third book, Pierce starts making it all
>explicitly about the science, we lose the exclusivity of Aeriel's point of
>view, and the love story falls apart in a bad way. It was like Evil
>Feminism run amok (and since I consider myself a feminist, this was a strong
>criticism for me to make).
Hmm. Not too sure where the Feminism comes in - Aeriel is a bit dim
throughout, Irrylath turns into a complete disaster, but Sabr is just
downright scary. Sisterhood maybe? As the only one who *truly*
loves Aeriel (sorry, 'the pale girl') is Erin (make that 'the dark
girl')? Ack. Not sure it's good for the brain even trying to figure
>I don't even own _Pearl of the Soul of the World_. I prefer to make up my
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