[DWJ] question about Power of Three

Elizabeth Parks henx19 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 29 18:05:16 EDT 2013

The Family Tree by Sheri Tepper comes to mind as a book where some of the
characters are not exactly what you think they are, but I'm also not sure I
want to say more should I spoil the book.  I read it as a teenager, and it
worked very well for me (blew my mind as it were).  I'm not sure if I read
it now it would work as well for me on several levels.  I read Power of
Three as a child and reread it a few years ago (I've read it at least five
times).  The twist isn't as twisty, but it still just works on some level.

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM, Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk> wrote:

> I always assumed that it came from the Scandinavian versions of Elves and
>>> hidden folk. From memory, doesn't the human man find them at the
>>> crossroads
>>> on midsummer evening?  And then give them help with an Impossible Task? I
>>> need to reread Power of Three, I always loved it. I loved that aha moment
>>> when you realised that our heroes were not *humans* in some other fantasy
>>> world, but hidden folk in our world...
>> Actually, I was wondering about this lately myself - are there other books
>> out there which have the same twist, where what seem to be secondary world
>> humans actually turn out to be "real" world non-humans?  The trouble is,
>> getting any answers to the question would spoil the books, and, as Gin
>> says, it's such a nice moment that I wouldn't really want to have it
>> spoiled!
> In which case it's just as well I can't remember the title.  I have in
> mind a short story, probably by Asimov, in which there is the inevitable
> first contact between humans and ETs.  We are kept in the dark right up to
> the last page as to which is which.  Of course, first time readers will
> think that the protagonist's species is human, but in fact they are the
> ETs...
> In fact I think I've read other first contact stories that attempt to do a
> similar thing, but none so successfully.
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Hulduf%C3%B3lk<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulduf%C3%B3lk>
> Now that is weird!
> Philip.
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