[DWJ] question about Power of Three
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
>>> 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
> 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
> In fact I think I've read other first contact stories that attempt to do a
> similar thing, but none so successfully.
> Now that is weird!
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