A Plague of Angels

Atop a twisting, canyon climbing road, a witch lurks in a fortress built strong to keep out dragons and ogres In another part of the countryside, a young orphan is maturing into a beautiful woman in the enchanted village that is her home Somewhere nearby, a young man is seeking adventure after running away from his family s small farm Suddenly a strange and terrible proAtop a twisting, canyon climbing road, a witch lurks in a fortress built strong to keep out dragons and ogres In another part of the countryside, a young orphan is maturing into a beautiful woman in the enchanted village that is her home Somewhere nearby, a young man is seeking adventure after running away from his family s small farm Suddenly a strange and terrible prophecy sets off a chain of events that will bring these three together in the heroic, romantic, and thrilling tale of an age old battle.
A Plague of Angels Atop a twisting canyon climbing road a witch lurks in a fortress built strong to keep out dragons and ogres In another part of the countryside a young orphan is maturing into a beautiful woman in t

  • Title: A Plague of Angels
  • Author: Sheri S. Tepper
  • ISBN: 9781857987997
  • Page: 430
  • Format: None
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    1. It is hard to describe this book, honestly it is just one of those books you have to read to understand. I have read a Tepper book before, and she does have a way to build a story.This starts as fantasy, but nothing is as it seems. No it is this strange mix of fantasy and sci-fi and Tepper does it so well. She mixes things up and little by little I get to understand this world. Is it Earth? Is it a new planet? Well, I will not tell you that, read and see. What I can tell you is that it is a worl [...]

    2. I read this book almost 20 years ago, so I don't remember every detail. What I do remember is hating the ending so much that every time something reminds me of this story, I still get a little bit upset.But maybe that's the mark of effective story-telling. To be honest, A Plague of Angels takes a lot of my favorite tropes, such as post-apocalyptic life, acknowledged archetypes, and questionable technologies, and mixes them in with pretty compelling characters. I remember being especially fond of [...]

    3. Can i choose somewhere between "it was OK" and "i liked it"? Another embarrassing book to carry (couple on a horse, wind blowing their hair), the back cover blurb playing up the fantasy clichesHonestly, can i tell the lady who asks me (as i walk down the sidewalk reading) "it's fantasy, but it's *self-conscious* fantasy, with feminist and ecological themes and a hidden framework of post-apocalyptic sci-fi?"Anyway, looks like sci-fi/fantasy with an ideological axe to grind w/r/t gender or ecology [...]

    4. Read many years ago. Interesting start, featuring a Village of Archetypes, after which it heads into Weird Dystopialand and slides off the rails. Tepper's understanding of people seemed oddly limited. Was actually surprised to find out she'd had more than one child; those little bundles of needs and desires usually force an understanding of the basics on even the most blinkered of caretakers, but maybe she's the exception that proves the rule.

    5. reviewstaphorosis 4 starsAbasio is a bored farm boy who runs off to adventures in the city his mother escaped from and warned him against. Orphan is an archetype from an archetypical village. Separate urgencies cause them to flee together toward the mysterious Place of Power.My first exposure to Sheri Tepper was The Gate to Women's Country, many years ago. I'd never seriously considered that men and women should live separately (outside monasteries and convents). I didn't agree with the idea, bu [...]

    6. This has to be the most bizarre book I have ever read. A fantasy type novel, with fantastical creatures, talking animals, quests to foreign lands. Add in self-aware characters from Archetypal Villages, like Orphan, Oracle, Hero, and Martyr. But then it is set in post-apocalyptic war that was ravaged by war, stds, and famine, although the characters don't know much about that because book burners take out anything older than 50 years. Oh yeah and an evil witch is trying to put a spaceship back to [...]

    7. First in the Plague of Angels dystopian fantasy series set in a possible future Earth.My TakeDamn, now I'm gonna have to go back and re-read The Waters Rising, 2, as I need to understand how Abasio fits in with what I learned in A Plague of Angels.It's the restless youth who runs off for adventure to the big city trope, only Tepper gives this a twist with the culture and world she creates and combines with the fairy tale character archetypes. In some ways, it reminds me of a kid's version of Pet [...]

    8. Whoa hey, what's this? A world in crisis? If there only was a way for the book to painstakingly link it as a blatant metaphor for the ills in our current civilization and proceed to show us how the world should be run. You know, in harmony. Seems easy. But first, let's cue ourselves up some trolls!Tepper's novel is somewhat positioned as a fantasy tale at first, with its "farmboy destined for greater things" trappings and hints of blackclad enforcers stalking the landscape looking for a certain [...]

    9. 2.5 stars.A Plague of Angels is not the type of novel I would normally think to pick up. However, I was recommended this book as part of a book group, and it's always good to try something a little bit different once in a while. Life would just get boring otherwise, right?And my oh my, A Plague of Angels might be one of the most interesting books I've ever encountered, in terms of plot. It has it all; fantasy elements mixed with futuristic dystopia set in a partly pastoral environment, with tal [...]

    10. Sheri S. Tepper never ceases to amaze me with the vast variety of stories she creates. Each and every book is so completely different from the last one I read by her, it's almost like having several dozen favorite authors with the same name. Her stories are always thought provoking, intelligent, and creative. They take me completely away from this world to another world that I would never have thought of were it not for Sheri. A Plague of Angels is one of those worlds and although I didn't parti [...]

    11. Every book by Sheri S. Tepper that I read further cements her at the top of my list of favorite authors. A Plague of Angels is no exception to that statment. A perfect blend of sci fi and fantasy with some surprises thrown in for good measure. Her writing perfectly captured the world and characters in this story. The only reason I couldn't give five stars is because I didn't care for the ending, which seemed to come on too suddenly and too metaphysically.

    12. There was way too much going on in this book for my taste. And I found it to be overlong. It was a vaguely dystopian fable with a huge cast of characters and some creaky plot devices. I finished it, but it was a slog. It was cluttered up with so much extra stuff that there were two, maybe three novels worth of stories, and I'm of the opinion that they would have been better teased apart.

    13. My second Tepper read was succulently good! I wanted to savor the book, so I took my time with it. I am sharing my favorite parts of the book here like I do in most reviews. However, this time, I have chosen 6 quotes that sum up how I felt about the book.Quote # 1Sometimes, it was the way the author described an emotion, such as the horror that a character felt when the Witch took her mask off.Quote # 2Other times, it was how a character expressed a philosophical thought about gangers simplifyin [...]

    14. This was a very interesting sci-fi/fantasy book. It takes place many, many years after mankind has left Earth for the stars. The people that remain have separated into different societies. Cities are ruled by competing gangs, there are archetypal villages which contain collections of archetypes like Oracle, Hero, Bastard, or Orphan, and formerly mythical creatures like griffens, trolls and dragons are roaming the land. One of these Orphans sets off on a quest to fulfill a prophesy her Oracle tol [...]

    15. Good book.ry different. Part sci-fi, part fairy tale, part actionjust odd is all I got.While it wasn't bad, it wasn't one of my "must read again" books.just kind of OK is how I feel about this book. Take it or leave it

    16. I enjoyed the narrative and the character development. I felt like I was seeing the book throughJoseph Campbell lense and study of mythology.

    17. I absolutely loved this book. Sheri S. Tepper's writing never fails to blow my mind. Every page resonated with me. Fantastic imagery. Solid worldbuilding. A firm favourite!

    18. This book is by far one of the craziest books I’ve ever read—not so much in subject matter, as in style. Tepper tries to cram way too many genres into one book, which results in a conglomeration of things that don’t quite mesh and causes the reader’s disbelief. First off, the book is set in a post apocalyptic Earth where men have returned to a pre-industrial way of life, however, some high technology still remains in the form of nuclear robots who roam the Earth as inquisitors for an evi [...]

    19. I would describe Tepper's genre as progressive sci fi. I was tempted to write feminist sci fi, but I didn't, since I know that fun little word can put people off, even if that's the last thing it should do.Tepper's books are nowhere near preachy or man-hating, as some nubs might think when they visualize a feminist. Far from it. Her books are gender-aware whilst telling a crazy story.Crazy: few writers can come close to this level of imaginative genius. Tepper's books are weird, bizarre, outland [...]

    20. I liked this novel quite well, but I am not prepared to articulate why. Usually when I feel that inarticulateness I don't bother to write a review at all, but this time I do feel compelled to say something about genre classification. I prefer science fiction over fantasy, but if you look at my bookshelf you will see that I am not exactly opposed to fantasy either. Even though there might be some overlap, just like you might have a western that is also a mystery, the two genres have little to do [...]

    21. In this novel, Tepper once again explores the realms of myth and fantasy as they relate to a future Earth. The story takes place in what once was the southwestern United States. Mankind has been "reduced" to an agrarian society, although a few crime- and drug-ridden cities still stand, and remnants of technology are preserved in isolated locations. Fantastic creatures -- trolls, griffins, ogres and the like -- roam the countryside. Heroes, Princesses, Oracles and other "archtypes" are preserved [...]

    22. I don't really know why I had this on my to-read list, but it was honestly like nothing I've read before or even expected was like a post-apocalyptic fantasy/sci-fi hybrid, which I was pretty into not gonna lie, but it was also almost too jarring in its self-awareness that I was really caught off guard. again likeI don't know why I wanted to read this, so I don't know what I expected from it at allI grew to like the self-awareness once I realized it was intentional (like the whole thing with the [...]

    23. Sheri Tepper manages to write compelling stories but laced with an almost surreal vision of mankind. I've been a huge fan of hers for some time and this book falls well in line with many of her latter books.I think that where she hooks the reader is by throwing him into an unfamiliar world where the desire to piece together the world almost takes a greater role than the actual plot of the story. With Plague of Angels, the world seems to be our own, but one set in a far distant future after some [...]

    24. There are all kinds of interesting spec fic things going on in this book. The archetypal villages are brilliant, the Mad-Max gangers work surprisingly well in all their glorious horror, and Tepper's deconstruction of one of Tolkien's climactic battles is worth the journey. The book features a new-weird-lite world built around bare assertions of female supremacy the way that contemporary best-selling genre works openly espouse dueling culture. There is, and should be, room in the market for this [...]

    25. First of all I realized well into it that I had read this book before. Even still, I read it again to the end and I'm glad I did. Like all of the books that I've read by this author, there are great concepts, but I find them really buried within the stories.Seems timely to have reread this, this week having seen a "News of the Weird" column titled "We Require Hundreds of Hours of Training for Barbers, But None for Parents". I like the Artemisian way of life in this story - regulated, making sure [...]

    26. Sheri S. Tepper's 1993 outing is a bit of an oddity. Fairytale villages complete with creatures from fable mingle freely in its pages with gang-ruled dystopian post-apocalyptic cities seemingly straight out of a nineteen-eighties Pat Benatar music video extravaganza. The author takes the then-current topical hot buttons of sexually-transmitted diseases, women as sexual commodities, and the dangers of technological development gone wild, mixes in some of her favorite eco-feminist concerns, and fi [...]

    27. I really really liked this book. Sheri S Tepper is more than capable of producing a compelling dystopia with tantalizing hints of post-apocalyptica, and the characters are strangely sympathetic. Their personal quests ring true in a genre dominated by the grandiose: Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? Fate and choice intertwine in this story as society asks itself these same questions. But as you reach the end, you get tripped up in Tepper's unsubtle messages about feminism, the env [...]

    28. Sometimes I think the world is headed in this direction. Cities are getting larger, more crowded and more violent. Drugs are used to get up, get down, not feel bad, feel good. War is breaking out all over. We fight and war on our neighbors and most of the people who get killed don't have any idea why the war is and what it's all about. Diseases are more virulent and spread faster the speed of flight. There are so many mouths to feed and farmland and farmers are disappearing - people are hungry n [...]

    29. I describe this as my favourite book of all time, which is strange because it isn't Tepper's best work and there are a lot of flaws to talk about - large sections that make very little sense, the usual overly preachy themes, and so on. Tepper is a fantastic writer who can somehow just bring words to life, and I really like that in this book she has managed to create a vibrant and strong female main character without reducing the males in the book to complete idiocy. I suspect there is a lot of n [...]

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