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Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep-and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women's biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing-and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . .

Ammonite is an unforgettable novel that questions the very meanings of gender and humanity. As readers share in Marghe's journey through an alien world, they too embark on a parallel journey of fascinating self-exploration.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2002
Edition: 1st Del Rey trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345452382
Call Number: SF GRIFFITH 2002
Characteristics: 397 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 09, 2016

It’s an interesting concept and I was intrigued by the author’s afterword. She says that there should be no stereotypes for women and she’s tired of them. Either women are vegetarian peace-lovers or sexy tough girls who fight like men. She says that, to the contrary, women are subject to the same desires, temptations and weaknesses as men. Being human is being human. I totally agree.

Having said that, I found the ideas more compelling than the characters. This was the author’s first novel back in 1992. She wrote short stories prior to that and I could tell. The pacing was off. I felt like the book was a series of short stories strung together. You felt like you were reaching a climactic end when it was only about 1/3 of the way through the book. Then another climactic end right in the middle. It felt off to me.

Still, a very gutsy book and I would definitely read more by Nicola Griffith.

Aug 19, 2014

There are two intersecting stories in this book. One left me cold: anthropologist Marghe "goes native" with the tribeswomen, even magically getting pregnant. It recalls the wimmin's land fantasies of the 1970s. The second was more intriguing Cmdr Hannah Danner works to protect her crew and serve the Company: conflicting goals she conquers. Bizarrely sexless for book about an all-woman planet written by a lesbian.


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