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High Couch of Silistra de Janet E. Morris

High Couch of Silistra (original: 1977; edição: 1977)

de Janet E. Morris (Autor), Boris Vallejo (Ilustrador)

Séries: Silistra (1)

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233987,135 (3.38)5
Her sensuality was at the core of her world, her quest beyond the civilized stars. Aristocrat. Outcast. Picara. Slave. Ruler.
Título:High Couch of Silistra
Autores:Janet E. Morris (Autor)
Outros autores:Boris Vallejo (Ilustrador)
Informação:Bantam USA (1977), 256 pages
Coleções:Read and Own

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High Couch of Silistra de Janet E. Morris (1977)

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This was really more of a two star book but I am giving it one star to equalize the overall rating.....way too many unjustified 5 star ratings. I have to wonder if these people actually read this book or if they are part of the group of pseudo-intellectuals who pretend to read these type of books and write erroneous reviews of its quality and significance.

The characters - Not what I would call fleshed out.....paper thin and semi-one dimensional is a more accurate description.

The plot - Boring, slow and not one single thought or concept was introduced that was not already a trite redundancy.

The world building - Usually the best part of fantasy.....this world was really underdeveloped. Their societal structure, infrastructure, customs and traditions were poorly described or just not mentioned at all. To me, world building should consist of more than just inventing one new creature (a big cat with wings) and slapping new words onto already existing creatures ie: threx for horses, parr for hogs, denter for cattle, etc.

To put it succinctly........this book sucked. I would recommend it to people who don't like to read, because this book encourages a person to do anything else. Hmmm......I could clean the toilet or I could read (glances over at a copy of The High Couch of Silistra....)okay, cleaning the toilet it is! ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am simply stunned by the interpretations of this work by other reviewers. The indication seems to be that they find this book to be feminist. The main character is strong and confident in her sexuality...until the author does everything in her power to rip that away and prove to the reader that her only strength and power is that granted to her by the men in her life. She then thanks them for the granting... The reviewers feel that this is very enlightened for the 70...and appallingly that may be so, but nearly fifty years later I would not recommend this book unless you want to see how far women have come...and how far we have yet to go. ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
I thought this was an overlong book with shallow characters unfortunately.
Maybe later novels in the series will be better.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Perseid Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Sep 1, 2016 |
I really wanted to like this book. When I requested it, the description deceived me into thinking this book was entirely what it isn’t.

First of all, I want to note that the author, Janet Morris, has a superb writing style. On top of that, she was pretty creative with a backstory and a “fantasy” setting. But realistically, it was just glorified rape porn. Which really, really shocked me. Because it comes out of nowhere, and once it starts, it seems like it never ends.

This book made me nauseous. I’ve only hated a select few books in my life, and this one now sits among them. The plot is about a woman who is essentially a prostitute, yet on another planet, in the future, and as a different species. It’s difficult to follow exactly what kind of world this place is in the beginning of the book. Anyway, she’s basically traveling from one place to another in search of her father, and along the way she is raped by literally every man she encounters. Anal rape, gang rape, and gay rape?? that they make her watch?? The book was offensive, and not only due to the rape, but because of the character. She doesn’t respect herself, she’s hardly fazed by all these men using her over and over again, and at certain points, even relishes in it.

The thing that may upset me the most is the reviews for this book. I just don’t understand. Although there are 5 stars reviews from men, there are several from women. Did we just read the same book? Am I the only one who went into this book not knowing it was essentially a sci-fi rape fantasy porno?

I don’t even think I can say anything more about this book, other than if you’re a woman, be wary. I’m still shocked it was actually written by a woman.

Again, I really wanted to like this book. And maybe if the whole plot didn’t surround around rape, it’d be a really good idea. But it’s just downright offensive.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. ( )
1 vote romymaria | Mar 23, 2016 |
A re-read.

I first read this book because my mom checked it out of the library for me. She knew I liked fantasy, and came home with a random selection of paperbacks... this was one of them. I was probably eleven or twelve? My mom was not a fan of 'trashy' books, and I read this with big eyes, hoping that she didn't decide to peek inside... Nope, she never did, and I got all the sequels out of the library later, too. She had absolutely no idea what she'd provided me with.

My five-star rating is taking that early experience into consideration. Is this a great work of literature? No. But it was certainly something that made a lasting impression on me. Going back to read it again, decades later, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it.

I remembered the basic story: Estri, a beautiful woman of the planet Silistra, is the High Couch of Astria - one of the most powerful people on the planet, and also a high-paid prostitute. Due to their difficulty in having children, Silistra has developed an interesting economic system. Promiscuous sexuality is expected, and status and power is centered around the 'wells' - brothels run and controlled by women. However, this is no 'feminist' paradise - a woman becomes a man's property if he manages to impregnate her. Childbearing is one of the most important social responsibilities on Silistra, symbolized by the twisted chain called the chald worn by all upstanding citizens - so it's a desired outcome.

Born into the Well system, Estri has no idea who her father is, but knows that he was an offworlder. When her mother dies, she lays an obligation on her to find her father. The book follows Estri on this quest. And along the way, Estri has a lot of sex. Of various kinds. A lot of it thoroughly non-consensual. With a great many different people.

On re-reading, the sex wasn't quite as graphically explicit as I'd remembered, but it was clear enough, and, really, just as racy as I'd thought it was. Some of the descriptions (especially of the outfits) were amusingly 1970's-tinged. I still found it enormously entertaining. Just keep in mind that this is primarily a sex-fantasy and only secondarily a sci-fi-fantasy. However, it doesn't allow the sex to get in the way of a good story either, or to 'dumb it down.' The mix works for me.

If you like 'Barbarella' - you'll probably like this series.

Many thanks to Perseid Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read the newly released eBook. As always, my opinions are solely my own. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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