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The Fresco #2019

The Fresco The FrescoThe bizarre events that have been occurring across the United States unexplained oddities tracked by Air Defense mysterious disappearances shocking deaths seem to have no bearing on Benita

  • Title: The Fresco
  • Author: Sheri S. Tepper
  • ISBN: 9780380978793
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Fresco By Sheri S. Tepper, The FrescoThe bizarre events that have been occurring across the United States unexplained oddities tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez Shipton s life That is, until the soft spoken thirty six year old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peaThe FrescoThe bizarre events that have been occurring across the United States unexplained oddities tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez Shipton s life That is, until the soft spoken thirty six year old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to the powers that be in Washington Suddenly an ordinary woman with a poor self image and low self esteem has been thrust into the limelight, as she leaves behind an Albuquerque home on the brink of foreclosure and a drunken bully of an abusive husband to undertake a mission of utmost importance to her planet and its peoples.Her obligation does not end once the message is delivered, however, for the Pistach have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment And Benita is to act as sole liaison between the two sentient races The she learns about the extraterrestrials who transformed her gray existence, the her appreciation grows for their culture, their beliefs, and their art especially the ancient and mystical Fresco that appears to dominate their collective lives And the easier it becomes to shed the psychological and societal restraints that inhibited her own growth as an individual.But alongside the promise is a dire, unspoken threat Because the Pistach are not the only space faring species making their presence known on Earth There are others cold, malevolent, hungry who have now set their sights on Benita, and their accomplices may be as close as Capitol Hill And the desperate race to save herself and two worlds could carry Benita Alvarez far from her home planet and light years away from anything she has ever been.

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    1. Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez Shipton s life That is until she is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their messsage of peace to the Powers That Be in Washington.Her obligation does not end once the message is delivered, however, for the Pistach have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment, with Benita as sole liasion betwee [...]

    2. I ve read quite a few of Sheri Tepper s books I usually consider them a guaranteed entertaining read regardless of the author s tendency to preach her spiritual ecological agenda, and her tendency toward overwrought denouements I can take that in stride, when balanced out by vivid worldbuilding, unique and interesting settings and social extrapolation, and dramatic events that ofter veer toward the horrific Lots of Tepper s books have lots of that good stuff.This one features none of Tepper s st [...]

    3. This was one of the most captivating and enjoyable sci fi reads I ve found in ages It does not try to follow the typical alien visitation and occupation formula beyond the initial take me to your leader Instead, Sheri Tepper twists and turns the plot in ways that you don t see coming but which certainly make sense once you find out where you ve landed Her sense of humor is wicked, and I found myself cheering on characters, laughing out loud at some of the clever cures the aliens had for what ail [...]

    4. I just finished reading The Fresco by Sherri S Tepper who is now officially my most favorite author ever Everytime I read one of her books I m amazed at how she can take many complexities and boil them down to simple lessons about truth and life In The Fresco Ms Tepper uses several different alien species to weave a tale that teaches about family, religion and neighborliness and she does it all in a way that will make you laugh out loud many times.The book begins with an abused latina wife of an [...]

    5. Excellent worldbuilding derailed significantly by needless political pontificating The ending was offensive to good sense and the rest of the novel as a whole I felt like Ms Tepping was sitting next to me, nudging me with her elbow and saying Do you get it Did you see what I did there Do you get the parallels Authors, when you manage to annoy me by preaching politics I generally agree with, there s something wrong Minus stars for ideological mud slinging, but plus for fascinating worldbuilding, [...]

    6. I loved this book I am having a hard time articulating even to myself why I liked it so much It doesn t have super exciting action scenes There s some cool technology but none of it is explained in any way The ending was a little too simple every bad guy got what was coming to him and everyone else got a happy ending However, something about the story and the character of Benita just grabbed me from the start and I was totally sucked into the book.The core idea of the book really resonated with [...]

    7. I am a huge Sheri Tepper fan However, this book was a disaster Clunky prose and over the top preaching kept me from ever becoming immersed in this tale If Ms Tepper and I were to have a chat over coffee, I d imagine we d agree on almost everything However, I don t need to be whacked over the head repeatedly with the political views of this book I get it already In short, this book gave me a concussion.

    8. feminist scifi at it s best off planet aliens battle zones disappearing male political leaders becoming pregnant all weapons nullified who is going to mediate, a 30something woman

    9. Tepper at some of her most preachy.I like the fact that this writer has issues to address, and she has always been one of my favourite feminist authors and I appreciate her environmental stance However, in recent years she has abandoned subtlety or balance to lead us around by the nose, as well as here espousing the dubious stance that the end justifies the means or perhaps it is simply that it is perfectly fine to meddle with other cultures in underhanded and mendacious ways if it for their own [...]

    10. I really enjoyed her style, but I can take preaching to the choir There are a lot of issues that are on a lot of peoples minds and are very important I felt this book was preaching AT the choir By the time I got halfway through, I felt condescended to and offended I was interested enough to want to finish, but I was rolling my eyes the entire time.To avoid spoilers, I ll just say that, sure I ve imagined Bill O Riley getting raped in the ass, but not as a gimmick for a sci fi book.I like reading [...]

    11. I ve never hated a book though to be fair, I haven t yet read Mein Kampf.This book was so utterly awful that I can t even explain my level of loathing.I almost gave it 2 stars because at the very least the writer can string sentences together, but then I remembered all the times people gargled their dialogue and I realised that there was no way in hell it was going to get that second star.Author is going on my Never Read Anything Else Ever By This Writer list.

    12. Oh dear, I don t think this one is going to be kind.Since starting to work my way through patches of her oeuvre, I ve become accustomed to the various quirks of the author, her pet environmental and feminist concerns, her tendency to recycle various plot elements in novel after novel, and her sometimes aggravating insistence that the plot is secondary to a character lecturing me about how we can live without technology I ve been taking this all in stride because while she seems to want me to fin [...]

    13. Loved this book And I m not generally a sci fi reader But my favorite librarian Rose recommended it, and she s never wrong.

    14. It s in the forest of the New Mexico mountains where Benita Alvarez Shipman meets the first aliens to visit the Earth They ask her to bring their communication device to her leaders , give her money, and disappear, leaving her flabbergasted and reeling Afraid to tell anyone what happened, she leaves her abusive husband her children are off to college , and flies across the country to Washington DC where she hands off the package to her congressman.From there things take off as Benita finds herse [...]

    15. While The Fresco starts out as a fairly decent scifi novel, the plot gets lost in near constant preaching It s obvious Ms Tepper dislikes Israel, smokers and gun owners strongly Cultural annihilation in Tibet, West Papua and elsewhere didn t rate a mention, though In fact, the social commentary became annoying by about halfway, by which time it was obvious that Ms Tepper was using the SF format loosely, to further her social agenda rather offer a convincing novel The Muslim ugly disease was a li [...]

    16. This is my very very favorite Tepper novel I love Benita and I love the satire The conflict feels very Clinton era, but I m okay with that In many ways, I feel that this is her funniest novel You can tell she was enjoying writing it and playing around with spoofing the modern world and its politics There are still the dark and horror y themes, but there s a lot humor to cut the edge Everytime I read the problem solving scene view spoiler fixing the damaged fresco hide spoiler I laugh view spoil [...]

    17. One of my all time favorite books, with ideas I still think about years later The plot an advanced and friendly alien race attempts to help Earth become ready to join its Federation if Earth can t meet the standards of non violence required of the advanced civilizations, it will become fair game for predatory non Federation alien races The benign aliens apply such crash course measures as removing Jerusalem from the planet putting it into safekeeping like it s a toy that all the different religi [...]

    18. Started off well Lots of interesting ideas But the story got very convoluted and bit corny I just flipped through the last section rather than read it fully as it had become a bit tedious Nowhere near the standard of Grass.

    19. Neat story idea, possibly interesting charactersbut along the way I feel like she s dropping Anvils of Obvious on my head to make her point Got through half of it and decided to find something fun to read.

    20. OMG I loved this book I have re read it at least 3 times But it is a science fiction book and won t be everyone s cup of tea.9 7 2017 just finished re reading this

    21. Tepper is so weird One minute she s presenting a super reductive, strangely inane take on First Contact, and the next she s introducing a richly textured world in which the interpretation of sacred texts and a whole catalog of job specific pronouns are equally important I love the pronouns The sacred texts things is great, too But I could really lose the whole first third or so or is it the middle third of this book I m waffling between three and four stars, but ultimately the plot was not compe [...]

    22. I really enjoy the author s style and interesting and unusual ideas which is why I keep reading her books I don t enjoy so much having her political opinions shoved down my throat I don t mind reading books where the author has an opinion they want you to think about, even if I don t necessarily always agree, but I don t like to feel preached at, and that is the reason her books lose stars for me the harder the push, the fewer stars I feel I can give Other than this issue, I find her work outsta [...]

    23. One of those books that I enjoyed enough to find a hardcover copy for my library and reread occasionally

    24. As beautiful today as when I first read itShe writes with as much joy and passion that every book is as n extension of herself I love the beauty of her writing

    25. The bizarre events that have been occurring across the United States seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez Shipton s life that is, until she is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to the Powers That Be in Washington.Her obligation does not end once the message is delivered, however, for the Pistach have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment, with Benita as sole liaison between the two sentient races The she [...]

    26. 4 10 There are good things about this book, but I got tired of it and quit.I like the main character You get a down on her luck, abused woman who is approached by space aliens and gets involved in earth s first contact with aliens and galactic intrigue The perspectives from the aliens are great, and there could be some challenging questions about whether kind and accepting aliens are really manipulative and controlling aliens.But it s just silly, and I don t think it s meant to be a comedy The v [...]

    27. First contact stories are a big staple of science fiction, and between this book and The Serene Invasion, I ve read two of them this year And they re very similar, though the aliens in this book are a lot blunt about screwing around with things they don t like If you, say, believe that women need to be secluded, or forced to wear stupidly limiting clothing, you get view spoiler a plague that turns them ugly until you give them sufficient freedom hide spoiler If you can t agree to share a holy p [...]

    28. This is one of my favorite books I read it when I was still able to work full time now that I can t, I m even appreciative of it One of the many things that are part of this story, and the one I ll focus on here is that one of the important pieces of wisdom an alien culture wishes to see humanity foster is valuing people for what they can do instead of disparaging them for what they can t.People such as myself who can t hold down a job and thus in some people s eyes isn t contributing to the wo [...]

    29. Talk about another social commentary on our policies and life Ms Tepper brings to light groups ahead of news media Her what if scenarios are scary accurate and her resolutions to them unbelievably simplistic It makes me wonder if they could work.In Fresco, Benita is a nobody who suddenly becomes an important somebody with peace loving aliens come and change the world as we know it.Everything seems to be perfect until the religion and way of life for the aliens, Pistach, is shaken to the core whe [...]

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