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Blood in the Fruit (Book 4 of the Marq'ssan Cycle) (The Marq'ssan Cycle) [Paperback]

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Blood in the Fruit, the hard-hitting fourth volume of the five-novel Marq ssan Cycle, focuses sharp, analytical attention on human rights issues. The novel opens in October 2086. After ten years absence, the Marq ssan Fleet returns to Earth to determine whether humans should be quarantined, and a young alien, unprepared for the shock of human culture, becomes a dangerous loose cannon taking violent, unilateral action. In the Free Zone, a flood of renegades led by Elizabeth Weatherall establish a fortress; even Hazel Bell, Weatherall s lover, doesn t know what they re up to. In the US, when the government responds to increasing dissent and civil disorder by ratcheting up its repressive tactics, brave and dedicated human rights activists like Celia Espin join forces with the Free Zones in a global challenge that threatens to undermine governments around the world. Blood in the Fruit offers a grand, sweeping story through the eyes of four individuals with markedly contrasting perspectives and experience.

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Pages   550
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Aqueduct Press
ISBN  1933500158  
ISBN13  9781933500157  

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More About L. Timmel Duchamp

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! L. Timmel Duchamp is the author of Love's Body, Dancing in Time, a collection of short fiction; The Grand Conversation: Essays; The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding), a short novel; and Alanya to Alanya Renegade, and Tsunami, the first three novels of the Marq?ssan Cycle. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and Sturgeon awards and short-listed several times for the Tiptree Award. Her stories have appeared in a variety of venues, including Asimov's SF and the Full Spectrum, Leviathan, ParaSpheres, and Bending the Landscape anthology series. Her critical essays have appeared in The American Book Review, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Extrapolation, Foundation, Strange Horizons, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.

L. Timmel Duchamp currently resides in Seattle.

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Complex and insightful  Aug 21, 2008
The 4th entry in L. Timmel Duchamp's Marq'ssan Cycle, a landmark piece of literature, feminist (that is to say, concerned with power, politics, and relations) science fiction thriller of a series, continues the established combination of stimulating, vigorous writing and complex layering of psychological insights.

One of the main POV's is Hazel Bell's, a service tech lover of Elizabeth Weatherall, as they both turn renegade and move to the Seattle Free Zone, an independent anarchist state which splitered from the dictatorial United States. From there, they work to undermine the Executive system - a rigid hierchical social and political caste system ruling the US. We get a look into the dynamics of their relationship; Elizabeth, the cold, ruthless Executive, is in love and now working for the "good" side. But what she achieves isn't quite redemption.

The other main POV is from Alexandra Sedgewick, 16-year old daughter of Robert Sedgewick, the head of Security - the most powerful division in the Executive system, as he invites her to live with him and grooms her to be his successor.

The subject focused on is one of human rights, the respect for the value of human life and dignity. I was worried that book 3 (Tsunami) was establishing Elizabeth Weatherall as a sympathetic character, as she was experiencing guilt and regret over her prior actions, but "Blood in the Fruit" showed me exactly why she is so scary. She has an ability to compartamentalize people, to fragment them into their various uses and functions. I understood better why what she had done to Kay Zeldin in "Renegade" was so damaging - she wanted to isolate one aspect of Kay's usefulness (her power over Sedgewick) by destroying, intentionally or incidentally, Kay's independence, physical and intellectual freedom, self-respect, hope. That was the tragedy of "Renegade" - that Elizabeth, brilliant as she is, thought so little of Kay, that she would destroy this remarkable person - a hero and a leader - for a use that was so petty.

One remarkable quality of the Marq'ssan books is that I've found they don't have to read in sequential order. References to prior events are minimal, and individual POV's are also mostly independent, so they can be read continuously. I would, however, advise to read the story of the young Alexandra Sedgewick in book 4 before the narrative of the older Alexandra in book 5 (Stretto), as the latter is more intense and if you go backwards, some sense of suspense and momentum can be lost.

Each book and POV complete a storyline that paint a part of the big picture, but leaves you only more curious - what does it mean? How does it fit in the the big picture? After reading all 5 books, I'm eager to read the beginning again, to see it in another light with new insights. Don't hesitate to pick this one up.

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