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Review: The Margarets by Sherri Tepper

Another highly feminist ideology-influenced tale, Ms. Tepper brings to us the brain-bending The Margarets. For the third of this book, the jumping between different points of views yet all are the same person confused me to no end. For many of Ms. Tepper's books, her distinct writing style is tough to follow those new to her. Even some of us older readers need to grit down and really pay attention to where she's going and try to create new pathways in our brains to make sense of what is going on. This isn't a fluffy book to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. This is a thought-provoking and sometimes frustrating read.

What I remember most about this story is how different the cultures were and the worlds were for Margaret. I couldn't understand how she was experiencing such vastly different times and how she seemed to be different personalities yet still the same. I don't want to give any spoilers but the ending as usual threw me for a loop. I realize some reviewers call it an ex deux machina pulled by Ms. Tepper. However, I would like to propose that she thinks outside of the box and keeps her cards close to the chest.

I believe this is one of the reasons why I like her books. I can't predict what will happen. My mind is constantly churning, trying to figure out what will happen next. Sometimes, I'm trying to understand what I am currently reading. Authors who are unpredictable yet create a consistent focused plot line are few and far between. This one is a bit of a stretch compared to others. However, as I go back and re-read the story, now that I know the ending, I can see where Ms. Tepper subtly lays the groundwork before she springs her 'trap'. Colour me impressed. This is a speculative fiction recommended to readers who want something totally different than the usual sci-fi.

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