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The Snow Queen (1980)

av Joan D. Vinge

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Serier: The Snow Queen Cycle / Tiamat (1)

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As the end of her third lifetime draws near, Arienrhod, the ancient ruler of far Tiamat, clones several heirs, and seeds then on different islands throughout her sea-dark world.
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A Sci-Fi story broadly inspired by, but not really similar to, the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. There are also elements of the Snow White story integrated in there, and plenty of original material to pad it all out.

The premise and world of this story is really great. A planet is ruled by a monarch who provides a rare natural resource that extends human lives indefinitely to offworlders in exchange for technology for hundreds of years until cyclical extreme climate change occurs, then the offworlders can't visit and power is handed over to luddites for a few centuries until the climate switches back. But the current monarch isn't about to give up easily and has developed some schemes to stay in power.

Some of the supporting characters are really great, particularly a couple of duty-focused police officers and a thuggish laborer, but the central characters are unfortunately generic. There are also a couple of overwrought love triangles that I never really felt invested in. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
The science fictional subject matter, tone, characterization, and prose are quite contemporary, despite this book being over 35 years old. It's no wonder it won a Hugo - it must have been remarkably ahead of its time. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
I had heard great things about The Snow Queen, but the reality was disappointing.

The setting is interesting. Unfortunately, the narration didn't convey any emotional weight to me. Moon trying to reunite with Sparks seems like it's supposed to be the emotional core of the story, but we don't get any information about their relationship other than being told over and over that they're in love.

The frequent time skips omitted a lot of scenes that might have made me more invested in the characters. I felt like the story kept jumping from one static situation to another: a few months pass and now character X feels *this* way. Some more time passes and now she is good friends with character Y but that relationship happened entirely offscreen. ( )
  pyanfarrrr | May 21, 2020 |
A science fiction almost retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson story, except that the young woman who goes to rescue her friend from the Snow Queen, is a power in herself. And almost completely without demonstrated personality, as dull as many male SF protagonists who may say they love, or require, but whose feelings aren't sharable. It is Sparks weakness that are more real and the conflicts of the Blues that give the rather fractured story telling it's emotional load. And of course there is the stunning creation of Tiamat. ( )
  quondame | May 14, 2020 |
The Snow Queen is the first book in the four-book Snow Queen Cycle, a science fiction series with some really interesting world-building. There were a lot of things I liked about this, and also some things that annoyed me. The first half went a bit slow for me at times despite being interesting, but picked up in the second half.

The setting is an interesting one. Although it’s definitely science fiction and there are science fiction explanations and back stories for everything, there are parts that have more of a fantasy feel. The story is set on a world called Tiamat which is caught in a cycle that makes it accessible to other inhabited planets for 150 years, then cut off for another 150 years. The story starts a few years before the end of the accessible part of the cycle. Tiamat has two factions among the native population – the Summers, who live primitive lives without technology, and the Winters, who embrace alien technology. Because Tiamat has a resource that they can’t get anywhere else, the people from other worlds keep Tiamat technologically repressed, allowing the Winters to share some of their technology while they can access the world, but ensuring that they can’t become technologically self-sufficient during their absence. The Winter faction reigns while their planet is accessible, but at the end of that period they’re forced to turn control over to the Summer faction. The current Winter queen, Arienrhod, naturally isn’t looking forward to the end of her reign, which will require her death, and she has a plot or two.

Although I liked some of the characters, I think the world-building and the story were the more interesting parts to me. I really enjoyed the concept of the sibyls, I loved seeing characters with minimal exposure to advanced technology suddenly getting a bigger taste of it than they ever imagined, and I wanted to see Tiamat become technologically self-sufficient while yet hating everything Arienrhod did.

My feelings about the characters were more mixed. I liked some of the secondary characters quite a bit once we got to know them more. As far as the main characters went, I mostly liked and sympathized with Moon, but I didn’t agree with some of her decisions. I initially liked and sympathized with Sparks too, but that didn’t last long. I hated him pretty strongly by the end. He was a wimpy, whiny, flip-flopping jerk. He became whatever the girl he was with wanted him to be and had no spine of his own. When they were young, he wanted to be a sibyl because Moon wanted to be a sibyl. As soon as he had sex with the queen, he decided he wanted to be the next Starbuck and essentially become all of the things he had believed were morally wrong. Then when Moon found him again they had sex and instantly he flip-flopped back to being good again, feeling guilty about all the things he had done and ready to do the right things again because that’s what Moon wanted of him. I never felt like he did anything because it was the right thing to do; he was driven by his emotions and what the people influencing him wanted. And so I was really annoyed at Moon for saving him and continuing to love him. I couldn’t understand how she could love somebody who had such a weak moral center that he would do the things he did, to the point of being complicit in the attempted murder of all of his people. Feeling guilty about doing horrible things doesn’t redeem you if you still did those horrible things when you knew better. Yeah, I think he made me a little angrier than I even realized until I sat down to write this review! :)

Aside from my spoiler tagged tirade about Sparks, I sometimes wished the story was a bit less romance-y. It wasn’t enough to really annoy me, because there was still a lot of interesting world-building and story to hold my interest, but there really was quite a bit of romance once you list it out. There were two connected love triangles, with offshoots. There was also a separate angsty romance, but it received very little page time. Moon-Sparks-Arienrhod make up one triangle, and Sparks-Moon-BZ make up another. Then you have Herne obsessed with Arienrhod and hints that Cress had a thing for Moon. Then Jerusha and Ngenet.

I always find it easier to rant about my complaints than the things I liked though, and the things I liked outweighed the things I didn’t by quite a lot. Although this book tells a complete story, I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next on this world and plan to continue the series. ( )
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