Carolyn Howard-Johnson reviews Sagarmatha by Nina Osier
by Nina Osier
ISBN: 1594313393 or 9781594313394
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Explores What Ails the Universe
especially evil hiding itself behind a guise of faith,
the voice of Scorch Stackpole, the heroine in Nina Osier's e-book, is the
profoundest of reasons to take a moment to download her Sagarmatha.
, Like Sci-Fi stories that Steven Spielberg made into American movie
icons, this one is full of lessons for our own age, from the dangers of
isolating ourselves from those who are different to the corrosive
consequences of judging others by our own narrow experiences.
said that, Sagarmatha is also a
darn good story. The liberated
heroine who has been away fighting battles throughout the universe returns
home to the planet that gives the novel its name. There she finds she must
fight a revolution led by zealots. She also must face her own
internal skirmishes with love and the responsibilities imposed by family
This woman, who has survived by being tough, must also come to terms with a culture and place she both loves and hates. Sagarmatha will not be the same book to all people. In addition to its futuristic bent, it is a little bit women's, a little bit feminist, a tiny bit romance and a big bit adventure. Throw in a little environmental science and geology. I found only one word that some families would find objectionable so it may even work for older teens.
Sagarmatha, the author describes a multi-layered and extremely
foreign culture she has imagined as a background for her universal themes.
That may present difficulties for the reader, especially those uninitiated
in the structure and vocabulary of science fiction. It is worth a bit of a
struggle to get through the first couple chapters -- when characters,
galactic intricacies, and traditions are introduced -- to find the meat
and bones of these characters and their conflicting worlds.
never preaches but in this story we see ourselves as we may become. In it
we find a story that relates to our own lives and time.
Howard-Johnson's first novel, This
Is the Place, has won eight awards.
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