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High Couch of Silistra By Janet E. Morris High Couch of Silistra Long ago the human colonists of Silistra waged a war so vicious that centuries later the planet has not recovered Men and women alike suffer from infertility the deadliest legacy of that deadly war

  • Title: High Couch of Silistra
  • Author: Janet E. Morris
  • ISBN: 9780553145328
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • High Couch of Silistra By Janet E. Morris Long ago, the human colonists of Silistra waged a war so vicious that, centuries later, the planet has not recovered Men and women alike suffer from infertility the deadliest legacy of that deadly war Because the birth rate is so low, the Silistrans value above all the ability to bear children, and their social order is based on fertility and sexual prowess On a planetLong ago, the human colonists of Silistra waged a war so vicious that, centuries later, the planet has not recovered Men and women alike suffer from infertility the deadliest legacy of that deadly war Because the birth rate is so low, the Silistrans value above all the ability to bear children, and their social order is based on fertility and sexual prowess On a planet desperate for population, women hold the keys to power These are the adventures of Estri, Well Keepress of Astria and holder of the ultimate seat of control The High Couch of Silistra.
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    1. Janet E. Morris

      Janet Ellen Morris born May 25, 1946 is a United States author She began writing in 1976 and has since published than 20 novels, many co authored with David Drake or her husband Chris Morris She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell Most of her work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written several works of non fiction.Morris was elected to the New York Academy of Sciences in 1980.In 1995, Morris and her husband and frequent co writer Christopher Morris founded M2 Tech Since that time, their writing output has decreased in proportion to the success of the company, which works with U.S federal and military agencies on non lethal weapon systems and software.

    401 thoughts on “High Couch of Silistra”

    1. A re read.I first read this book because my mom checked it out of the library for me She knew I liked fantasy, and came home with a random selection of paperbacks this was one of them I was probably eleven or twelve My mom was not a fan of trashy books, and I read this with big eyes, hoping that she didn t decide to peek inside Nope, she never did, and I got all the sequels out of the library later, too She had absolutely no idea what she d provided me with.My five star rating is taking that ear [...]


    2. To truly appreciate the epic scale that encompasses The High Couch of Silistra, you need to understand the complexity and profundity of thought Janet Morris incorporated into the historical foundation that forms Silistran society.I ll summarize what you need to know here Thousands of years before our story takes place, Silistra faced catastrophe, a catastrophe so severe that all life would have been wiped out were it not for the prudence and tenacity of a special group of people, the Day Keepers [...]


    3. So where to start As one would expect from Janet Morris there is a lot to this story than a simple science fiction tale Firstly the protagonist is a woman, and a strong one at that Estri is not your screaming maiden waiting to be rescued She s a feisty woman, who knows her worth, knows her skills, and her failings and above all she knows herself Estri is than a woman of pleasure for on her world this is no shameful profession As Well Keepress she is much sought after, and highly skilled, but s [...]


    4. What a remarkable feminist text The fact that this was originally published in 1977 is absolutely astounding I found this book to be similar and far superior to the oft praised The Handmaid s Tale published in 1985 In my opinion, The Handmaid s Tale is a very masculine interpretation of femininity which includes absolute sexual domination High Couch on the other hand, explores the idea of female dominance through sexuality.I can only imagine what it must have been like to read this in 1977 There [...]


    5. This is a novel that changed the game for women characters in science fiction, and the women who write science fiction A daring novel for its time that still retains that same sort of power, it is a complex and highly intelligent read about one women s quest in the far future to find her father and her own identity, to find her destiny and make a difference in her world, to be a catalyst for change Herein Janet Morris deals with issues of women s equality to men, their sexuality, the power of it [...]


    6. Janet E Morris s High Couch of Silistra is Intense, Sex Infused Fantasy for Thoughtful ReadersIn 1977, an intellectual female author wrote a debut, fantasy sci fi novel featuring a heroine in a dystopic, alien world striving to discover her mysterious past god like ancestry in 2015, her debut novel was reprinted Some may assume I am referring to Tanith Lee who passed away recently her 1975 debut The Birthgrave was reprinted in 1977 and this year which I just read enjoyed reviewed However, I am r [...]


    7. High Couch of Silistra by Janet Morris Wow I happily received an ARC in exchange for an honest review I have to say it was uniquely interesting, and found it hard to put down The well written main character, Estri Hadrath Diet Estrazi, reeks of sexuality She runs into many complex situations, some of which are quite violent Silistra was the catalyst to the sexual revolution in the year twenty two thousand seven hundred and four Bipedal Federate Standard Time That line alone grabbed my attention [...]


    8. Janet E Morris s High Couch of Silistra is Intense, Sex Infused Fantasy for Thoughtful Readers In 1977, an intellectual female author wrote a debut, fantasy sci fi novel featuring a heroine in a dystopic, alien world striving to discover her mysterious past god like ancestry in 2015, her debut novel was reprinted Some may assume I am referring to Tanith Lee who passed away recently her 1975 debut The Birthgrave was reprinted in 1977 and this year which I just read enjoyed reviewed However, I am [...]


    9. Best selling Author Janet Morris undresses a violent alien world intimate and familiar, met through the eyes of the one woman who s destined to wield its power Her strength and her deliverance she claims as her birthright Her story, a tantalizing seduction, woven like the Chaldra promise which feigns to keep her, the Well Keepress of the High Couch of Silistra.


    10. THE HIGH COUCH OF SILISTRA paints many contrasts in describing in the character of its heroine, Estri, contrasts in the ways she is viewed by others Aristocrat Outcast Picara Slave Ruler But there is a unifying inner theme that clarifies her, throughout the ups and downs of her journey she is a strong willed, adventurous woman leaving her family s stronghold on a mission to find her father, and in doing so, despite being humiliated, or maybe because of it, she realizes her true mettle She is und [...]


    11. A true classic of science fiction and fantasy, and one of the very few that managed to escape my teen hood until now Wow This amazing book is a rich tapestry you have to read to believe, and believe in the planet of Silistra you will Janet Morris pulls you into her eclectic reality with all the skill and imagination one rightly expects from the Creator of the Heroes in Hell shared world series, and The Sacred Band of Brothers


    12. I reviewed this book for NetGalley The High Couch of Silistra is the first novel of the Silistra quartet that Ms Morris wrote in the late 70s and early 80s This book was her first science fiction novel and is an excellent space fantasy tale.The novel is an intersection of the feminism, sexual revolution and fantasy fiction of the 70s It is entertaining and provocative in following the adventures and exploits of Estri, the heroine of the series This is a youthful quest saga that is very well done [...]


    13. I WOULD LOVE TO WATCH THE FILM The author eases the reader into Estri s world and her way of life and introduces us to a protagonist whose personality may well have been flawed by our standards but was, in fact, a normal way of life for her As the pace picks up, you can t help but feel compassion and hope for Estri that she will survive against all odds and finally meet her father.The ending of the story left me wanting , thus I have added the next book in the series to my Christmas to read list [...]


    14. This is a book with many layers A depth not found in most science fiction books The heroine finds it harder to conceive than human women Ester is revered and desired like a courtesan We feel for her She has power Does she abuse this power Does she improve conditions for other women There is much potential for good Does she feel debased and used by men She grows and learns from this experience And so do we.


    15. I probably would not have read this one if I hadn t enjoyed Morris s work so much in the Theives World books, but I did like it pretty well It didn t have as much adventure and swashbuckling as I normally like, but good characters and it made me pick up another in this series.



    16. I wasn t only disappointed so much by the book itself, by also by the reviews Some reviewers called it feminist which, emphatically, it isn t It is a pointless though thankfully brief read about a useless heroine who manages to travel from point A to point B while getting raped a lot.But let s start with the positive The one star I give to this book is solely in honour of the excellent world building And if anyone no one has been following my reviews, you ll know that shoddy world building is no [...]


    17. I ve changed my rating for this book, but kept the original review below It was so hard reading this book because of the brutal treatment among characters and the complex themes throughout the story The main character Estri is searching for her father at the behest of her deceased mother The help she receives along the way from various men is complicated for lack of a better word She develops feelings for a few of the men she engages in relations with on her journey Dellin, Sereth, Raet yet each [...]


    18. I would like to give a big thank you to Perseid Press for the paperback copy of this book You can also find this review on Hedgehog Book Reviews The men and women living on Silistra are governed by a hierarchy of sexual desire and fertility Infertility is a widespread issue that allows the most sexually appealing women the greatest power Estri is among the most powerful in the land she holds the position of the high couch of Silistra Estri s mother died during childbirth and she has yet to know [...]


    19. No one can argue with Janet Morris s skill in creating beautifully written text Her prose is of a standard not often seen and the imagery it provokes is almost without equal, even when it s a book written and please don t kill me before I was born The content remains fresh, which is the hallmark of a classic The cover from 1977 is dated, yet one can imagine it was fresh and compelling when first released 50 Shades of Grey it is not hiding its content beneath a cover that gives little clue to wha [...]


    20. This was a very entertaining book, but I d stop short of calling it feminist or particularly insightful into female sexuality The woman in this book becomes enthralled by lovers of increasing cruelty from one to the next The premise seems to be that men or women who embrace their inner beast are the most enlightened and superior I m not arguing that physical domination isn t sometimes a very sexy thing, but this story isn t really getting that right, in my opinion Glorifying prostitution is a bi [...]


    21. I must start by saying this was an intense read, not suitable for someone looking for a quick fix, pick me up, put me down kind of book It is a wonderfully complex read, with great character and fantasy world building Sex and power struggles are the dominant theme the heroine Estri is complex and expertly drawn, and the author never drops the ball as she weaves expertly through emotive issues Engrossing and unforgettable.


    22. I couldn t finish the book First off, I m not big on fantasy novels and this novel s beginning seemed full of it And then the rape but not really, then the real rape, then the degradation but she s enjoying it, I just can t take it No rating because I didn t finish it.


    23. Rape, worldbuilding, rape that s okay because the rapist is so manly, florid dialogue, and some rape to top it off.Bonus quote Every woman in her deepest self desires to be bound and raped.


    24. I think that, like a lot of readers, I didn t quite know what to make of this book Is it a brilliant examination of sexuality and gender, or a highly disturbing portrayal of rape fantasies The answer is probably both In any case, it will certainly make you think hard about sex, gender, and consent.First things first as a work of fantasy science fantasy it is excellent It melds fantasy and sci fi tropes to create a galaxy full of alien races where space travel is normal, but most of the action ta [...]


    25. Awful, not in the least bit erotic, and it appears that women are seen only as prostitutes to be bought and abused, with no say in anything, while the men are manly and masterful Sorry to be sexist but I would have guessed this to be written by a man Also terribly boring Could not finish.Review of a preview digital copy from the publisher.


    26. I really wanted to like this book When I requested it, the description deceived me into thinking this book was entirely what it isn t.First of all, I want to note that the author, Janet Morris, has a superb writing style On top of that, she was pretty creative with a backstory and a fantasy setting But realistically, it was just glorified rape porn Which really, really shocked me Because it comes out of nowhere, and once it starts, it seems like it never ends.This book made me nauseous I ve only [...]


    27. This review originally appeared bookswithoutanypictures.wordprThe High Couch of Silistra by Janet Morris is set on a post apocalyptic planet that had been ravaged by nuclear war Genetic mutations have made it very difficult to procreate, and so society has been arranged to glorify promiscuity in the hopes that some genetic combinations may prove fruitful Civilization is centered around the Wells, which are pretty much centers of prostitution, and women hold most of the power in society.When Estr [...]


    28. I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I am simply stunned by the interpretations of this work by other reviewers The indication seems to be that they find this book to be feminist The main character is strong and confident in her sexualityuntil the author does everything in her power to rip that away and prove to the reader that her only strength and power is that granted to her by the men in her life She then thanks them for the granting The reviewers feel th [...]


    29. High Couch of Silistra The Silistra Quartet BookJanet MorrisPure excellence.High Couch of Silistra unfolds revealing a complex and visionary story to grasp any enquiring mind, whilst turning these pages of pure genius The historical and mythical details created by the author thoroughly tease the imagination of the reader Without doubt, the works of Morris are to be taken, held and captured as nothing than great literature.A heroic quest of this highest calibre.


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