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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Jenna Starborn was created out of frozen embryonic tissue, a child unloved and unwanted. Yet she has grown up with a singularly sharp mindand a heart that warms to those she sees as less fortunate than herself. This novel takes us into Jenna Starborn's life, to a planet called Fieldstar, and to a property called Thorrastonewhose enigmatic lord will test the strength of that tender and compassionate heart.

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Sharon Shinn won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer and was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

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Ambrosia4All, January 4, 2009 (view all comments by Ambrosia4All)
It definitely lived up to the expectations of upbeat and romantic. As a quick summary, Jenna Starborn is Jane Eyre...IN SPACE. Yes, it's a scifi retelling of that most classic of the 19th century romantic novels. The interchanged details are magnificent: born of a gen tank rather than as an unwanted orphan, becomes a nuclear technician rather than a governess, with Jenna as a half-citizen rather than merely a penniless orphan.

I particularly liked how Shinn focused on the caste system of this future world and basically magnified the social system of the 19th century into a more legal status difference that actually ended up being more stratifying than Jane Eyre's precarious situation in her novel. This system allowed Shinn to explore some philosophical points on social stature that were present, although not focused on, in Brontë's novel. The worth of a person becomes a poignant point in this novel, although sadly, Shinn only briefly touches on it before moving onto the meat of the story.

My only major discontent with this book was that it followed the story of Jane Eyre TOO closely. I knew what would come next and how it would end, and besides the changes in terminology, it was not a very unique story. I like my retellings to be richly detailed and to just use the bare bones outline of the original to tell a new story with a new point. Mercedes Lackey does this admirably with her Elemental Masters novels.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441009008
Author:
Shinn, Sharon
Publisher:
Ace Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Number:
Ace trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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