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This is the book which begins by escribing its heroine as "blond [rather than blonde] and ovately willowy". Thanks to everone who has speculated on the meaning of the last two words there; I guess I am convinced that she is thin with wide, childbearing hips, but it is possible to imagine a more comprehensible description.

Anyway, Freda Caron is a botanist working on some strange flowers from a newly discovered planet. That's basically the plot. Boyd appears to be trying to say deep things about sexuality and sexual politics, and the nature of humanity, but it really doesn't work. I was surprised to discover that the book dates from as late as 1969; it feels of an earlier 60s vintage. The ending, where Freda gives birth to a plant-human hybrid, is particularly silly.

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surliminal
Nov. 8th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Gosh a book I've actually read!!
I seem to recall that was his really duff first novel? Another one by him was one of the fave books of my 6 skiffy books a week teenage years.. The Last Starship From Earth I think? All his books were a bit strange - as if they were really attempts by the author to see how much he could get away with vis ia vis his readers ot something..
yea_mon
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
Ah! That's why he's slightly familiar to me.

I've never read any of his books, mainly due to them not being available in my corner(s) of the world - but "The Last Starship From Earth" stuck in my head as it's such an evocative title.
aerodrome1
Jan. 19th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
"Last Starship" wasn't bad, but "Pollinators" was spectcularly silly...thoughthe scene were Freda has sex with the plant is oddly hot...
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