Bone Dance: A Fantasy for Technophiles
Orb, 2009 (1991)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
mma Bull describes her story
A Fantasy for Technophiles
', and it is indeed an unusual mix of post-apocalyptic science, voodoo and Tarot. The protagonist is Sparrow, an androgynous trader of old and extremely rare videos and CDs in a post-apocalyptic Minnesota. Armageddon was apparently unleashed on the world by
, powerful telepaths able to take over others' bodies at will.
parrow is very secretive, even with friends. As the story opens, s(he) worries over recent blackouts. When s(he) consults his/her
friend Sherrea, s(he)'s told '
There's gonna be blood and fire, and the dead gonna dance in the streets
' before '
the light of change'll shine in the tower of shadows.
' Soon s(he) meets two of the last three surviving Horsemen - Mick Skinner who's been riding Sparrow's body and Frances Redding who's on a personal mission to destroy Tom Worecski, the Horseman who '
pushed the button.
hey are taken in by a group resisting the city's power base, using voodoo. The city is run by A. A. Albrecht (with Worecski in the shadows) - he keeps power by controlling electricity and fuel, outlawing other energy sources. They plan to take down Worecski, with surprising revelations along the way about Sparrow's origins and friends. Though their first attempt is betrayed and goes badly awry, Sparrow and allies survive to try again, this time with the help of
- and Sparrow finally gets to go home.
is rather complex and not for the casual fantasy reader, it's well worth the effort for anyone who sticks with it. By no means my favorite of Emma Bull's works, it's probably the most imaginative, and filled with fascinating music and movie cultural references.
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