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The Mount

By Carol Emshwiller
The Mount by Carol Emshwiller digital book - Fable

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* Philip K. Dick Award Winner
* Best of the Year: Locus, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, Book Magazine
* Nominated for the Impac Award

Charley is an athlete. He wants to grow up to be the fastest runner in the world, like his father. He wants to be painted crossing the finishing line, in his racing silks, with a medal around his neck. Charley lives in a stable. He isn't a runner, he's a mount. He belongs to a Hoot: The Hoots are alien invaders. Charley hasn't seen his mother for years, and his father is hiding out in the mountains somewhere, with the other Free Humans. The Hoots own the world, but the humans want it back. Charley knows how to be a good mount, but now he's going to have to learn how to be a human being.

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“One of the weirdest books I’ve read- makes sense being a PKD winner in 2002. While this book is a superficial, often immature story told through eyes of a child- i felt this book hold lots of allegory and nuanced deeper themes. And is guarenteed to bring up interesting discussion… We follow charley, a young boy who grew up knowing the Hoots (alien creatures) are now the masters of humanity on Earth, and that we humans were meant to be their prized mounts- they do after all take care of us. Charley’s dreams and world view change when he gets “rescued” by a team of wild humans. Unlike other tropes, he isnt grateful and wants to go back home.”
“An interesting story, and concept, when viewed as social commentary. I like that the Hoots are described in bits and pieces rather than revealed all at once. Not a very exciting read, but thought-provoking.”

About Carol Emshwiller

Carol Emshwiller is the author of six novels including Carmen Dog, Ledoyt, Mister Boots, The Secret City, and Leaping Man Hill, as well as collections of short fiction: Joy in Our Cause, Verging on the Pertinent, The Start of the End of It All, Report to the Men’s Club, I Live with You, Master of the Road to Nowhere, and two volumes of Collected Stories. She grew up in Michigan and France. She lives in New York City.

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