I'm giving it a 5 stars! Wow! It is one of the best and most complete stories I've read...I cried starting on page 40 & I laughed out loud somewhere around page 65...it was a very moving story - I cried through the last page! There were about 100 pages 2/3 of the way through where I wasn't as involved in the story, but it came around again and truly all made sense and was very fulfilling. Wow! It's rare to read a scifi book like this and not be upset that there isn't a sequel, but it was just perfect the way it was.
Oh, perhaps I should mention that there was some unexpected but not really explicit sex in the book...just a bit...and m/m at that...that is not what the book is about, but it's there nonetheless. The book is a full life story. A story with many unique twists and a fascinating view of so many things...utopia...interspecies partnerships...death...the future. I can't recommend it enough!
If you enjoy the dragon-human bond in the Pern books, you'll like "Storyteller". A well-developed alien biology (which Thomson has done extremely well in her other books) and interesting character development.
Good story, strong characters, I-want-to-meet-one cool alien people (who happen to be fish on the world of Thalassa), and compelling relationship development all combine to make a good story. If you like McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern, you will like this story.
I enjoyed Amy Thomson's "The Color of Distance" so I was excited to find another book by her. I was not disappointed.
Science fiction on a planet that's mostly water, inhabited by harsels, telepathic whale-like creatures which some humans can bond with. History is told by itinerant storytellers, like Teller, who in her old age adopts a homeless boy who becomes her apprentice and lives with her and her harsel and learns her secrets. There's some sex, both gay and straight, but nothing really graphic.