The Mount

The Mount

Carol Emshwiller / Jan 28, 2020

The Mount 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 C

  • Title: The Mount
  • Author: Carol Emshwiller
  • ISBN: 9781931520034
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 hCharley 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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      • Carol Emshwiller

        Carol Emshwiller is an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes including the Nebula and Philip K Dick Awards Ursula K Le Guin has called her a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction In 2005, she was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement Her most recent novel, The Secret City, was published in April 2007.She is the widow of the artist and experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller.


    1. When I began reading this story of an alien race that has not just conquered us, but turned us into their personal mounts, I expected a heavy-handed metaphor about slavery and social dynamics. What I got instead was part allegory, but also a fully-realized SF world, complete with intricate mechanisms by which an alien invader managed to tame us as a species.The most surprising and pleasant part of The Mount is how thorough the author is with her explanation of how humans could become mounts to a [...]

    2. Such a funny little book. I bought the book partly because of the cover. I was expecting something more grim. Also, I'm labeling this one as YA, even though the publisher hasn't designated it that way. It would be excellent for someone learning English, or who struggles with reading. The story is told from the point-of-view of a pre-teen human "mount." And no, not "mount" in a pervvy way! Imagine humans as a cross between a horse and a slave, and little alien creatures are perfectly physiologica [...]

    3. I read this for a book club. I did not vote for it, but I’m so glad that it won. It’s a very, very fast read. I inhaled it over 2 days, and today, the day I finished it, is our last dry day for at least a week, but rather than enjoy the outdoors, I couldn’t tear myself away from this book.It’s published as an adult book but I think it would be perfect for high school classroom reading too; it reads very much like a young adult book and its main protagonist is a young person.This book ma [...]

    4. When I finished this book, I picked up another to read, and just couldn't do it. The "message" in this book is really strong and it takes a bit to digest. Even better, I don't think there is a single message. This short book was written brilliantly, so you can see whatever you want in the relationships.This story takes place in some future or alternate timeline. Through whatever means, there are aliens living on earth. Emshwiller did a fantastic job describing, not so much what they look like (s [...]

    5. It doesn’t take much guess-work to figure out how this wound up on my TBR pile. It’s a rather obvious allegory for animal rights, although instead of apes enslaving people like in Planet of the Apes, it’s an alien species with cat-like ears and weak legs enslaving humans. The concept is a good one, but the execution fell short for me, which is sad, because I wanted to love it.The structure of the book is problematic. The first chapter is from the perspective of an entirely random Hoot who [...]

    6. At first, I hated this book, and even to the end I had to work to get past the premise. The book takes places on earth in a future where a small but highly intellegent race of alines (Hoots) have conquered and enslaved humanity. They use and treat humans exactly as we use horses -- the Hoots ride their Mounts by sitting on their shoulders, fitting the humans with bits, keeping them in stalls, feeding them apples and other fruit, and racing them for entertainment. This plays out as the least subt [...]

    7. Emshwiller clearly likes conflating animals with people . . . one of her early works, "Carmen Dog" features a scenario where women turn into animal and vice versa and done properly that kind of thing can come across as a finely tuned metaphor (much like Ionesco's absurdist play "Rhinoceros") and done poorly will probably be like one of those low budget werewolf movies they tend to show at midnight cinemas. Here, she takes a situation where people become a certain kind of animal, and yet makes it [...]

    8. I read this book because it promised to play out a recurring daydream of mine. It was somewhat satisfying in that regard, but the same concept could have gotten a much more sophisticated treatment by a better writer, or maybe if written from a different perspective. The daydream/plot: What would happen if advanced aliens invaded or captured us and made us their beasts of burden and/or pets like we've done to horses, and there was nothing we could do about it because they were as much more advanc [...]

    9. Hundreds of years ago, diminutive aliens, the Hoots, conquered Earth. Some humans are free, but most are slaves. Those treated the best are the ones chosen as mounts, constantly feeling a Hoot's weight on their shoulders, trained for races or exhibition, treated like pets and friends but slaves nonetheless. Young Charley is one of these mounts, serving the Hoots' future leader, and when Charley's father, a leader of the human rebellion, frees him, he's not all that happy about it. Who, after all [...]

    10. The Mount is clearly a science fiction novel but the focus is very much on psychology. The alien invasion is not the center of the story, there are no epic space battles or explorations of strange alien cultures. Readers looking for that type of science fiction will be disappointed. The novel is something of an allegory for slavery or oppression and can be interpreted or applied to many different situations. Some reviewers have suggested it comments on the way we treat animals ourselves for inst [...]

    11. This is a very strange little book. I tried to explain it to a friend today and got bogged down. "It's set in a future in which small aliens have landed on Earth and decide to use humans as their steeds." She said it sounded like a somewhat kinkier version of V. So I tried to explain that the interesting difference here was that the events of the book take place quite some time after the landing, so that humans have become accustomed to their roles. That helped a little, although she was still s [...]

    12. I read Emshwiller's "The Mount" because it is our sci fi book club selection for April. The narrator in "The Mount" is a young human who has been bred to serve as a mount for the alien race called Hoots by the humans. Humans serve like horses for the aliens, providing them transport and also serving as racing animals for sport. The aliens feed the humans with propaganda, but also use brute force and bridals and bits to keep the humans in-line. "The Mount" is a unique and creative work of fiction [...]

    13. An amazing book - the best sort of sci-fi fable that refuses to go where I kept thinking it had to. Must read for anyone who loves a riveting quick read that has the depth to keep you thinking long after you've blazed through it.

    14. This was a fun book -- entertaining. But, it felt a little young, and it lacked a good climax. It was a very quick and easy read.

    15. The Mount is an unusual book - on the surface it's a novel about the interaction between humans and a race of aliens (called Hoots by us humans). It takes place on earth, or perhaps another world colonized by humans in some distance future. The hoots arrived generations ago and, due to their superior senses, intellect, and hooting power, have become the dominant species. Humans are now relegated to the roles of mounts; dear, beloved, cared-for mounts, upon which the hoots ride. The story is most [...]

    16. Color me unimpressed.There were times it was good, but never very good, and the book's avant garde purpose remains unclear.The basic question that drove her, "What it would be like if a smart prey animal rode a predator?" isn't really answered. There are certainly some interesting problems in depicting the sociology and psychology of what an intelligent prey animal might be like, but there's no good reason for the choices she made. For example, are prey always "nice", as the Hoots are depicted? [...]

    17. 4.5 stars. Weird. This book is weird. I say that as a compliment. This was the first Emshwiller book I intended to read, it ended up being the last. It was the hardest to find. I think that is good, because everything else she wrote would have seemed mundane after this. The Secret City and Mister Boots were both weird, the first garden-variety weird, the second getting a bit weirder. This one is out there.The voicing is weird (in a good way). The concept is weird (good way). The obvious parallel [...]

    18. Weird and wonderful. This drew me in immediately with its unique tone (whimsical, tricksy, strange), with a Hoot addressing the reader as if the reader were a mount being ridden. I like that Emshwiller is able to say such poetic, profound things through such unreliable narrators (there are a few). The concept, carried out, is also unique. It has a fable-like, magical realist quality to it, where you don't need to worry too much about specific logistics in order to enjoy the larger narrative. And [...]

    19. A very strange story of post-alien invasion Earth, told in spare but beautiful prose. Charley is a tame mount for a young overlord. He is proud to carry his Hoot. Charley's father lives in the mountains, a wild human, free from his own host and plotting an insurrection. All the characters are great as unreliable narrators. There is action, humour, and the book's genuinely moving. Useful lessons and insights within re: racism, discrimination, being a good person, etc.

    20. ‘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 finish line, in his racing silks, with a medal around his neck.Charley lives in a stable. He isn’t a runner; he is a human mount. he belongs to a Hoot. The Hoots are alien invaders. Charley hasn’t seen his mother in years, and his father is hiding out in the mountains with the other Free Humans. The Hoots own the world, but the humans want it back. Charley [...]

    21. Generations ago, aliens called Hoots invaded Earth. Hoots have very weak legs, so they started breeding humans to use as mounts. Some humans resisted and fled to the mountains where the Hoots don't care to pursue them, but others are still being actively bred and trained in Hoot compounds. There are the muscular Seattles, the lean and skinny Tennessees, and the in-betweens: the nothings, who are of no value to the Hoots.Charley is a Seattle, the child of some of the most famous Seattles in histo [...]

    22. The Mount is set in a scifi future in which humans have lost our top spot on the planet. Small aliens with superior technology have taken over and convinced us that serving them is now our best option. So the aliens ride on humans' shoulders, using training and tack to keep us in line, just as humans do with horses. The story focuses on one human and one alien who forge a special bond and help the others of both species to change this situation for the better. The protagonist's father, an "untra [...]

    23. Um romance alegórico sobre a complexa relação de interdependência entre dominadores e dominadosEm The Mount, a Terra foi invadida por pequenas criaturas alienígenas chamadas Hoots. Por uma dessas coincidências do universo, elas tem pernas extremamente frágeis e cabem perfeitamente na nuca dos seres humanos, que não demoram muito a serem usados como montaria.A história se passa em um momento no qual isso já ocorre há diversas décadas. Humanos são reproduzidos em função de sua belez [...]

    24. Carol Emshwiller’s The Mount is one of those small books I pick up at the library, thinking, “I’ll take this to my dentist appointment and toss it off in the waiting room.”I was wrong. I lingered over it and read it twice before I returned it to the library. The book is written in the sort of spare prose I admire so much and find so rarely. It’s narrator is Charley, an 11-year old human, who serves as the mount for his little alien master, Future-Ruler-of-Us-All. (Yes, it’s one of th [...]

    25. Are we really such a bunch of pushovers? Who are we to proclaim the rights of the oppressed, when we oppress others? Who are we to condemn slavery when we still allow slavery to occur? Who are we to demand liberty while we still remove the freedoms of others? Why can't we all just get along? This is the essence of the allegory that is "The Mount". A noble and thought provoking message all wrapped up inside a mild science fiction novella.Emshwiller starts off with an original and imaginative alie [...]

    26. Wow. The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller, is freaking amazing.Charley is a Seattle – he’s big and strong, and has beautiful posture. He’s so much better than a skinny little Tennessee. His bloodline is pure. And he’s been chosen, as the mount for The-Future-Leader-of-Us-All. He learns all the commands he needs to, so he doesn’t get lashed, he doesn’t need to wear a bit or a bridle. His handlers call him ‘Smiley’, because he smiles so much. He likes strawberries, and chocolates – and [...]

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