Guardians of the Singreale
by Calvin Miller.
Harper & Row: 1982.
This tale takes place on a world akin to Eden: people are vegetarian, live for thousands of years, etc. The evil black-haired (the rest have gray hair) Parsky tricks people into eating meat and is after a magic diamond which is symbolic of God’s love.
This is the first of a trilogy, and suffice it to say that I will not be reading the next two volumes. Simple in plot, boring in characters, tedius in moral teachings, the book could effectively be read in an hour or two. Perhaps its biggest flaw is a lack of imagination: the only interesting thing are the tilt-winds which are powerful seasonal winds the locals use to go hang-gliding. Whoopee.