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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (21 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062304585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062304582
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of sf's most distinctive voices."--Locus on Sheri S. Tepper

"Sheri S. Tepper takes the mental risks that are the lifeblood of science fiction and all imaginative fiction."--Ursula K. Le Guin on Sheri S. Tepper

"Her novels are the old-fashioned kind, despite their futuristic settings; the kind that wrap you in their embrace, that take over your life, that make the world disappear."--Village Voice Literary Supplement on Sheri S. Tepper

"This lyrical, beautifully written novel transcends the sum of its parts to become a parable of survival and hope in hopeless times."--The Guardian on THE WATERS RISING

"Tepper balances pointed criticisms of our era with a calamity that appears to owe far more to Genesis than to science...the writing is slick and crafeully crafted, Xulai has plenty of pluck, and her companions possess a nearly ideal mixture of virtues, flaws, and enthusiasm for redemptive sacrifice."--Publishers Weekly on THE WATERS RISING

"The Waters Rising delivers a strong, complex story that poses tough questions and demands a new look at the possibilities of the future."--Wichita Eagle on THE WATERS RISING

"Tepper has developed a dependable following with works that have an epic fantasy feel but that ultimately reveal logically consistent scientific trappings. This work is no exception, a successful blend of dying-earth fantasy and wicked-witch fable."--Booklist on THE WATERS RISING

"The Waters Rising stands as a thoughtful allegory for environmentalism."--Iron Mountain Daily News on THE WATERS RISING

"Tepper . . . excell[s] at world-building and at creating strong and independent characters."--Publishers Weekly on Sheri S. Tepper

"Tepper's themes and messages are cutting, but the anger and sorrow embedded in them are delivered by the author's enduringly optimistic humanism. This is mastery of science-fiction storytelling that could only be the result of honing over a lifetime."--Booklist on FISH TAILS

Tepper s themes and messages are cutting, but the anger and sorrow embedded in them are delivered by the author s enduringly optimistic humanism. This is mastery of science-fiction storytelling that could only be the result of honing over a lifetime. --Booklist on FISH TAILS"

One of sf s most distinctive voices. --Locus on Sheri S. Tepper"

Sheri S. Tepper takes the mental risks that are the lifeblood of science fiction and all imaginative fiction. --Ursula K. Le Guin on Sheri S. Tepper"

Her novels are the old-fashioned kind, despite their futuristic settings; the kind that wrap you in their embrace, that take over your life, that make the world disappear. --Village Voice Literary Supplement on Sheri S. Tepper"

This lyrical, beautifully written novel transcends the sum of its parts to become a parable of survival and hope in hopeless times. --The Guardian on THE WATERS RISING"

Tepper balances pointed criticisms of our era with a calamity that appears to owe far more to Genesis than to science...the writing is slick and crafeully crafted, Xulai has plenty of pluck, and her companions possess a nearly ideal mixture of virtues, flaws, and enthusiasm for redemptive sacrifice. --Publishers Weekly on THE WATERS RISING"

The Waters Rising delivers a strong, complex story that poses tough questions and demands a new look at the possibilities of the future. --Wichita Eagle on THE WATERS RISING"

Tepper has developed a dependable following with works that have an epic fantasy feel but that ultimately reveal logically consistent scientific trappings. This work is no exception, a successful blend of dying-earth fantasy and wicked-witch fable. --Booklist on THE WATERS RISING"

The Waters Rising stands as a thoughtful allegory for environmentalism. --Iron Mountain Daily News on THE WATERS RISING"

Tepper . . . excell[s] at world-building and at creating strong and independent characters. --Publishers Weekly on Sheri S. Tepper" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An extraordinary new novel from one of the masters of science fiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Love this, love this author, she has a completely different take on life
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I love Sheri Tepper .It was lovely to have some Loved characters from previous stories.
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Hard to rate this one - I would have given it 2 stars except that there's a lot of it I liked. Okay isn't quite right either - parts are as wildly and wonderfully imaginative as anything else Ms Tepper has written and other parts are pedestrian and badly structured.
Over many years, Sheri Tepper has created a universe peopled with a rich and varied cast of characters and races and a fabulous backdrop of worlds and planets illustrating her feminist and conservationist themes with a good deal of humour, compassion and outrage. And she has written a load of great stories with marvellously inventive twists and ideas.
I gather from other reviewers that this is to be her last book and it's a shame that the editing lets it down so badly. Twice I came across whole passages that had been repeated and, more often than that, occasions where people made discoveries or came to understandings that they had already discovered or understood earlier in the book.
I agree with other reviewers that in places there was more repetitious detail than was needed and I felt that the ending was blatantly contrived and fell somewhat flat. The tidying up of plot and characters was a crude and it was very disappointing to have the wonderful character of Mavin Manyshaped (from some much earlier novels) reduced to a strained plot device and a hasty tidying away to some other part of the planet.
Abasio and Xulai somehow never came to life in this book, for me. They seemed tired and jaded and indeed, often said they were. I'm afraid I felt that Ms Tepper felt a bit like that herself when she wrote the book.
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This is a strange book, a weird book. A very well-written book. A analytical book. A philosophical book. A book about the environment, social order, and just about the stupidity of men. We really are a stupid race.

The book had so many lovely quotes, I'd love to write down all of them but that would be one long review. So here are some.

They were talking about old religions

"I am not joking. While millions of children were starving at various places on the earth, some religions were still insisting that it was sinful to prevent excess births. I am fascinated by the religions of that time. Without exception they simply denied reality. They were completely myth-driven. Self-inflicting pain was a common religious practice..."

"If a man seeks to make his faith a law, this action alone disproves his faith, for the law cannot define kindness."

"If a man seeks to kill others who believe otherwise, this action alone disproves his faith, for those who kill are not kind."

It was a long time since I went quote crazy, but she just tells it so well, so cleverly. About every subject too.

This is a sci-fi book. It takes place in the future where we have killed the earth, then we invented machines that went on killing us. Those left live in a strange medieval world mixed with some tech at times. And people are still stupid and do stupid things. But some are trying to save the human race as the waters are rising and soon we will all drown.

I would not recommend this book without having read earlier books. Sure it is strange, so for that reason I am sure you could jump right in and still understand, but to really grasp it you really must start at book 1.
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Oh dear. I really hate to write anything negative because I love Sheri Tepper's work. But I have to be honest, the last few books haven't hit the spot for me - The Margarets, The Waters Rising and now this.

For me there was too much of the characters talking, too much explanation of how things worked and too much convenient technology. Did we really need to hear the Earth's history and environmental message, and the explanation of Bao over and again? Did we really need the detailed explanation of how Fixit's race reproduce? I could just about put up with the "Thing Master" as it had been used in the previous book, but it seemed to me that every time the characters encountered a minor inconvenience there was a handy bit of kit or a person that could sort things out. Like with portable camp, or the long description of healing the boy and then once he was mostly healed, BANG! they could stick him in a not previously mentioned machine that could finish the job within a day.

The wormy-fatty stinker ogre crossbreed things didn't quiet work either. Is as if a list had been made of the things that disgust us most and let's see if we can mash it into one creature, never mind if it makes scientific sense or not. Add eating humans to that and bingo - the stuff of nightmares. Except that it didn't scare me because it wasn't believable, unlike the Hippae, the Brannigans or the Walkers.

There seemed to be a need to tie up all the loose ends and I felt a certain amount of sentiment creeping in. All the animals that might have drowned if most of them weren't already extinct had already been saved, moved back in time and to another planet. Of course the griffins have to be saved. Of course Mavin can't stay in her thousand year stone curse and never meet her grandchildren.
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