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Award winning author Michael Swanwick brings us a deeply engrossing and thought provoking novel about human civilizatio. This was some kind of amazing The main character who was never referred to as anything but Bureaucrat was hardly my definition of a bureaucrat He was part outcast part superspy part magician s apprentice and part avenger He wears so many hats during this superb little gem that I never slow down and even consider why The plot is also so damn interesting and the pacing so fantastic that I almost miss exactly how wonderfully crafted the writing is Am I a fan of Swanwick I have read a few of his short stories years ago and I loved them I remembered them very fondly but in passing because I prefer novels over anything else So why am I so damn late to the table now Hell if I know and I m ashamed because of it I m going to be going through his entire catalogue shortlySo many wonderful sf ideas were crammed in here and all of them were firmly in the service of the overarching story that happens to have an awful lot in common with The Tempest The obvious bits were intended by the colonizers of Miranda and the allegorical allusions were fully conscious and intended by the characters It was delightful in that respect The things that happen give the feel but thankfully not the full substance of the play so never worry if you think you might be turned off by a shameless cribbing This novel is truly a one of a kind brilliant homage to all things SF and Fantasy A lot of the time it s impossible to separate the two but what else can you do when you have awesome worldbuilding on colony worlds cloning terraforming world AIs NSA game theory puzzle boxes the size of nations AND indigenous aliens who shapeshift who s biology is mostly incompatible with us except when triggered turning us into wizards with grand powers morphing into angels and demons mind control as well as the summoning of immensely powerful archetypes Is it SF or Fantasy Clarke s razor appliesBut lo This is no simple tale to mix elements and say Hey look what I did No The story here is king from old world to new disillusionment to renewing perception retribution to revelation to understandingOf course it also borrows concepts to sweep a wide circumference even stooping to crib from some classics Dune fans rejoice pain by nerve induction For this I don t care too much It serves a serious and pretty much identical purpose but in the service of magic apprenticeship There s other examples too but it slides by so fast and delicious and moves on to the next wonderful surrealism and solid chink of plot that I m left gasping with joyTHIS IS A GRAND GEM people Fantastic writing wonderful ideas and nothing short of intensely memorable characters It won the Nebula award in 91 and was nominated for Hugo alas that it hadn t won I will probably read this one again just to bathe in it The tide is coming Can YOU read between the lines of the tv station

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Stations of the Tide

N on the brink of extinction This astonishing Stations of Kindle future take on Shakespeare's The Tempest depicts a w. Actual rating 25 starsWhat an odd little novel Not my usual fare at all and I wouldn t have picked it up or persevered if it wasn t on my project reading list and if it wasn t so short I can see where many people would find it interesting and intriguing I merely found it all confusing so it s not my cuppa teaThe main character never even gets a name he is merely the bureaucrat When I first started the book I thought Oh good this is a sci fi mystery And it kind of was but it also wasn t There s a lot of odd technology and strange biology It reminded me a lot of Philip K Dick s writing actually which I uite like It had that same trippy uality so I m not sure why it rubbed me the wrong way but it did It also made me think about Gibson s Neuromancer with its hallucinatory ualitiesThis is the only Swanwick book on my reading list but I may at some point try some of his other writing just as an experiment to see what else he has to offerBook number 284 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project

Michael Swanwick ☆ 7 Summary

Orld doomed by encroaching water and the extraordinary lengths to which its people will go to ensure their survival pp.. This is one of the books that I described as good beginning tedious but necessary middle part good endingIt has interesting ideas planetary romance and conflict between Miranda people needs and rule of forbidden technology share to name two of them But the execution is too slow for my personal tasteWhat saved this book to make me like this book the foreshadow clues are good and the climax ending used the clues well to burn my excitement What an ending Argh I need to restrain myself not to spoil itIf only this book has 2 3 surprises and made the novel less boring in the middle part this novel could become 5 Star


10 thoughts on “Stations of the Tide

  1. says:

    This was some kind of amazing The main character who was never referred to as anything but Bureaucrat was hardly my definition of a bureaucrat He was part outcast part superspy part magician's apprentice and part avenger He wears so m

  2. says:

    Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick is the story of an unnamed Bureaucrat and the urgent investigation he’s tasked with The planet he

  3. says:

    A very beautifully written and imagined novel full of magic and menace mystery and madnessThe plot although it does mostly come together in the end is secondary to the experiential and visual aspects of book If you're unable to follow everything that's going on or visualize some of the scenes and items he's describing don'

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    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureIt’s the Jubilee Year on the planet Miranda Every 200 years the planet floods and humans must leave until Miranda’s continents are reborn Miranda used to be the home of an indigenous species of shapeshifters who during Jubilee would return to their auatic forms until the waters

  5. says:

    Despite the sci fi suit this book sometimes wears this is a full on plunge into surrealism A story of shape changing clones virtual r

  6. says:

    Actual rating 25 starsWhat an odd little novel Not my usual fare at all and I wouldn’t have picked it up or persevered if it wasn’t on my project reading list and if it wasn’t so short I can see where many people would find it

  7. says:

    This is one of the books that I described as good beginning tedious but necessary middle part good endingIt has interesting ideas planetary romance and conflict between Miranda people needs and rule of forbidden technology share to name two of them But the execution is too slow for my personal tasteWhat saved this book to make me like this book the foreshadow clues are good and the climax ending used the clue

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    A man known only as 'the bureaucrat' searches for an elusive wizard on a planet plagued by catastrophic tides In this universe a vague domineering organization housed in a labyrinthine structure known as the Puzzle Palace regulates access to technology among planets When a society is deemed to have been irresponsible it

  9. says:

    What a long winding complicated road one must travel to come to the end of this journey At worst it was very confusing at b

  10. says:

    I got halfway through just didn't care if I read another page or not I'm not sure if the writing wasn't up to snuff or it was the plot maybe it was the characters I think it was I didn't like the hero much there wasn't a single sup