Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tepper's The Waters Rising a blend of fantasy and science fiction

Book 54: The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper

Sheri Tepper combines two genres and adds a unique twist on an old convention to produce a spellbinding story of humanity's efforts to save itself from certain destruction in The Waters Rising.

The destruction facing humanity lies both ahead and behind.  Ahead are the rising waters from the earth's core that will soon swallow the earth, and mankind, in a watery grave. Behind is a terminator-like creature, both man and machine, loose on an relentless campaign to destroy humanity.  

The Waters Rising melds elements of fantasy and science fiction in a post-apocalyptic tale that could only emerge from the pen from this incomparable storyteller.

On a journey to perform a sacred mission in the homeland she has never seen, Xulai discovers that there is a second mission for her carry out. And this mission, the culmination of generations of planning, holds the fate of humanity its balance. 

At her side is Abasio, a mysterious wanderer with a talking horse, whose fate is inextricably entwined with Xulai and her mission to save mankind.

From The Gate to Women's Country to Grass to The Family Tree to The Margarets, Tepper's fans have come to expect a rich, complex story filled with vivid characters. The Waters Rising will not leave them disappointed. It is a powerful tale of sacrifice and hope in a future not that far removed from our own.

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