The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper
It pains me to DNF this book. Sheri Tepper is one of my favorite authors. Her novel The Family Tree is one of my all time favorite books. But I can’t make myself continue reading The Waters Rising. I have tried for over a month to read this book, and the same thing happens every time — I find my attention wandering after about five minutes. I think this can be attributed to three different things.
First, if you’re going to set a story on future Earth, you’re bounded by Earth’s physics and geography. The world in The Waters Rising is being submerged. Most of the world was left devastated during an incident called The Big Kill, a technologically-environmentally driven collapse of most of the world. Genetically engineered creatures now roam the wilderness with no natural predators to stop them, and technology h... Read More
Sheri S. Tepper(1929- )
Sheri S. Tepper also wrote as E.E. Horlak, B.J. Oliphant and A.J. Orde. She started out writing childrens stories, and released her first adult book in 1982. In 1991 she released the novel Beauty for which she won the Locus award for Best Fantasy Novel. She currently lives on a ranch in Larkspur, Colorado with her husband Gene and their two children. Here’s Sheri S. Tepper’s website.
Plague of Angels — (1993-2011) Young adult. Stand-alone set in the same world as The Waters Rising. Publisher: Atop a twisting, canyon-climbing road, a witch lurks in a fortress built strong to keep out dragons and ogres. In another part of the countryside, a young orphan is maturing into a beautiful woman in the enchanted village that is her home. Somewhere nearby, a young man is seeking adventure after running away from his family’s small farm. Suddenly a strange and terrible prophecy sets off a chain of events that will bring these three together in the heroic, romantic, and thrilling tale of an age-old battle.
The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper
The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper
Like my fellow reviewer, Ruth, I spent about a month trying to read The Waters Rising; and, like Ruth, I found it hard to concentrate on it for more than a few pages. I gave up when I realized I was now a month behind on everything else I wanted to read, and that the bookmark I’d placed in The Waters Rising never seemed to move, no matter how much time I spent with the book. Unlike Ruth, I’d never read a Sheri S. Tepper novel before, though I’ve read the first few pages of Beauty and am intrigued. I think I’ll try to forget about The Waters Rising and give Beauty a try, and let that be my introduction to Tepper.
The concept is an interesting one. The novel is set in the Earth of the future. We’ve made a mess of the planet by means of techno... Read More
The True Game — (1983-1984) Publisher: In the lands of the True Game, your lifelong identity emerges as you play-Prince or Sorcerer, Demon or Doyen. Raising the dead is the least of the Necromancer’s Talents — he is a wild card who threatens the True Game itself. A giant stalks the mountains. Shadowpeople gather by the light of the moon. Bonedancers raise up armies of the dead. And the Wizard’s Eleven sleep trapped in their dreams. Players, take your places. The final Game begins now…
Marianne — (1985-1989) Publisher: When Marianne’s parents died, leaving control of their fortune to her feared older brother, she struggled to make her way as a student in America – and her old home began to seem as unreal as a fairy tale, her childhood there as distant as a dream… Until the Magus came to claim her, and the Black Madame to destroy her, and the Manticore to hunt her down through the streets of another world – for there is magic in Marianne’s blood, and magic in her soul. And in a battle fought in an everchanging world of warped time and wicked magic, it is the souls of Marianne and her family that are the ultimate prizes. Marianne, the Magus and the Manticore is the first volume of Sheri S. Tepper’s acclaimed Marianne Trilogy.
The Chronicles of Mavin Manyshaped — (1985) Publisher: The story of the most famous shape shifter of them all, Mavin Manyshaped. One of only two she-shifters in her tribe, recklessly headstrong by nature, Mavin comes of age.
Jinian — (1985-1986) Publisher: Unlike everyone else in her highborn family, fourteen-year-old Jinian of Stoneflight Demesne has no Talent. While her brothers have true Talents such as flying, mind-reading, and shape-shifting, Jinian’s only minor ability is as a Footseer — even blind-folded, her feet can follow the Old Road as it winds through the lands of the True Game. Without a Talent, Jinian can only be a pawn in the Game, as she learns when her brother, Mendost, decides to marry her off to the rival lord of Dragon’s Fire Demesne in order to make an alliance. Not willing to be a mere pawn, Jinian leaves the only home she has ever known and sets off on a journey of discovery — one that will reveal who she really is, her hidden Talent, and her role in the True Game…
Badger Ettison — (1986-1987) Publisher: Badger Ettison does not believe in demons. Until a shrieking, freezing horror escapes its ancient prison. Badger Ettison does not believe in magic. But the old blood-rituals are the only way to stop the voracious evil that pursues his wife and son. Badger Ettison does not believe in terror. Now he is living it.
The Awakeners — (1987) Publisher: Come to the world of the River. A world distant in time and space, where the pace of life is counted by the tides of the great River — and where swift, dark currents flow beneath a placid surface. Pamra Don is a young woman scarred by her mother’s death and lured to a priesthood where truth must be hidden from the faithful. Thrasne is a young boatman who trades from town to town, free from the iron control of the Towers of the Awakeners. These two, both by accident and design, are about to discover many truths. Truths about the Thraish, a native race whose savage god has promised Pamra’s people a world of willing prey. Pamra becomes the visionary leader of a great pilgrimage to the Protector of Mna. But the Thraish at last take note of Pamra Don and her crusade… and their vengeance will be swift..
Hobb’s Land — (1990-1992) Publisher: When the human settlers arrived on Hobbs Land, the native intelligent specvies, the Owlbrit, were already almost extinct. Before the last one died, a few years later, the humans had learned a little of their language, their ideas and their religion. It seemed the natural thing for the settlers to maintain the last Owlbrit temple, with the strange statue that was its God. When when that God died disintegrating overnight it seemed equally natural to start preparing its replacement. Maire Manone came to Hobbs Land to escape the harsh patriachal religion of Voorstod, but Voorstod hasn’t forgotten her or forgiven her. But the men who arrive on Hobbs Land to find and return Maire to her homeland haven’t taken Hobbs Land’s God into account…
The Revenants — (1984) Publisher: “Tell me, O Queen of the Night, who can answer the greatest riddle of all?” They seek to answer riddles that have no answer. They are bound on a quest that has no end. Thewston of the Lion Courts; Leona, Queen of the Beasts; Medlo, outlawed Prince; Jasmine the Dancer; Terascouos the Singer. And young Jaer, whose like has never been seen: Jaer, the greatest riddle of all They are the Revenants. This is their story.
After Long Silence (aka The Enigma Score) — (1987) Publisher: On the planet Jubal, human colonization has been restricted by massive crystalline “presences” which may or may not be sentient, but in order to protect them from destruction, they must be convinced to break their long silence.
The Gate to Women’s Country — (1988) Publisher: On one side are the garrisons, where men live to wage primitive war. On the other side, women shelter the remains of civilization and culture. Savia and Chernon, once lovers, travel together on a mission to the borderlands, a mission that may unite their worlds, or destroy humanity completely.
Grass — (1989) Publisher: What could be more commonplace than grass, or a world covered over all its surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins to reveal these secrets — and nothing will ever be the same again …
Beauty — (1991) Publisher: On her 16th birthday the princess Beauty sidesteps the sleeping curse placed upon her by her wicked aunt, the fairy Carabosse — only to be kidnapped by visitors from another time and place, far from the picturesque castle in 14th century England. She is taken to the world of the future, a savage society where, even amongst the teeming billions, she is utterly alone. As she travels magically to places both imaginary and real, Beauty eventually comes to understand her special place in humanity’s destiny.
Shadow’s End — (1994) Publisher: Dinadh had been a peaceful planet when a deadly force wiped out human life on all surrounding worlds. Every investigation team sent out vanishes. All attempts to contact survivors get no response. Now the deadly force has returned and threatens to destroy what is left — unless one reluctant woman will change her mind and save humanity.
Gibbon’s Decline and Fall — (1996) Publisher: A wave of fundamentalism is sweeping across the globe as the millennium approaches, and a power-hungry presidential candidate sees his ticket to success in making an example out of a teenage girl who abandoned her infant in a Dumpster. Taking the girl’s case is Carolyn Crespin, a former attorney, who left her job for a quiet family life. Now she must call upon five friends from college, who took a vow to always stand together. But their success might depend on the assistance of Sophy, the enigmatic sixth friend, whom they all believed dead.
The Family Tree — (1997) Publisher: Dora Henry is an ordinary woman living in an extraordinary time. Recently seperated from an odd and distant husband, Dora looks back wistfully to when she was a little girl, to the times when the world was a simpler, greener place. But the once-fertile Earth of Dora’s childhood has been overdeveloped. Now Nature, apparently, has decided to fight back. As a police officer, Dora must investigate the bizarre, seemingly unrelated murders of three geneticists In the course of her inquiry, however, it becomes clear that the scientists were killed by the same person, for reasons that are frustratingly obscure. Meanwhile, strange things are happening everywhere Dora turns; weeds are becoming trees, trees becoming forests, a city is transformed almost overnight into a wild and verdant place inhospitable to what humankind has become. Within days, Dora’s hometown has come to a veritable standstill as the thoroughfares are choked by foliage, and its citizens are forced to employ bygone means of transportation — walking and talking. But stranger still, Dora discovers that she herself can somehow communicate with the rampaging flora — and is, therefore, perhaps the only person presently living who holds the key to averting an unthinkable catastrophe to human life. As Dora tracks the elusive murderer, the mystery of the trees begins to unravel as well. For the two seemingly disparate events are intertwined, much like the branches of an oak. And, as Dora gets closer to the truth, she comes to realize that the answer she seeks today may lie in the future — a future which is much closer the anyone dares think. An inspired, thought-provoking novel of infinite surprise, unrestrained brilliance and mind-blowing imagination, The Family Tree is a tour de force from Sheri S. Tepper, proving once again why she is one of the most highly praised and beloved storytellers writing today.
Six Moon Dance — (1998) Publisher: It was many years ago that humans came and settled the world of Newholme-cruelly bending the planet to their will; setting down roots and raising up cities and farms and a grand temple to their goddess.But now the ground itself is shaking with ever-increasing violence. And the Great Questioner, official arbiter of the Council of Worlds, has come to this isolated orb to investigate rumors of a terrible secret that lies buried deep within Newholme’s past—a past that is not dead, not completely. And it will fall to Mouche, a beautiful youth of uncommon cleverness and spirit, to save his imperiled home by discovering and embracing that which makes him unique among humans. For every living thing on newholme is doomed, unless Mouche can appease something dark and terrible that is coiled within…and surrender to the mysterious ecstatic revelry that results when the six moons join.
Singer from the Sea — (1999) Publisher: An accomplished student and heiress to a great title, Genevieve has been carefully instructed in the Covenants, the inflexible laws governing women of her class. But Genevieve has another side to her, and, as her fate approaches, she begins to question the ties that bind her.
The Fresco — (2000) Publisher: The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States — unexplained “oddities” tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths — seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton’s life. That is, until the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to the powers in Washington. An abused Albuquerque wife with low self-esteem, Benita has been chosen to act as the sole liaison between the human race and the Pistach, who have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment. But ultimately Benita will be called upon to do much more than deliver messages — and may, in fact, be responsible for saving the Earth. Because the Pistach are not the only space-faring species currently making their presence known on her unsuspecting planet. And the others are not so benevolent.
The Visitor — (2002) Publisher: Sheri Tepper, one of the foremost science fiction writers in the world, gives us an exciting, evocative and thought-provoking tale where science and magic meet head-on. A group of colonists, waking every few hundred years to see what’s been happening on the planet they fled to from a dying Earth, watch as the systems and rules they set in place so long ago become debased and decayed. The corrupt leaders govern by oppression, but technological resources run low and the knowledge of how to replace them is lost in the mists of time. Instead, the power-hungry leaders turn to sorcery of the blackest kind, kindled by pain and despair. And when they launch a religious crusade to wipe out all those who won’t conform to the government’s ever-more-stringent dictates, not even the original colonists — the new gods — are safe from the ravaging sorcery-fueled armies of the righteous…
The Companions — (2003) Publisher: Three planets have been recently discovered in deep space, and prosaically named to reflect their respective environments. Jungle, lush and foreboding, swallowed up an eleven-member exploratory team more than a decade earlier, while hot, harsh, and dusty Stone turned out to be phenomenally rich in rare ore, the most profitable new world to be found in a century. But it is the third, Moss, that could well prove to be the most enigmatic… and dangerous. Enlisted by the Planetary Protection Institute — an organization founded to assess new worlds for potential development and profit — famed linguist Paul Delis has come to Moss to determine whether the strange multicolored shapes of dancing light observed on the planet’s surface are evidence of intelligent life. With Delis is his half sister, Jewel, the wife of one of the explorers lost on Jungle. Working together, they are to determine the true nature of the “Mossen” and decipher the strange “language” that accompanies the phenomenon. Yet the great mysteries of this bucolic world — three-quarters covered in wind-sculpted, ever-shifting moss — don’t end with the inexplicable illuminations; there is the puzzle of the rusting remains of a lost fleet of Earth ships, moldering on a distant plateau. Perhaps the biggest question mark is Jewel Delis herself and her mission here at the far reaches of the galaxy. Leaving an overpopulated homeworld that is rapidly becoming depleted of the raw materials needed for human survival, Jewel is a member of a radical underground group opposing a recent government edict that will eliminate all of the planet’s “nonessential” living inhabitants. And it is here, at the universe’s unexplored edge, where the fate of endangered creatures may ultimately be decided — though it will mean defying ruthless and unforgiving ruling powers to repair humankind’s disintegrating relationship with the beasts of the Earth.
The Margarets — (2007) Publisher: The myriad alien civilizations populating far, distant worlds have many good reasons to detest the blight called “humankind”… The only human child living in a work colony on the Martian satellite Phobos, little Margaret Bain has invented six imaginary companions to keep boredom and loneliness at bay. Each an extension of her personality, they are lost to her when she is forced to return to Earth. But they are not gone. The time will come when Margaret, fully grown and wed, must leave this dying world as well — this Earth so denuded by thoughtlessness and chemistry that its only viable export is slaves. For now Margarets are scattered throughout the galaxy. And their creator must bring her selves home… or watch the human race perish.