Stations of the Tide

Stations of the Tide The Nebula Award wining novel from Michael Swanwick one of the most brilliantly assured and darkly inventive writers of contemporary fiction a masterwork of radically altered realities and world shatt

  • Title: Stations of the Tide
  • Author: Michael Swanwick
  • ISBN: 9780765327918
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Nebula Award wining novel from Michael Swanwick one of the most brilliantly assured and darkly inventive writers of contemporary fiction a masterwork of radically altered realities and world shattering seductions.The Jubilee Tides will drown the continents of the planet Miranda beneath the weight of her own oceans But as the once in two centuries cataclysm approacheThe Nebula Award wining novel from Michael Swanwick one of the most brilliantly assured and darkly inventive writers of contemporary fiction a masterwork of radically altered realities and world shattering seductions.The Jubilee Tides will drown the continents of the planet Miranda beneath the weight of her own oceans But as the once in two centuries cataclysm approaches, an even greater catastrophe threatens this dark and dangerous planet of tale spinners, conjurers, and shapechangers.A man from the Bureau of Proscribed Technologies has been sent to investigate For Gregorian has come, a genius renegade scientist and charismatic bush wizard With magic and forbidden technology, he plans to remake the rotting, dying world in his own evil image and to force whom or whatever remains on its diminishing surface toward a terrifying and astonishing confrontation with death and transcendence.This novel of surreal hard SF was compared to the fiction of Gene Wolfe when it was first published, and the author has gone on in the two decades since to become recognized as one of the finest living SF and fantasy writers.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. A very beautifully written and imagined novel, full of magic and menace, mystery and madness.The 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't sweat it.

    3. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.It’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 aquatic forms until the waters receded, but it seems that humans have killed them off.Gregorian, who lives on Miranda but was educated off-planet by a rich and distant father, now styles himself a magici [...]

    4. This is one of the books that I described as: good beginning, tedious but necessary middle part, good ending.It 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 taste.What 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 [...]

    5. Despite the sci fi suit this book sometimes wears, this is a full on plunge into surrealism. A story of shape changing, clones, virtual reality, a decaying dying planet, a pastiche of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and other things told in explosion of images straight from the magic realism camp(minus most pretense of "reality"). A paranoid stacking of incidents like Pynchon and diseased and demented characters like Kafka. This is one very literary and mind blowing novel, kind of "Crying of Lot 49" [...]

    6. What a long, winding, complicated road one must travel to come to the end of this journey. At worst it was very confusing, at best it was quite interesting. On the whole, it was just compelling enough, despite the fits of frustration, to keep me coming back - reading word by word until the very end.

    7. 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 supporting character that was more than a caricature. The hero was a self absorbed bureaucrat. There were also some sex that just seemed to be put in there to add interest. They didn't. Everything about the book seemed slightly out of place & phase. A [...]

    8. Swanwick is one those rare authors who - I believe - deserves more recognition than he gets. He is certainly not for everyone (yes, yes, I realize I'm balancing precariously on the very edge of eternal hipsterdoom here); Stations of the Tide lacks that solid straightforwardness which popular books usually possess. The pacing is uneven, and the story often stumbles and walks in circles, and sometimes I got the feeling that the author and I are equally confused as to where we are heading.Frankly, [...]

    9. 4.0 stars. A very original novel with a smart blend of science fiction and fantasy elements that make an excellent story. Nominee: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee: John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

    10. Stations of the Tide is full of symbolism and allegory dressed up as a cyberpunk detective story. Sections in the middle of the novel are disjointed and elusive, but the surface plot is quite easy to comprehend: the bureaucrat (he is never named) is sent to a planet, Miranda, to investigate whether a self-proclaimed wizard, Gregorian, has smuggled contraband technology onto the planet.The planet Miranda has three moons and an eccentric orbit about its sun: every two-hundred years there is an ins [...]

    11. More coherant thanDragons of Babel, less emotionally wrenching thanThe Iron Dragon's Daughter, but just as stuffed with innovation and imagination as all of Swanwick's work. An unnamed bureaucrat is sent to a Miranda to investigate possible stolen technology. Miranda is a colony world, forbidden to have any advanced technology, which has led to intense resentment and a thriving subculture of bush wizards.

    12. Took me several tried to get into this one. I am glad I kept trying because it was worth the effort. It was recommended to me by someone on the Roger Zelazny group, and I had loved Vacuum Flowers by the same author so I bought it sight unseen.The main character seemed flat and the events obscure to an annoying degree, but a couple of days ago I realised that I did not want to put it down and knew I was hooked. There are a number of underlying themes that it holds in common with vacuum flowers (m [...]

    13. Interesting idea, poorly executed. The book was written haphazardly, often it was difficult to follow what was going on; characters who were only briefly introduced later become pivotal for no reason, and the book's setting was so dimly explained as to leave the reader wondering what was going on. It just didn't make sense for about 80% of the book. Don't waste your time with this one.

    14. In some place, this book was very interesting, and in some places wasn't. In particular, one of the things I find interesting about science fiction is the universe-building -- are we reading about a near-future Earth setting, or a universe where interstellar travel is commonplace? While it became quickly clear that this was not set on Earth, the setting was only slowly and not very fully disclosed. I'm OK with describing things up front, and I'm OK with slowly peeling back the curtain -- as long [...]

    15. Wow, that was gorgeous.I'm still digesting as I write this, and it's going to take multiple re-readings to begin to unpack the payload of symbolism and reference in this slender volume. And, unlike most novels that aim for those kind of effects, it's very good SF as well, with a rich and consistent vision of a future human civilization, packed with gorgeous, dazzling images and ideas.I would love to read a book about this book, that chases down the referents, traces the story-within-a-story of t [...]

    16. I had to come back and rate this story again. I should have waited until I was done in the first place. Instead, I rated it half way through, giving it three measly stars no less. I'll never do that again. Boy, was I being miserly with my rating. It deserves five stars, and much more than that. Stations of the Tide is a fantastic story. It was told in an original way, and it heightened my imagination. A story like this deserves awards. Michael Swanwick deserves applause. In Stations of the Tide, [...]

    17. As much as I tend to find numbers and stars a little silly when reviewing things, encourages their use and as such I agonize when it comes to this sort of thing. Three stars feels insulting, but I just handed The Player of Games, which I liked a heck of a lot more than Stations, four stars. I did like Stations of the Tides, but found it to be uneven both in pacing and in tone and while the world of Miranda is well realized, much of the story is grounded in the world beyond Miranda which is almo [...]

    18. "Stations of the Tide" is set on Miranda, a planet on the verge of yet another periodic global drowning, where a bureaucrat equipped with a talking, tracking, ultimately-capable-of-making-decision briefcase is tasked with the hunt for a shaman slash fraud slash technology pirate. Threatened by the imminent great flood, hampered by suspicion of treason, subjected to poisoning and murder attempt, the bureaucrat went from one evacuated city to the next, struggling to find his quarry.Swanwick poetic [...]

    19. A science fiction re-telling of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." The unnamed Bureaucrat plays the role of Marlow, who travels to the planet of Miranda to find the enigmatic figure known as Gregorian. Authorities suspect Gregorian is using banned off-world technology to pose as a magician in the decadent and half-pagan culture of the Tidewater. Add in the threat of the Jubilee tides, natural cataclysmic floods that are due to drown the Tidewater underwater, and the hunt for Gregorian becomes a race [...]

    20. Having reread this for the first time in 8 years, and remembering some intense images but very little else, I'm VERY glad I did so . This book is weirdly flat emotionally, not least because of the cipher main character that is the Bureaucrat, or the wisp of a motivation we see in the antagonist. But the universe is fantastic, the pseudophilosophizing is lovely and engaging, the references and hints of the occult are copious, the carnivalesque atmosphere is hard to top, and this skinny little vol [...]

    21. The problem with telling stories that involve different layers of reality is that it can be hard for the reader to track which set of rules the story is playing by at any given time. Rich with imagery, fetid with ambiance, this is an interesting story in a fully imagined world, but one that never fully engaged me as a reader. The early chapters had too many lists and throughout the book the choice to devote creative powers to the dark and mucky views made me impatient. While not being quite on t [...]

    22. Another drug induced, heavy sex book that won the Nebula. Most of the book doesn't make any sense. Switches from scene to scene with little explanation of what is going on (Swanwick should have taken more time and more detail with this one). Most of the characters are borderline crazy. The only one that I enjoyed at all was the briefcase.

    23. Hell of a business trip this guy had! Nothing like that has ever happened to me on a trip. This book is a good example of Swanwick's superior writing ability, and his blend of SF and F. If you listen to this book, narrator Oliver Wyman does an excellent job.

    24. У книжці є філософський пласт, тема самотності, вічності і трансормації (неважливості) фізичного тіла.Але. Перевертні, русалки, відьми, відьми-русалки, аватари, двійники і конструкти, чарівники і ходячі дині - заважають до самого кінця.І ще Крішна.Також трохи псує враження н [...]

    25. Just Read: The Stations of the Tide (1991) - Michael SwanwickI came to this book by way of my quest to read all of the Hugo and Nebula award winners: this was one of the last holdouts that’s, now understandably, getting a little scarce on the used-bookstore circuit. “Stations of the Tide” won the Nebula in ’91, and was nominated for the Hugo and the Campbell in ’92 but didn’t win either. Incidentally, it lost the Hugo to Lois Bujold’s “Barrayar,” a novel of her long Vorkosigan [...]

    26. This is one of those obvious classics of SF, if not for anything but the sensation of transportation it gives me. It is a story about sufficiently advanced technology wearing a cloak of magical realism. Miranda and its people, the avant garde of now banned technology, is facing a winter in which the land is overcome by a great flood in which the dimorphic flora and fauna will burst forth in dazzling transformation. Everything unable to be transported offplanet or secured will be utterly destroye [...]

    27. The Stations of the Tide has some great moments and packs a huge number of ideas and concepts into its pages but where it falls down for me is both in the writing style and clarity of plot which are uneven and awkward. Here Swanwick is most likely being deliberate and you could class this as book that is more artwork then novel. His writing style is hard to read and he makes actions and sequences elusive and disjointed. The characters are quite opaque and little cardboard which makes understandi [...]

    28. Miranda is a tech-backwards planet that has the interesting quality of flooding every 200 years. It's tech-backwards because space-government has put a tech blockade around the planet. A local wizard has broken that blockade with unknown technology from Earth and a space bureaucrat has been sent to retrieve it. Can he survive Miranda? the wizard's magic? the bureaucracy that sent him? And can he complete his mission before the planet floods (of course the planet is about to flood)?The sci-fi is [...]

    29. I'm trying to give this book a fair chance, I really am. Swanwick is great at ideas and building this curious world. But it's also deeply awkward and uneven and I can't help but feel this was his first effort, and half of it was written during early puberty. There are so many inexplicable breasts and clumsy sex scenes that I have a hard time taking the MC seriously. A lot of the dialogue, or monologues rather, make me feel like I'm playing a video game where any NPC will speak at great length on [...]

    30. Hmm - not sure how I feel about this one entirely. It was good overall. It had Gene Wolfe's tricky paw prints all over it: oblique events, rambling dialogue that means something maybe, obscure aliens you never really meet, some dodgy gender politics (ok Swanwick is not as bad Wolfe in this department - not every female is out to sleep with the main character or is otherwise a psycho bitch).As to the plot - an agent guy lands on a planet to investigate the illegal appropriation of technology by a [...]

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