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Æstival Tide (Winterlong #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  172 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Four centuries after the Third Shining the Orsinas rule absolute in the domed city-state of Araboth. A fortress built at the ocean's edge, Araboth protects its citizens from the presumed horrors of Outside. But now the predictions of Araboth's collapse seem near fulfillment. As the Prince of Storms gathers Outside, amidst a giddy atmosphere of decadent ritual inside, four ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 399 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Bantam Spectra (first published January 1st 1992)
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mark monday
book 2 in elizabeth hand's beyond-futuristic trilogy is just as baroque, decadent, and lush as the first novel. it features the return of a now-zombified, still sinister, yet surprisingly sympathetic Aviator Margolis Tast' well as twisted royalty ruling over an enclosed babylon, a sad and rather shell-shocked android, fetishitic descriptions of bizarre rituals galore, and my favorite, a wise and murderous land-whale, dreaming of the eventual destruction of humanity. sinister, bizarre, ...more
A companion novel to Winterlong, Aestival Tide takes the same concepts and places them in an entirely different setting, going even further to explain and elaborate upon the themes from the previous novel. This would be a mediocre, run of the mill science fiction novel if Elizabeth Hand wasn't as adept of a writer as she is. The subject isn't revolutionary, but her way of writing about it is.
Nick Armbrister
i read this book back in 92 after picking up a 2nd hand copy. just love the story line. it works as a stand alone book or in the full trilogy. the characters are believable, from the vulnerability of reive to the evil of the aviator. the tek side is cool, like the gryphon planes and domed undercover city of immense size. the size of the tidal wave at the end was a bit ott but i guess doable for the story. the compassionate redeemer monster and also zalophus are terrifying examples of man's genet ...more
A great follow-up to Winterlong, Æstival Tide continues to flesh out Hand's model of a bizarre and bloody post-apocalyptic world. One thing that's refreshing about these books is that Hand doesn't feel the need to lecture on their details. So many sci-fi/fantasy writers put so much into their creations that they feel the need to explain every little detail of the whys and wherefores of their worlds. While some authors (e.g. Neal Stephenson) manage to delve into details in vibrant and engaging wa ...more
Mike Zinn
I really loved this book. I have been a big fan of Elizabeth Hand ever since I stumbled across Waking the Moon. I have wanted to read this for years, but for some odd reason it is out of print. My niece discovered it in a used book store and loaned it to me, and I am so glad that I finally got to read it. It is listed as a sequel to Winterlong (Hand's first novel), but it really is very different. It is elegantly written and just full of wonderful ideas. Even though it is very different, it had ...more
My favorite book this year.
I follow Elizabeth Hand's writing for several years and Aestival Tide is my favorite so far.
It made me greedy, I had to stop myself from skipping, not because it was boring, but because it was so enjoyable.
This book has everything, giant utopian futuristic city, monsters (both human and genetic), science and fiction in beautiful marriage.

There's a sense of inevitability and impending doom that reminds me of Bacigalupi's Wind-Up Girl, the same feeling that with the gre
Rosalind M
3.75 stars. A dystopian future riddled with ignorance and sadistic hedonism. Very little worth redeeming in most of these characters; learning their motivations makes them even less palatable. My opinion might be different if I had read the first book, but this one was too heavy a read for me to seek out the rest of the series.
I have read this ages ago, and have not been able to find other parts to it; what i remember of it, it was amazingly vivid and weird. Scifi rather than fantasy, it is more fantastical than most fantasy: well im agined and depicted culture and society with all it's strange quirks.
A story of life when life has little worth, where people are revived from the dead but don't have any will and where the end of the world as people know it is at hand.
Dragged a fair bit for the first about 200 pages and then picked up and became more readable. Not my kind of thing.
A worthy sequel to Winterlong. I could read Hand's sf forever but, alas, she has no desire to return to this alternate world. Just as good as the first time I read back in the day.
A roller coaster, acid trip of a book. I gave it 4 stars. Maybe it should be less. But for sheer entertainment it's worth a read...
Janice S
I liked Winterlong, but what the bleep is this?... I'll try reading this again when I'm in the mood for it. :)
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This is probably my least favorite of the Elizabeth Hand books, but it's still very good.
i love her sci fi....even if she hates it. :)
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A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North Londo ...more
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