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The Waters Rising (Plague of Angels #2)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  621 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
The long-awaited and much-demanded sequel to A PLAGUE OF ANGELS, continuing the story of Abasio, once a farmboy, now, so Blue, his talking horse, is happy to inform people, a man who goes hither and thither helping orphans in this world where renascent mythical beasts and fairy tale 'archetypes' now live...And when he comes across little Xulai from Tingawan, one of the Ten ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Gollancz (first published August 31st 2010)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
In this follow up to the ridiculous genre mishmash of A Plague of Angels, let's just say I didn't have high hopes. It started out stronger - a young girl is tasked with carrying the soul of a dead princess back to her home country, and is assisted by Abasio, the hero of A Plague of Angels. The waters have been rising on a global scale, and the terrain has been changing rapidly. Entire cities have either moved up mountains or been covered in water.

If Tepper were merely telling an entertaining st
Sep 16, 2010 Darla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new Sheri Tepper, I'm all aflutter.

I did not realize when I started this that this was part two. I must admit that I don't remember Plague of Angels enough to say much BUT I did enjoy this one, it was a little harder to get into, but it still has that Tepper flair. I would recommend that anyone interested in a well written, escapist pro-feminine piece of sci fi..this is for you. But if you also want Tepper at her best, read Fresco and Gate to Women's Country and Gibbon's Rise and Fall...oh so
Jun 30, 2010 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs
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Jun 29, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok
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Dec 02, 2010 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Similar to many Tepper books in themes of environmentalism, feminism/humanism, and very future consequences of modern society. Her extrapolations are always fascinating, and horrifically, seem somewhat possible. Occasionally The Waters Rising is heavy-handed in message, but I found it to be less so than some of her other books. It also dwells less on the evils people commit, which I have found to be overwhelming at time. I made up my mind early on to ignore some of the geographical details, rea ...more
I don't really care if Sheri S. Tepper wrote a note to the mail carrier to let him/her know where to leave her mail, I would read it. Her grocery lists I know would fascinate me and I'm sure would provide access to her thought processes. So, this wasn't her best book, who cares? I enjoyed the idea and the characters. The first 400 pages seemed to drag and go into more detail than usual. Most times it feels like the world that Sheri creates is so real it is already in motion and you better catch ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps for someone who hasn't enjoyed the first book, A Plague of Angels, this would be a 3 star book. Both books have parts that are perhaps a tad preachy but since I tend to agree with the message being preached, it doesn't bother me. This book isn't quite as good as the first one but I was happy to see Abasio again.

One thing bothered me a bit on this reread -- the age difference between Abasio and Xulai. It isn't clear how much time is supposed to have passed but the indications are it has
Sep 25, 2010 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fiction-future, 2010
I read about 3/4 of it and put it down ... I felt the whole time like I *should* be liking it but I just never had any idea what was going on or why. It was just boring, which is sad because usually I love Tepper.
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:
This book was strange, but wondrous strange. But then all Tepper books I have read have been like that, she takes in things and turns into something utterly amazing and weird.

First, yes it is book two, but book 1 does not have to be read to understand this book. The only person from book 1 around is the hero Abasio. But here is he is all new and a bit different. I do not know how much time has gone by, and it takes place in a new land. It is a new book and it was published almost 20
Sep 18, 2010 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2014-reads
I loved the first 3/4's of this book. The author does a wonderful job of creating a future world after the earth has experienced a series of cataclysmic events due to environmental changes; she has wonderful descriptive details of both the changes in the landscape and the various kingdoms and societies that have developed. There is great tension created between the forces for good, and those that are evil. The characters here were well developed and quite engaging. But the last 1/4 or so of the ...more
Andy Bird
Better than some of her more recent books, but still not quite up to her old standard. It started off quite frantic with a lot going on, loads of characters and scenario setting (often required in fantasy novels). The middle section was very good, very much old style Tepper. Near the end, however, it seem to loose its way. A lot was crammed into a short while loosing the atmosphere of the middle section, although it did rally a bit at the very end. I thought some of ideas didn't work very well, ...more
Dec 05, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I love the way Sheri writes! i like the way she looks at the way the world is heading and what may happen to it and us if we want to survive. I also like that she subtlety makes me look at some pretty stupid behavior but groups that always think that everyone should think or conform to their ideas on religion or dress or political or racist viewpoints and how far will people go to force the world to conform.

I enjoy every one of Sheri's books and this one is another well written book with strong
I really like Sheri S. Tepper's books, but this one was not one of my favorites, which was particularly disappointing because the previous book set in this world with one of the same characters ("A Plague of Angels") is an engrossing, thought-provoking novel. "Waters" got off to a super-slow start -- way too much set-up, not a lot of which was relevant to the plot -- but then finally got good about halfway through.
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Dec 28, 2010 Kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped reading a couple of chapters from the end, because I wasn't enjoying the book and didn't even care how it ended or what happened to the characters. I've really loved many of Tepper's books, so this was very disappointing.
Slow and not very coherent. Not my favorite Tepper novel.
Kathy Davie
Second in the Plague of Angels dystopian fantasy series set in a possible future Earth.

In 2012, The Waters Rising was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel.

My Take
It's a story of war and collaboration between peoples and species set in a world that has lost much of its general scientific knowledge. The environmental overtones as we realize our greatest fear of ice caps melting exacerbated by inner aquifers leaking and forcing the oceans to rise. Within a few more generations th
Fraser Sherman
May 21, 2017 Fraser Sherman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I'm a huge admirer of Tepper's work, though it does get very heavy-handed on The Message at times. I never thought I'd give a book of hers such a low rating, but this it uber-tedious. It starts off well with two characters returning from an earlier book, but Tepper can't stop infodumping. A convenient appearance by the villain leads to a long monologue about her Big and Evil Plan; later people have lengthy discussions of worlds history and geography that take up entire chapters. That killed my i ...more
David Hebblethwaite
Reviewed as part of the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist.

The Waters Rising is a loose sequel to Sheri Tepper’s 1993 novel A Plague of Angels (the two books share a protagonist, but pretty much stand alone). In a distant future where, after collapse, society has reverted to a medieval milieu, with added ‘magical’ phenomena (such as talking animals) courtesy of largely-forgotten science. Travelling pedlar Abasio and his wisecracking horse Big Blue arrive at the Duke of Wold’s castle, where th
David Johnston
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Sep 07, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talking horse. Talking horse. Talking freaking horse. TALKING FREAKING IN A YOGHURT POT TALKING HORSE! In serious science fiction? NO! NO! NO!

I paraphrase. Maybe even exaggerate slightly. But this is more or less how Grand Old Man of British SF Christopher Priest reacted to the inclusion of The Waters Rising on the shortlist for this year's Arthur C Clarke award.

And he's right. It does have a talking horse. And I'd like a whole menagerie of speechifying chipmunks, otters, octopi, dogs and dolphi
Tepper is my favorite author. She doesn't ride on the coat tails of other author's book ideas, her created worlds are her own. How many authors can say that? Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with authors that take certain elements or inspirations from another book, but there are so many good books, coming up with a whole new idea for a book, making the story your own, is difficult and quite a feat. However, Tepper manages to accomplish this feat every time. Kudos to her.

I have found someth
This book's great potential floundered hard, if you'll pardon the pun. This speculative-fiction blend of fantasy and science ultimately failed on every front, despite getting off to a strong start. Tepper often starts well, with strong characters, interesting plots, and really delicious world building, but around the middle, she starts hustling through the storytelling and rushes to the end. I don't know if she gets bored with the process of editing, rewriting, and refining, but the good storyte ...more
In a world of talking animals and soul carriers, you find...machines. Yep, you can't ask for much else.

Except the story would progress a few hundred hours better if the descriptions were surgically hacked down, with hate and critical spite, and if all those explanations were cut down to accommodate some actual discoveries. Or, if the descriptions decided to evolve like the rest of the story into something more interesting. Really, it's safe to skip over some description blocks in your adventure
The Waters Rising is good, but not Sherri Tepper's best work. It tells the story of Xulai, the soul carrier for a foreign princess, trying to get back home. It is set mostly in a post-apocalyptic America that is substantially covered by rising waters. Aside from the immediate adventures, the story is about humanity trying to survive the coming flood.

As with all of Tepper's work, the writing is smooth and evocative. This time, many of the word choices struck me as unusual - I don't usually stop q
MB (What she read)
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Oct 09, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, don-t-own
The book has some interesting concepts but the story is poorly executed and the end is just weird. I haven't read anything else by Tepper, so I don't know how representative this is, but while she clearly has technical writing skills, she doesn't know how to create consistently realistic characters or write situations that feel natural. It's clear the author knew what she wanted to happen, and mushed the rest of the book into that form without regard to the plausibility of the story flow.
For ex
May 03, 2014 Elgin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Sep 24, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheri Tepper is one of my "read everything" authors so of course I picked this one up too. I didn't even realize that it was a sequel to A Plague of Angels, it's been so long since I read that one, but it stands on its own just fine.

I thought the tone of this book was a bit of a change for Tepper. It read almost like a fairy tale, especially at the beginning, but that wasn't a bad thing. The characters as always are interesting and complex. Tepper is very fond of feminist and environmental them
Nicholas Whyte
Jun 16, 2012 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, sf, 1203, acca[return][return][return]All strength to Sheri S. Tepper! She will turn 83 this summer (she was born seven months after Philip K. Dick, three months before Ursula Le Guin) and keeps on turning out works dancing on the borderline of fantasy and science fiction, with deathly earnest political purpose. Her works repeatedly test Clarke's Third Law to destruction, which is why it is appropriate enough that this latest novel has been nominated for this year's A ...more
Mar 18, 2011 Merredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was super happy to see a new Sheri Tepper book at my local library, and excited to read it. I didn't realize till i was a good way through, that this is a sequel to the Plague of Angels. But you don't need to have read POA in order to read this (but it was a good book so you might as well read it). This is not as good as some of my favorite books by her, but it's better than a lot as well. I enjoyed it. Every day I kept wanting to rush to read it, although i kept being interrupted. It's not a ...more
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Sheri Stewart Tepper was a prolific American author of science fiction, horror and mystery novels; she was particularly known as a feminist science fiction writer, often with an ecofeminist slant.

Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career (1962-1986) she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director. She has two children and is married to G
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