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The Waters Rising (Plague of Angels #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  578 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
“Sheri S. Tepper takes the mental risks that are the lifeblood of science fiction and all imaginative fiction.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin, Los Angeles Times

Her first new novel since The Margarets, The Waters Rising marks the glorious return of the extraordinary Sheri S. Tepper, the award-winning contemporary master whom Locus has called, “one of sf’s most distinctive voices.” The
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Published August 31st 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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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
Oct 13, 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
Oct 29, 2010 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs
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Dec 04, 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
Jul 14, 2015 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
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
Oct 18, 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 07, 2014 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
Nov 13, 2010 Andy Bird rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 7
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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May 03, 2014 Elgin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Mark Isaak
The setting showed a rather good integration of fantasy and science fiction, with enough of the "magic" explained as post-apocalypse technology that the other fantasy could be accepted as merely unexplained. Unfortunately, Tepper not only thought at length about all the details of the world, but she also wrote about them. The most egregious example was a wholly unnecessary discourse on the etiquette of serving and clearing dishes at the abbey's dining hall. This and other such prolixity made the ...more
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
Samuel Lubell
Oct 22, 2014 Samuel Lubell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This is the second book in the Plague of Angels trilogy. The characterization is somewhat better with the secondary characters and Xulai is a bit more interesting than Orphan is that she sometimes seems controlled by an outside more powerful force. Still it lacks the first book's mythic qualities and sometimes too much seems out of control of the main characters as they are manipulated into roles. The villain isn't as over the top as Plague's witch was and I even felt sorry Alacia in a couple of ...more
V. Briceland
Nov 13, 2014 V. Briceland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess: in 2012 when I first read The Waters Rising, Sheri S. Tepper's sequel to A Plague of Angels, I thought it was the pokiest, most incredibly dull entry of all the author's novels. I found it slow-paced, confusing, pointless, and downright weird.

I'm a little surprised with myself, frankly, because when approaching the book again (with mighty low expectations), I found it engrossing. The parts I found sluggish now seemed paced with fine, deliberate intrigue. Sections that originally had s
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.
Sep 09, 2015 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found out about halfway through reading this that apparently it's the second book of a trilogy. Maybe if I had known that, and read the first one first, I would have enjoyed it more? I don't know. I couldn't find any evidence of things that would have made more sense if I'd read a preceding book, and it seemed to come to a stand alone ending so maybe not.

Anyway. I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, one other book by Tepper, The Margarets, so going into this I was expecting very detailed fanta
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
MB (What she read)
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Mar 28, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Sheri Stewart Tepper is a prolific American author of science fiction, horror and mystery novels; she is 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 Gen
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