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Æstival Tide by Elizabeth Hand
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Jul 19, 11

bookshelves: after-the-fall, futuristik

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'annin...as 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, awesome. however, a point must be docked for unnecessary and lengthy descriptions of child torture, which are not only sickening, but made me skip various paragraphs altogether. sometimes i think elizabeth hand includes things just to upset me personally!
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