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Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
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Jun 10, 2011

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Read from June 10 to 15, 2011

As much as I tend to find numbers and stars a little silly when reviewing things, Goodreads 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 almost entirely glossed over. At some points the imagery and symbolism are layered and rewarding where in other places the symbolism punches you in the dick and then screams "DO YOU SEE WHAT I JUST DID THERE? THAT SHIT WAS SYMBOLIC ALL UP IN YOUR FACE!" Despite the fact we're given a nameless character (having recently reread Fight Club and read The Gone-Away War this is beginning to feel like a trend for me) I came to like both the main character, his chatty suitcase and his sidekick, the mustachioed, adulterous Chu. I'm not sure what I think about the end and it's probably a point in the book's favor that I'll be unsure just what I think about the end for some time. I'd recommend it based on the cover alone, cos while you cannot always judge a book on its cover, you can sometimes appreciate a gorgeous cover by itself.

Note that I picked the wrong edition here and the hideous cover shown above isn't the nice cover I'm talking about. I like the green one showing the bureaucrat standing in Miranda's heavy woodlands. That cover is hells of evocative. The cover shown above looks like it should be on the cover of a Lovecraft -themed short story collection released by Chaosium in the early 90s.
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06/10/2011 page 94
37.0% "Zipping through this one faster than usual. Or it's just short and it makes me feel accomplished."
06/12/2011 page 174
68.0% "Laundry day."
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Josh I found the cover on Swanwick's blog (he's similarly appreciative) and holy hells is that ever an amazing cover. Easily worthy of a star on its own! I wish more books got that kind of fine art treatment.

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