Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Left alone in her aunt’s house in Gateshead and subjected to an awful regime at the Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre remained inseparable in spirit and integrity. She starts working for a rich Mr. Rochester and falls deeply in love. She discovers obstacles to their legitimate marriage in a story that shows that the woman's passionate search for a more complete and productive life with a loved person than traditionally permitted in Victorian society.


Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The story originated in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. It depicts the struggle of the young Scarlett O'Hara, spoiled daughter of a wealthy planter, who must use all the possible means at her disposal to break out of poverty. She fights for love and tries to stay with a loving man during the hardest period for the society and women especially. A historical novel that makes you feel the difference between the modern world, where you can build relationships and well-being, just using the Internet and online dating sites, and centuries, when everything was extremely different.

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2 thoughts on “The Waters Rising

  1. Christine Collier

    I’ve missed this one! (The Waters Rising). When was it published? Aaaargh! I’ll order it first thing on Monday. Still, this is not a good blurb. Who is Great Bear, Precious Wind, Abasio and Big Blue ‘protecting’?

    1. Atlant

      Christine:

      It’s difficult to describe this book without also giving spoilers. So if you want to avoid all chance of spoilers, stop reading right now ;). But I’ll try to avoid telling you more than will become obvious to you fairly quickly once you begin reading.

      The Waters Rising takes place in the same world as A Plague of Angels, but we’ve moved on in time a bit and with the departure of the last of the gods, the situation has changed quite a bit. Due to various phenomena (not all of which are strictly possible in the real world, even if Global Climate Change were to do its worst), the seas are rising and it is believed that they will soon cover all of the Earth’s dry land. Things are afoot, though, that may provide a way for humanity to survive, and these things appear to depend upon a young woman we’re introduced to at the beginning of the book.

      As with many of the Tepper novels, she is sent on a quest. Along the way, she partners with Abasio and yes, this is the Abasio from A Plague of Angels and yes, he’s very much aware of how the situation resembles his relationship with Orphan (on many levels). But Abasio has grown in many ways since those early days and his responses to the situations they encounter is far more mature.

      If you liked the characters and world of A Plague of Angels, you’ll almost certainly enjoy The Waters Rising. Jan and I both found this work much more satisfying than The Companions. (You’d get a split review from us of The Margarets; I liked that book and thought it was a success but I don’t think Jan liked it so well.)

      Atlant

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