Fish Tails

Fish Tails

A Novel

Book - 2014
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In Fish Tails, two of Sheri S. Tepper's beloved characters--Abasio and Xulai (A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising)--and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle. Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far off world of Lom, characters from Tepper's nine-book True Game series of novels--Mavin Manyshaped, Jinian Star-eye, and Silkhands the Healer--all of whom have been gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good deed on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperVoyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780062304582
0062304585
Characteristics: 708 pages ;,24 cm.

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westcoasty
Nov 28, 2016

The precursor to this book, The Waters Rising, was ultimately disappointing but did contain some decent scenes. Fish Tails, however, began meandering from the start, with much slow build-up to (I presume) a dramatic denouement which I could not be bothered to read all the way through the book to discover. I used to love Tepper's books, but she seems to have lost her deftness of touch in engaging the reader through suspenseful pacing and likable characters. I could not have cared in the least if Abasio, Xulai, and their aquatic children were torn apart by wolves.

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BWilsoned
May 18, 2015

I love reading Sheri Tepper's books. They are fantastical and detailed and fun to read. The best bits are when she's skewering the "mobwows" and any other "mankinds" whose heads have gotten waaaaay too big. It's about Earth, history and future and it's too full of wonderful bits to include them all--read it for yourselves.
Some smattering of my favorites:
"A miracle is just an incidental good thing, the opposite of an incidental bad thing, which is an accident." -Abasio
Grandma's lessons to Needly about the "Great Litany" and "Statement of Study", as well as monkey-brains and willy-waggers.
Willum's "Fahma Donal" song; you know, he had a fahm "I see, I seed, I sow".
People as horseback riders; myth- or fact-horses.
Animals that talk besides the mankinds.
The whole idea of bao.
And, finally, "The Story of the Kindly Teacher", which I made a copy of so I can read it over and over again.
Be kind.

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