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August Books 6) Stations of the Tide

6) Stations of the Tide, by Michael Swanwick

Only three Nebula winners left to read now, Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin, A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg and The Terminal Experiment by Robert J Sawyer.

I found the surface narrative engaging enough - though I did wonder why the protagonist ("the bureaucrat") is never actually named. There's obviously lots going on below the surface too. But this was up against Bujold's Barrayar for both Nebula and Hugo; and my vote (as was the Hugo voters') is for Bujold.

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frumiousb
Aug. 12th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
I love Swanwick, actually. And I was really glad this won-- he does not get the popular attention that he deserves. Don't mistake me, I like Bujold, but I feel as though Swanwick is really doing something unique with his work.
lyrstzha
Aug. 13th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
I found Stations of the Tide generally interesting and memorable, but I, too, would definitely vote for Bujold instead. She has a genius for engaging characterization that I very much admire.
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