A Short Sharp Shock

A Short Sharp Shock

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by Kim Stanley Robinson
     
 

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A man tumbles through wild surf, half drowned, to collapse on a moonlit beach. When he regains consciousness, he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. He knows only that the woman who washed ashore with him has disappeared sometime in the night and that he has awakened in a surreal landscape of savage beauty–a mysterious watery world encircled by a

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A man tumbles through wild surf, half drowned, to collapse on a moonlit beach. When he regains consciousness, he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. He knows only that the woman who washed ashore with him has disappeared sometime in the night and that he has awakened in a surreal landscape of savage beauty–a mysterious watery world encircled by a thin spine of land. Aided by strange tribesmen, he journeys to the cove of the spine kings, a brutal race that has enslaved the woman and several of the tribesmen. That is only the beginning of his quest, as he struggles to find her identity in this wondrous and cruel land–and seeks out the woman whose hold on his imagination is both unfathomable and unshakable.

Haunting and lyrical, filled with uncommon beauty and terrible peril, A Short, Sharp Shock is an ambitious and enthralling story by one of science fiction's most respected talents.

"A fabulation of life, love and beauty transplanted into the alien; a dreamy picaresque…A strange and hallucinatory short fantasy with occasional sharp insights into human natures and loves… A story that will haunt you, long after you finish reading." - Infinity Plus

"Mysterious and poetic, with vivid descriptions of the lands through which they walk...compelling." - SFF Chronicle

"Robinson shows off his vivid imagination and descriptive skills." - Science Fiction Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148771425
Publisher:
Roadswell Editions
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
357,438
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. He is the author of over 20 books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy, the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winner, 2312, and most recently, Shaman. For his novel, Antarctica, he was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers' Program. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he recently joined the Sequoia Parks Foundation's Artists in the Back Country program. He lives in Davis, California.

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A Short, Sharp Shock 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a strange book, it was completely science fiction. The story is about a man, and a woman who wash up on a strange shore with no memory of thier past, they travel over this world trying to remember where they come from, who they are and how to get back to there old lives. Along the way Thel(the man) and The Swimmer(the woman) meet strange species and find a mirror that on certain days can transport you to another relm where you can supposably see the truth. Thel and The Swimmer must befriend, or escape the native creatures of this strange world. This is a story that fantasy and science fiction fans would enjoy.
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