Wakulla Springs: A Tor.Com Original [NOOK Book]

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Wakulla Springs, in the deep jungle of the Florida panhandle, is the deepest submerged freshwater cave system in the world. In its unfathomable depths, a variety of curious creatures have left a record of their coming, of their struggle to survive, and of their eventual end. And that's just the local human beings over the last seventy-five years. Then there are the prehistoric creatures...and, just maybe, something else.

Ranging from the late 1930s to the present day, "Wakulla ...

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Overview


Wakulla Springs, in the deep jungle of the Florida panhandle, is the deepest submerged freshwater cave system in the world. In its unfathomable depths, a variety of curious creatures have left a record of their coming, of their struggle to survive, and of their eventual end. And that's just the local human beings over the last seventy-five years. Then there are the prehistoric creatures...and, just maybe, something else.

Ranging from the late 1930s to the present day, "Wakulla Springs" is a tour de force of the human, the strange, and the miraculous.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466854901
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/2/2013
  • Series: A Tor.Com Original
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 139
  • Sales rank: 1,211
  • File size: 652 KB

Meet the Author


Andy Duncan is an American science fiction and fantasy writer born on September 21, 1964, in Batesburg, South Carolina. His first story collection, Beluthahatchie and Other Stories (2000), won the World Fantasy Award; in the same year he won another World Fantasy Award for his novelette “The Pottawatomie Giant.” His 2001 novella “The Chief Designer” won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for short fiction.

Ellen Klages is an American science fiction, fantasy, and historical-fiction writer born in Columbus, Ohio in 1954. She began publishing short fantasy and SF stories in 1998; her novelette "Basement Magic" (2003) won a Nebula Award. In 2006 she published her first novel, The Green Glass Sea, a middle-grade novel set in Los Alamos during World War II; it won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Portable Childhoods, a collection of her short fiction, appeared in 2007.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Not at all what I was expecting, but a VERY good read!

    Not at all what I was expecting, but a VERY good read!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Touching and moving -- lend it to your friends who "don't l

    Touching and moving -- lend it to your friends who "don't like that sci-fi stuff!"

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Enjoyable multi-generational novella. Fanciful, perhaps, but de

    Enjoyable multi-generational novella. Fanciful, perhaps, but definitely not science fiction. In the beginning of the book, Vergie is a young black woman with college aspirations who procures a housekeeping job at the Wakulla Springs Lodge in North Florida during the Jim Crow years. She enjoys reading books left behind by guests in the lodge, and also enjoys swimming, although the springs are off-limits to her. Vergie enjoys an encounter with Johnny Weissmuller, who is staying at the Lodge while starring in a Tarzan movie being filmed at the springs.

    Nearly twelve years later, we find that Vergie has a "high yellow" son, Levi, who also enjoys swimming. This time another movie is being made, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Levi becomes acquainted with the actor starring in that production. The actor teaches Levi underwater hose breathing techniques.

    Some years later, Levi has moved to California. Finding that there is little demand for swimmers in the movies, especially African-American swimmers, he is working in the landscaping business. While servicing a client's pool, he meets Isbel, a young college girl from Michigan, now attending UCLA and doing her thesis on Tarzan movies. There is a very funny scene where Isbel "interviews" Cheeta. The couple have a daughter, who grows up alternating Christmas holidays with her grandmothers in Michigan and in Florida.

    The end of the book finds the daughter, Dr. Anna Williams, staying with her grandmother while doing research at Wakulla Springs. At 86, Vergie now "sits on her porch from sun-up to sundown drinking lemonade and waiting for the bookmobile."

    I really enjoyed this book. I've been to Wakulla Springs, where you can take a (glass-bottomed) boat ride and see alligators sunning and anhingas spreading their wings. You can stay in the Lodge and see Old Joe, Wakulla's largest gator, in a glass case in the lobby. The descriptive language in this book truly captures the unique setting. This is the epitome of what fiction should be: Making the exceptional everyday, and the everyday exceptional.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Wakulla Springs

    Enchanting read. Like poetry. Loved the truth
    Of the black/white experience in the south in 1953. Richly rewarding with elements of surprise that make it hard to put down.




    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    NOT sci-fi!

    The story was ok. No sci-fi till the last page and not much point. More a short story or memoir. Sort of interesting but I wasn,t expecting a history lesson.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Could not finish reading

    I started reading it and was wondering when the real story was going to start. I gave up.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Wow

    Loved it ...I live in the panhandle so it made sense to me ...very well written but felt it to be more of an historical story than scifi..
    Loved the characters ... hope there are more to come

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    NO

    The stories here don't end they just stop. Poorly done. Very disappointing. I have read countless books and stories, this is the first time that I actually want the time I spent reading this back.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Best thing about the book is the title

    Honestly, I tried...because I have been to Wakulla Springs and was delighted to see a book with this title! It was slow going at first--and the pace ground to a halt or else picked up later in the book and by that time I'd already stopped reading. Little character development, lack of literary devices or even clever dialogue. I never discerned the authors purpose for writing this book because the narrative didn't sustain my interest.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Good read

    Well done

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    Worthwhile reading

    A wonderful family story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    To much of nothing

    On and on. I found it doring and didn't finish it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Fun

    What a fun and interesting book. You never know where your roots might lie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Quirky

    Like another reviewer wrote, not what I was expecting or my genre at all. But once I was in for a taste, I was hooked. Goid job!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Could not finish it.

    Just too slow.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This book is nothing like the description except that the locale

    This book is nothing like the description except that the locale is Florida. No sci-fi, no prehistoric creatures except in passing. That said, it is an enjoyable novella and I'm glad I read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Springs

    This was a good story. My pity goes to those who did not like or did not understand it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    What an amazing story. Brilliant characters, lyrical writing. Ec

    What an amazing story. Brilliant characters, lyrical writing. Echoes of some of my favorite SFnal movies. Best piece of fiction I read all year. HIGHLY recommended!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Boring

    A free friday loser. Made no sense, just a lot of ramblings that never connected with anything. Boring, boring, boring. Even for free it cost too much. Would not recommend AT ALL. Minus stars for the waste of the tree it took to publish this junk.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Very good novella i enjoyed it

    Quick read good novella enjoyed the story about the different generatoins

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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