Winter Tidesby James P. Blaylock
Now, years last, he meets Anne, a strugglng artist from Canada. He has no idea she is the child he saved so long ago. And he has no idea that Elinor, the long-dead sister he couldn't save
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Fifteen years ago, on a deserted California beach, Dave Quinn swam out into the winter ocean to save two drowning girls - identical twin sisters. He was only able to save one.
Now, years last, he meets Anne, a strugglng artist from Canada. He has no idea she is the child he saved so long ago. And he has no idea that Elinor, the long-dead sister he couldn't save, has come with her...
"... a singular American fabulist." -- William Gibson
"This story of good and evil siblings examines how we all learn to live with who we are, and does so through supple writing and a tense and carefully executed plot... Blaylock combines the supernatural with a deep understanding of contemporary California and human nature, producing a book with appeal for both fantasy fans and readers of realistic fiction." -- Publishers Weekly
"Vivid descriptions and deft characterisations... Winter Tides exposes the underbelly of human nature" -- Library Journal
"One creepy, creepy book... Blaylock will scare you to death with a minimum of splatter and maximum of tension, Hitchcock-style. I read Winter Tides in one long sitting and found my heart wouldn't stop racing." -- Woodland Hills Daily News (California)
A lovingly evoked ocean/beachscape, along with Blaylock's usual hardworking charactersbut the drama never quite coheres, and the ending just dangles.
Meet the Author
James P. Blaylock was mentored by Philip K. Dick, along with K.W. Jeter and Tim Powers, and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk. Winner of two World Fantasy Awards and a Philip K. Dick Award, he is director of the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and a professor at Chapman University, where he has taught for 20 years.
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The previous review - left a dozen years ago! - doesn't do justice to this fantastically atmospheric and haunting book. Blaylock is a terrific writer, and Winter Tides offers the reader a picture of Southern California that the travel books don't mention! Fantastic to see his work finally available as ebooks.
This was one of the worst books I have read in a long time. I almost couldn't finish it because it was so bad. The characters were shallow and the story was wierd. This book will only stand out in my mind as plain odd.