Wakulla Springs: A Tor.Com Original

Wakulla Springs: A Tor.Com Original

by Andy Duncan, Ellen Klages
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Wakulla Springs: A Tor.Com Original 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Moonrider57 More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I was expecting, but a VERY good read!
Mary-MK More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching and moving -- lend it to your friends who "don't like that sci-fi stuff!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done
grouchyFL More than 1 year ago
A wonderful family story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading it and was wondering when the real story was going to start. I gave up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun and interesting book. You never know where your roots might lie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story. My pity goes to those who did not like or did not understand it.
SkiffyFan More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read good novella enjoyed the story about the different generatoins
Anonymous 8 months ago
I wasn't sure where this was going and was initially ambivalent about the story line. As it progressed I became engrossed in the intergeneratiinal ties and continuity of the family story, clever transitioning of character vignettes to create a fullsome depth.
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Don't expect a science fiction or horror novel about swamp creatures. This is definitely not it. However, it is an unexpectedly entertaining novella about the chance encounters two generations of black youth have with Hollywood in the segregated South. I just wish there could have been more. The chapters end abruptly, and then, all of a sudden, you're twelve, twenty years in the future. Overall, though, it's a good fast, magical read, and Wakulla Springs is definitely a place I'd visit if ever in North Florida.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three vignettes of a family's life set against the beautiful Wakulla Springs in the Panhandle area of northwest Florida. Nice evocation of the early 1940's in a rural area few could imagine today. My cracker granny and grandpa from Northwest Florida lived and spoke the same way as Mayola and friends and my dad often talked of his boyhood in the swamp and taking cold corn pone (cornbread was too fancy) and cane syrup to school in a bucket for lunch. Stories, novellas, books, poetry, song ~ all should have a start and a resolution (not the same as an end) to be satisfying to the audience. Each individual component of this collection have that. But to be a cohesive whole, the collection needs a resolution. This doesn't have that, so the reader may be left fruitlessly turning the last page to see how it all ends. NOTE ~ I agree with so many who have wondered why this is considered scifi/fantasy, unless it's on the basis of a daydreamed conversation or on the very last sentence. If I had been looking for scifi/fantasy I would have been very disappointed.
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Enjoyed the descriptions of the locals and the locale and some history of the springs and movies made there.  Bu t for the first time ever, in finishing the book, I wondered why was this book written, what was the purpose.  Have not come up with any answers..  
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