Item description for Tsunami (Book 3 of the Marq'ssan Cycle) (The Marqæssan Cycle) by L. Timmel Duchamp...
Tsunami, the gripping third volume of the five-novel Marq ssan Cycle, opens in early 2086, immediately after the signing of the Madrid Accords at the conclusion of the Global War. Many countries, including the US, have been devastated by war, and some of them turn to the Free Zones and the Marq ssan for assistance in rebuilding their infrastructure. In the US, the Executive, which has turned its attention to reconsolidating its power, meets with growing resistance to executive rule; and in the Pacific Northwest Free Zone, the Co-op faces an internal crisis when ugly, long-buried secrets are dragged into the light of day. Meanwhile, the lives of three very different women executive Elizabeth Weatherall, anarchist Martha Greenglass, and human rights lawyer Celia Espin become entangled as each strives to bring about the change she so passionately desires.
Samuel R. Delany writes of Tsunami, The third volume of the Marq'ssan cycle, Tsunami, confirms what the second volume, Renegade, made clear: the narrative drive and sheer invention of the work is more than up to the size, scope, and ambition of this extraordinary project. What a grand job! What a great read! It's been a long time since I've read science fiction with such a dramatic grip on the political complexities of our slow progress toward the better world we all wish for.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 9" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Aqueduct Press
ISBN 1933500093 ISBN13 9781933500096
Availability 0 units.
More About L. Timmel Duchamp
L. Timmel Duchamp is the author of Love's Body, Dancing in Time, a collection of short fiction; The Grand Conversation: Essays; The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding), a short novel; and Alanya to Alanya Renegade, and Tsunami, the first three novels of the Marq?ssan Cycle. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and Sturgeon awards and short-listed several times for the Tiptree Award. Her stories have appeared in a variety of venues, including Asimov's SF and the Full Spectrum, Leviathan, ParaSpheres, and Bending the Landscape anthology series. Her critical essays have appeared in The American Book Review, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Extrapolation, Foundation, Strange Horizons, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tsunami (Book 3 of the Marq'ssan Cycle) (The Marqæssan Cycle)?
3rd entry less gripping Nov 2, 2007
The 3rd entry in the Marq'ssan Cycle (following "Alanya to Alanya" and "Renegade") didn't blow me away like the the previous books. The story revolves around and is told from the point of view of Elizabeth Weatherall. We first met her as Sedgewick's efficient assistant in book 1 and the cold-blooded manipulator, ruthless torturer, and an ambitious puppeteer essentially running the country in book 2. I don't like Elizabeth. She is not a sympathetic character, and I cannot associate with her concerns. This makes "Tsunami" a challenging book.
It was a bold move to make the villain the hero, but it didn't quite work for me. My sympathies lay mainly with Kay Zeldin, the protagonist of the the first two books, and I was still reeling under the impact of those events. Kay was mostly absent in this book, but her influence was felt, and that was my favorite part - past events were discussed and reflected upon. We learned more (some chilling details that were never said out loud before) about the relationship between Kay & Sedgewick, and it was gratifying to see Elizabeth writhe in guilt and regret.
I know I must read this book again, this time letting go of my attachment to Kay, suppressing my dislike of Elizabeth, and willing to read POVs of new protagonists and get involved in the new storylines and political developments (and not just the choice bits of interest to me).
I can't stomach to read it, but my wife seems to like it. May 16, 2007
I can't stomach to read it, but my wife seems to like it.