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Stone Spring Paperback – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575089202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575089204
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Roddom on September 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Opening Line: "...The day of Ana's blood tide, with her father missing, and her mother dead, was always going to be difficult..."

I only picked this book because of the magnificent big wave splashing up on the front cover. I like waves, so surely any book with such a wonderful wave on its front must be good? Well as it so happens - it was. STONE SPRING is the first volume of the Northland trilogy and is set in ancient times against a background of global warming and its effect on the humans living at that time. The time is around 7,000 years BC and is set in Doggerland, a large and fertile stretch of land that joined the British Isles to the rest of Europe and is now under the North Sea. Ana lives in a small fishing community, one of many different tribes who share the land, and life as they all know it is starting to change. The planet is warming, the ice caps are melting, the seas are starting to rise and the continents shift causing massive earthquakes. One fateful day a roar of thunder is heard in the distance and a massive tsunami sweeps in and destroys lives, homes, and hunting grounds. Their ways of
life are changed for ever, not just for Ana's people, traders relay the information that all over the known world the seas are rising and refugees are on the move.

Present day geography will tell you that nature won, Doggerland is no more, it is buried fathoms below the surface of the North Sea. However author, Stephen Baxter, takes a `what if' approach - what if the sea had been kept back, prevented from reclaiming the land, how would the world be now?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Hobbyist on November 28, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Having read "Evolution" by Stephen Baxter, a truely remarkable book, I was looking forward to this work by the same author.
It is disappointing in the extreme.
The characters are poorly developed. At crucial junctions in the story the behaviour of the main characters is inconsistant with the, admittedly sketchy, characterisation that has been drawn. There are major leaps in the story with no explanation, some of which make no logical sense. Significant issues with the characters arise and disappear without adequate expalanation.
I have almost finished the book and, for me, it has reached the "car crash" stage. I want to stop reading it but it is so bad I can't look away. I shall finish the book, but only with a sense of grim curiousity as too how much worse it will get.
Buy "Evolution", that is a great book. Stone Spring is rubbish.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emmwee on February 7, 2013
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baxter is a really good writer and more importantly he is good researching his stuff. his writing is exciting and pleasant to read without ever feeling lengthy.
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