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  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Connie Willis & Cynthia Felice; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N0KTS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have written fiction and non fiction all of my life, and worked as a middle manager for some of the largest corporations in the world--usually managing technical editors--and small ones, too, as sales manager for capital equipment in technical applications. I thrived in the corporate environment. Even when the environment is hostile, it's all 'grist for the mill.'

Along the way I was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of a professional novel in science fiction or fantasy, collaborated with Connie Willis on three novels that have found favor among young adults as well as adults, awarded Best Paper by the Society for Technical Communication, and written many solo novels of science fiction, suspense, as well as short stories, and articles. My husband and I raised our family, did a lot of cooking--our boys learned their way around the kitchen early in life-- and sharing of recipes in a fashion that continues into the next generation--"Hey, Mom, what temperature for the pork shoulder..."--but so far no cook book.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Water Witch isn't big literature, but it provides an enjoyable few hours in another universe. Initially, the book gives you the impression that this will be fluffy entertainment, but it delivers much more. You bite into cotton candy and find, say, a lemon meringue pie. Just a *little* more depth than you'd expected.
The story is fairly simple, but it would be easy to spoil the plot; forgive me if I'm circumspect. Basically, Water Witch takes place on a planet, long since settled by humans, where water is rare; only a water witch -- someone who's genetically sensitive to water and can feel its presence -- can control the precious resource. However, of the water witches have died out and the current princess, as you learn in the first few pages, doesn't have very much talent. Despite the short-of-water theme, it's definitely not a Dune knockoff, as the alien planet has several well thought out ecological resources.
The story is told from two viewpoints: Deza, the daughter of a con man, and Radi, who's engaged to the last princess of the Red City. Naturally the whole thing is a setup for a love story, and it doesn't disappoint.
All of the above makes this sound like a very serious novel, but it's a done with a light hand and a sense of humor. The humor of real people rather than silliness or laugh-out-loud escapades.
While the story doesn't have the interwoven zanyness that Willis accomplishes so well in her later work (which always makes me think of Katherine Hepburn movies like Bringing Up Baby), it does show signs of her development. The authors do a fine job of storytelling (sometimes you can tell whose hand was on the keyboard, so to speak, but it's rare), with more complex characters than in at least another one of their collaborations.
I enjoyed this book, and think it'd be a fine accompaniment on a long trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By june on January 5, 2013
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I love this book I have it in paperback and it has turned yellow and is falling apart. I love to reread this about once a year. It took me years to find an ebook version. As soon as I found the e-version I bought it. Has good tension as they slowley come to realize who each of them are to the planet and to each other. She finds out the con her and her Dad told everone was actually the truth. He is sent to investigate, His fiance, the to be ruler sets a trap to get rid of him. He finds out that she is not the true ruler that he is supposed to protect and marry, the con artist is the true ruler and his real fiance, per her father when they where kids. This is a desert planet and the true rulers are called water witches because they can feel and control the water in the underground rivers.
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By iya on December 16, 2013
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this was an interesting story and it kept me interested in the characters. this was the first time I read this author and looking forward to other works from this author
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Litocracy on December 16, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This 1980s classic from Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice tells the story of Deza, the titular Water Witch, depicted in the somewhat terrifying cover illustration.

Anastasia like, con-artist Deza impersonates a missing princess as part of a scheme to extract money from a rich family, then realizes that she may actually be a princess after all. Luckily, she's already sleeping with the prince.

Like all the novels co-authored by Willis and Felice, "Water Witch" is simple and fun, fast-paced and adventurous, with a good sense of humor and a hint of romance. I found it a little disjointed and difficult to follow compared to some of their other works together, but it's totally worth a read.
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