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Flood The seas are rising At first global warming is blamed but as London then New York then entire countries disappear beneath the waves it is clear that something much worse is happening

  • Title: Flood
  • Author: Stephen Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780575080584
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The seas are rising At first global warming is blamed, but as London, then New York, then entire countries disappear beneath the waves, it is clear that something much worse is happening.

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    About "Stephen Baxter"

    1. Stephen Baxter

      Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge mathematics and Southampton Universities doctorate in aeroengineering research Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold Time His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the Year he also won the John W Campbell Award and the Philip K Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships He is currently working on his next novel, a collaboration with Sir Arthur C Clarke Mr Baxter lives in Prestwood, England.

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    1. In 1977, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote Lucifer's Hammer, a novel dealing with the collapse of civilization after the Earth is hit by a massive comet.When it was written, the world’s major anxiety was nuclear weapons: The possibility that the United States and the Soviet Union (with a much smaller role played by China) would annihilate humanity with a massive exchange of explosions and radiation was a pervasive nightmare. Lucifer's Hammer was a clear response to this anxiety. It allowed [...]


    2. I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I am a huge fan of apocalyptic fiction. On the surface, this book seems to fit the bill. The seas are rising, the earth is flooding - what will humanity do to survive? What's not to like - right? Well, it turns out - quite a bit. This is the first book in a long time that I have had to force myself to get through. The first 50 pages or so have some flashes of interest, but mostly read like stale and overly long description of geography and topogra [...]


    3. I imagine this book happened this way. A group of intelligent science fiction writers were sitting around a table and drinking perhaps a bit too much and they were making a list of the worst science fiction movies of all time. Stephen Baxter who was a little drunk at the time shouts out "Waterworld!" and everyone laughs especially at the fish gilled Kevin Costner character. And seriously where did all that water come from! And then Stephen got a glassy look on his face and said you know what? I [...]


    4. Ripping good fiction; mediocre (at best) science fiction--flawed by egregious errors in history, geography and science.Without giving away too much, it's hard to enumerate where he went wrong. His interpersonal relationships lack credibility. His knowledge of things American is superficial and often wrong. He ignores the thousands of ships and boats--large and small (including a dozen American aircraft carriers, though he creates two British carriers from whole cloth) in his rush to depopulate t [...]


    5. What a devastating and epic novel. Flood is the story of planetary catastrophe, of a titular flood that subsumes human civilization.Baxter offers a small group of characters to humanize this disaster. Intriguingly, they are all former hostages, comrades in privation. This bonds them for life, setting them up as a team who try to aid each other as the world goes to hell.And to a watery hell it races. Flood begins by drowning London and southeast England, and never lets up. The oceans simply keep [...]


    6. For a fan of end-of-the-world stories, what's not to like about this book? It posits a world where massive oceans underneath the Earth's mantle have broken through and are slowly flooding the world as we know it. Over the course of four decades, the sea level rises to eventually drown Mt. Everest. The struggle to deal with this slow motion catastrophe is ripe for any number of plots. So, what's not to like? Plenty.Flood is a bad book. I don't mean subjectively bad like I prefer apples over orang [...]


    7. Two stars seems rather harsh for a book that I was able to finish, but going by the good reads guidelines "it was okay". So two stars it is.A small group of hostages are rescued after years of captivity and find themselves in an unrecognizable world where the oceans are slowly taking over.Interesting enough premise. Not as preachy as one might imagine. The message of man destroying Mother Earth is there but I don't think it's enough to bother anyone. My problem was the writing itself. The charac [...]


    8. At times preachy, in a politically correct way, about the typical social justice Kumbaya topics, this book nevertheless captured an undervisited apocalyptic scenario: global flooding. Well, yes, it's been done, all respect to Gilgamesh and Noah and the Atlanteans, but not in a while, at least. The last time it was in hardcover, the hard cover was onyx. Like our own lives, the characters get caught up in their own day to day and lose touch, seeing one another briefly over the course of decades as [...]


    9. Minus 1 star for referring to carbon dioxide as "cee-oh-two". Minus 9 stars for having an incredibly one-dimensional main character, it's almost like she was only there to witness what was going on with other people. Incredibly passive character, stuff just happens to her and around her but she has little real voice or opinion. Minus 34 stars for being plain stupid and boring. But note: I didn't subtract any stars for the pretend science that wasn't even really based in anything but cow-pies. I [...]


    10. Stephen Baxter is a prolific author, and it shows in a number of his works - they are very Clarkian, taking an interesting idea (in this case a vast planet drowning flood) and following it to it's conclusion.As with many of his books the typical cast of scientists are generally unreflective and fail to present a plausible inner life in response to what is going on around them.Undoubtedly, as with Clarke, this is because Baxter is more interested in pursuing his idea to it's conclusion, rather th [...]


    11. I find myself seeing the points of reviews that rated this lower, HOWEVER I will say that this is probably the best book that I have read this year. And I would argue that I have read a number of really good books. In fact I would like to give this a higher rating if it was possible. Baxter is indeed very Clarke-ian and for that I love him. Concept, Sci-fi and story are all well conceptualized, researched and realized. The characters some complain were a bit flat, but the character were well ren [...]


    12. I picked up Flood a few years ago, just days before real-life flooding took place in Nashville. And while my family was spared any major damage or direct impact from the flooding, I still knew a lot of people whose lives were impacted by it. And so it was that this novel languished on my to-be-read shelf for what a couple of years. Finally, a few weeks, it rose to the top of my to-be-read pile and I decided enough time had passed that I decided to pick it up and give it a try.As with all Stephen [...]


    13. Imagine a future where the world slowly submerges, and the survivors in desperation fight for passage on the Titanic, knowing it too is doomed, but not having any other alternative.(No additional spoilers). Baxter has written an exceptionally well thought out hard-science-fiction novel. After thousands of apocalyptic novels now published, it's amazing that a new 'means to end' was created. This is a thinking person's 2012, with some decent characterization and plot lines. Baxter's tempo of the n [...]


    14. Έχει μέσα απο όλα.απλά ωμό και λεπτομερέστερα περιγραφικό απαντά στο ερώτημα τι θα κάναμε αν ζούσαμε πραγματικά ένα κατακλυσμό, κάτι που εγώ προσωπικά πριν αλλά και μετά που διάβασα το βιβλίο δεν θέλω καν να σκέφτομαι, μέσω της φαντασίας του συγγραφέασε μερικά σημεία ειδικ [...]



    15. Enjoyed this one but thought it went on a bit. An apocalyptic Lord of the Rings if you like. Full review to follow. Still want to read Ark though!


    16. This book ticked all my boxes, the usual ones I love such as disasters kicking mankind's behind, the world slowly falling to its knees, unscrupulous so and so's making fortunes from the planet's demise and the fact that what is happening in the book could quite possible happen.It starts with our introduction to the group of hostages are the characters who take us through the story, their lives intertwining as the world disappears under the waves.The sea levels are rising but they are rising fast [...]


    17. Baxterin Tulva-duologia alkaa aika groteskisti, jopa minun väkivaltaan turtunut mieleni kohahti kun luin panttivankien kohtelusta. Onneksi se on ainoa kirjassa esiintyvä äklö-gore-kohta.Kun vesi alkaa nousta enemmän kuin tiedemiehet suostuvat ymmärtämään ja hallitukset yrittävät rauhoitella kansalaisiaan pääsevät päähenkilömme rikkaan visionäristin suojeluksessa kokemaan jotain mistä muut eivät voi uneksiakaan. Kirjassa seurataan nelikon elämää n. 40 vuoden aikajänteellä [...]


    18. I bought this because the sequel, Ark, came to through book club and has been on the shelf for ages, because I can’t bear to read series out of order. It took a while though, because the leading reviews on here are all terrible. Finally, I had a voucher to use up and figured i’d give it a go. I ended up really enjoying it. I definitely like the post-apocalyptic genre, but most of the examples I have read have had supernatural or paranormal elements, or been set so far into the future as to s [...]


    19. This book is nothing but constant frustration. It promises a thrilling story centered around the loss of our home planet, as told from the perspective of a group of survivors. It's a great concept, global warming and rising sea levels but it fails over and over and over. The science is shaky at best, and while I can over look that there is no getting passed the horrid pacing and lackluster characters.The book suffers from "too much stuff" plain and simple. There is so much time spent on world bu [...]


    20. It starts out as almost a fantasy as flood waters the world over start to rise. Each major section of the book starts with a map showing the changes to the world as the sea level creeps up and up. But the science it, as is typical of Baxter, quite real, quite believable and all rather scary.Baxter's fascination with evolution and adaptation comes to the fore here. The book covers aroiund 35 years and three generations of people and the changes he imagines are all too realistic. His depiction of [...]


    21. The science is there, but the fiction could have been better. The pacing is often too slow. And some plots which were explored at length previously reach a conclusion in just a sentence, like the author suddenly remembered he had to wrap that up, but was more interested in the rest that was currently going on. I also felt conflicted by how at first this book seemed like it could have been straight out of reality, but near the end it grew far more fantastical. Still, that's fiction for you, I gue [...]


    22. This book was suggested as a candidate for the Powells SF group. Phil found it unreadable which is unheard of a for a apocalyptic book - though to be fair she prefers post-apocalyptic. I found it a bit of a slow read. The premise was interesting if unbelievable. It would be an okay book to discuss except for the people who would refuse to finish it. 4 of 5.



    23. The short version first . . .Apocalyptic visions of a future Earth are one of the sub-genres of science fiction, and probably one which has seen a variety of ways in which the Earth can be destroyed or so physically changed that we cannot imagine how life can ever come back to the “bald prairie” or the “totally water world” that are two of the rather inventive ways in which the Earth has been previously destroyed based on our various metaphysical / religious texts that are available and [...]


    24. I have to admit that this is the first Stephen Baxter book I've read, but I can certainly say that it won't be the last. If I had to sum up this book in one word, I would have to say: epic. Okay, maybe I would use two words: epic and wow. Seriously, this is a thick book packed with a story that spans many, many years. And you know what? Every page mattered, and not once did I get tired of reading, or lose focus. I was pretty much hooked from the very beginning. Who wouldn't be? As soon as I read [...]


    25. I thought the initial drama of the hostages and their rescue was a really strong hook, and it pulled me quickly into the story, and it started out with a lot of excitement as the floods begin. The story spans the globe, and so I think every reader will watch for their own location and height above sea level. Unfortunately, Baxter demonstrates a geographic bias towards England, that I was unable to follow. I just don't know the names of individual roads and buildings in London, or small towns in [...]


    26. Stephen Baxter's 2008 sci-fi novel posits an ambitious world-killing disaster: the rupturing of an immense sub-crustal sea (a plausible scenario, as the afterword notes) which discharges into the Earth's oceans, gradually drowning the continents. The author follows several groups of refugees as they scramble from one sinking patch of high ground to another, enduring mega-storms, inundated cities, and increasingly savage conflict between desperate survivors. (One of the more brutal remnants, clin [...]


    27. I have mixed feelings about this book. I like Baxter and want to like this, but something bothers me about it. It could be the pacing which is slow and without any real building of suspense. I did not identify with any of the characters, nor did I feel a sense of emotional involvement in this apocalyptic novel. But, as it says on the cover, it is relentless. And, that it is. I am also bothered some by the unbelievability of the size of the flood, at least by the mechanisms explained in the book. [...]


    28. Flood (2008) by Stephen Baxter is the first book in a series. Stephen Baxter is a well know British science fiction author, and his novel is my first encounter with Mr. Baxter's work. Interestingly, the main protagonist of the book is water.The SetupThe story begins in 2016. After being held hostage for five years four people - Lily, Helen, Gary, and Pierce are freed by a private security force of AxysCorp. - a multinational company owned by Nathan Lammockson. The freed prisoners return to their [...]


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