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by Ian Watson

Category: Science Fiction
Subcategory: Sci-fi
Author: Ian Watson
ISBN: 0575033967
ISBN13: 978-0575033962
Language: English
Publisher: Victor Gollancz Ltd., London; First edition (1985)
Pages: 224
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Start by marking The Book of the River as Want to Read . I did actually wonder if Ian Watson was a pseudonym for a female author

Start by marking The Book of the River as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. I did actually wonder if Ian Watson was a pseudonym for a female author. I don't think I can remember reading another book written in the first person (female) by a male author which has the woman who's voice he is writing so very right. The story is also very woman-focused as only women can travel the river due to the Black Current running down the centre of the river which drives men mad if they set foot on a boat more than once. So a female culture very much drives the story-line. Highly enjoyable and possibly too short, I devoured this in an evening.

It's very unsatisfying when an author schemes up a story that culminates in ot-be-described, and we the readers are left holding the bag of whatever-it-is. Fortunately Watson's "Mockymen" is much more even.

Black Current Book 1. by Ian Watson.

Book in the Black Current Series). Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780586063873.

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The book of the River (V. ). Or how many days it had taken. Seventy? A hundred? I'd lost count. There was no way to measure the leagues. On this sort of a hell-walk a league seemed an impossibly ambitious unit of measurement might have . . I was hungry, filthy, and fairly crazy. Inventory for a hell-walk: stout river boots (good for a long journey), a pair of breeches, and a blouse, now tattered. Plus pocket knife and comb and a piece of string. Plus, of course, my wits

Yet of course that did not stop us from plying our trade up and down the eastern shoreline all the way from Ajelobo in the south down to Umdala in the north where the river fattens out vastly, becoming salt not fresh, and storm-tossed. And it had always been my ambition as a little girl in dusty Pecawar- almost midway along the axis of our navigation-to join the boating guild and be a riverwoman.

His last book, Come The Night, was a bestseller, and he’s currently flavour of the month. Slow Birds," by Ian Watson tells the story of a strangely idyllic world which is plagues by mysterious invaders. Sam Bishop, his main rival, is getting desperate. With his career stalled, he’s going nowhere. One night, he breaks into Blake’s house. Dubbed "slow birds," because the cylindrical objects fly at the rate of only a few feet per minute, the artefacts are a complete mystery.

Ian Watson (born 20 April 1943) is a British science fiction writer. He lives in Gijón, Spain. The experience was not particularly satisfying.

Ian Watson, a graduate of Oxford University, lives with his wife and daughter in North Hamptonshire, Great Britain. His most recent novel, The Book of the River, the first volume of a triology in progress, was serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Ian Watson, a graduate of Oxford University, lives with his wife and daughter in North Hamptonshire, Great Britain. He has taught in Japan and Tanzania. His first science fiction novel, The Embedding, won the French Prix Apollo and was runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award; his second novel in the field, The Jonah Kit, won the British Science Fiction Association Award. His most recent novel, The Book of the River, the first volume of a triology in progress, was serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He is a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and of the growing British organization BAND (Book Action for Nuclear Disarmament).

Yaleen always wanted to join the boating guild and become a riverwoman. It was the most important role for a woman in her world. The boats sailed up and down the eastern shore, from Tambimatu in the south (where the river emerged from the base of the unclimbable Far Precipices) to the sea in the north. Only women could travel the river. A man was allowed on trip, with his wife-to-be, but if he dared set foot on a boat again the black current would call him to his death. It was the black current, too, which made the river impossible to cross. It ran the whole length of the waterway - gelatinous, mysterious, and alive. On the western bank lived other people who could sometimes be seen through telescopes, but they appeared to be male-dominated savages. When she was accepted in the Guild, Yaleen little suspected that she was embarking upon a course which before long would take her across to the western shore, and into the heart of the black current itself. Ian Watson's novel is perhaps the most colourful and enjoyable he has written. Set on a strange distant planet, it offers a feast of mystery and dramatic incident. This is the first of a trilogy known as The Books of the Black Current. Watson is also the author of the Warhammer 40,000 Inquisition War Trilogy.
Comments to eBook The Book of the River
Zainn
The possibility that something else exists, that a male can write from a female point of view, that things are different,that the world is divided, never occurded to me before this book. I have read and reread it since I bought it 13 years ago. I love it. Take the time to alter reality for a while.
To think that on an alien world, an alien would write a story about a big worm in a river, in correct english from our point of view (and what would she call herslf anyway - a hero?) is nonsense.
Laizel
RIVERWOMAN...

Ever since she was a child, that had been Yaleen's goal in life, to join the powerful River Guild, and ply the waters, learning about all the towns of the eastern bank. Now she was a riverwoman at last, one with the water, one with the mysterious, sentient black current which granted women the rule of the river, yet called men forth to madness or death.

But when her only brother joined the male organization, the Observers, and lured her to aid him with knowledge of the seemingly unattainable western shore, Yaleen found herself caught by a destiny beyond her control - a destiny that would put her beyond the laws of her guild and lead her on to challenge the black current itself.
Adokelv
Reverse stereotypes are still stereotypes. This is a male author attempting to write a woman protagonist, and not doing it convincingly. For instance, what society lead by women would have "heroines" - a diminutive form? Society's leaders don't use diminutives. The author also expresses negative stereotyping of gays. This is a person of limited vision expressing his limits.
Let this story depart into a well deserved obscurity.
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