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Ecrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant and hasten the end of the human raceAphra must return to the ruins of her home gather scraps of her stolen history and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature. The blurb doesn't give a very accurate account of what actually happens in the book There's no real spy story the fact that it takes place in the late 40s is barely relevant and it's way interested in the magic meditation and rituals that the main character Aphra who really doesn't have much in the way of personality does as religious practice that she seems both very protective of but also totally cool with bringing total strangers in toI think than third of the book is spent in a library looking at books that have nothing to do with why the FBI guy asked Aphra for her help Another third is meditation I think this book would be less frustrating for me if it HADN'T been incorporating stuff from the Lovecraft Mythos Having read Shadow Over Innsmouth it was hard to reconcile the iconic insular town of people who sacrificed their community to the Deep Ones to ensure their personal survival and comfort with the town Aphra describes The elder things like Dagon and Shub'Niggurath get name checked like they're the Roman pantheon rather than creatures so indifferent to life on this planet that human interaction with them leads inevitably to madness Innsmouth heritage could be swapped out for something of the author's own invention with nothing lost The story just needed something to make Aphra an other so why use InnsmouthI don't know how to describe the Innsmouth people of Winter Tide other than they have been Deeply Wronged It felt almost like that trope of the noble savage rolled up with an attempt to represent all marginalized persecuted and nearly wiped out groups that have ever been The Innsmouth of Aphra's memory has absolutely nothing in common with the one from Lovecraft's original story She makes it sound like a perfect bucolic haven for a beatific community who want only to practice their religion in peace while living in relative harmony with others and never giving anyone a moment's worry And there's nothing to indicate Aphra is anything other than a perfectly reliable narrator She's almost always right about other things in the story so why wouldn't the reader believe her version of Innsmouth to be the absolute truthThat's boring There's no real conflict in the book as a whole especially not for the reader because it's always so clear who is right and who is wrong Aphra and her brother are right and good and anyone not affirming them is wrong and bad Even when it's a subtle bad like mistrust You guys know magic and maybe that can be used as a weapon the person who isn't 100% behind Aphra is the antagonist Aside from the weird why bother use of the Lovecraft Mythos the story also had some serious pacing issues a Japanese American character who goes by Neko and waaaay too many characters who don't seem to reallydo anything No one really does anything until around the end of the book and even then it's a pretty small contained plot Even if the expectations brought on by the blurb hadn't been let down the boring unchallenging version of the Innsmouth legacy would have done it I might try something else by this author but I don't feel the need to hear about Aphra or the Mayberry version of Innsmouth

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Winter TideAfter attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928 the US Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert far from their ocean their Deep One ancestors and their sleeping god Cthulhu Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survive. Unexpected I haven't tried Lovecraft for years perhaps decades so this lingered on my TBR due to numerous reviews and blurbs mentioning how it turns Lovecroft storytelling sideways But a female lead magic water and the almost ringing endorsement of book twin Mimi had me bumping it upI found it enjoyable perhaps because I never could truly predict where it was going the hallmark of a book I could see owning What it reminds me of is uiet the muffled mist soaked morning beauty by a lake and following a winding path by the water's edge Easy to put down when I needed to it was also very easy to pick up again and oddly captivating for a story that was not a thrillerMy thoughts coalesced listening to myself I learned what I believedbrief summary for those with terrible memoriesAphra Marsh and brother Caleb are the only survivors of massacre and forced evacuation at Innsmouth many years ago They survived an internment camp through the help of the community there including later Japanese arrivals who adopted them Now Aphra is living in San Francisco with the Katos and working at a bookstore owned by her friend and acolyte Charlie In January 1949 an FBI agent Ron Spector comes calling looking for Aphra's expertise He wants her help reading through the Innsmouth collection at the Miskatonic library to see if it has information on a body switching techniue The FBI is afraid a Russian agent has studied there Caleb has been camping at the library's doorstep for years but has been forbidden access Aphra decides to accept out of concern that the Russians might use the techniue to set off bombs and as an opportunity to explore her own heritage She stipulates that Caleb and Charlie will be included Once there they discover a number of other people have an interest in the special collectionEmrys' writing is pleasantly sophisticated easily up to the task of building a world of uncertain atmosphere My subconscious had marked her as a predator from the first she had a strength and viciousness almost certainly necessary to survive Miskatonic's academic and political grottos There's something slightly period about it in word choice and structure that helps it feel like it was written mid century and lends solidity to Aphra's characterizationRepresentation and tolerance are strengths of this book The story has ongoing themes about family both genetic and chosen as well as identityracial history and tolerance There's a significant number of sassy and self directed female characters and a lovely assortment of developing friendships both same sex and male female A couple of romantic pairings that transcend period expectations are a side note to the main storyNarration is first person from Aphra's perspective Characterization is story telling strength here and it's nice to see the way the characters gradually grow and come to trust each other Audrey a woman from a nearby women's college provides a lot of the verbal chutzpah and ended up being a character I uite likedTrumball turned her gaze on Audrey frowning 'You appear perfectly sane' Audrey blinked If she felt any fear or repugnance she kept it well hidden 'Do people often go mad at the sight of you That seems like it would be awkward'Concerns first I felt the parallels between the Innsmouth people and the Japanese was not at all subtle This is compounded by an almost off hand reference about the creation of Israel creating greater mistrust of Jewish Americans Maybe this is because I am old and know something of history but I wondered why the author chose to be so forceful with her messaging Second and this is almost always a problem with me and fictional spiritualism is the mysticism I actually thought the spiritual aspects were done exceedingly well at first but it fell apart uite badly during the ultimate engagement This could also correspond with Mimi's assessment that this section went on too longThird and note that I only think this in retrospect is that everybody but Trumbull felt young Aphra felt painfully naive for someone who survived years in a camp  I don't feel as irritable about the characterizations as I did with Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series I think this is because Aphra isn't actually old yet but her elders also felt and seemed young What an impetuous grandfather she has I would recommend reading it if it sounds appealing even if you are unfamiliar with Lovecraft or dislike his writing It was a uietly interesting captivating book that I could read again

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Winter Tide Free read Ç 104 Ø After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928 the US Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert far from their ocean their Deep One ancestors and their sleeping god Cthulhu Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps and they emerged without a past or a futureThe government that stole Aphra's life D the camps and they emerged without a past or a futureThe government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University s. Rating 45 of fiveI need some bandwidth to become available prior to reviewing this novel Watch this space And don't forget to read my review of The Litany of Earth the link to the Torcom free read is in itThe Publisher Says After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928 the US Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert far from their ocean their Deep One ancestors and their sleeping god Cthulhu Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps and they emerged without a past or a futureThe government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant and hasten the end of the human raceAphra must return to the ruins of her home gather scraps of her stolen history and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human natureTOR DOT COM SENT ME THIS BOOK AT MY REUESTTHANKS Y'ALLMy Review I began this book hoping it would be at least as good as THE LITANY OF EARTH link above and would expand my sense of the reality of Miskatonic University I had enough contact with the Cthulhu Mythos to have developed a deep desire to become an alumnus of Miskatonic It is not to be of course Arkham being fictional as well as in coastal Massachusetts shiver but it gives you a sense of how real this mythos seems to me Current titles like Lovecraft Country and Carter Lovecraft have passed before my approving gaze deepening my appreciation for the talent if not the person of racist sexist nativist HP Lovecraft There is something in the Elder Gods that answers a need in people since there are so very many people using the Mythos today to explore the dystopia in which we liveAuthor Emrys's particular flash of genius is to make the Mythos spread over time writing an historical novel set in 1948 from the standpoint of a World War II to Cold War world where Innsmouth and the Water People were interned before the Japanese were It's brilliant The government needed only to turn their bureaucratic gaze a few inches to get a ready made solution to the Nisei Threat I was completely convinced by this I can think of nothing to prevent this from being trueexcept it isn'tFeels to me like it should be Families like the Marshes longtime residents of Innsmouth and leaders among the Water People who make up most of Innsmouth's population are wrenched from the spawning grounds being humans although amphibious they need to breed on terra firma before they can undergo final metamorphosis and go back to the sea and sent to desert camps Most died in the violence of the round up or in the deserts and now only Aphra Marsh of San Francisco and her brother Caleb of Arkham Massachusetts are left The sole full blooded Water People who can breed are in returning to Innsmouth to assist the government that committed genocide against their kind coming to grips with what it means to be the future not simply to have a futureAs we submerge deeper and deeper into the cold dark high pressure depths of human hatred of otherness and intolerance of difference WINTER TIDE feels and like a howl from the edge of the pack A better trail is over here Come this way accept and embrace the not usual accept and embrace the viewpoint of the outsider and you'll see the whole picture much clearly The threats are real They simply aren't where you're looking for themHow perfect a co opting of the Cthulhu Mythos that is In keeping with the co opting we the sane and normal need to do with the lunatic fringe's ideological excesses Making the bad spirits better is as the titanic struggles Aphra and her rag tag family of choice endure and prevail over extremely hard But the will to do it the willingness to suffer the literal and psychic pains and amputations reuired by it exist in us We need to need the end results as much as Aphra and her family as well as her blood family need the results of their internecine warAphra Marsh for President