Post by callipygias on Feb 8, 2011 22:34:32 GMT -5
It was a little while back, but I read that PKD is the LOA's best seller, ahead of Steinbeck and Faulkner and all. I'm hoping they release his complete short stories next, I'd love to have them in hardcover (plus, one of the collections is oop in paperback).
It's a very important practice to wash your hands each time after going to the toilet.
Post by inlovewithcrow on Jul 8, 2011 10:30:09 GMT -5
Alas, Babylon I have been looking for a cheap/free copy of this post-apocalyptic novel for ages, and having found it yesterday I read it in 24 hours.
In 1959, the nation was obsessed with commies and the nuclear arms race. The novel puts you into that world but in no way does it feel dated. It could have been written (by a terrific researcher into social history) yesterday. A small town in Florida is the setting, and the main protagonist gets the heads-up from his military brother that the war is about to begin. That warning and some luck with winds help the small group of people (black and white--pretty radical for its day in the respect shown for the black characters whose work and community spirit is crucial to keeping everyone alive).
In every way this is the equal to On The Beach. The only weakness to it is that it starts a little slowly--the first two chapters did not pull me in, but once Randy receives the "alas, babylon" cable from his brother, it's riveting.
It's also astonishing to think it's over fifty years old. If you like the genre or liked On the Beach, you gotta read this one.
A really fun fantasy (it says it is "juvenille fantasy" but I LOVED IT - is a book called A DOOR TO FAR-MYST. Cool cover and I can't wait for book two. a real page turner. The Harry Potter people will love it.