Archive for the ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ Category

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Sleep. We do everything we can to avoid it when we’re young, and embrace it willingly when we’re older. But what if some of us could never sleep again? Adrian Barnes attempts to answer this question in his debut novel from Bluemoose Books, Nod.
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This is a review I originally wrote six years ago on a briefly kept LiveJournal blog, but in the interest of trying to gather all my eggs into one basket (isn’t that supposed to be a bad idea?), I’ve moved it over to this blog. If you happened to read this the first time through, the only things I’ve changed are the rating system and a few minor tweaks; otherwise, I’ve added a few links at the bottom.

Russell Hoban’s 1980 post-apocalyptic masterpiece Riddley Walker was a book handed to me with the words, “It’s a little difficult, but you’ll enjoy it.” Half right. Hoban’s book follows the adventures of the eponymous Walker, a twelve year-old boy who has just passed his “Naming Day,” thus becoming a man. He lives in a world that has self-destructed in a conflagration that the survivors call “the 1 Big 1,” the nuclear apocalypse with which our generation continually seems to flirt. This is not, however, a tale of the few stragglers suffering through fallout and nuclear winter so familiar from dozens of films covering similar territory; rather, much like Walter Miller Jr.’s excellent novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz, the story is set ages past the event, over 2000 years in this case.
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