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“Fantastic book! I thought it was very good -- an unusual take on the "End of Mankind" theme. Parts of it were very dated (I particularly liked the part where they sent the woman out of the room so the MEN could discuss VD), but I really enjoyed the ways Martin described nature ever so slowly...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“A pandemic has wiped out most of human life in the US and apparently the world sometime in the 1950's. Ish is left to his own devices and after a time alone, finds a companion and eventually begins a small tribe in the San Francisco area.
“A pretty good apocalyptic story. An early book written about the fall of civilization and one that doesn't use nuclear war as the event that causes it. The writer takes and interesting look at the social and group interactions of the survivors and their attempt to rebuild mankind. The struggle is not about survival or living in the new world but about maintain the society as the world changes. Recommended”Little Timmy B wrote this review Friday, April 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The end of the world has happened. What now? Interesting to see how an apocalyptic vision from the 40's differs from what I'd think of now.”game_itamar wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was exactly the sort of thing I was hoping it would be. There is an innocent quality to the writing, that is usually lacking in the genre: No zombies or good vs. evil death match. It is a book I'm sure to come back to again.”Bede P wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A really well written book that looks at what actually should happen when just about everyone dies off. This was written long befor A-Bombs and Television so you don't hear any thing about EMF problems. Just a guy who gets snake bit and ifnds a hammer which becomes an important symbol. It's one of the first and best workd that included interracial marriage with out making it seem heavenly or bad. It just is. You might not even notice it. It's a story about people and their getting through a hard time. I highly recommend it to anyone for a good enjoyable read.”Duke Davis wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was an interesting perspective on post-plague America. The author's objectivity and study of the social norms etc. shed a new light, different from other post-apocalyptic novels I've read.”Dottie J wrote this review Thursday, November 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“believable account of post apocalyptic america. written in the 40's, still valid today.”laura a wrote this review Sunday, October 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Interesting tribal aspect, but the general apathy of the Americans didn't sit well with me.”
“Un tanto lento para los canones de hoy en dia.”Lediaith wrote this review Sunday, September 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the first dystopians - nearly all of mankind is wiped out by some sort of virus. Ish tries to make a life for himself with the resources and people available.
Spoilers: I found it unbelievable that they would be that few people who survived, and that he wouldn't do more to find other survivors. Additionally there is no way that canned goods would still be edible after 20+ years. ”