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Earth Abides

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Earth Abides

This tale of diaster challenged rather that scared me ... I stayed awake at night wondering what choices I would make in the remaking of a new civilzation. Not only is there the problem of survival and emotional recovery, but also of ethics, morality, and predjudice. ...
This tale of diaster challenged rather that scared me ... I stayed awake at night wondering what choices I would make in the remaking of a new civilzation. Not only is there the problem of survival and emotional recovery, but also of ethics, morality, and predjudice. I reccomended it to my bookclub and to my teen-age grandsons. I loved "Clan of the Cavebear"but this tale is relevent.

posted by 265910 on October 29, 2008

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

At first, I thought this book was great and fascinating. I love

At first, I thought this book was great and fascinating. I love post-apacolyptic stories. Then the auther has the lead character take a poke at Robinson Crusoe and subsaquently Christianity all in one shot. The book continues on for a while and about half way through th...
At first, I thought this book was great and fascinating. I love post-apacolyptic stories. Then the auther has the lead character take a poke at Robinson Crusoe and subsaquently Christianity all in one shot. The book continues on for a while and about half way through the book the author's opinions towards religion really start to flow. It's as if this book represents the author/s athiestic fantasies of society being washed away and humanity being reborn without silly religions messing everything up. I'm finding it harder and harder to finish; but i'm giong to anyway. If my opinion changes at the end i'll write another review and recant this one (if i can make it to the end that is).

posted by yarnspinner on July 19, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    Post Plague Boredom

    This is an interesting history piece but not an engaging story. The plot is a standard, the plague wipes out everybody except for a scattered handful. A twist in this one is that post apocalypse survival is too easy and there are no evil forces to combat. There is an abundance of food and resources so, why bother doing anything. That is the theme of the tale. The hero is a young geologist who survives the plague and after traversing the country returns home where boy meets girl and a few others hook up to form a community of the unmotivated. For 1945 the portrayed morality of may have been shocking, even though there is no sex portrayed (lots of kids get borne). Polygamy is ok as is interracial partnering (they where all 100% monogamous), Advanced concepts for the time. Except for our geographer nobody seems motivated to take control of the circumstances of plan ahead. The result for me is unsympathetic characters with a non-struggle attitude. Earth Abides is a book of sociology not of science fiction, it portrays a death spiral of civilization, that to me would not fit the expected behaviors of a modern survivor group. The book may interest cultural historians far more the science fiction or adventure fans. If you like Stirling¿s characters you will hate this group. I found the reading experience interesting but definitely it is a period piece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2010

    Good...but far from great

    I enjoyed this book, but as an avid dystopian fiction reader I was disappointed by the broad views and super fast pace of this book. 45 years in 350 pages? If you're new into the genera this is a good starter book. If you're looking for an in depth post apocalyptic book I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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