Roadside Picnic

Roadside Picnic

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by Ursula K. Le Guin, Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 1613743416

ISBN-13: 2901613743415

Pub. Date: 07/28/2012

Publisher: Independent Publishers Group

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ISBN-13:
2901613743415
Publisher:
Independent Publishers Group
Publication date:
07/28/2012
Edition description:
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Roadside Picnic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My copy of this book is a soft of the Roadside Picknic with Tale of the Troika. I have read it 3 times now and enjoyed it enough each time to want to read it again. It is dark and vague in some ways and frighteningly clear in others. It was undoubtedly one of the most important SF book of late 70's. But its important here to add that it stands today as well as it did when it was published. It has not aged much. True the political situation in that part of the world has changed, but not so much for the poor and desparate. The charachters develop and the reader can identify with their plight. Aliens, never depicted, are viewed as incomprehensible, dangerus and careless. An intoxicating mixture. On another level this novel is a commentary on the human condition, our own dangerousness, and perhaps most important the importance of hope. A fun read but also has many layers if your open to Them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great piece of character-driven science fiction! And this new translation is really wonderful. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im on my second read-through now and i know i will read it again afterwards. I wish it was longer. One complaint is that the translation at times seems to be missing things. Still aa great book though.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Several alien spaceships have visited Earth at some point in the late twentieth century. Their landing sites seem to have been chosen at random, and during their visit they made almost no attempt at contact with humans. When they finally left, their landing sites were permanently altered and “polluted” with various artifacts and substances, and the sites themselves exhibit many strange and troubling behaviors. In the years and decades following the aliens’ departure a vast array of scholars, scientists, technology experts, military interests, and black market opportunists tried to make sense of the visit and leverage the landing sites for their own varying interests. However, exploring the sites was always a very risky activity, and those who dared to venture within their carefully guarded perimeters frequently exposed themselves to harmful and often lethal consequences. These landing site visits, however brief, had impact not only on the explorers, but also subsequently on almost everyone who the explorers came in touch with.  This short Sci Fi novel reduces the subgenre of the alien visit to its most basic elements: the landing sites themselves, mysterious left-over artifacts, and the fundamental and irrevocable change that this visit has brought upon the human civilization. Within this minimalistic setup it is still possible to extract a surprising amount of narrative richness and human and intellectual drama. The main protagonist, Redrick “Red” Schuhart, is a hard-nosed “stalker” – an opportunistic and illegal rummager of the visitation zones – who is trying to make the most of his ability to extract valuable artifacts and sell them on the black market. Red is an almost prototypical antihero who is nonetheless guided by some high-minded principles and moral standard. This moral probity particularly comes into play in his relationship with his own family. He tries his hardest to protect them and help them out, especially since they have incurred a personal tragedy due to Red’s involvement with the visitation zone.  This is a very deep and richly psychological book. Readers accustomed to the more western-style science fiction may find it more philosophical than what they are accustomed to reading. The “Roadside Picnic” nonetheless has a very well developed plot and nuanced and believable characters. This is science fiction at its best – good writing, rich plotline, and deep, potentially open-ended, questions and problems that it grapples with. 
AlbinoMonGoosE More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Its pretty short and at first I was unsure if I could grasp the concepts it talks about but from the beginning this book gave me everything I wanted, the ending is pretty great but also confusing and a little depressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cheeky breeky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book probably 5 times and i have seen movie “Stalker” based on this book about same amount of times, yet I have never get bored. Every single time i find more and more to it. The Strugatsky brothers are truly masters of their craft. Each conversation, each scene, each character has so many layers, that every time you discover the story from the new side. This book awake a desire to understand others, to look on the things from different perspective, to think critically. As they said themselves "thinking is not an entertainment but an obligation”. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read
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I liked this year's ago and enjoy it.
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Awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okk Kouri I guess Imma give up.. I dont know why I havent, but I hate myself for not letting you know how I felt about you. At the time I thought you know that we would make the perfect couple and stay together forever.. I was wrong because now I cant let you go.. its very hard.. if you dont come back on and we dont ever talk again I just hope you have a WONDERFUL rest of your life and I hope someday we can meet.. GoodBye Kouri.. Ill miss you..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No. Not even close. Dont waste your money. Pick it up at the library if you really want to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
;( I miss you wayy too much Kouri.. < / 3