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Book Title: Needuste Allee|
The size of the: 448 KB
Date of issue: 1992
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The author of the book: Roger Zelazny
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Okay, this was my first full Zelazny experience, and I have to say I liked it—a lot. The story is simple enough: in a post apocalyptic America, where the country has been split into two nations, one being the Nation of California, the other being whatever the citizens of Boston have decided to call it, runs a stretch of road that has been named the Damnation Alley. Since constant hurricane force winds prevent air travel, it is the only umbilical between the two countries. Enter Hell Tanner. Hell is a likeable guy, as long as you don’t piss him off. He’s a Hells Angel, outlaw, and ex-con, and given the mission of taking much needed serum to Boston so a plague won’t wipe out that half of the population. For his reward, he’ll get a pardon from the Nation of California. Hell accepts the offer to clear his name. (I am going to intentionally leave some parts vague; I think these parts really add to the character of Hell and I would hate to ruin this for the next reader.)
Along the journey, Hell is going to have to battle giant bats and butterflies (yes, I said butterflies) and Gila monsters and spiders. There are rumors of people who have reverted back to primitive behavior and who attack all travelers. There are biker gangs and enough weather phenomena to make even the hardiest adventurer think twice about making this run. Sure this sounds like the makings of a really campy B-flick, but this is Hell Tanner we’re talking about here, the grandfather of such famous iconic men as Mad Max and Snake Plissken, the original post apocalyptic anti-hero. (And, for me anyhow—please tell me if you agree or not—I also had a sense that Holden Caulfield was used as a model, only in that post apocalyptic, not a wimpy whiner sort-a way.)
But even with all that excitement, there is a fundamental storyline that Zelazny was trying to convey: the Cold War was starting to scare the shit out of him. I mean America was one lunatic away from pressing the button, and Russia was trying to keep numerous lunatics at bay. Zelazny handles this subject with care, never mocking it as one is used to seeing in these types of novels. For Zelazny, he wanted Hell Tanner to not only be a hero but he also wanted him to be a hero and a man in a world that was closing in on the brink of annihilating itself. Pretty impressive subject matter for “just” a sci-fi book, IMO.
There is one scene that I will remember fondly: Hell and a biologist named Kanis are discussing what happened [in their world] and why it happened, and Kanis keeps asking Hell to kill him but also reneges continuously as well; this is a very cyclical conversation. Anyways, while reading this section, images of Waiting for Godot came to mind, and I started to laugh, not because it was funny, but because the only other alternative was to cry over this fully realized bleak world, and I truly began to understand what was in store for these survivors even if the serum eradicated the plague.
This will definitely not be my last Zelazny novel.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Read information about the authorRoger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels deal, one way or another, with tricksters and mythology, often with rogues who become gods, like Sam in Lord of Light, who reinvents Buddhism as a vehicle for political subversion on a colony planet.
The fantasy sequence The Amber Chronicles, which started with Nine Princes in Amber, deals with the ruling family of a Platonic realm at the metaphysical heart of things, who can slide, trickster-like through realities, and their wars with each other and the related ruling house of Chaos. Zelazny never entirely fulfilled his early promise -who could?- but he and his work were much loved, and a potent influence on such younger writers as George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman.
He won the Nebula award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award six times (out of 14 nominations). His papers are housed at the Albin O. Khun Library of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
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