Roadside Picnic (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2012 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a full empty, something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he'll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems. First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel's publication in Russia.

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Great source for a post humanist writing. - Goodreads
The ending is abrupt and may be unsatisfying for some. - Goodreads
Pretty neat way of story telling. - Goodreads
The ending was a letdown for me. - Goodreads
What I truly found disappointing though was the ending. - Goodreads
Ending completely undid the book for me. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I liked this but didn't love it. The premise was great, the book could have been much longer. The ending was a letdown for me. Read full review

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User Review  - Dani - Goodreads

The best thing about this book, for me, was that it was full of really imaginative, delightfully weird details - the dangers in the Zone; unexpected long-range consequences of the Visit; the artifacts ... Read full review

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Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are the most famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, and the authors of over 25 novels and novellas. Their books have been widely translated and have been made into a number of films. Arkady Strugatsky died in 1991. Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and other science-fiction classics.

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