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Blast from the past (pardon the pun)
on 20 May 2004
Wow, was having a chat with my mate at work, and he raised the subject of Nuclear War as a movie/novel genre - and I rememebered vividly this hideous, taumatic novel, that I first read aged 12 back in 1990 or so... Couldn't beleive at the time that a 'children's' book could be so searching and direct in it's study into the nature of fear as we lived under the shadow of the bomb, until so recently... Deals effectively with the shock and aftermath - the only issue I had with it was the bizzarre plausibility of mutation occurring within such a short space of time. A wonderful concept, for sure, but a little 'fantastic' considering this stark novel plays so much of its power in the realism stakes. Great memory though - read it and be shaken - suits any age over, I'd say, 11.