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Emergence [Mass Market Paperback]

David Palmer
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Mm); Reissue edition (Oct 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553255193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553255195
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,442,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book isn't a typical post-apocalyptic tale, although it starts out that way. It is written as the journal of an eleven-year-old girl who survives a nuclear/biological attack on the US by hiding in her father's shelter. That's nothing particularly original in itself, but the sytle is rather unusual as it's supposed to represent Pitman shorthand, and hence takes the form of an abbreviated form of English. On top of that, the girl is a genius, a black belt in karate and not technically human.

Soon after emerging from her shelter the girl discovers that she is a member of a new super species that has developed from humans. She sets out across America to find other survivors, and this part of the story is fairly typical (apart from her avian companion maybe). There are a number of encounters with other people but I can't give many details without spoiling the surprises, although there are enough of these to keep things interesting. The story becomes increasingly more improbable as things progress, and especially towards the end, but I guess that's not such a bad thing for a work of fiction.

Overall this is a great story, but don't expect the usual rampaging mutants and devastation that you find in a lot of post-apocalyptic tales. There's enough action to keep you turning the pages, but it's the main character that makes the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine piece of Science Fiction 25 Oct 2003
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Candy Smith-Foster, an 11 year old genius emerges from her fathers basement bunker into post World War III America, cleansed of human life by deadly russian bioweapons.
Accompanied by her 'retarded twin brother' (a parrot with the uncanny ability to answer for Candy before she can speak) she begins her search for fellow survivors. The plot unfolds from there and throughout the book we are introduced to well written, interesting characters.
A lovely book - read it and enjoy.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book in the world 10 April 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is the best book I've ever read.
Why is it out of print - dont know - seems crazy to me.
If you were going to put this in a catagory you would probably go for SCI-FI but characters and story are so fantastic I would recomend it to everyone with half a brain or more.
Amazon use your powers to get this book back in circulation.
But I've got a copy already so its up to you and no you cant borrow it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard SF without the nuts and bolts 18 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Meet Candidia Maria Smith-Foster, the most compelling female protagonist in modern science fiction since Friday Jones and Podkayne Fries (both Heinlein characters). Candy's unique outlook on life shines through in her journal which chronicles the aftermath of a bionuclear war, a war which has eliminated 99.4 percent of the people on Earth. The remaining .6 percent -- well, let's just say that they have very unique abilities. Candy is one of these, and as she sets off from her hometown in search of other survivors, the meaning of the book's title becomes clear -- Emergence, the emergence of a new species, a new society, and a new world.
Full of engaging characters, compelling scenes and a love-to-hate antagonist, this book rates in my top ten list, any day of the week.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice post-holocaust novel 20 Nov 2002
By Dr. van der Linden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First published in *Analog*, EMERGENCE is one of the overlooked gems of science fiction. Palmer even had the patience to respond to my letter of comment (LoC) in the magazine, and when it went to paperback publication he modified an element in the plot involving the surgical repair of a femoral arterial laceration.
The story is told from the perpective of a brilliant and resourceful young girl in a ghodawful situation, and I intend to get my mitts on a copy to gift my 11-year-old granddaughter. There aren't too many decent stories SF stories with respectable female central characters in 'em, and EMERGENCE is one of the few.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my all-time 10 best 22 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Only a 9?! I couldn't agree more with the other reader/reviewers. The form of the narrative is not for everyone. I LOVED it (it is so refreshing, creative and unique), but I have read favorite passages to family members and friends, and though they rolled on the floor laughing (take that literally of my high school aged son), most said they couldn't read the entire book in its shorthand style ("it would drive them nuts"). Palmer very cleverly turns the narrative over to one of Candy's companion's in one chapter, or uses other devices to break into normal speech for occasional chapters, but then returns to Candy's special way of recording her story. He keeps the reader aware of the uniqueness of the book in hand. I have recommended this book to several students (I'm a high school librarian), especially girls. Some just can't get into its unique style (Palmer has done something TOTALLY different here), but those who do, LOVE the story, love Candy, and love Palmer's approach to conveying the story. I have one girl who has re-read the book every year because she loves it so much. This is one my all-time favorite reads and I can't recommend it highly enough. Maybe if we push the publisher we can get it printed again. It's one that should never be out of print. Try to get it from your library or through inter-library loan, or go ahead and ask Amazon to try to find you a copy. If you can enjoy the style, you won't regret it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rip-Roaring, Uplifting Tale of the End of the World (as we know it!) 27 Dec 2005
By EcoInfo Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A book to drive grammarians crazy - and to thrill sci-fi fans. David R. Palmer's book contains almost no personal pronouns, complete sentences or ambiguous meanings. Quite a feat! Of course, he cheated a bit - by eliminating almost everyone to whom personal pronouns could apply before the book starts.

"End of the world" books tend to be depressing. However, this is the exception. "Candy" the 11-year old protagonist in the book is so full of life, and her story so full of both surprises and interesting details, that "Beginning of the World" might be a better characterization.

This book is a real favorite of mine and warrants a frequent re-reading. For those who grew up in the 60's and 70's David Palmer hides references to some cultural gems in the tale (e.g., "Gus" the name of an old auto mechanic referred to in the text is clearly the "Gus Wilson" of the long-running "Model Garage" (1920-1969)series in Popular Science Magazine). If you don't spot them, no harm done - but they are an added treat if you do.

After one additional book "Threshold" (a good book, but Emergence is better), David R. Palmer seems to have disappeared from the writing scene. Rumors of his fate have included both death (he had some dangerous hobbies that add authenticity to some the latter sections of the book) and a "real job" that has kept him away from writing. This leaves me a bit torn - I'd like him to write more - but at the same time, I'm more than grateful for "Emergence"!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites 9 Dec 2004
By Andrew Shaffren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've got over 3000 (really) science fiction and fantasy books in my collection and have been reading these genre for over 30 years.

Emergence is a beautiful piece of work and like others here, I have read through more then one copy - in fact I came here looking for yet another, and felt I had to add my words of praise for this book.

Mr. Palmer, if you ever read these reviews, please write more! We are poorer without your contributions.

Buy it. Read it. You'll understand how we feel.
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