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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Puzzle !, 26 Feb 2011
This review is from: Plan for Chaos (Paperback)
I had to have this book; I've been a Wyndham fan for forty years since a teacher who I'll never forget introduced me to possibly my all-time favourite book- "The Chrysalids". This is not in the same league, but is highly enjoyable.

It's full of puzzles. At the time of its initial writing, stealth technology and German flying saucers were surely rather radical concepts; it made me wonder if this was someone creating or re-creating a Wyndham novel, but given the academic support for this, it has to be accepted as given.

In the early chapters particularly, it feels like Wyndham was trying to achieve a strong American appeal, which is fair given the market in the US, I suppose.

The story- well, I haven't read Ira Levin's "The Boys From Brazil", just seen-and tried to forget- the execrable film- it's all pretty complete, and told in Wyndham's preferred first person style; the protagonist is familiar Wynham, which is to say, real (not always realistic) and flawed; certainly no superhero, but a good guy in a complex situation.

Needs to be added to any Wyndham collection; not perfect, but worth a read, and certainly no worse than "Web".

I think overall this book gives me a link between Wyndham's pre-war work, and the later novels from "The Day of the Triffids" onwards.
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