The Postman

by david brin | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 9781857234053 Global Overview for this book
Registered by JPix of Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom on 1/3/2010
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by JPix from Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom on Sunday, January 03, 2010
He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. But when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker, his life changes forever. As he journeys from one isolated community to the next, the old, worn uniform becomes far more than a protection against the unrelenting cold: it becomes a reminder of how things were before the world collapsed - and a symbol for how things might be again. And his story becomes one of a lie that turns into the most important kind of truth. Against a background of global failure, THE POSTMAN is a powerful and affecting novel of the survival of the human spirit from the author of the award-winning Uplift novels.

Journal Entry 2 by JPix at Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 29, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (9/29/2017 UTC) at Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom

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Sent as a RABCK to dark-draco, enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Thank you so much for my wishlist book - this has been one I've wanted to read for a long time :)

Journal Entry 4 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 11, 2019
WOW!

I've always been a fan of the big disaster, end of the world, distopian story - whether novel or film. And although the actually catastrophe makes for some good entertainment, I'm always more intrigued as to how the survivors will rebuild and what sort of society would emerge from the ashes.

Well this book addresses that in a really neat way - you only hear about the Doomwar and end of civilisation through odd remarks and thoughts - but as Gordon travels from place to place, you see how different groups of people have structured their lives around the new reality.

I love the way that getting mail suddenly gives people hope - a way to once again think beyond the environment just outside their home, and see the world as a much bigger place. I also love Gordon's inability to see that he is the person he's been longing to find - someone who takes responsibility and tries to rebuild, even if it is reluctantly to start with.

The whole Dena/women warrior storyline definitely gives you food for thought ... whether you would agree with her philosophies or the way in which she tries to fight back, it's certainly an alternative to the all our warfare the other men seem to prefer.

Definitely my favourite quote from the book...
“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”

A brilliant read.

Released 10 mos ago (1/4/2020 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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This is my choice for the Favourite Book of 2019 Roundabout - hope you enjoy it.




PARTICIPANTS
1 Earthcaroleanne
2 Cross-Patch
3 greenbadger
4 Estelle1806
5 Fifna
6 dutch-book
7 Lamilla
8 Icila
9 Billbooks
10 Math-Girl40
11 Mcsar
12 Valpete
13 original-slicey

Journal Entry 6 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, January 06, 2020
Arrived today. Of course not on it's own. Can't believe I'm starting 2020 with a backlog.

Journal Entry 7 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 05, 2020
This is not my usual choice of book and I wouldn’t have picked it up myself but I found it strangely compelling. It is a surprisingly upbeat and hopeful story for an end-of-the-world novel. I really wanted to know where it was going and needed to get to the end. Good choice for the roundabout - I'm glad when I enjoy a book I would never have looked at myself.

Journal Entry 8 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Released 9 mos ago (2/12/2020 UTC) at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Sending on in the roundabout.

Journal Entry 9 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, February 14, 2020
Safely arrived. Next tbr.

Journal Entry 10 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, February 17, 2020
Earthcarolanne took the words out of my mouth. I certainly would not have picked this book up in the first place, but the storytelling was so compelling I finished it in a couple of days in a weekend that was already overloaded. I loved the sense of hope linked to Gordon’s presence. Thank you dark-Draco for choosing to send this dystopian science fiction special round.

Released 9 mos ago (2/17/2020 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Here’s another quite different book chosen for the roundabout by dark-draco. It’s all proving very interesting. Hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 12 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 20, 2020
Arrived with me - favourite book of 2019 roundabout.

Journal Entry 13 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 25, 2020
In a post-apocalyptic world, Gordon Krantz is one of many struggling on the edge of survival, till he finds a postman's uniform. I really liked the first half of this book and I love the idea of a uniform, the token of the security that was lost, bringing hope to communities which have lost civilisation. The second half of the book has some very misplaced notions about women taking responsibility for cleansing the violence out of men which is rather a let down. It's interesting to see some similar ideas about militaristic men to 'The Gate to Women's Country', published three years later, but actually I think some of the post-apocalyptic themes of gun-nut survivalists, post vaccination plagues, and the way civilisation gets torn apart are things that I still think could happen today. Overall a good read.

Journal Entry 14 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 29, 2020

Released 9 mos ago (2/29/2020 UTC) at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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On its way to estelle1806, next in the roundabout.

Journal Entry 15 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Received, in a Royal Mail plastic bag saying it burst in transit, but all is well and the book is alive!

Journal Entry 16 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Friday, March 27, 2020
An OK read for me, nothing extraordinary. I got bored a few times along but managed to finish it.
Ready to travel on...

Journal Entry 17 by wingestelle1806wing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, March 27, 2020

Released 8 mos ago (3/27/2020 UTC) at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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Following its course on the roundabout...

Please let us know when you release it again...

Merci de nous préciser quand vous le libérez...

Journal Entry 18 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, April 02, 2020
Arrived safely, thanks estelle1806!

Journal Entry 19 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, May 07, 2020
Like several previous readers I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Even after my husband saw the cover and said 'Oh isn't that that Kevin Costner film?' (I'm not a fan...) :-) I liked the writing style and a good bit of dystopia plus hope goes a long way. It was also interesting that it was written way before many of today's technological advances. It didn't feel outdated though. Thank you very much for sharing!

Journal Entry 20 by wingFifnawing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Thursday, May 07, 2020

Released 6 mos ago (5/7/2020 UTC) at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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On its way to dutch-book.

Journal Entry 21 by wingdutch-bookwing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
This book arrived a week ago I think. This is not my usual fare, but I've been wanting to read more science-fiction and the reviews are good, so looking forward to it!

Journal Entry 22 by wingdutch-bookwing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Sunday, May 31, 2020
This was a good story. Really I''ve got nothing more to add, other than I enjoyed it and it was an easy read, which, as Fifna said, did not feel outdated at all.

Journal Entry 23 by wingdutch-bookwing at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Released 5 mos ago (6/23/2020 UTC) at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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Travelling to Lamilla.

Journal Entry 24 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, July 18, 2020
Received today

Journal Entry 25 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Released 2 mos ago (9/19/2020 UTC) at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus

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Sent only today, sorry for the delay

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Journal Entry 26 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
And here it is. Thank you.

Journal Entry 27 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Saturday, October 24, 2020
Typically a book that I never had chosen, I don't like neither post disaster books nor books with a film cover.
Strangely perhaps because it was written in the eighties it is not so outdated.
Reading this during a new surge of the pandemic and violence added to the gloom. Notwithstanding I read it to the end.
Perhaps it's the first time that I read a book thinking that the story w'd have been better in a movie.

Journal Entry 28 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Released 2 wks ago (11/10/2020 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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All the way across the Atlantic to Math-girl40 !

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