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The Winter of the World

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I seem to have liked this 1976 Poul Anderson novel more than most. I’ve read several of his novels in the past six months or so, and he tends to be a bit of a hit or miss author for me. This one, which is built around solidly science fiction premises, but in many ways reads more like a fantasy, was a hit.

At his best Anderson brings a sad poetic sensibility to his storytelling, and I certainly felt that here. While I can’t really argue that the characters and the societies they inhabit are particularly plausible, I found them complicated and interesting.

Somehow he makes a story about a matriarchal society led by strangely attractive, pheromaniacal (I know that’s not really a word, but if it were it would be the right one to use here), and fiercely independent women (who are every bit as interested in a romp in the sack with a random stranger as your average adolescent male science fiction reader) not feel gratuitous. ( )
  clong | Mar 5, 2014 |
This is pretty much a standard post-apocalypse story, except that Anderson presents the idea that idealized native americas have developed. They have very close ties to the land, almost no sense of ownership, and are extremely protective of the animals that live there. When threatened by a 'civilized' Empire with overwhelming force, they have to react, but that would require cooperation and strategy, two things they do not do well. A very interesting take on this theme. ( )
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Hay, ColinCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kresek, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812523113, Mass Market Paperback)

Thousands of years from now, after a new Ice Age has reduced our world to frozen ruins, new civilizations and cultures arise from the Ice. But as the people of tomorrow slowly uncover the lost technology of the past, they also rediscover war, conquest, diplomacy...and betrayal.

While the might Rahidain-Barammian Empire expands across the globe, Josserek Derrain, uncover agent for the freedom-loving Seafolk, must find a way to save his people from the Empire's grasp. His best hope is an alliance with the Rogaviki, a wild and nomadic race whose women are rumored to cast an unbreakable spell on any man who dares seek them out.

Between barbarians and aristocrats, spied and soldiers, the battle lines are drawn in the ultimate conflict to determine who will rule over...The Winter of the World.

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