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Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny

Damnation Alley (1969)

by Roger Zelazny

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    jseger9000: Walter Jon Williams wrote Hardwired as an homage to Roger Zelazny's Damnation Alley

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I've been a Zelazny fan for more than 45 years now, and Damnation Alley was one of the first ones I read, back in around 1970. This was my first revisit to it for about 25 years, and I wish I'd done it sooner, for it's far, far, more than just a post apocalyptic tale of a biker's attempt to drive an armored truck across America.

There's moments of revelation for Hell, our anti-hero, there's poetic, majestic, sweeps in the grand Zelazny style, there's the Zelazny trademark musings on the dichotomy of the dark and the light, and on top of all that, there's action aplenty, all packed tight into a small neat package that starts fast and never slows.

I love it all over again. And yes, I'm pretty sure Hell was a prototype for Snake Plissen, in style, attitude and swagger.

One of the great post apocalyptic novels, and highly recommended. ( )
  williemeikle | Dec 22, 2018 |
This is top quality Zelazny. Love the showdown with the bikers. ( )
  drsabs | Jun 30, 2017 |
I think about his 'Lord of Light' (5 stars) and then this. "Oh how the mighty are fallen..." ( )
  tsgood | May 14, 2016 |
Um livro pós-apocalíptico com um pensamento presente de Mad Max em toda a viagem. O personagem tem direito a um "Get out of Jail Free Card" por todos os crimes passados e futuros, se fizer uma viagem de LA a Boston num cenário de verdadeiro pesadelo, para tentar salvar uma população à beira da extinção. Mas o seu "egoísmo selectivo" de sobrevivente, mais ao estilo de Riddick que de Max vai-nos surpreendendo ao longo da viagem construíndo uma leitura muito agradável. ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
Bad-ass biker must cross a post-apocalyptic US in a heavy armored truck. Promising start... but disappointing result. A flat story with no remarkable features. The trip itself is schematic, talking about "big creatures" and "a destroyed city" but barely giving more. Not even insinuating it. The protagonist is cool at the beginning (in the style of Snake from the "Escape from New York" movie) but he hits the same note during the whole book. ( )
  ivan.frade | Jan 21, 2015 |
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Across a United States all but destroyed by war and characterized by violent storms and giant bats and snakes, men embark on a seemingly doomed mission to deliver an antiserum to plague-ridden Boston.

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