Monday, August 20, 2012

Picnic

Recently acquired: Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Because:
  1. Alleged by many to be the best Russian sci-fi ever.
  2. The basis of Tarkovsky's Stalker, by which swear several film enthusiasts I know.
  3. Two words: The. Zone.
  4. Abounding with alien artefacts.
  5. New translation.
  6. Foreword by Ursula K Leguin.
Have you read it? Or seen Stalker? Maybe you've played the video game? Is it everything they say it is?

4 comments:

Stefanie said...

Call me interested! Have you started reading it yet?

Amateur Reader (Tom) said...

I've read it, just recently. I might write about it soon.

But I can't answer the last question. What do they say it is?

Isabella Kratynski said...

No, Stefanie, I have not started it yet, but plan to get to it in a couple weeks.

"They" are calling it, in sum, a "classic," but from what I can tell, not many people (even sci-fi-loving Russians) -- and I mean regular people, not critics, or book-obsessed bloggers -- seem to have read it.

I do hope you write about it, Tom.

Amateur Reader (Tom) said...

All right, done! As usual, my focus is a little narrow. Please come over some time and tell people what I missed, or if I make a lick of sense.