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Candy Man

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Through the night black, rotting girders of the sprawling, multi-level world city wanders the Candy Man, sowing the seeds of revolution amongst the degenerating remnants of humanity. Hunted by the death dealing Teachers, the callous followers of the all-powerful Machine, the Candy Man pursues his lonely struggle for individuality in a brainwashed, machine-run world.
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Published 1971 by Ballantine Books
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Don
Dec 31, 2011 Don rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
This 1971 novel has the reputation of a Brit SF cult. The story of Candy Man, moving through a dystopian future of giant ruined structures and a degenerating humanity. A mysterious sect of humans, the Teachers, with access to what remains of technology rule in the wreckage of civilisation, requiring the young to submit to rites which result in the majority having their brains burnt, reducing them to an imbecile state.

Candy Man is a loner amnesiac with a sense that he has a mission to fulfil that
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Jorge de Sousa
Dec 06, 2013 Jorge de Sousa rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, horror
Apocalyptic future policed by the ‘Teachers of Death’ followers of the ‘Machine'.
This book is like an LSD trip without the actual drug. The reason being that Vincent King has no boundaries or limits to his imagination. The plot tells us about a character ‘Candy Man’ that goes around preaching revolution in a modern, machine, tyrant world with cities ruled by technology and policed by evil enemies known as ‘Teachers’.
There is a peculiar sense of rebellion in ‘Candy Man’ as the story invites you i
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Charles Odonovan
Jan 24, 2013 Charles Odonovan rated it really liked it
Just an amazingly dark dystopian adventure. I read it every chance I got during my breaks at Amazon. Its a wonderful example of 70`s science fiction. This was we written when I was attending first grade but it read as well as something written yesterday. ...more
Jake Berlin
i saw this book recommended on a list, and had assumed it was what the horror film of the same name was based on, but boy was i wrong (and thankfully!). this is a really well done piece of sci-fi, with just the right balance between explaining its world, showing you, and leaving some a mystery. i'm amazed at how much action is packed into such a short book.
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Feb 16, 2013 Chad rated it really liked it
Interesting and good book. Saw parallels to Shelley's "Frankenstein" but far mor bizarre. Not a light read and confusing at times, worth it however.
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Rex Thomas Vinson (October 22, 1935 - May 2000) was an Art teacher, artist and science fiction author active in writing in the late 1960s and early 1970s, who wrote under the pen name of Vincent King. His most successful book was his novel Candy Man (1971), which went through a number of editions in the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries, and was a selection of the UK Science ...more
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