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After Things Fell Apart (Fragmented America)

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The time is a few decades from now, the place what used to be the United States, now disrupted by internal factionalism as well as a short-lived foreign invasion.

Out of this chaotic background Ron Goulart has produced a swift-moving, witty and constantly delightful novel, a story of a future odyssey through:

*The Nixon Institute, where aging former rock stars reminisce abou
Paperback, 189 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Berkley (first published 1970)
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Feb 24, 2014 Derek rated it did not like it
The book contains a Science Fiction Book Club mail-in offer and two cigarette ads ((view spoiler)), which feels right because the whole thing really is the product of another generation. I don't know much about the San Francisco Bay Area of the 1970's, and kept wondering if the satirical elements would be more meaningful with that kernel of understanding. Does this represent the countercultural elements run ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Tina rated it did not like it
This book was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for a post-apocalyptic wasteland tale of strange bands of survivors. This book is not post-apocalyptic. The future is a little run-down and strange, but it is hardly post-apoc. Also, it was terribly written. Normally I'm not one for description and exposition, but I could barely tell what was going on, because there was no real explanation of anything! The book was only 180 pages; would it have killed the author to bump that to maybe 250 and a ...more
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Jan 06, 2016 Sarah Lloyd rated it it was ok
I bought this in a second hand bookshop because I thought it looked hilariously terrible. I was half right - it's funny and bad. Intentionally funny, and not as bad as I thought if would be (but still bad).

If you can overlook the racist, sexist, and homophobic language (I struggled), what you've got is a pulp-fiction detective novel set in a well-realised crumbling dystopian 'future'. The plot isn't much to write home about, but the action pops from every page (I lost track of how many times Jim
Funny funny book.

It is certainly written in it's time. There are a lot of words from the time, that are not very correct to use any more, however, the characters are just as open-minded as they should be, even today. Or tomorrow.

Feb 27, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
This was a decent read, but too much satire for me. I liked some of the vignettes from dystopoian California, but the story had too much satire for me, and not enough meat on the bone dystopia. A quick read, too.
Jul 03, 2009 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Ron Goulart is a prolific pulp writer. The 28 books that I've read by him so far can be described in similar terms. See my review of "Wildsmith".
A fragmented America of the future. A melancholy adventure story with skillfully deployed humor. Not quite thought provoking, but enjoyable enough.
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May 23, 2013 T. Mike rated it liked it
Somewhat amusing satire on a fractured California divided into tiny fiefdoms. The more California you know, the funnier it probably is.
Mar 28, 2011 Justin rated it it was ok
Utterly forgettable.
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Ron Goulart (b. 1933) is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels an ...more
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