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The Ends of the Circle (The Pelbar Cycle #2)

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One thousand years after “the time of fire,” a gentle craftsman and flute player forsakes both his true love and birthright to seek the fabled Shining Sea. Stel, born of proud but rigid Pelbar culture, embarks on an epic quest across an America dramatically changed by a long-ago nuclear war. Following him is his beloved wife, Ahroe, equally determined to find Stel, avoid d ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Bison Books (first published 1981)
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The second book in Paul O. William's "Beyond Armageddon" series, this is a pulpy, early 80s post-apocalyptic genre piece, set in the US 1000 years after "the time of fire".

As cheesy as they often are, I like 70s and 80s post-apocalyptic fiction. Some of the books like The Postman are pretty good. Others, like Hiero's Journey or Williams' first entry The Breaking of Northwall: The Pelbar Cycle, Book One are pure pulp nonsense. That said, the fun lies in the author's imagining of what the future m
Jul 17, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that got me started on the Pelbar Cycle. Read it in high school and forgot about it until college days. Reread it several times and then went on a long hunt for the rest of the series. That took time and decades to round up. Anyway, the story is about Stel, who sets out to find the fabled Shining Sea, but between him and his destination lies a vast arena of poisoned cities of the ancients, blood thirsty barbarians, as well as the treacherous Children of Ozar. Stel’s quest brings ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Tabatha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i just finished reading this book tonight, it only took me two days to read. i really enjoyed this book. i didn't know this book was part of a larger series and this was #2 in the series till i was already reading it. i really want to read them all now.

this is the kind of science fiction that i really like, its set into the future 1000 years after some nuclear disaster that almost killed everyone.
Pete Aldin
Dec 25, 2011 Pete Aldin rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Williams' Pelbar novels were quaint. I enjoyed them as a 20-something, but have found them disappointing upon a reread in my 40s. This is by far the best of the series in which he makes the most of the future USA he's created. Short and easy to read. Worth a look. You don't need to have read the first in the series (which in my humble opinion was the worst written).
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Shelves: 2015
It was ok. It had little connection to its predecessor, and although good, I did not find it as engaging as the first. I was battling flu, at the time, so maybe that has affected my thoughts. Nonetheless, have ordered the next one from. Second hand book seller.
Mandy Andersonn
Feb 10, 2012 Mandy Andersonn rated it liked it
While better than the first book of this series (The Breaking of Northwall) this second story isn't quite up to what my memory made it out to be, either. A decent story. Readable. And just a bit too immature.
Jul 28, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Book two in the Northwall, called "Pelbar," cycle. Not quite as good as the first but still excellent.
Nov 10, 2012 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as great as the first book, but still pretty good.
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Jul 07, 2009 Michelle Beese rated it it was amazing
The Pelbar Cycle continues!
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Paul Osborne Williams was an American science fiction writer and haiku poet. Williams was professor emeritus of English at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.

His most notable science fiction works are a series of novels, the Pelbar Cycle, set in North America about a thousand years after a "time of fire", in which the world was nearly totally depopulated. The novels track a gradual reconnection
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Other Books in the Series

The Pelbar Cycle (7 books)
  • The Breaking of Northwall (The Pelbar Cycle, #1)
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  • The Fall of the Shell (The Pelbar Cycle, #4)
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