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The Fall of the Shell (The Pelbar Cycle #4)

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Eleven hundred years after the apocalyptic destruction of the United States of America, peace between the remaining warring tribes has finally been achieved. Despite this peace, the Pelbar stronghold Threerivers retains its secretive and reclusive ways, keeping its distance from the other remaining tribes and guarding against change. A strict matriarchy, Threerivers remain ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Bison Books (first published 1982)
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Peter Monck
Jul 19, 2015 Peter Monck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I am coming to love this series. With each 'episode' there is more to learn about this post apocalyptic world. The structures of the female dominated cultures are brought into focus in this, with a hint at the risks of blindly following protocols or beliefs that are no longer appropriate; the embryo of extremism? Maybe.
Steven
Jul 17, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who makes the rules? Perspective is everything when it comes to those in authority. Threerivers was the most conservative of the Pelbar strongholds. Women ruled and men served. Then twin boys started events that would put one in jail and the other on a flight into the most dangerous land around. A maddening clash of ideals was tumbling toward a pivotal point.
Liz
Nov 14, 2008 Liz rated it liked it
These are not as scintillating as I remember, but still enjoy them.
Michelle Beese
Jul 07, 2009 Michelle Beese rated it it was amazing
So much fun to read!
Doug
May 22, 2015 Doug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most excellent read, couldn't put it down. This the 3rd or fourth time I have read it and it still loses nothing in the reading.
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1985 grade B
2003 grade C+

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Shelves: fantasy
Book 4 of the Pelbar cycle.
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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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