The Wild Shore (Three Californias Triptych)
2047: For the small Pacific Coast community of San Onofre, life in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear attack is a matter of survival, a day-to-day struggle to stay alive. But young Hank Fletcher dreams of the world that might have been, and might yet beand dreams of playing a crucial role in America's rebirth.
However, this book was his first novel and I really liked it. It has a simplicity but is as powerful as anything else he has done. It is an interesting post-apocalyptic coming of age story about a group of teenagers and an old man who are part of a small fishing community eking out...more
I can't say that...more
Robinson’s novels tend to be character driven, the plot is usually secondary to the characters and their interactions. Although there may be episodes of high action, they tend to plod on. This book ha...more
It is set in America "after the bombing". The United States is no more. America has suffered a severe nuclear attack. Millions died in the initial attack, and millions more in the aftermath, struggling to survive in the new pre-industrial world. Getting food by growing and hunting it, avoiding the "scavengers" - the people who live from the loote...more
America's population has been decimated by fusion bombs, so radioactivity is not the major legacy, just ruin by explosions, death, and a strange coalition of nations charged to keep America from rebuilding. (Apparently Russia or some nation was able to pin the blame on the US for the conflict and ot...more
The book follows Hank Fletcher through a year of his life with friends in a small southern cali village. The elder in the village, one of the few survivors from before the bombing teaches him to read and write and when they go on a tr...more
Loved The writing style of Kim Robinson....and found the 2nd book in the Trilogy today at our own Caballo Blanco bookstore here in Loreto...more
Nicely done post-apocalypse story, part of a trilogy known as the Three Californias Triptych. The other two are The Gold Coast and Pacific Edge. I have yet to find them...more
The novel takes place in San Onofre, a sleepy-ish valley community featuring one Tom Barnard, a...more
I still love the steely, hard edges of Neuromancer with the same furious passion of the 14-year-old me that first picked it up and loved it in 1984. But I find that the middle-aged ad...more
This book is the post-apocalyptic story of some folks living near San Onofre, in southern Orange County or north San Diego County; anyway, not far from where I live. I like the simplicity of the story and the shear believability of the situation and characters.
The 2nd story in the triptych, Gold Coast, is also amazing but probably my least favorite of the three. It shows Orange County so comp...more
I've read science fiction pretty regularly since I was pretty young, devouring my father's and uncles' collections indiscriminately. When I was about 14, I decided I was more interested in...more
there was nothing that was unbelievable - no deux ex machina, no ridiculous heroics, none of the black and white ideals (good and evil) that some post-apocalyptic tales take. it is a simple story. completely believable. i just f...more
What I look for in a Kim Stanley Robinson novel are much the same as those I look for in a Neal Stephenson novel, the long geeky digressions. KSRs are more geography, geology, political, or socioeconomic than the kind of comp sci nerdery than I might find with Stephenson. Three Californias and the Mars Trilogy are steeped in it; Mars...more
Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Interesting utopias are hard to write!
Parts are beautiful, like the love scene on tree swing... Other parts are starkly horrific, by intention, reminding the captivated reader this is not a happy outcome to wish.
His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his...more