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Wolf and Iron
"Jeebee" Walther was a scientist, a student of human behavior, who saw the Collapse of the world economy coming, but could do nothing to stop it. Now he must make his way across a violent and lawle...more
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The book really is your standard journey of redemption which the world falls apart and reverts back to a most simplistic and as you would expect barbaric age. The real star of the book though is the wolf. I will admit apart from finding the animal majestic and terrifying I grew up with dogs - big dogs an ...more
It's years since I read this, but it had a profound effect on me, and I really want to find a copy.
Edit: I got hold of a copy.
I'm fascinated by the depth of research that went into the Man/Wolf relationship (somewhat forced on him by his wolf researcher, Dr. Harry Frank, who wouldn't let him get away with anything!) but perplexed how at times he gets even the simplest things wrong. For the second time in a week ( ...more
Think what life would be like without elec ...more
If you are a nerd who survives the end of the world, get you a pet wolf to sick on people.
I think what facinated me most about this book was that this college student majoring in economics is able to predict the fall of civiliztion in time to "get out of dodge". For 15 years I have been wondering what economic conditions would trigger (or at least what economic indicators would signal) armegeddon. Now I know! Wow, maybe ignorance really is bliss...
Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but I don't think the post-collapse future would be as tidy as Dickson makes it out to be.
For me, 'Wolf and Iron' represents everything that is good about character-driven stories and, in ...more
Years before it was popular, Wolf and Iron detailed a world in collapse and the people living in it. It focuses on a scientist who was so busy studying the collapse that he failed to take action. Striving to reach a distant brother he must survive with the help of a wolf who joins him on the way. If you like apocalypse stories and don't want the politics, this is a good read.
It is very obvious though that he had spent much of the time writing this book researching wolves. The book tends to focus almost exclusively on the relationship between the main character and his wolf-compa ...more
Jeebee was part of an economic think-tank that saw the economic crisis shortly before it came. He was one of the few who trusted the numbers and actually bothered t ...more