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Fire on the Mountain by Terry Bisson
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Aug 22, 2010

really liked it
Recommended to Artnoose by: ramsey at PM Press
Recommended for: anyone who sees me tabling it at a punk show
Read in August, 2010 , read count: 1

I originally picked this up to table at punk shows, and it looked interesting. Simply put, it speculates what the world would have looked like if the Harper's Ferry uprising had succeeded. The narrative is told from three vantage points: a former slave who witnessed the uprising as a boy and wrote the story years later, his great-granddaughter who lives in the country of Nova Africa with her own somewhat "Mericanized" daughter, and the letters of an abolitionist supporting Brown's cause.

It's a great premise, and I was drawn to the narrative style. My one complaint is that it just wasn't long enough. It's a slim novel and I wanted both more character development in the modern-day story line as well as more adventures told by the former slave.

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Jeffrey Paris [was Infinite Tasks] I'll be interested to hear what you think, artnoose! It's a quick read, some embedded epistles, and cool out-of-this-world shoes.

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