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The Islanders by Christopher Priest
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Dec 06, 2011

really liked it

This book builds on the premise of Priest's novel from the the 80s "The Dream Archipelago". One of the interesting story lines of the Dream Archipelago was the "Thryme" the menacing insect which has a symbiotic relationship with a fruit. giant.

They make periodic appearances in the "The Islanders". Unlike the "Dream Archipelago" which was a set of disjointed short stories about a hypothetical group of islands, there is a common story arc in "The Islanders".

The book is written in "Travel Guide" form, and there is an underlying murder mystery and a love affair, that leaves more question unanswered. Only an accomplished novelist could have pulled off this kind of novel structure.
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