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Winterlong by Elizabeth Hand
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Jul 22, 2012

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A beautifully crafted novel, Elizabeth Hand's "Winterlong" is nevertheless a challenge to read, as it employs biblical references, Greek myths, and even Disney's "Pinocchio" to tell a haunting post-post-apocalyptic tale. The story follows two young children---twins separated at birth, actually---as they travel the former U.S., ravaged by viral epidemics and bio-genetic experiments run amok. This is an excellent thought-provoking science fiction novel. Hand's writing is poetic, even as her ideas are radical and somewhat cyber-punkish. Parts of the novel are reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's sf novel "Oryx and Crake" (although Hand wrote her novel almost a decade before Atwood).
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