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The Collected Science Fiction and Fantasy of Jack London 2: The Iron Heel And Other Stories

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Renowned as a writer of classic adventure stories such as The Call of the Wild and White Fang, Jack London also had a parallel career as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. In Leonaur's three volume, The Collected Science Fiction & Fantasy of Jack London, his SF and fantasy novels and shorter works are brought together for the first time. In the early twentieth ce ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published November 24th 2005 by Leonaur Ltd (first published 2005)
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Ryan Potter
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I had never read any of Jack London's works before. Now that I've read this one, I'm very tempted to read some more. This is exactly the kind of thorough examination, with perfectly viable examples, of why capitalism does not work. The characters and their stories are made up, but they are mirror images of so many people in our world today. Given that this book was first published in 1908, I first thought it was amazing how accurately London portrays all parties in the capitalist game of today. ...more
Margaret
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
The free kindle version I had contained only The Iron Heel.

The Iron Heel depicts a kind of alternate history, where the socialist movement is strong enough to pose a legitimate threat to capitalism in the early 1900s. Written in the form of a dairy, the protagonist, Avis, describes her relationship with her husband, socialist leader Ernest, and then the violent struggle of the early stages of the socialist movement. Scattered throughout the novel are footnotes from hundreds of years in the futur
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Bhakta Jim
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Many reviewers have compared this to Atlas Shrugged, although it is a defense of Socialism, not Capitalism. Add me to that list.

Judging this solely as a work of literature, it isn't great. There are way too many footnotes and not much story. However, some of the footnotes serve a purpose. They remind us that the oligarchs back when this novel was written were brutal enough that the future that London predicted must have seemed plausible to his readers. The footnotes speak of actual events, like
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Cecilia
Mar 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Stupid Communist Mills & Boon, don't bother...read it for a laugh if you are bored....Behold Ernest EVERHARD...what kind a post-modern Porn name is that? lol. You would have to be obsessed with homo-erotic communist crap to really think this is anything other than a Commie-Homosexual-fantasy!

WE laughed at the entire book from beginning to end. My gay actor friend did all the voices for the book while reading bits of it out loud in an overly serious BBC radio voice....this can only work if i
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Glen
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantastic stuff. Dystopian novel. Very well written. Author had obviously gone to great lengths to present a view of society from a socialist perspective through his character Ernest Everhard who argues against various classes of people that society can no longer progress as it currently is, later he partakes in the revolution.

I would suggest it is a read on a par with Brave New World, We, Fahrenheit 451, and 1984. But remember it was written before all these and like Orwell Jack London was an i
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T.S. Cage
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I've read the Iron Heel and thought it was a great work of speculative political science fiction, right up there with Orwell's 1984 (and apparently its predecessor).

I never read the other stories.
Lennellson
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this as a very young woman and it made a big impression on me. I want to re-read it to see if it changes my opinions that I now hold as a very conservative preson.
Derek
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Iron Heel was a great story, the other stories I could've done without. I seem to remember one being shockingly racist.
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Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social-activist and short-story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers. Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.
London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent ti
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