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S.M.R. Saia (SMRSaia) | 19 comments I finished The Death of Grass yesterday. It was FANTASTIC. A great story, flawlessly executed. I was particularly struck by how such a horrific and violent story was told in a completely G-rated way - no gore, no overly graphic anything. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down, and I was sorry when it was over. It is hands-down the best novel I have read in a very long time.

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Empress (the_empress) | 1215 comments Mod
I'm really happy you enjoyed the book and shared it with us. I really think it is very powerful book written in a way too realistic way.

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E.J. (dystopic) This is a novel I desperately want to read!


message 4: by S.M.R. (new)

S.M.R. Saia (SMRSaia) | 19 comments Ellie, Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. It's been a really long time since I read a book that I enjoyed so much.

Dystopic - definitely do it!!!! I just discovered your web site and look forward to reading through your posts!


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E.J. (dystopic) Thank you, S.M.R!


message 6: by Chris (last edited Jun 04, 2013 12:21AM) (new)

Chris Ward (chriswardfictionwriter) | 77 comments Not heard of this book, but the title made me think of this poem I had to study at school -

we are going to see the rabbit

We are going to see the rabbit,
We are going to see the rabbit,
Which rabbit, people say?
Which rabbit, ask the children?
Which rabbit?
The only rabbit,
The only rabbit in England,
Sitting behind a barbed wire fence
Under the floodlights, neon lights,
Sodium lights,
Nibbling grass
On the only patch of grass
In England, in England
(Except the grass by the hoardings
Which doesn’t count.)
We are going to see the rabbit,
And we must be there on time.
First we shall go by escalator,
Then we shall go by underground,
And then we shall go by motorway
And then by helicopterway,
And the last ten yards we shall have to go
On foot.
And now we are going
All the way to see the rabbit.
We are nearly there,
We are longing to see it,
And so is the crowd
Which is here in thousands
With mounted policemen
And big loudspeakers
And bands and banners,
And everyone has come a long way.
But soon we shall see it
Sitting and nibbling
The blades of grass
On the only patch of grass
In- but something has gone wrong!
Why is everyone so angry,
Why is everyone jostling
and slanging and complaining?
The rabbit has gone,
Yes, the rabbit has gone.
He has actually burrowed down into the earth
And made himself a warren, under the earth.
Despite all these people,
And what shall we do?
What can we do?
It is all a pity, you must be disappointed.
Go home and do something else for today,
Go home again, go home for today.
For you cannot hear the rabbit, under the earth,
Remarking rather sadly to himself, by himself,
As he rests in his warren, under the earth:
“It won’t be long, they are bound to come,
They are bound to come and find me, even here.”

ALAN BROWNJOHN


message 7: by Chris (last edited Jun 05, 2013 05:10PM) (new)

Chris Ward (chriswardfictionwriter) | 77 comments Just checked it out - didn't realise it was by John Christopher. Great, great writer. Loved the Tripods books when I was at school. The TV series is good too if you can handle the dodgy effects.


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S.M.R. Saia (SMRSaia) | 19 comments Wow, long poem, I'm impressed by your memory!

I will probably try to get ahold of some of his other books. Death of Grass, surprisingly, to me, is out of print....I haven't looked for any of his other books yet.


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Chris Ward (chriswardfictionwriter) | 77 comments Haha, I copy/pasted it ...!


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Morgan (sputnik74) | 6 comments I really liked the Death of Grass, but felt that it was a bit like what would happen if Ben Fogle and Hugh Grant were in the apocalypse. It was frightfully posh.

It was a really unique take on the apocalypse though, and worth reading just for that angle.


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Michele | 399 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "Not heard of this book, but the title made me think of this poem I had to study at school - we are going to see the rabbit..."

Eeeep. That is sad and dark and more than a little disturbing. The idea of apocalypse poetry had never occurred to me, but wow, this is really something.


message 12: by Michele (new)

Michele | 399 comments Mod
S.M.R. wrote: "...The slow change in John on this issue as the novel unwinds was fascinating..."

This is one of my favorite novels and you've put your finger on one of the things I like most about it. In a lot of apocalypse novels the focus is on the adventure/events rather than on character development; the effects of the apocalypse are usually shown in terms of effects on society. But this book does a lovely job of showing the effects of the disaster on individuals and how they change. I felt rather sorry for John at the end, having to do what he did, but by the time it comes it's totally credible.


message 13: by Michele (new)

Michele | 399 comments Mod
S.M.R. wrote: "Death of Grass, surprisingly, to me, is out of print..."

You might try under the alternate title, No Blade of Grass. I think that was the American title (at least it's the one I read here in the states, and the only one I've seen in second-hand stores here).


message 14: by Michele (new)

Michele | 399 comments Mod
Dystopic wrote: "This is a novel I desperately want to read!"

Lots of used copies available here.


message 15: by Empress, Seeker of wonders (last edited Aug 10, 2014 04:09PM) (new)

Empress (the_empress) | 1215 comments Mod
I got the Penguing edition and brand new. It was less then £10 I think. It is available both in UK and US.


message 16: by Tom (new)

Tom | 4 comments One of those books I started and did not finish..
Still waiting in my bookcase for me to get back to it..


message 17: by Empress, Seeker of wonders (new)

Empress (the_empress) | 1215 comments Mod
Tom wrote: "One of those books I started and did not finish..
Still waiting in my bookcase for me to get back to it.."


The first four chapters I found slow, but then it picks up.


message 18: by Tom (new)

Tom | 4 comments At the time I was looking for another John Wyndham, but John Christopher was something different all together..bleak and realistic..
Have also to finish another one of his A Wrinkle in the Skin
His ideas are great..


message 19: by Michele (new)

Michele | 399 comments Mod
Tom wrote: "Have also to finish another one of his A Wrinkle in the Skin..."

Oh no, another one for my bloated To-Read list!


message 20: by Underlings (new)

Underlings | 1 comments Sounds great, written in 1956 in the middle of my fav period for SF. I put it on my want to read list. Hope I can find a copy.


message 21: by Empress, Seeker of wonders (new)

Empress (the_empress) | 1215 comments Mod
Michele wrote: "Tom wrote: "Have also to finish another one of his A Wrinkle in the Skin..."

Oh no, another one for my bloated To-Read list!"



It's already been on my or so long! Since I loved death of grass maybe I should stop finding myself other books to read! :)


message 22: by Stuart (last edited Feb 05, 2015 07:50PM) (new)

Stuart Ridgway | 23 comments All his end of civilization books are great. Death of Grass is at the top but closely followed by A Wrinkle in the Skin.


message 23: by Empress, Seeker of wonders (new)

Empress (the_empress) | 1215 comments Mod
Stuart wrote: "All his end of civilization books are great. Death of Grass is at the top but closely followed by A Wrinkle in the Skin."

Another fan of Death of Grass! I think this book should be more famous really!


message 24: by Michele (new)

Michele | 399 comments Mod
Ellie [The Empress] wrote: "I think this book should be more famous really!"

me too


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