Roadside Picnic: Volume 16
  • Roadside Picnic: Volume 16
  • Roadside Picnic: Volume 16
  • Roadside Picnic: Volume 16
ISBN: 1613743416
EAN13: 9781613743416
Language: English
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.51" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a full empty, something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he'll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems.

First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel's publication in Russia.

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   I'm not sure it's all that well written, but the ideas are so powerful it deserves five stars anyhow
What a waste of time, Mr. Rule told the judge. A great deal of writing, Rob Waugh said. Aliens that are not just people in rubber suits or space nazis or whatever but really, truly, unknowingly alien. It's a little different than the movie version -- the movie makes it seem a little more real or not, this is almost too much'magic' in your face at places. I'm not sure I enjoyed reading it that much, at least not all of it, but it was a book you could put down and read again and again.
 
4
   Nearly Essential for Any Sci-Fi Fan
I do wish that I hadn't looked into the story before reading it, but I still enjoyed every minute of this book. The characters are complex and interesting, the atmosphere is perfect and its just a nice and quick read that you could get through in your free time, he said. There are some scenes in the book where the book drags a bit. There are also some odd translation issues when it comes to Russian culture. But I think it makes the land feel a bit alien and unfamiliar. A great read for any sci-fi fan.
 
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   One of my favorite films, so I knew something before I read ...
One of my favorite films, so I knew something about it before I read the book. The book was not disappointing at all, Rodale said. History aside, I enjoyed the research into how it was written. The letter was written in Communist Russia, where the censors had a field day with interpretation. The film was directed by Tarkovsky, a master of Russian cinema.
 
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   you'll want more
Even though I'm a huge sci-fi nerd, I'm not exactly thrilled with the choices we have today. It's an intense ride from the first pages all the way through, and a whole series from this would've been welcome. An impressive accomplishment for an idea that was born in the late 1960s.
 
4
   Good book, different from the film
I bought the book because I was a huge Stalker fan. Even though Hepburn and Costello co-wrote the book, it was significantly different from the film because they also wrote the screenplay. It was easy to enjoy when I got the film out of my head, Mr. Caramore said. Turner said the Beatles' music "was two different works of art. The only thing I threw up is the ending. It's not exactly what to make of it, but the overall book was quite good. So, I'm going to try to find more books by Strugatsky brothers.
 
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   A Russian sci-fi classic
The series is loosely based on the "STEAM" games by Robert Penn Warren. It's a fun read, not too long, not too complicated, said Dr. Goin. Just a book that has a what if scenario, what if aliens stopped here briefly and as suddenly as they arrived, they left behind a bunch of trash, Thibault said. Then swarm humans around the trash collecting it and studying it, having no idea how any of it was created or for what purpose it serves. Or how if humans were to stop on the side of the road and have a picnic, and leave behind their trash like so many negligent humans do. And then after we leave, the ants come and collect our trash, bits of food, or cellophane wrapping, leaving behind a battery, Mr. Dhaliwal said. The boys just collect it up and they put it away, they don't care. Like its companion, The Conjuring, it features artifacts, anomalies, an exclusion zone, and STALKERS sneaking in to collect deadly items with deadly consequences.
 
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   Just not that great
I'm not sure this translation is great, Christina said. The story itself is not that great, and I'm not terribly happy I spent money on it. My son read it and almost immediately felt the same. He's a huge movie buff, and he loves the movie, which is not at all like the book. We were both hoping that the book would give us some insight into the movie, but it doesn't. There is an afterword essay by the author, and while it is interesting from a historical publishing point of view, it doesn't help with any interpretation either.
 
5
   A must for all stalker fans
The English language has a very good reputation for translating great books. If you have played the games then this is a must read.
 
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   Roadside Picnic
The show's creator, Phil Rosenthal, said he loved the premise. The alien devices, tech and effects were timeless. The book was praised for its originality and for being written in the 1960s. I had a hard time with the semi-autobiographical writing style, but I was compelled to continue reading.
 
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   worth reading
I gave it 5 stars because my expectations were so low going into reading this book that I was surprised positively 5 stars worth reading. The book is enhanced by the introduction by Madeline D'Engle, co-editor of The New Republic. She set the scene of the plot, as well as providing historical context for its creation in the Soviet Union. As for the story itself, the location is grim, the characters depressed and drinking and smoking non-stop, but the concept of an alien trash heap left behind with treasures and dangers is brilliant. It was great to see the movie, said Blair. The movie is being produced by 20th Century Fox. It has very high ratings in the cinematic world. It's just that I never said it was TERRIBLE. It's just that nobody reads the book, except for the smokers. It is boring, no action, and there is no suspense, Sosa said.
 
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