Thursday, 19 January 2012

Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang

The book choice for February is 'Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang' by Kate Wilhelm. The book won the Hugo for Best Novel in 1977. I'm box ticking here - female author (following earlier discussions about not having read very many), not too long (so those of us who haven’t finished Imajica yet can do!) and a favourite genre of mine (post-apocalyptic sci-fi), plus it has some still contemporary themes (ecology and cloning).

Blurb from back of book: “The Sumner family can read the signs: the droughts and floods, the blighted crops, the shortages, the rampant diseases and plagues, and, above all, the increasing sterility all point to one thing. Their isolated farm in the Appalachian Mountains gives them the ideal place to survive the coming breakdown, and their wealth and know-how gives them the means. Men and women must clone themselves for humanity to survive. But what then?”

Happy reading

1 comment:

Peter Debney said...

To whet appetites (or “wet” if you are that way inclined), here is a good review:
and a mixed review:

The title comes from Shakespeare’s 73 sonnet, which you can find here: