"Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker' is that rare novel that can be loved by doomster geeks and literary readers alike. It's narrated in a language burnt to its rudiments by nuclear holocaust and revived into new forms by survivors in England who live as hunters, and who believe in a past that's half history, half myth." ―Michael Helm, Nuvo "Off the Shelf", Summer 2008
Russell Hoban (1925-2011) is the author of numerous children’s books, including The Mouse and His Child. Other adult novels include The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz, Kleinzeit, Turtle Diary, and Pilgermann.
What if "Flowers for Algernon", "A Clockwork Orange" and John Crowley's "Engine Summer" had some kind of strange, threesome induced love-child? Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Michael Battaglia
The post-apocolyptic language the book is written in is annoying.Published 15 days ago by Tyler Mayle
Can't read it, want to but I know how to spell and it hurts by ability to read this.Published 1 month ago by Bri and Doug
First, as many of the reviews point out, the book is written in a future vernacular, a devolved sort of English. It takes some getting used to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob Gomez
I don't normally write reviews, but this book is too beyond amazing. It is a grand adventure, but definitely not for the fainthearted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Betty L.
The language is the best part. It is like a puzzle trying to figure it out. The story is grim, like so many of its type.Published 4 months ago by Carol Mannchen
After reading all the "glowing" reviews about this book, I took a chance and read it. I'm glad that the author had sense enough to trim it down from the original 500 pages since... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Weazer45
This book right here almost killed my love of reading. After translating the language and trying to figure out what was going on and seeing nothing at about the halfway point I put... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Aaron Winfree
Right up front, let me be clear....I'm probably prejudiced against the "riddleyspeak" this is written in, since I teach upper elementary special ed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Wilson