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All Flesh Is Grass Mass Market Paperback – September, 1978
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From Publishers Weekly
Extraterrestrials attempt to impose social harmony on a small rural town in this novel by Hugo Award-winning author Simak.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
"All Flesh" is a bit more cerebral than the Dome. A lot more about the philosophical issues of making contact with an alien culture.
The ending wasn’t entirely satisfactory, though; more like an ending to a short story.
My biggest complaint: It's written as if Simak needed a quick paycheck and threw this together in a few days.
And the story is drivel... Purple flowers plan to take over the world and start by capturing a small town under an invisible dome... Then doing pretty much nothing as the cardboard human characters run around spouting dull, bad comic book dialogue and the action reads like the notes from a water purifier manufacturers convention.
Then - get this - all is solved by love, though the actual resolution of the coming galactic alliance between flower and man is only conjecture by the characters and the book just ends, with them saying, "im sure if we show them something no other species has," (as if they'd know), "which is how we can simply love them, then it will work.". And that's the end of the book. seriously. I laughed out loud.
I could write a better book, and not even edit it, and it would be Nobel Prize material compared to this. The publisher and author, rest his soul, should be ashamed to have wasted the reader's time with this tripe... Apologies to tripe.
Though i will say this... Every night that i had insomnia, i read two pages of this book and it was like a sedative.
And there you are.
The rest of the story is nothing alike. It's amazing take on an Alien invasion. The story also identifies a unique human trait that just might make all the difference in the universe.
Be sure to put this one on your reading list!