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At the Edge of the Game Paperback – March 31, 2011
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The good: The story is well written and interesting. Often I found the wording of the story quite enjoyable, several sections provide excellent imagery without being overly wordy. Even the title "At the edge of the game" is explained towards the end of the story in a rather poetic fashion. Furthermore, I did not find any editing or formatting errors.
The bad: The manner in which the author weaves these three tales together may lead to confusion for some readers. It did for me. The "last man on earth" story was written in italics so it is easy to identify, however the other two stories flow back and forth without warning. Seriously, not even a page break. One second you're reading about this guy trying to help his wife in a frozen room, them BAM! he's in Africa waging war with a levitating suit and a force weapon. Then suddenly, we are back in the narrative about the wife. I found these shifts confusing and they detracted from my enjoyment of the story. Although I enjoyed the "Africa" story (probably the most action packed of the 3,) this book might have been better if it had been left out, since the connection between the other 2 stories was clearer. If it wasn't for the annoying and confusing way the narrative would jump from story to story I would easily rate this book 4 or 4.5 stars.
Recommended for fans of apocalyptic sci-fi who that don't mind non-linear story telling and some abrupt jumps in the narrative.
Ok, so as best I can figure the "Africa" story was just a work of fiction dreamt up by the main character Henry. In the last chapter he is being tended to by a younger traveling companion who enjoys the old man's stories (and questions which of them are real.) I believe it was mentioned early on that Henry was working on a graphic novel about neanderthals still walking the earth, and my suspicion is that as the stresses of the frozen Ireland story began to build up, Henry's brain fixated on that story. As Henry aged and dementia set in, he was no longer able to tell the real story (Frozen Ireland) from the fictional one (Africa war.) So basically, the main narrative is the ramblings of a senile old man. With this explanation of the jumpy narrative I will round up my rating from 3.5 to 4 stars.